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CLIMATE CHANGE

Two seawalls
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Seen in these two photos are (right) the carapace wall in Sailele, built by McConnell Dowell over 15 years ago and (left) the latest endeavor by the Department of Public Works to protect the coastal shoreline in Lauli’i, which seems to be just a ‘quick’ fix with no long...
World Bank logo
Honolulu, HAWAII — The World Bank’s second Groundswell report estimates 216 million people could be displaced by 2050, across six regions, due to climate change. A newly released World Bank report has predicted climate change could displace 48.4 million in the Pacific and East Asia by 2050. Water...
Ice sheet in Antarctica
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A major new report published last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contained grave warnings on where Earth’s climate is headed. So what happens if humanity doesn’t get its act together? How bad could climate change actually get? The IPCC report...
Sam Purkis dives near a hawksbill turtle
Miami, FLORIDA — The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an...
Climate Change in American Samoa front cover
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Pacific leaders on Thursday met COP26 president Alok Sharma to set out their priorities for the major climate change summit in November. The major UN climate change summit, known as COP26, an event the UK will co-host with Italy is the most important climate summit since the...
A Tokelaun woman marching for climate action with a sign
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND  — In New Zealand, youth climate change movement School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has declared itself as racist, and disbanded, but young activists say going silent is not the answer. The group had organised large protests in centres throughout the country, becoming the...
Screen shot of google app
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world. The tool unveiled Thursday is rolling out in what...
Village leaders at low tide among mangroves
Apia, SAMOA — Leaders of the villages of Faleaseela, Lefaga and Siufaga, Falelatai came together today to share their experiences and knowledge on ecosystem-based solutions to combat climate change impacts faced by low-lying coastal communities like theirs, on the south west coast of Upolu....
A whale diving off an island in Tonga
Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — A whale researcher in the Cook Islands thinks climate change is affecting the annual humpback migration from Antarctica. Nan Hauser, who has been observing the migration for 23 years, said she's noticed a significant delay in their arrival in the past two years. This year...
Apia, SAMOA —  Last week Samoa launched the process to fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Third National Communications (3NC) and the first Biennial Update Report (BUR)...

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