A Paradise Drowning - New York Times: "So Mr. Bush should come and talk to fishermen who endure the mutating climate every day - and then he should ponder the implications of rising seas for Florida, the Carolinas, Long Island. The Maldives may be the canary in the world's coal mine.
'Our message to the U.S. is as simple as this,' said Mr. Shareef, the government spokesman. 'Sea level rise is not just a phenomenon which is just going to engulf the Maldives and then stop. If it affects us tomorrow, it will affect you the day after.'"