Maldives cabinet to go underwater for meeting

Global warming caused the government of Maldives to hold a weird cabinet meeting underwater. This 17 October , President Mohamed Nasheed and his cabinet will sign a document to dive, calling for global cuts in carbon emissions.

An advisor to the president told the BBC the dive was "a bit of fun" but the cabinet intended to send a serious message about rising sea levels. The low-lying island nation says it faces being wiped out if oceans rise.

The adviser, who asked not to be named, said ministers would communicate during the weird meeting using hand signals and waterproof boards and pens.

"Obviously the hand signals that divers can use are limited, so the amount of work the cabinet are going to get done will be limited," he said.

"But they will call on all nations - rich and poor, developed and developing - to take climate change seriously."

All cabinet members has a medical condition that rules out diving and they have been in training at a military base on one of the country's many islands.

Mr Nasheed, who is already a qualified diver, will also hold a press conference in the water. While underwater, the government will sign a document ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, calling on all nations to cut down their carbon emissions.

Mr Nasheed has warned that the entire nation may have to find a new home if the oceans rise as predicted by the UN. World leaders at the summit are aiming to create a new agreement to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

Via - BBC News

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