Bermuda to highlight islands’ plight at climate change summit

Bermuda hopes to get the plight of some of the world’s smallest islands to the top of world leaders’ agendas at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

The premier of the country Dr Ewart Brown is meeting with other small island nations ahead of his visit to the summit this Friday (December 11).

The news comes at the same time as The Met Office released figures showing that each of the past six decades had been warmer than the previous one.

The Copenhagen summit is trying to agree global action to prevent the temperature rising more than 2C above the pre-industrial average.

Many low-lying small islands, including Bermuda, the Maldives and the Cook Islands, want the temperature rise to be capped at 1.5C because any increase above that could result in sea levels rising more than a metre – and thus engulfing them.

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Speaking exclusively to Breaking Travel News, Dr Ewart Brown said: “We are going to highlight the special case of small island countries.

“The big countries have the major burden and without there co-operation there will be no progress.

“We want to be there and remind them that our situation is one that must not go unseen.”

Dr Brown is meeting with amongst other island countries Pitcairn Island, St Helena and Ascension Island in London this week, ahead of his visit to Copenhagen.

Dr Brown wants to highlight two key issues: sea-water acidification and rising water levels.

Bermuda recently had a coral assessment and there are no obvious signs of coral destruction.

However, the coasts have suffered a degree of erosion over the past few years, particularly after Hurricane Fabian (pictured) in 2005.

The island was forced to construct a number of sea walls following the destruction.

Dr Brown is also in the UK to promote tourism to his country which has suffered badly this year due to the recession.