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5 islands in Solomons submerged because of sea level rise

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SUDNEY — Five islands have vanished in the Pacific’s Solomon Islands because of rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study published on Saturday.

Sea level rise is happening faster than people think and it has already dealt heavy blows to island countries and six more islands have been severely eroded, the study said.

“At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing erosion,” the study published on Environmental Research Letters said.

The five submerged islands were all vegetated reef islands up to five hectares, the study said.

It is feared that the rise in sea levels will cause widespread erosion and inundation of low-lying atolls in the Pacific.

Albert, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, said the Solomons was considered a sea-level hotspot because rises there are almost three times higher than the global average.

The researchers looked at 33 islands using aerial and satellite imagery from 1947 to 2014, combined with historical insight from local knowledge.

They found that rates of shoreline recession were substantially higher in areas exposed to high wave energy, indicating a ‘synergistic interaction’ between sea-level rise and waves, which Albert said could prove useful for future study.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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