Topic

Disasters

  • Tuvalu regressing on climate change

    September 30, 2020

    On the eve of the 42nd Anniversary of Tuvalu Independence, the country’s Opposition Group has issued a scathing attack against foreign interests determining Tuvalu and the Pacific region’s agenda. An example cited by the Opposition leader and former Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga was the current government’s decision to endorse the Pacific Resilience Facility (PRF) […]

  • Lessons in climate-driven relocation: The Narikoso case

    September 24, 2020

    Residents of Narikoso village in Fiji await relocation eight years on. Their experience provides valuable lessons for future relocation projects.   Eight years ago the villagers of Narikoso, a coastal village on Ono Island, Kadavu in Fiji, were promised relocation, away from rising sea levels that threatened their livelihoods and future existence. The Fijian government […]

  • Eco-tourism is the way of the post-covid future for the ‘blue’ Pacific

    September 17, 2020

    Unspoilt beaches, palm trees swaying in a zephyr of a breeze and the gentle sunlight dancing on the turquoise blue sea as the lapping waves shimmer on the breakwater make one imagine a Pacific paradise unspoiled. But, that is until the best sounds come screeching like a broken record as it grates and gnaws away […]

  • Common enemy overcomes fragile Pacific regional unity – climate change

    September 17, 2020

    Six years on from being appointed head of the Pacific Community, Director-General Collin Tukuitonga, a boy born on the tiny Pacific island of Niue, has a voice louder than a schoolboy rugby captain, a voice that serves him well as a Pasifika community leader. There is little doubt his credentials are impressive for a boy […]

  • How covid-19 has undermined climate change initiatives in the Pacific

    September 17, 2020

    “Climate change may be slower but its momentum is enormous.” – Stuart Chape, Acting Director-General, South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Does anyone remember Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmentalist who caused a worldwide climate change stir – particularly among the neoliberal believers – but was voted Time magazine Person of the Year 2019 for […]

  • French nuclear tests: ‘I bury people nearly every day, what was our sin?

    September 17, 2020

    The day began with a video, showing a disparate collection of arresting images – the drowned Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, camera in hand and a huge smile on his face. Mugshots of two captured French DGSE secret agents – a fake honeymooning pair jailed for manslaughter, but later spirited off to Hao atoll and freedom. […]

  • ‘We made the ocean our home’: The islands fighting climate change’

    September 14, 2020

    There is nothing like certainty in uncertain times. Every September, the northern summer folds into autumn, the southern winter blooms into spring. The leaves fall, the buds blossom, and all is well with the world. Except it is not. “Climate change has not stopped for COVID-19.” These are not my words but the headline of […]

  • Sir Julius suggests exporting gold to raise PNG revenue

    September 8, 2020

    Former Papua New Guinea prime minister and senior statesman, Sir Julius Chan, is suggesting an economic recovery strategy to be implemented by the State immediately to combat the impacts of Covid-19. As far as he is concerned, the 81-year-old says there is no analysis from the national government on the economic impacts of Covid-19. He […]

  • USP undertakes works for PacWasteplus

    August 31, 2020

    The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) has commenced works with the European Union Pacific Waste Management (PacWastePlus) Programme, through a service agreement focused on developing a sustainable capacity building programme for waste management in the Pacific. PacWastePlus is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of […]

  • Climate Change can’t be ‘quarantined’: Taloiburi

    August 13, 2020

    Pacific Island Forum Secretariat finance adviser Exsley Taloiburi is worried that climate change may slip down regions’ agenda as Pacific ministers put focus on coronavirus. Speaking in the margins of the Economic Forum Ministers Meeting (FEMM) Taloiburi said while the deadly virus can be quarantined and worked around, the change in weather patterns can never […]