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A hotel employee prepares coconut husks for recycling into rope at the luxury Soneva Fushi island resort in the Maldives. It's just one of many initiatives the resort is taking to reduce food waste. Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed held an underwater cabinet meeting in 2009 on the perils of climate change. He alleges he was toppled in a coup this week by armed officers. Mohammed Seeneen/AP hide caption

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