Maldives government officials donned scuba gear yesterday for an underwater meeting amidst pristine coral, to highlight the threat global warming threat poses to the world's lowest-lying nation. During the meeting, conducted mainly by writing on white boards and using hand signals, Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed signed a document asking all countries to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions, prior to the U.N. climate change conference scheduled for December in Copenhagen.
The meeting was held about 20 feet below the surface in water off one of the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Maldives is a magnet for divers and snorkelers who come to view the spectacular coral formations and schools of fish, but there are other islands where scuba divers and snorkelers can view colorful coral.
For example, you can walk off Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay that's part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and swim through coral canyons in less than 30 feet of water. To find some of the most colorful coral in the world, visit 5 Picks for Scuba Diving Off the Shore.
Photo of diving off Lady Elliot Island by Clint Hempsall