The Tiny Pacific Island State of Tuvalu Plans to Sue U.S. Government

August 29, 2002

US citizens are not the only ones suing over global warming.

Reuters newswire is reporting today the government of the tiny Pacific Island state of Tuvalu says it is planning to sue the United States and Australia. Both have rejected the Kyoto protocol on global warming.

Tuvalu is only 13 feet above sea level at its highest point. It faces oblivion if global warming causes the sea to rise.

Residents say flooding is already coming right into the middle of the island, destroying food crops and trees which have been there for decades.


  • Enele Sopoanga, Tuvalu ambassador to the United Nations.