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    July 27, 2011 | 11:41 AM

    What can Solomon Islanders do about climate change? Plenty.

    Source: Les Butcher

    The Solomon Islands, an archipelagic nation in the South Pacific, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. As rising sea levels infringe upon its low-lying coasts, saltwater intrusion and higher temperatures pose a risk to its staple food crops, like taro and tannia (starchy, root vegetables). Such a threat is serious in a country where more than 70% of the population depends on subsistence agriculture and fisheries.

    Thankfully, Solomon Islanders are not burying their heads in the fine white sand that lines their shores. Instead, through a new project funded by a UN program, they are facing the sad reality of climate change and working to prepare. The project will introduce farmers in rural communities to more resilient cultivation practices and crops. Certain varieties of taro, for example, thrive in salty, saturated soils.

    And the Solomon Islands isn't just going to adapt to climate change and then stop. The nation is also doing its part to reduce the carbon pollution that is driving climate change in the first place. A champion of solar power, the country expects to generate a full 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015. This goes to show that those most vulnerable to climate change cannot afford to wait for the rest of the world to act.

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