Altogether, there are 1,156 individual islands and islets in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The population of 68,480 people is a presidential republic in free association with the United States.
I first learned of the Marshall Islands during Nasa's halcyon days. It would always be announced the Marshall Islands tracking center had acquired track of the spacecraft.
The CIA World Factbook tells the highest elevation of the Marshall Islands is 10 meters.
Pacific islands fighting for survival as sea levels rise tells that water is root of all evil for the tiny nation. It is seriously deficient in potable water. The sea level rise to date as polluted the nation's freshwater wells with seawater. Then there is that sea level rise that has already submerged several feet of the republic's coastline.
As Pacific Islands flood, a climate-driven exodus grows adds that some villages have lost several feet around the coastline and an exodus of islanders has already begun.
It may not be apparent yet in New York City, but the sea level rise has already begun affecting lives.