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NOT GUILTY: Easter Island falsely blamed for own demise

16 Oct 17 - Rapa Nui (Easter Island) has become the ultimate parable for humankind’s selfishness; a moral tale of the dangers of environmental destruction. But new research paints a very different picture.

Ministry denies cutting climate aid to Pacific

9 Oct 17 - New Zealand is denying an accusation that it is cutting its climate aid to the Pacific.

Tsunami wreckage serves as liferafts for invasive species

3 Oct 17 - Hundreds of species were carried across the Pacific to North America by debris — estimated to weigh a total of nearly 1.5 million tonnes — that was swept out to sea after the 2011 Japan earthquake.

VIVA VIKA: Giant rat lives in trees and eats coconuts

29 Sep 17 - A fabled giant rat known as the vika is the first new Solomon Islands rodent to be described in more than 80 years.

Easter Island becomes one of world's largest marine parks

11 Sep 17 - One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island.

Tributes pour in for islands' climate hero Tony de Brum

24 Aug 17 - Friends and colleagues remember Tony de Brum as a fighter for nuclear justice and a safe climate future, after his death in Majuro aged 72.

Islands need better data to manage climate losses

22 Aug 17 - In the Pacific and the Caribbean, island nations are already hit by climate change, but lack tools to measure the damage for leverage in international negotiations.


Australia just doesn’t get Pacific Islands' challenges

10 Aug 17 - Australia can help Pacific Island communities in a much wider range of ways than simply responding to disasters such as tropical cyclones.

There are ways we can save island nations from rising seas

28 Jul 17 - As sea levels rise, many island states could soon be annihilated and their residents forced to flee, rendering extinct their societies.

Fiji COP presidency must not fail climate victims

20 Jul 17 - Despite warm words about protecting the vulnerable, the island presidency of this year’s UN climate talks is showing no urgency on “loss and damage”.

Rising seas threaten scores of Pacific species with extinction

19 Jul 17 - The Chuuk flying fox. The Black-spotted Cuscus. The Fijian crested iguana. The Mariana skink. The greater monkey-faced bat. Poncelet’s giant rat. They live on islands in the Pacific and they are...

How a shipping firm took control of a country’s UN mission

7 Jul 17 - How the climate-threatened Marshall Islands came to be represented at UN shipping talks by a private company based in Virginia, 11,000km away.

Pacific nations push for Paris pact commitments

Voreqe Bainimarama

6 Jul 17 - A commitment by rich nations to the Paris Agreement and an end to fossil-fuel development were the two major issues to come out of a pan-Pacific climate meeting in Fiji this week.

Open your doors to climate refugees, Fiji tells US

4 Jul 17 - Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has called on the US to open its borders and offer a permanent home to the people of the Marshall Islands threatened by rising seas.

Paris agreement only way to save coral reefs

28 Jun 17 - Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline.

US exiting climate pact will hurt small islands

26 Jun 17 - To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the US pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

Coral reefs hold the history of the seas

21 Jun 17 - Much like tree rings, coral reefs can tell stories about how environmental conditions have changed over time.

NZ gives Fiji million-dollar handout for UN talks

22 May 17 - New Zealand is giving Fiji $1.3 million and the services of our top climate ambassador to help to chair international climate negotiations later this year.

Is Pacific climate message missing the God factor?

18 May 17 - Well-meaning nations who find their Pacific aid projects don't work out might find the reason, in part, is the sidelining of God.


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