UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A handful of islands in the western Pacific have disappeared and researchers say rising sea levels are to blame.
Sea levels have reportedly been increasing by an average of three millimeters every year due to climate change but levels are rising four times faster around Micronesia and the Solomon Islands.
A study from 2016 concluded five of the Solomon Islands were submerged within the last seven decades.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Coastal Conservation, the trend continues.
Study author Patrick Nunn used satellite images, local history and regional surveys to conclude that six Micronesian islands vanished beneath the waves between 2007 and 2014. Another two reportedly drowned within the last century.
Nunn said the islands weren’t inhabited but many that are suffer from shoreline erosion. He warns the trend is a preview for what will happen to low-lying nations around the world.