Via Kevin Drum and Brian Beutler, the Maldives is looking to purchase land should global warming cause sea levels to rise and erase the tiny Island-state from the face of the earth.

The president, a human rights activist who swept to power in elections last month after ousting Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the man who once imprisoned him, said he had already broached the idea with a number of countries and found them to be “receptive”.

He said Sri Lanka and India were targets because they had similar cultures, cuisines and climates. Australia was also being considered because of the amount of unoccupied land available.

“We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we also do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for decades,” he said.

For more on the consequences of climate change to small island states check out this video from Go Green Tube.

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