Sinking Island Holds Underwater Meeting

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Talk about desperate: Cabinet members from the tiny island of Maldives recently held a meeting underwater to illustrate the importance of a carbon-cutting deal in Copenhagen this December.

Inhabitants have a right to be worried—if sea levels rise as projected, it’s estimated 80 percent of the country will be underwater by 2100.

Watch a video of the meeting, complete with notepads, fish, and scuba gear, below. To read about Tuvalu, another low-lying island where citizens face displacement due to global warming, pick up the issue of Mother Jones hitting newsstands now.

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