Fighting for freshwater amid climate change

Climate scientists warn: if the current pace of global warming and sea level rise continues, then low-lying islands like the Marshalls Islands could become incapable of sustaining their population within a generation or two.

Geology professor and SOEST associate dean of academic affairs Chip Fletcher talked with PBS NewsHour about the effects of climate change in the Marshall Islands. On a longer time scale, sea level rise is probably the biggest threat, he says. Simply because it has the potential to rise above the average elevation of the Marshall Islands. On a shorter timescale though, it’s the fundamental need for fresh water.

Watch the full report at PBS NewsHour.