Last week powerful swells averaging 5m (16ft) washed across the capital of the Marshall Islands, Majuro.

The eighth President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine commented:

“Water covers much of our land at one or other point of the year as we fight rising tides. As we speak hundreds of people evacuated their homes after large waves caused the ocean to inundate parts of our capital in Majuro last week”.

Why did it happen?

The world’s average surface temperature is rising rapidly because human activities release greenhouse gases such as CO2. These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, like the glass roof of a greenhouse, causing among all dreadful floods.

Next steps

The issue will be discussed on 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25. It will be held in Madrid, Spain for two weeks of talks about a rising climate crisis under the presidency of the Chilean government.