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Kiribati in Crisis
Produced by: Bryan Crump
As global warming creates rising sea levels, no one is perhaps more vulnerable than people who live on small islands. Expecting to find a country battling to keep the sea back, Radio New Zealand's environmental reporter, Bryan Crump, traveled to the atoll nation of Kiribati, which straddles the equator in the middle of the Pacific. This thirty-three island nation lies no more than thirteen feet above sea level. But Crump found a nation already in an environmental crisis of a different sort: overcrowded, polluted, running out of water, affected by coastal erosion and disease. And while much of that is the result of outside influences, Kiribati is failing to find solutions.

This is part of our special international collaboration called Global Perspective: Nature in the Balance.

Program Credits

Kiribati in Crisis was produced by Bryan Crump of Radio New Zealand. It originally aired as part of the international collaboration Global Perspectives:Nature in the Balance.


Kiribati Fact Book
Facts on the Island Kiribati.

Kiribati Economy
An overview of Kiribati's economy.

Potential Impacts of Climate Change
A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Global Perspectives Radio Series
Listen to other programs from SOUNDPRINT's international radio documentary exchange series that addresses topics that impact our planet.

Monetization in an Atoll Society: Managing Economic and Social Change in Kiribati
by: Asian Development Bank Staff, Foreword by Jeremy H. Hovland 2003
An analysis of Kiribati's economy and its potential for growth and development.

Lives on the Line: Women and Ecology on a Pacific Atoll
by: Alexandra Brewis 1995
An examination of economic and ecologic factors that contribute to women's lives on the Pacific Atol of Butaritari.

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