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The Marshall Islands have built sea walls to try and protect their people from rising tides
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Pacific Island bid for carbon price on shipping fails to gain support

17 Jun 21 - Pacific island nations made the case for a carbon price to tackle shipping’s climate impact at the UN body responsible for seaborne transport yesterday, but found only tepid support.

Climate change a Pacific reality

16 Jun 21 - In the 1960s and ‘70s Pago Pago in American Samoa averaged 85 cool nights, that’s nights under 23c, per year, now they have just four. The number of days hotter than 32c has gone from nine to about 22.

Air Tahiti Nui offers CarbonClick offsets

3 Jun 21 - New Zealand tech company CarbonClick has signed up a second international airline to its offsetting programme.

Eighty two per cent of heat deaths in Honolulu due to global warming

2 Jun 21 - More than one-third of the world’s heat deaths each year are due directly to global warming, according to the latest study to calculate the human cost of climate change.

Support for Rarotongan climate research

3 May 21 - International agencies Aqualink.org and View into the Blue have donated advanced marine monitoring equipment for deployment in Rarotonga.

Pacific plan to decarbonise shipping

27 Apr 21 - The Marshall Islands is calling for a greenhouse levy on gas to speed up the decarbonisation of shipping.

Marshall and Solomon Islands call for $100 levy on shipping emissions

12 Apr 21 - The Marshall and Solomon Islands are calling on the International Maritime Organisation to introduce a US$100 levy on GHG emissions.


Questions over Samoa flood defence project

22 Feb 21 - Flood walls in Samoa financed by the UN’s flagship climate fund are inadequate and could put people in danger, experts warn.

Is Pacific Forum Zoomed to fail?

2 Feb 21 - Pacific diplomacy hinges on in-person discussion but web-only meetings have fed a growing dispute over the forum’s leadership and purpose.

How Pacific nations can survive climate change

Scott Morrison

1 Jul 20 - They contribute only 0.03 per cent of global carbon emissions, but small island developing states, particularly in the Pacific, are at extreme risk to the threats of climate change.

Honolulu mayor wants to sue Big Oil

8 Nov 19 - Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell wants the city to sue major oil companies for the damage he says they have done to the island of Oahu.

Cook Islands sacked me, says opponent of seabed mining

22 Oct 19 - The public champion of the world’s largest marine reserve – the Cook Islands’ Marae Moana – has said she lost her job managing it because she supported a moratorium on seabed mining in the Pacific.

Rugby stars are losing their Pacific islands

2 Oct 19 - Whatever happens on the pitches, rugby stars from the Pacific islands face a battle back home to save their ancestral lands from rising sea levels.

Pacific nations seek cash to clean up shipping

25 Sep 19 - A coalition of Pacific island nations wants to raise $500m to make all shipping in the Pacific Ocean zero carbon by the middle of the century.

Surf's still up but climate is changing Hawaiian beaches

16 Aug 19 - Climate change is taking the fun out of surfing, swimming, and snorkeling in Hawaii.

Australia seeks to water down Tuvalu declaration

14 Aug 19 - Australia is trying to water down a declaration on the urgent need for climate action at the South Pacific Forum meeting about to get under way in Tuvalu.

Australia puts $500m into Pacific climate fund

13 Aug 19 - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil a $500m climate change and oceans funding package for the Pacific region when he attends the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu this week.

Fiji calls world leaders selfish and irresponsible

8 Aug 19 - Fiji will introduce one of the world’s most ambitious legislative programmes to tackle the climate crisis, and has labelled the global community grossly irresponsible and selfish.

NZ stays out of islands' beef with Australia

2 Aug 19 - New Zealand is not joining other Pacific countries in criticising Australia’s plans to use Kyoto credits to meet its Paris Agreement target.


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