"The residents of the Cartaret Islands, north-east of Bougainville, are likely to become some of the world's first climate change refugees before the end of the year. The Autonomous Bougainville Government has begun searching for land to resettle them. Rising sea levels mean the atolls which make up the Cartaret Island group are regularly being affected by saltwater flooding, which are destroying the fresh water reserves and food gardens that sustain its estimated 1,400 people. But by the end of the year many of them are likely to be amongst the world's first climate refugees, as the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) wants to begin resettling them on mainland Bougainville." - Campbell Cooney, Bougainville works to relocate 'climate refugees', abc.net.au, 13 Feb 2009.