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CLIMATE CHANGE

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)...
The surf at the road side in Aua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It came “out of the blue”. The current rapid rise in sea levels causing water to reach their doorsteps, is why many villagers on the east coast of Tutuila are living in fear. While others are confident that the rapid rise of the sea level is a natural phenomenon, the...
Mangroves in the Nuuuli pala
New Brunswick, NEW JERSEY — Mangroves play a vital role in capturing carbon from the atmosphere. Mangrove forests are tremendous assets in the fight to stem the climate crisis. They store more carbon than a rainforest of the same size. However, they are under threat from sea level rise. A new...
A panel of diverse stakeholders shared their thoughts on how to improve the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii’s $100 million tuna industry was the latest focal point for members of Congress trying to decide how to improve the main federal law governing the management of U.S. coastal waters. Conservationists and commercial fishing industry leaders came together on the need to...
Jessica Pasisi
Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND — A colonial eurocentric view of climate change is failing to recognize many of the threats and impacts in the Pacific, says a researcher. For her PhD thesis at the University of Waikato, Jessica Pasisi spoke to 12 women from a range of ages and backgrounds on Niue for their...
Bleaching coral
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The heat in the world's oceans reached a new record last year, reveals a new analysis. The authors - a team of US and Chinese scientists who compiled data from nearly 4000 sensors across the oceans - say it shows the irrefutable and accelerating heat of the planet. The...
Wayne King, right, with Rima Moeka'a
Madrid, SPAIN — Pacific countries will be trying to apply as much pressure as possible in the latest round of UN climate talks, says the director of the Cook Islands climate change office. The negotiations - known as COP25 - began yesterday in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Over two weeks,...
Dr Anita Latai-Niusulu interviewing a Samoan farmer at his plantation
Apia, SAMOA — While the rest of the world is struggling to adapt to climate change, Samoan villages are already facing the challenge.  The village of Aopo has moved their entire community further inland as a response to cyclones and extreme weather.  In new research, on the impact of climate change...

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