Month: June 2021

dirtgoat June 29, 2021

Over the 2010s, interest in Environment, Social, and Government (ESG) style investment has skyrocketed, due to concerns over climate change, environmental destruction, and the simple growth of “green” businesses. Long considered a fringe element of the global trading scene, green finance has moved into the mainstream. Even despite the massive dip in overall trading caused […]

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson June 28, 2021

The Pacific Northwest in the United States is experiencing unprecedented heat wave this week. Washington State and Oregon have recording historical temperature highs, never before recorded in the typically cooler climates of the Northwestern states. “This heat wave is what climate change looks like. Quite frankly, this is one of the most unusually extreme weather […]

sdecosta1 June 27, 2021

A study jointly conducted by IPEN and the Biodiversity Research Institute found elevated levels of mercury in women from small island states and countries ranging across the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean.  The study sampled 757 women between the ages of 18 and 44, from 21 different territories and countries including Fiji, […]

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson June 24, 2021

American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa are both experiencing historically high number of ‘hot days’ this decade according to the latest report by the Pacific Islands Climate Regional Assessment team. The Scientists found that for American Samoa the number of hot days has increased from 9 in the 1960s to 22 days per […]

sdecosta1 June 23, 2021

A collaborative investigation by Mongabay and The Gecko Project on the latest plantation development controversy within the Papua province has unearthed allegations of falsified permits. There exists a long history of corruption around many Indonesian land deals within the plantation and mining divisions, and this particular controversy involves the legitimacy of land clearing permits for […]

charlietanala June 20, 2021

By Charlie Tanala Climate change-related disruptions, such as more intense extreme weather events and flooding, in Samoa are expected to pose threats to community health, coastal infrastructure, and several other sectors in the Pacific island country in the new decade, researchers said June 8. A report published by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment highlighted […]

dirtgoat June 13, 2021

Following a seven-year legal battle, the environmental advisory committee of the Solomon Islands overturned Solomon Bauxite Limited’s permit to open a mine on the small island of Wagina in 2019. The proposed plan would have affected 60% of the island and involved clearing 2,000 hectares of forest. An airport would have been built, along with […]

sdecosta1 June 5, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on June 1 that the University of Hawaii has been chosen to host NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (CIMAR). The University of Hawaii has also been awarded up to $210 million by NOAA to be dispersed over a period of five years, with the […]