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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fiji: Five Confirmed Dead, 2 Missing After Tropical Cyclone Flooding

Photo credit: Good Day Bread for Life Australia Information Source: Fiji Village/NDMO/Fiji Police/Fiji Roads Authority The latest news today from Fiji after Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Josie caused widespread flooding in the weekend on the country’s biggest island, Viti Levu.  Nadi and Nadi airport are located on the western side of the island. Police have […]

Coral Reefs, including Pacific, Under Increasing Threat

Coral on an American Samoa reef. Photo credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey The Pacific Ocean is home to more than 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs. One of the main environmental functions of coral reefs around the world is protecting about 150,000 kilometres of shoreline in more than 100 nations., said a […]

Samoa Hosts First Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium

Samoa made Pacific history today by holding the very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium in the region, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays. The world’s first regional shark sanctuary – the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary between Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Republic of Marshall […]

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