'The damage that has occurred so far has been due to “inappropriate” construction, while some islands have grown due to natural accretion and endlessly shifting shorelines.' 'Many islands are getting larger and that the shrinking shoreline along coastal villages has largely been caused by commercial development, building of seawalls and land reclamation. “It is a much more complicated story than the island being washed away."
How much have sea levels risen there in recent decades? 'The longest running tide gauge in the Marshall Islands is on Wake Island. It shows a trend of 1.91mm/year since 1950; in other words, about 5 inches since the war. And, if anything, the trends is decelerating, with the 10-Year Average flat since 2002.'