For years Bangladesh and India fought over who owned the 2 mile long, 1.5 mile wide piece of land known as New Moore Island in the Bay of Bengal, but according to oceanographer Sugata Hazra, “What theses two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming.”
New Moore Island was swallowed by the sea less than a month ago. This is not the first time an island in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared into the ocean, in 1996 Lohachara became submerged, displacing its inhabitants onto the mainland. These islands are “sinking” due to the ever increases rising of sea level. According to AP, up until the year 2000 sea level rose only 0.12 inches per year but now, ten years later, the sea rises 0.2 inches each year. This rise puts ten other islands around New Moore Island at risk of meeting the same fate.
The country of Bangladesh is at risk as well. It is estimated that 18 percent of the country’s coastline will be completely under water by 2050, forcing 20 million people out of their homes.