Australia offers climate refuge to citizens of Tuvalu

Q: Australia has a new treaty to guarantee the military security of the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, help protect it from climate change, and boost migration from its low-lying islands which are very vulnerable to rising ocean levels. Where is Australia?

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Q: More than 11,000 people live on nine Tuvalu islands totaling less than 10 square miles – the fourth smallest nation in the world. Six of the islands are ring-shaped and enclose lagoons. Islands of this type are called ...

A. Atolls

B. Barriers

C. Eyots

D. Reefs

Q: Migration to Australia is limited to 280 Tuvalu residents a year to avoid a “brain drain” of its skilled citizens. How much of Australia’s current population is foreign-born?

A. Less than 2%

B. Nearly 10%

C. More than 25%

D. About 33%

Q: Tuvalu’s leaders say the people want to remain on their islands as long as possible, but it is feared that the nation will be the first to disappear because of climate change. If migration remains limited to 280 people a year, about how long would it take for all of Tuvalu’s people to migrate?

A. 20 years

B. 40 years

C. 60 years

D. 80 years

Q: Tuvalu lies about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. It is in which subregion of the Pacific Ocean?

A. Australasia

B. Melanesia

C. Micronesia

D. Polynesia

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