Micronesia, as well as many other South Pacific countries, is alarmed by the effect continued global warming will have on its islands. The consequent rise in the level of the oceans threatens low-lying islands with flooding and, eventually, submergence.
In 2004, Yap was ravaged by Typhoon Sudel, and much of its infrastructure was destroyed.
Peter M. Christian replaced Manny Mori as president of Micronesia on May 11, 2015. Before being elected president, Christian served as a senator and as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Communication.