Climate Change: Still Time to Submit on NZ’s Zero Carbon Bill

Climate Change Minister James Shaw meeting with Singapore’s Environment Minister Masagos Zulkifli at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Meeting in Singapore last week. Photo supplied. New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister is encouraging New Zealanders from all walks of life to have their say on the Zero Carbon Bill before submissions close this coming week […]

Lagipoiva: Why Ocean Management Takes A Village

As we mark World Oceans Day, Pacific climate change expert Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson writes from Samoa on the significance of ocean management on small island nations and coastal villages. She explains the important role that communities play in sustainable ocean management as they continue to respond to the reality of climate change and its impacts.  […]

Hawaii’s Volcanic Haze/Smog Reaches Guam, Saipan, Northern Marianas

Hawaii’s volcanic haze produced by Big Islands’  active Kīlauea Volcano, erupting for almost a month, has reached the Northern Mariana Islands of Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. Carried along by the Pacific trade winds, the Guam’s National Weather Service has advised residents that winds are expected to continue bringing haze for the next few days. Residents […]

New Zealand to Join New Nuclear Disarmament Treaty

In a media statement issued this afternoon, Disarmament Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will join a new international treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. “Cabinet agreed today that New Zealand will ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” Mr Peters said. “The treaty is the first international treaty formally outlawing nuclear weapons […]

Ground Broken for Pacific Climate Change Centre

At the groundbreaking ceremony in Samoa on Friday 11 May, from left to right : Hon. Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa; Leota Kosi Latu, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP); His Excellency Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa;  and Project Manager for Konoike, the international Japanese […]

Hawaii’s Big Island on Emergency Alert After Quakes and Eruptions

Photo: Jeremiah Osuna Hawaii’s Big Island remains in a state of high alert and tension after days of earthquakes with a major 6.9 shaking the island today, and the eruption of Kilauea forcing out molten lava, opening vents through the earth’s surface onto residential areas and roads. Hawaii emergency officials have ordered the evacuation of […]

Climate Change: The First To Predict Global Warming

Danish painter P.S. Krøyer’s The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain (1855).  Svante Arrhenius was the first to show that the carbon dioxide produced by the Industrial Revolution’s factories and machines would increase global temperatures. Image: National Gallery of Denmark. Today’s climate-change skeptics would have us believe that the whole notion of global warming is a relatively recent, […]

Climate Change: New Zealand Halts Further Permits for Deep Sea Oil and Gas Exploration

New Zealand’s Coalition Labour-led Government with New Zealand First and the Greens is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “There will be no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits granted,” said Jacinda Ardern. Minister Woods […]

Unpacking Auckland Emergency Management’s Lack of Contact During Storm

 Today , people in Auckland are seeing regular updates from Auckland’s Emergency Management/Civil Defence and Auckland Council and every infrastructure provider in the region.  Great. Last night, it was a different story.   No one in Auckland City’s Emergency Management communicated the severity of the risk to people, homes and property throughout the night.   […]

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