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Kiribati - Gone in 60 Years - 13 June 2013
Reuters photographer David Gray spent time documenting life in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati's President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Nevertheless, while climate change poses a serious longer-term threat, many people now recognise that breakneck population growth is a more immediate problem, particularly for those crowded onto Kiribati's main island of South Tarawa.
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June 13, 2013
North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23,...
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North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati
North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific Island nation of Kiribati May 23,...
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North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati
North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific Island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
The wreckage of a ship lies in water near Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific...
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The wreckage of a ship lies in water near Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific...
The wreckage of a ship lies in water near Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS MARITIME SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
Young boys cover each other in reef-mud near the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific...
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Young boys cover each other in reef-mud near the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific...
Young boys cover each other in reef-mud near the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A woman uses a fork to dig for shellfish on the reef-mud flats of a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central...
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A woman uses a fork to dig for shellfish on the reef-mud flats of a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central...
A woman uses a fork to dig for shellfish on the reef-mud flats of a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)


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June 13, 2013
A dog sits in the shade of a mangrove tree as a woman uses a fork to dig for shellfish on the reef-mud...
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A dog sits in the shade of a mangrove tree as a woman uses a fork to dig for shellfish on the reef-mud...
A dog sits in the shade of a mangrove tree as a woman uses a fork to dig for shellfish on the reef-mud flats of a lagoon located at South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
An abandoned house that is affected by seawater during high-tides stands next to a small lagoon near...
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An abandoned house that is affected by sea-water during high-tides stands next to a small lagoon near...
An abandoned house that is affected by seawater during high-tides stands next to a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A boy covered in reef-mud reacts as he stands with other boys in the village of Ambo on South Tarawa...
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A boy covered in reef-mud reacts as he stands with other boys in the village of Ambo on South Tarawa...
A boy covered in reef-mud reacts as he stands with other boys in the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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June 13, 2013
Children run through the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati...
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Children run through the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati...
Children run through the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A woman prepares to feed a patient on a bed, placed outside due to lack of space, at the Nawerewere Hospital...
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A woman prepares to feed a patient on a bed, placed outside due to lack of space, at the Nawerewere Hospital...
A woman prepares to feed a patient on a bed, placed outside due to lack of space, at the Nawerewere Hospital on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A baby lies on a bed in the maternity ward of the Nawerewere Hospital on South Tarawa in the central...
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A baby lies on a bed in the maternity ward of the Nawerewere Hospital on South Tarawa in the central...
A baby lies on a bed in the maternity ward of the Nawerewere Hospital on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
Members of the congregation stand outside the church on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation...
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Members of the congregation stand outside the church on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation...
Members of the congregation stand outside the church on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 26, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 26, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A woman sits on a grave in a graveyard located near the town of Bairiki on South Tarawa in the central...
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A woman sits on a grave in a graveyard located near the town of Bairiki on South Tarawa in the central...
A woman sits on a grave in a graveyard located near the town of Bairiki on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A man sleeps in a hammock above graves in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific...
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A man sleeps in a hammock above graves in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific...
A man sleeps in a hammock above graves in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A boy builds a small sand embankment on a beach next to his home in the village of Taborio located on...
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A boy builds a small sand embankment on a beach next to his home in the village of Taborio located on...
A boy builds a small sand embankment on a beach next to his home in the village of Taborio located on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A girl sits on a log next to the roots of a tree, which have been exposed as a result of high-tides,...
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A girl sits on a log next to the roots of a tree, which have been exposed as a result of high-tides,...
A girl sits on a log next to the roots of a tree, which have been exposed as a result of high-tides, near the village of Teaoraereke on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A girl stands on a World War Two Japanese bunker, which is being used as a pigsty, next to her home in...
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A girl stands on a World War Two Japanese bunker, which is being used as a pigsty, next to her home in...
A girl stands on a World War Two Japanese bunker, which is being used as a pigsty, next to her home in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A toy bear sits next to a battery storing solar power in the home of Binata Pinata on Bikeman islet,...
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A toy bear sits next to a battery storing solar power in the home of Binata Pinata on Bikeman islet,...
A toy bear sits next to a battery storing solar power in the home of Binata Pinata on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A pregnant woman sits inside her small hut as a boy sits on the steps below in the village of Betio on...
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A pregnant woman sits inside her small hut as a boy sits on the steps below in the village of Betio on...
A pregnant woman sits inside her small hut as a boy sits on the steps below in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A boy washes himself with water from a well outside his home in the village of Antebuka located on South...
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A boy washes himself with water from a well outside his home in the village of Antebuka located on South...
A boy washes himself with water from a well outside his home in the village of Antebuka located on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A man lowers a tin into a well to collect water in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central...
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A man lowers a tin into a well to collect water in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central...
A man lowers a tin into a well to collect water in the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
Rubbish lies at a dumping ground on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May...
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Rubbish lies at a dumping ground on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati
Rubbish lies at a dumping ground on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 26, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 26, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
Locals stand on a causeway, which allows travel between the atolls of South Tarawa, near the town of...
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Locals stand on a causeway, which allows travel between the atolls of South Tarawa, near the town of...
Locals stand on a causeway, which allows travel between the atolls of South Tarawa, near the town of Bairiki in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A man swims next to a manmade wall built to protect the island from rising tides near the village of...
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A man swims next to a manmade wall built to protect the island from rising tides near the village of...
A man swims next to a manmade wall built to protect the island from rising tides near the village of Eita on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
Newly made sandbags sit on a wall on a causeway that connects the town of Bairiki and Betio on South...
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Newly made sandbags sit on a wall on a causeway that connects the town of Bairiki and Betio on South...
Newly made sandbags sit on a wall on a causeway that connects the town of Bairiki and Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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June 13, 2013
A fisherman wades in shallow water at the shoreline near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in...
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A fisherman wades in shallow water at the shoreline near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in...
A fisherman wades in shallow water at the shoreline near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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May 25, 2013
A villager wades through a small lagoon, which at high-tide laps at the base of homes, near the village...
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A villager wades through a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in the central...
A villager wades through a small lagoon, which at high-tide laps at the base of homes, near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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June 13, 2013
A full moon rises as a young boy stands in the doorway of a shop called the Sunrise Store located in...
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A full moon rises as a young boy stands in the doorway of a shop called the Sunrise Store located in...
A full moon rises as a young boy stands in the doorway of a shop called the Sunrise Store located in the village of Ambo located on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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A sign misspelling the word "Chinese" is seen above the door of a restaurant in the village of Ambo located...
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A sign misspelling the word "Chinese" is seen above the door of a restaurant in the village of Ambo located...
A sign misspelling the word "Chinese" is seen above the door of a restaurant in the village of Ambo located on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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A boy stands on top of an old World War Two gun, used by the Japanese, near the village of Betio on South...
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A boy stands on top of an old World War Two gun, used by the Japanese, near the village of Betio on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 26, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 26, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A boat sits on the reef-mud at low-tide near a manmade wall in the village of Eita located on South Tarawa...
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A boat sits on the reef-mud at low-tide near a manmade wall in the village of Eita located on South Tarawa...
A boat sits on the reef-mud at low-tide near a manmade wall in the village of Eita located on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock underneath an old tower as she waits for her husband Kaibakia to...
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Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock underneath an old tower as she waits for her husband Kaibakia to...
Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock underneath an old tower as she waits for her husband Kaibakia to hand her the fish he is catching, on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. The tower used to mark the centre of the islet, but shifting sand over the years has pushed the tower further into the lagoon. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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A boat sits on a reef-mud flat close to a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation...
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A boat sits on a reef-mud flat close to a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation...
A boat sits on a reef-mud flat close to a lagoon at South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 23, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Huts built by Binata Pinata and her husband Kaibakia are seen above the tidal mark on Bikeman islet,...
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Huts built by Binata Pinata and her husband Kaibakia are seen above the tidal mark on Bikeman islet,...
Huts built by Binata Pinata and her husband Kaibakia are seen above the tidal mark on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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A boat floats in the lagoon near Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island...
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A boat floats in the lagoon near Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island...
A boat floats in the lagoon near Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Storm clouds gather above the small huts and tower on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the...
Storm clouds gather above the small huts and tower on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. The tower used to mark the centre of the islet, but shifting sand over the years has pushed the tower further into the lagoon. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock holding a fish her husband Kaibakia just caught off Bikeman islet,...
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Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock holding a fish her husband Kaibakia just caught on Bikeman Islet,...
Binata Pinata stands on top of a rock holding a fish her husband Kaibakia just caught off Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Binata Pinata checks the roof of her home as a storm approaches Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa...
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Binata Pinata checks the roof of her home as a storm approaches Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa...
Binata Pinata checks the roof of her home as a storm approaches Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Binata Pinata scales a fish her husband Kaibakia caught, as she sits in the sea just off Bikeman islet,...
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Binata Pinata scales a fish her husband Kaibakia caught, as she sits in the sea just off Bikeman islet,...
Binata Pinata scales a fish her husband Kaibakia caught, as she sits in the sea just off Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Kaibakia Pinata holds the fish he caught in his nets off Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the...
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Kaibakia Pinata holds the fish he caught in his nets off Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the...
Kaibakia Pinata holds the fish he caught in his nets off Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Shifting sands are seen as Kaibakia Pinata walks from his huts to cast his fishing nets on Bikeman islet,...
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Shifting sands are seen as Kaibakia Pinata walks from his huts to cast his fishing nets on Bikeman islet,...
Shifting sands are seen as Kaibakia Pinata walks from his huts to cast his fishing nets on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A storm approaches as Binata Pinata and her husband Kaibakia walk back to their huts after fishing on...
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A storm approaches as Binata Pinata and her husband Kaibakia walk back to their huts after fishing on...
A storm approaches as Binata Pinata and her husband Kaibakia walk back to their huts after fishing on Bikeman islet, located off South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (KIRIBATI - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)

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