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Citing king tides and sea level rise as a threat, Kiribati man seeks refugee status

It could be a landmark case: no pun intended.

A Kiribati man, his wife and three children are among millions of potential future refugees from rising sea levels is currently seeking this status in New Zealand.

English: Map of Kiribati Español: Mapa de Kiribati

English: Map of Kiribati Español: Mapa de Kiribati (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Article in the Vancouver Sun: Kiribati man seeks refugee status over climate change effects

While experts say the case is a long shot, it certainly does raise the level of dialogue on the impacts to society from climate change induced sea level rise. How will the world cope with human migrations that result?

Witness #KingTides on Flickr!




King Tide 2012 BreakwaterJen's shoes get wetSelkirk waterfront walkway2Walkway under GCHighway, Tallebudgera Creek. King Tide 23-1-12


International King Tides, a gallery on Flickr.


Most of the initiatives around the world rely on social media platforms for sharing images of King Tides. There is no hard and fast rule on this – but most are using Flickr photo sharing.


The best part (I think) about this tool is that the licensing of each photo is easy to set up. This is because we encourage wide sharing – so photos should be creative commons where possible.


You can search #kingtides on Flickr and under an advanced search, choose creative commons. These photos will be free to use, but check the licensing details, as most photographers request at least attribution.


Do you have a favorite photo sharing tool?


We’d love to hear of other tools that could work well for this initiative. Do tell in the comments section belo


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Our new hub for International King Tides activity!

We’re very excited to announce this hub for King Tides initiatives around the world!

We are a little under construction at the moment… so please excuse the typos and cryptic text.

In the mean time, catch up with King Tides organizers and photographers on twitter via the #kingtides hashtag.


The King Tides International Hub team