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A child stands near an area of flooded ground where football is played when it is dry, at low tide, but the land is slowly being eroded and salinated by the regular flooding that occurs during high tides. Abaiang is one of Kiribati's atolls that is most threatened by rising sea levels. The country's government says Tebunginako is a 'barometer for what Kiribati can expect in the future'. Since the 1970s the village's residents have seen the sea levels rise and eventually erosion has meant that a major part of the village has had to be abandoned.