Topic

Oceans

  • New diplomat to UN wants more Pacific say over ocean resources

    November 11, 2019

    Solomon Islands’ incoming representative to the United Nations wants to ensure Pacific countries gain control over their ocean resources. Transform Aqorau, who was the original chief executive of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, helped turn the group of Pacific Island nations into a force to be reckoned with in the international tuna trade. In […]

  • Environmental engineering solution for sinking islands

    November 3, 2019

    A team of UQ researchers is working tirelessly to find an environmental engineering solution for a very human problem in the Solomon Islands, where the lives of entire communities are in turmoil thanks to drastic sea level rises. Dr Simon Albert wants to solve an urgent, catastrophic environmental engineering conundrum. He is focused on the […]

  • Suspension of COP25 highlights injustice says Pacific NGOs

    November 1, 2019

    The Chilean Government has announced the suspension of the UN Climate Summit (COP25), scheduled to take place in Santiago this December, due to the social demonstrations protesting rising costs, debt and inequality, and marred by heavy-handed arrests from state forces in the past weeks. 350.org Pacific Regional Managing Director, Fenton Lutunatabua issued the following statement: […]

  • A story of resilience on Wagina island in Solomons

    October 29, 2019

    In 1964, young Joseph Teia said goodbye to his home in the Gilbertese islands, boarded a vessel and came to Solomon Islands and never returned. He was seven years old when he left. As a young child, he did not understand why he had to leave his home and his father behind to come to […]

  • US$29 million allocated for new seawall along Ebeye oceanside coastline

    October 23, 2019

    Marshall Islands President Dr Hilda Heine has announced a US$29 million funding partnership with the World Bank to design and build a new seawall on Ebeye in the RMI, in a major boost in the fight against climate change. President Heine said even more funding could be allocated to this “very important project” depending on […]

  • Climate warming promises frequent extreme El Nino events

    October 22, 2019

    El Niño events cause serious shifts in weather patterns across the globe, and an important question that scientists have sought to answer is: how will climate change affect the generation of strong El Niño events? A new study, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by a team of international climate […]

  • Ocean at ‘breaking point’: Pacific angst at latest climate report

    October 3, 2019

    For 74-year-old Teaga Esekia, a chief from the Tuvalu island of Vaitupu, the ocean is a lifeblood. “Tuvaluans, they have different types of months, not like January to December,” said the elderly but agile man, who still climbs coconut trees every day. “They have their seasons according to fish and planting. We tell the time […]

  • Fiji launches fund for people displaced by climate change

    September 27, 2019

    Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched in New York on Monday the world’s first relocation fund for people displaced by climate change. “Our new trust fund is undeniably one of the most effective ways that we can help our communities adapt to climate change. And it is also undeniably one of the most effective ways […]

  • Five Schools Trial Solutions to Reduce Plastics

    August 20, 2019

    Honiara, Solomon Islands — Five Honiara schools are trying for 10 weeks to replace single-use plastics in their lunch service through a new waste management initiative. Koloale, Florence Young and Emmaus schools are trialing a refundable-fee scheme, which involves lunch vendors or the school canteen serving lunches with reusable containers. Students are refunded a small […]