Region

Islands

  • Encroaching Seas

    December 9, 2015

    A sinking feeling on Saibai The Guardian Video by Saila Huusko/The Guardian Saibai is one of more than 200 islands and coral cays that make up the Torres Strait, the archipelago straddling the waters between the northernmost tip of mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. Eighteen of the strait’s islands are inhabited. For most of […]

  • Climate change laps at front door of the Torres Strait Islands

    December 8, 2015

    Mebai Warusam sits under his stilt-supported house, facing the Pacific Ocean’s turquoise waters lapping 50 metres from his front gate. At 91, born and raised on the island of Saibai in the Torres Strait, he is an elder visitors and locals turn to for knowledge. A few years ago, he says, researchers from down south […]

  • Troubled waters ahead for Solomon Islands residents

    December 8, 2015

    There are troubled waters ahead for a Polynesia group of people within the Melanesian country of Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. With more than half a million residents, the Solomon Islands is comprised of mostly dark-skinned Melanesian people with a smaller population of fairer skinned Micronesian and Polynesians. As many of these minority populations […]

  • Landlocked Islanders

    December 8, 2015

    The amount of water is incomprehensible. We’ve been flying for hours, and just when we’re about as far from a landmass as you can possibly get—a spot where the curving, wave-flecked Pacific Ocean stretches thousands of kilometers in every direction—an island slides into view. It’s no more than a snippet of sand and palm trees, […]