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The Communist regime in North Korea has threatened the small island of Guam with the launch of ballistic missiles, but some scientists say the U.S. territory is already feeling the effects of another “serious” enemy.
“Some Guam residents told reporters that they worried what might happen if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, were actually to follow through,” the New York Times reported on Friday.
Scientists - Guam - Threat - Mind - Climate
“Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one other major threat in mind: climate change.”
“We know that it’s serious,” Austin J. Shelton III, a marine biologist and the executive director of the Center for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam said in the Times article. “Some of the impacts are here, and a lot more are coming.”
Concern - Damage - Tourism - Sector - Guam
One concern is reef damage, which could hurt the $1.4 billion tourism sector that, according to the Guam Visitors Bureau, accounts for 60 percent of Guam’s yearly business revenue and nearly one third of its nonfederal employment.
The Times cited a 2007 study by the University of Guam Marine Laboratory that estimated the economic value of Guam’s coral reefs to be $2...
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