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Photos of a Changing World: How Long Will the Maldives Stay Above Sea Level?

The first installment of a collaboration between Pacific Standard and NOOR Images.


(Photo: Francesco Zizola/NOOR)

The Maldives, the lowest-lying nation on Earth, are at risk of disappearing from the map, scientists say. Global warming and the melting of polar ice caps are causing sea levels to rise at a rate of about two millimeters each year, endangering the survival of the small island nation, where the average elevation above mean sea level is one meter.

During the first week of COP22, Pacific Standard is partnering with NOOR Images, the Netherlands-based photography collective. Check back here for more photographs throughout the week, and visit Pacific Standard’sInstagram account, where we’re publishing two special photos each day from NOOR.