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Although the islands in the Southwest Pacific are not big producers of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, they are affected by manmade pollution from around the world. Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, which threatens low-lying islands and causes coastal erosion.1 Land loss and flooding are destructive to those who live on the islands, where residents are powerless to stop the effects of climate change. They rely on the rest of the world to cut back on carbon emissions in order to save their homeland.2 The Marshall Islands are flooded almost yearly by rising tides that destroy homes and roads. The islands alternate between flood and drought conditions, and one report indicates that the Marshallese may be among the world’s first climate change ...See More refugees. Over one third of the population of 60,000 has already left.3 Show Less

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1 http://www.sidsnet.org/aosis-issues/
2 http://www.irinnews.org/feature/2009/10/05/island-nations-frustrated-climate-talks
3 https://www.theguardian.com/global/planet-oz/2013/jul/30/marshall-islands-climate-change-pacific-forum-nuclear-testing
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Marshall Islands News

PBS NewsHour 
Banga Roriki is working with his nephew, Robin, who has been living in this house, on Majuro, one of the Marshall Islands, for 22 years. BANGA RORIKI: The high tide comes very high. MIKE TAIBBI: He says the wall is meant to stop massive high tides ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
MAJURO — Only two high school seniors out of 596 who took the annual College of the Marshall Islands placement test for mathematics scored high enough to ... See more..
Reuters 
On June 7 the same Marshall Islands court had rejected a preliminary injunction by Frontline in the same case. "Frontline is now precluded from bringing similar claims against DHT, its directors and BW Group in any other court," DHT said in a statement. See more..
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ABC News 
The president of the Marshall Islands is appealing for help to convince U.S. President Donald Trump of the need to fight global warming following his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. President Hilda Heine told European Union ... See more..
PRI 
The Marshall Islands are vulnerable, and not just because of sea level rise. During World War II, the US seized the region from Japan. After the war, American scientists tested dozens of nuclear bombs there. Some areas, like Bikini Atoll, are still ... See more..
cleveland.com 
Between 1946 and 1958, almost two dozen nuclear weapons tests were conducted at the Marshall Islands. To this day, the Bikini Atoll is deemed unsafe for ... See more..
The Weather Channel 
Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on ... See more..
RTE.ie 
The whereabouts of the Marshall Islands is often the subject of table quiz questions, but aside from that, most of us know little about them. They are found in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and the United States. Just north of the Equator ... See more..
Seatrade Maritime News 
DHT said that in ruling on the Frontline suit, “the High Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which challenged DHT's transaction with BW Group and DHT's Rights Plan, has been dismissed, with prejudice”. DHT said that the ruling now precluded ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, two archipelagic island chains of 29 atolls, each made up of many small islets, and five single islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and Australia
Area

Total 181 sq km
Land 181 sq km
Water 0 sq km

***NOTE*** the archipelago includes 11,673 sq km of lagoon waters and encompasses the atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Kwajalein, Majuro, Rongelap, and Utirik
Climate

tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November; islands border typhoon belt
Natural Resources

coconut products, marine products, deep seabed minerals ;
Natural Hazards

infrequent typhoons
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate supplies of potable water; pollution of Majuro lagoon from household waste and discharges from fishing vessels

Demographics

Nationality
Marshallese
Population
69,747 (July 2013 est.)
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US assistance and lease payments for the use of Kwajalein Atoll as a US military base are the mainstay of this small island country. The Marshall Islands received roughly $1 billion in aid from the US during 1986-2001 under the original Compact of Free Association (Compact). In 2002 and 2003, the US and the Marshall Islands renegotiated the Compact's financial package for a 20-year period, from 2004 to 2024. Under the amended Compact, the Marshall Islands will receive roughly $1.5 billion in direct US assistance. Agricultural production, primarily subsistence, is concentrated on small farms; the most important commercial crops are ...See More coconuts and breadfruit. Industry is limited to handicrafts, tuna processing, and copra. Tourism holds some potential. The islands and atolls have few natural resources, and imports exceed exports. Under the amended Compact, the US is also funding, jointly with the Marshall Islands, a Trust Fund for the people of the Marshall Islands that will provide an income stream beyond 2024 when direct Compact aid is to end. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$481.8 million (2012 est.); $472.8 million (2011 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, tomatoes, melons, taro, breadfruit, fruits; pigs, chickens
Industries

copra, tuna processing, tourism, craft items (from seashells, wood, and pearls)