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New Study Shows Nearly 90% of Islands and Atolls in Pacific Are Growing—not Shrinking

The New York Times reports on the contradictory results found by scientists studying the effects of global warming on small islands and atolls in the Pacific Ocean. Rather than shrinking, given the presumed rising of sea levels, nearly 90% are actually growing.

“One study that rounded up scientists’ data on 709 islands across the Pacific and Indian Oceans showed that nearly 89% either had increased in area or hadn’t changed much in recent decades. Only 11% had contracted,” the Times wrote in summarizing the results.

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