Australians divided over coal policy

Until recently they were thriving coastal communities. But rising sea levels and erosion, which authorities blame on climate change, this year forced the relocation of the villages of Vunidogoloa and Narikoso in Fiji, creating almost 300 climate refugees.

On Friday, a group of South Pacific islanders hit back, taking on what they see as a powerful symbol of their problem in Australia – the world’s second-biggest coal exporter. Boarding traditional canoes they blockaded Newcastle, one of the world’s largest coal ports, to draw attention to global warming.

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