for Cruise Research
centre for research and for
"Small Islands Awash in a Sea of Troubles," World Watch Magazine, 1995, 8:6
pollution, and climate change are putting increasing pressure on the
island states. Most island states are extremely export-specialized and
heavily on imports for consumer goods, fuel, and sometimes food.
of hotels and dumping of waste from cruise ships damage ecosystems,
habitats of fish that may be an important source of income and coral
protect and replenish the beaches. Toxic commerce and nuclear tests are
threats, and rising sea levels and increased weather disturbances as a
global warming could be catastrophic. Recently introduced environmental
initiatives and efforts of island states to counter the threats that
by forming alliances that increase their political clout are reviewed.