Climate Change

April 2014

Storm surges rendered Majuro residents homeless

Giff Johnson

High tide energised by storm surges flooded many parts of Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on 3 March — the latest in a series of inundation events that have hit this north Pacific atoll nation in recent years. Two flooding incidents last year, including one that knocked down ...

February 2014

Measuring sea level rise in the Pacific

Sean Hobbs

Anticipating the effects of climate change on sea level is a pressing task, particularly in the Pacific. Getting hard data on sea level into the hands of decisionmakers and scientists is one of the roles performed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

“Carbon bubble” threatens to be destructive to the planet

MediaGlobal News Bureau Chief Nosh Nalavala interviewed Ambassador Marlene Moses, Permanent Representative of Nauru to the United Nations on the impact of climate change on small islands.

December 2013

World’s oceans to go up about a metre

Christopher Pala

The world’s leading panel of climate change specialists warned in a report issued in September that the world’s oceans will rise on average between half a metre and a metre by the end of the century.

“It’s time to stop this madness” – Philippines plea at UN climate talks

Wed 13 Nov 2013 -

Philippines lead negotiator Yeb Sano has just addressed the opening session of the UN climate summit in Warsaw – calling for urgent action to prevent a repeat of the devastating storm that hit parts of his country at the weekend.

Negotiators told ‘the world is ready’ for climate change deal, as UN conference opens in Warsaw

Tue 12 Nov 2013 -

WARSAW, Poland ---The United Nations Climate Change Conference opened today in Warsaw, Poland, with a call to reach a new agreement to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions during what is seen as a pivotal point in the negotiating process, made all the more urgent by the devastation in Philippines from ...

Small Islands Demand U.N. Protection

Tue 12 Nov 2013 -

Threatened by rising seas, some of the world's small island developing states (SIDS) are demanding that the U.N.'s new set of Sustainable Development Goals place a high priority on the protection of oceans and marine resources.

More frequent droughts as climate change hits Pacific: New Zealand scientist

Thu 24 Oct 2013 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- Severe droughts that happen once every 20 years will affect New Zealand once every two to five years by the year 2100 and the country's Pacific neighbours will need help to deal with the impacts of climate change, a leading New Zealand climate scientist warned Wednesday.

BRICS pledge cooperation on climate change

Tue 17 Sep 2013 -

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil ---- The BRICS bloc of emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, said Monday it would strengthen cooperation to fight climate change through a series of joint resolutions.

Helping the Pacific fight against climate change

Connie Hedegaard
Tue 27 Aug 2013 -

The Pacific region is on the front line of climate change. Its low-lying islands risk being swamped by rising sea levels and their inhabitants forced to emigrate.

Pacific climate leader visiting Australia to demand “new wave of climate leadership”

Mon 29 Jul 2013 -

As his country prepares to host this year’s Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting (3 to 6 September), the Marshall Islands’ Minister-in-Assistance to the President (Vice President equivalent) Tony de Brum, will be in Australia this week to issue a clarion call for a new wave of political leadership on climate ...

Climate Change May Cause Pacific Coral Reef Fish to Drop by 20 Percent

Wed 24 Jul 2013 -

There will be winners and losers when it comes to climate change. Some areas will flourish while others will feel the full, negative impacts. Unfortunately for Pacific islands, they may be some of the losers as temperatures shift and weather conditions change. Scientists have discovered that coral reef fish, which ...

Pacific islands’ deadly threat from climate change

Phillip Muller *
Fri 31 May 2013 -

For almost 70 years, my country, the Marshall Islands, has been fighting for its survival. Unfortunately, the threats we face are the result of forces we cannot control. From 1946 to 1958, we endured the horror of 67 atmospheric nuclear tests . The most powerful was the “Bravo shot,” ...

April 2013

Climate change top on PCC’s agenda

‘The church has tremendous influence over the lives of the people—much more than any government can ever hope to wield. The move will give impetus to efforts of Pacific islanders in making their collective voices heard on regional and global stage’

UN climate body offers support to Fiji as G77 chair

Thu 28 Mar 2013 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat on Wednesday assured Fiji of its support during Fiji's tenure as chair of the United Nations Group of 77 (G77), the Fijian government said.

OSIS Chair Praises EU For Climate Support

Tue 26 Mar 2013 -

NEW YORK, USA —The Republic of Nauru, current Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), announced at a recent plenary meeting of Ambassadors from AOSIS countries that the European Union would be providing essential funding to support AOSIS’s advocacy work at the international climate change negotiations.

First climate change glossary translated into I Taukei language

Thu 21 Mar 2013 -

SUVA, Fiji---- For the first time in Fiji, three government ministries have worked together to publish a glossary of climate change terms, translated into the iTaukei vernacular language.

March 2013

UN, Forum partners pushed on climate change

Giff Johnson

As evidence of climate change mounts, increasing worry in the Pacific about the future, the Marshall Islands appealed to the United Nations Security Council in February to take up the issue as a global security problem.

Pacific environment and climate change outlook

David Sheppard

It is said that ‘knowledge is power’ and as we embark on a new voyage for 2013, we do so armed with the knowledge provided by a regional environment outlook report that will steer us towards stronger actions and commitments.