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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

Marianas Variety 
MAJURO — Nearly one million dollars was illegally removed from the Marshall Islands government's United States-based trust fund and only a portion of the money has been recovered, said officials in Majuro Friday. A series of 12 unauthorized ... See more..
KHNS Radio 
The suit was ultimately dismissed. Kivalina, like the Marshall Islands, is threatened by rising sea levels and coastal erosion. The village hopes to entirely relocate. The conference lineup also includes live music, a zombie fun run, and a basketball ... See more..
WaterWorld 
MAJURO - The 1600 m3/day Marshall Islands desalination project has moved onto the operational phase following a successful commissioning and performance testing. Australian company Osmoflo will now provide operation & maintenance (O&M) support ... See more..
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desalination.biz 
... population 24/7,” said Osmoflo chief executive officer, Emmanuel Gayan. The project was funded by the Asian Development Bank, and the Australian and US governments. It forms part of the wider sanitation and water distribution project for Marshall ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
CALIFORNIA (Climate Home/Pacnews) — The Marshall Islands and Mozambique have joined a growing group of governments convened by California Gov. Jerry Brown that have committed to deep carbon pollution cuts. The Under2 coalition has now been ... See more..
Reliefweb 
Description: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in the Federated States of Micronesia oversees the offices in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau. The IOM mission in the Federated ... See more..
New Security Beat (blog) 
A threat looms on the sun-splashed horizon of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The specter of climate change wraps its fingers around the islands, raising sea levels, salinizing soils, and sapping freshwater resources. These changes will make it ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A team from the US Centers for Disease Control says it is impressed with the work of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program in the Marshall ... See more..
Devex 
Men look at a sports notice board in Vanuatu, where high rates of participation in regular physical activity has contributed to a 50 percent reduction in obesity ... See more..
NormanObserver.com 
Analysts expect Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Ordinary Shares New (Marshall Islands) (NYSE:GNK) to report $-0.27 EPS on November, 1.They anticipate ... 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

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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)