RMI declares national climate crisis

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The Runit Dome on ENEWETAK Atoll was built to contain nuclear waste after U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has declared a national climate crisis because of the risk of sea-level rise affecting the low-lying chain of atolls.

Passed by the island’s parliament, Resolution 83 calls on the international community to step up their efforts to mitigate global warming and provide assistance to vulnerable nations that are unable to finance protections against the effects of climate change, according to a report from RNZ.

In addition, the U.S. government has announced that $1.6 million will be used to fund the study of the water surrounding a leaking radioactive dome in the Marshall Islands.

The Runit Dome on ENEWETAK Atoll was built to contain nuclear waste after U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific in the 1940s and 1950s.

The funding will go towards the radio-chemical analysis of the water surrounding the crater as well as an engineering survey of the structure.

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