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World's first 'climate change refugees'?

Indigenous people from the Torres Strait islands in northern Australia have told the government they are in danger of becoming the world's first "climate change refugees", due to the effects of rising sea levels in the region.

From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports on vulnerable communities who say the problem is "getting worse".

This piece contains interviews with islanders from the Torres Strait conducted by local researchers. Full details can be found at torresstraitclimate.org .

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