Posted 6 June 2015

Over the past 60 years the sea around Funafuti has risen by around 30 cm locally, raising warnings that the atoll is about to disappear. But Paul Kench, of the University of Auckland, NZ, and colleagues found no evidence of heightened erosion. After poring over more than a  century's worth of data, including old maps and aerial and satellite imagery, they conclude that 18 out of 29 islands have actually grown. 

Read more from New Scientist here 

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