In the 16th century, while traveling to discover what mysteries the Pacific Ocean concealed, Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira found a small group of nine islands. A British protectorate in the 19th century under the name of Ellice Islands, acquiring its independence in 1978, this small State is now known as Tuvalu. We have all heard the warnings of the environmental community, concerning global warming and the threat of the rise of the sea level. Well, this threat is a reality for many nations, and Tuvalu is one of them. Tuvalu has an average of 2 meters above the sea-level, having its highest point at 5 meters above it. With a population of around 10 000 people, a true rise of the sea level would mean a massive displacement of people who would loose their home. Environmentalists and the own government of Tuvalu, estimate that possibly in 30 to 50 years, Tuvalu could disappear from the map, literally. The government keeps warning the international community to reduce their levels of pollution, which not only endangers one of their main resources, corals and fish, but also their homes. Lets hope it is not too late… You can learn more about this matter here!