Climate change is drying up islands

By Discovery News – April 11, 2016

That romantic hike through a lush tropical island may be an experience for today’s couples instead of their kids or grandkids. Climate researchers say that small islands in the Caribbean, Pacific and Atlantic will be drying out as the world’s temperatures rise and rainfall patterns shift toward the middle and end of this century.

Some small islands will become wetter, but the majority — 73 percent — will become drier. That means less freshwater for local residents, agricultural products that sustain the islands’ economies, and vegetation and wildlife that depend on the island’s unique ecosystems.

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