Study Shows Atolls Could Become Uninhabitable Within Decades

Oct 5, 2015

A large wave impacts the south shore of Laysan Island, with endangered Laysan teal in the foreground.
Credit Michele Reynolds/USGS

Rising sea level and climate change could leave some atolls in the Pacific and Indian Ocean uninhabitable. That’s according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, researchers worry that could happen sooner than you think.

The study was recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal.