Underwater Cabinet Meeting

The government of the Maldives held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation.
Created On: Dec 14, 2010 11:34 IST
Modified On: Apr 5, 2011 17:56 IST

Underwater Cabinet Meeting
The government of the Maldives held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation. The meeting, chaired by President Mohamed Nasheed, took place around a table about 16 feet underwater. At the meeting, the Cabinet signed a declaration calling for global cuts in carbon emissions. Maldives is grappling with the very likely possibility that it will go under water if the current pace of climate change keeps raising sea levels. The Maldives is an archipelago of almost 1,200 coral islands southsouthwest of India. Most of it lies just 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change has forecast a rise in sea levels of at least 7.1 inches (18 cm) by the end of the century.

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