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  • Pacific Islands Forum credit: Pacific Islands Secretariat

    Forum marathon reveals tensions over climate policy

    August 17, 2019

    In a marathon leaders’ retreat that continued well into the night, with often heated debate, the Pacific Islands Forum has issued a joint communique and a new declaration on climate change. Throughout this week in Tuvalu, the Australian delegation has defended a series of negotiating red lines against strong pressure from island leaders, seeling more […]

  • Fiji PM calls for urgent need for the world to step up its response to climate threat

    August 17, 2019

    Pacific Islanders and climate-vulnerable people the world over will welcome our collective declarations at the end of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu on the urgent need for the world to step up its response to the climate threat says Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara. “There is no doubt that holding our gathering in […]

  • Palau tells Australia to step-up on climate

    August 08, 2019

    Palau has called on Australia to do more to tackle climate change, saying the Pacific’s “big brother” has an obligation to act on an issue that threatens the existence of its small island neighbours. Australia has launched a diplomatic push it calls the Pacific “step-up” to boost its influence and counter growing Chinese influence in […]

  • PNG Environment Minister wants plastic ban enforced by November

    August 06, 2019

    Papua New Guinea Environment, Conservation and Climate Change Minister Geoffrey Kama wants an outright ban on the manufacture, import and use of single-use plastic shopping bags in the country by November. Kama told journalists in Port Moresby that the ban introduced by former minister Sir John Pundari was a noble move which he wanted to […]

  • Why this Time cover is a disgrace to the climate realities of Pacific islanders

    August 05, 2019

    Eleven thousand. That’s approximately how many people are living in Tuvalu right now. That is exactly how many people are facing direct threats to their homes, livelihoods and identities as a result of rising sea levels, storm surges, cyclones and the other climate change-related events hitting Tuvalu on a monthly basis. Hundreds have already left […]

  • Pacific Island States declare ‘climate crisis’ and urge action

    July 30, 2019

    Nadi, Fiji (July 31, 2019) – A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared in a special session during the 5th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit and first Conference, echoing the global movement declaring ‘climate emergency.’ The PIDF Leaders’ Summit had representation from 10 of the 14 member states, which are among those most at risk […]

  • Pacific experiencing the realities of climate change, says expert

    July 30, 2019

    SUVA, 29 JULY 2019 (WANSOLWARA ONLINE NEWS) — Climate change is real and many Pacific Island countries are experiencing this reality, says climate expert Dr Jale Samuwai. Dr Samuwai became the first graduate to be awarded a PhD in climate change at The University of the South Pacific this year. Speaking at the USP graduation […]

  • Tuvalu bans single use plastic starting August 1

    July 30, 2019

    FUNAFUTI, 29 JULY 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) — A single use plastic ban and importation levy comes into force in Tuvalu from the beginning of August to help deal with waste in the small remote islands. It’s hoped the new measures will ease pressure on an overflowing rubbish dump on Fogafale where most of the population […]

  • Mobilising Urgent Action and Political Will For Ocean and Climate Change

    July 21, 2019

    There is an urgent need for action on the ocean and climate change nexus. Our oceans, which cover three quarters of the earth’s surface, is one of the greatest and most important resources of our planet. It provides food for four out of ten people in the world and is a source of income for […]

  • Climate crisis not science debate anymore: Kiribati civil servant

    July 20, 2019

    Kiribati’s shores are eroding and they are tired of world leaders denying their responsibility for the climate crisis. Terieta Mwenwenikeaki, the small island’s Permanent Secretary for Women, Youth Sport and Social Development is in Samoa for the Pacific Games, and said the climate crisis is no longer a purely scientific discussion. “It has become part […]