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CLIMATE CHANGE

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...
“Make Earth Great Again” painted on canvas, held by a man in his 40s. Teachers clutching permission slips next to students who joined the cause. The raucous chanting as we marched down Philadelphia’s Market Street. The Global Climate Strike may have empowered each protester with vigor and hope for...
 The prime minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano.
Funafuti, TUVALU — Tuvalu's prime minister says his country is looking to Japan for assistance in creating an "artificial island". Kausea Natano has spoken to Kyodo News about fledgling plans for a major project using reclaimed land from the lagoon by the main atoll, Funafuti. The plans, revealed...
A residential area of Fiji pictured after Cyclone Winston in 2018
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — While the rest of the world wakes up to the climate emergency, people in Oceania have been living it  "for decades", a new report says.  In low-lying nations such as Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, many have already died from climate-related extremes.  Caritas Oceania...

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