Climate change will cause sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding posing greatest challenges to the humanity.
It was found recently that at least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have swallowed by the sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely eroded.
For the past 20 years, the Solomon Islands remained as hot spot for sea-level rise. Here the sea has risen at almost three times the global average, around 7-10 mm per year since 1993. This higher local rate is partly the result of natural climate variability.
We can therefore see the current conditions in Solomon Islands as an insight into the future impacts of accelerated sea-level rise.