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Photos: Kiribati, the sinking Pacific paradise

Reuters photographer David Gray spent time documenting life in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just meters above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati's President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. Nevertheless, while climate change poses a serious longer-term threat, many people now recognize that breakneck population growth is a more immediate problem, particularly for those crowded onto Kiribati's main island of South Tarawa. Read the full story here.