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Tonga and ADB launch climate change fund

1 Mar 17 - The Tongan government and the Asian Development Bank have launched the island group's first climate change trust fund.

Look what they found 5000m down on the Pacific seafloor

14 Feb 17 - Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet – the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific.

How climate change plays havoc with Pacific weather

10 Feb 17 - Global warming has already increased the risk of major disruptions to Pacific rainfall, according to new research by Australian scientists.

PACIFIC PROBLEM: Carbon cuts will not settle seas

24 Jan 17 - Even supposing the world does make dramatic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, the fate of the small island states remains uncertain.

Come see Pacific for yourself, MP tells Trump

21 Dec 16 - A New Zealand MP is challenging United States president-elect Donald Trump to come to the Pacific and see the impacts of climate change for himself.

Green Climate Fund gives millions to help Pacific

19 Dec 16 - The Green Climate Fund board has approved eight funding proposals worth $US315 million ($NZ452m) at a meeting in Samoa.

Dear Green Climate Fund, Samoa needs you

13 Dec 16 - The board of the Green Climate Fund this week is meeting in the Samoan capital Apia. Here, the country’s ambassador to the UN outlines his hopes.


Fiji turns beauty queen into climate queen

7 Dec 16 - Miss Pacific Islands 2016, 23-year-old law graduate Anne Dunn, has been appointed Fiji’s ambassador for climate change and the environment.

Tesla powers entire Pacific island using solar energy

25 Nov 16 - American automaker and energy storage company Tesla Motors has powered the Pacific island Ta’u almost entirely from solar energy.

Japan backs Apia climate change centre

28 Oct 16 - A Pacific Climate Change Centre, jointly funded by the Governments of Japan and Samoa as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program, will be based in Apia.

Asia and Pacific must spearhead climate fight

Low-lying coral atolls like the Solomon Islands are vulnerable

13 Sep 16 - Asia and the Pacific has been rocked by intense and unstable weather, bringing into even greater focus the need to build resilience against climate change.

We're on the wrong tack in Pacific, says report

Rachael Le Mesurier

7 Sep 16 - New Zealand’s policy of helping Pacific nations to prepare for the impacts of climate change by financing renewable energy projects is under fire.

Cook Islands quietly does the climate business

5 Sep 16 - Three countries have just ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change – China, the United States and the Cook Islands.

Islands fail to agree on plan to protect tuna

5 Sep 16 - Pacific island states have failed to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies of tuna and adopt cutbacks following a regional conference, officials said, sparking condemnation from...

How NZ could plug loophole in climate refugee law

Su’a William Sio

31 Aug 16 - New Zealand is being urged to form bilateral arrangements with its Pacific neighbours to take climate refugees until a hole in international law is plugged.

Bennett: We can look after the Pacific

9 Aug 16 - The climate change minister says New Zealand’s post-2020 emissions reduction target is sufficient to help to protect Pacific nations from the impacts of climate change.

Fiji to spend millions on coastline protection

3 Aug 16 - THE World Bank says Fiji will spend close to $700 million by 2040 on climate change adaptation projects for the protection of coastline communities.

Can Nauru bounce back from mining boom and bust?

18 Jul 16 - When most of us hear of Nauru we tend to think of immigration detention, or perhaps of the environmentally ruinous legacy of the island nation’s ill-fated phosphate mining boom.

PACIFIC PLEA: NZ should join island nations' fight

Su'a William Sua

15 Jul 16 - New Zealand should join forces with its island neighbours preparing to take bold action against fossil fuel producers, says Labour’s Pacific climate change spokesman.


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