Rising Seas Due to Climate Change Exacerbate Tsunami
The recent tragic Asian Tsunami is indicative of the types of problems that global warming and other global ecological changes can and will exacerbate. There is no doubt that higher sea levels would contribute to greater damage from such a wave. In addition there are other contributions made by poor enviromental management: destruction of corals, overpopulation (particularly along coastlines) and mangrove destruction all diminished natural resilience to such disasters. Unfortunately, this tidal wave's aftermath is indicative of ecological collapse on a planetary scale.
Tsunami threatens survival of low-lying Maldives islands
The tidal waves that swept across the Indian Ocean did more than take a heavy toll of lives and property in the Maldives _ it confronted the tiny island nation with a threat to its survival. The archipelago of 1,190 low-lying coral islands, dotted across hundreds of kilometers (miles) of ocean, has for years begged bigger, more powerful nations for action against global warming, fearing higher sea levels could literally make much of its territory disappear.