At her home in the capital of the Marshall Islands, Abacca Anjain-Maddison, a former senator of Rongelap Atoll, gathers survivors of the nuclear testing era. The women play the ukulele, sing and share memories of once pristine ancestral land now contaminated with radioactive isotopes. Between 1946 and 1958, the U.S. nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. Though the U.S. insists that it is safe to live in the atoll, the people of Rongelap remain in exile. The nation is facing another threat. As powerful countries debate how aggressively they should tackle climate change, the Marshall Islands scrambles to hold onto its place on the world map. Rising sea levels bring legal challenges: Could a nation underwater have a seat at the United Nations?
Hendrik Hinzel (@jh_hinzel), Kim Wall (@kimw4ll) and Coleen Jose (@coleenjose) report on survivors of the U.S. nuclear testing era, lasting radioactive contamination and emerging consequences of climate change. See their three-part series on Mashable: http://on.mash.to/2opIp7x