Friday, December 19, 2003

The Head Heeb has an interesting piece on the plight of Pacific ocean islanders.

Apparently, the population of Pitcairn may soon fall below the level needed to off load re-supply ships whilst the nation of Tuvalu faces the loss of its entire country if ocean levels continue to rise. The most interesting though, are the Nauruans. The population of Nauru (numbering less han 12 000) were the richest in the world during the 70s. Their small island was rich in phosphate which is in high demand. Alas, it seems that nobody thought to plan for when the phosphate ran out. That day has been reached and in the absence of any other economic activity it seems that the entire state is collapsing. Isn't there an Aesop's fable that cautions against this sort of thing?


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