PDN Guam: According to Guam Visitors Bureau exit surveys, one of the top reasons visitors come to Guam is for the island’s natural beauty and environment, said Bobby Alvarez, agency acting president and CEO. Recent research shows a third of Guam’s coral reefs are gone due to rising sea temperatures. A watch is underway for another mass coral bleaching event, […]
Australia has a responsibility to protect the Pacific region from the impacts of climate change, PNG’s newly appointed prime minister has said. James Marape told the Guardian Australia had “a moral responsibility … to the upkeep of the planet”, particularly given the extreme effect it was having on smaller Pacific nations. “I don’t intend to […]
The Pacific’s low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found. Atoll nations such as Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati lie only a few metres above sea level and are considered the world’s most vulnerable […]
More than 200 reindeer have died of starvation on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, with scientists blaming their deaths on climate change. The wild deer carcasses were found on the Arctic islands this summer by researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), which said it had never logged so many deaths at once in 40 years of monitoring the animals’ population level. […]
By Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson The Chiefs of Falealupo village, on the island of Savaii noticed a disturbing trend in the last ten years in their lagoon. The presence of crown of thorns have increased in alarming numbers. “It is impossible to fish here now. They have ruined the coral and now what was previously a […]
By Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson You know how we talk about worst case scenario of climate change impacts? Well, it’s happening now in some Pacific islands. All across the Pacific, high temperatures have been recorded and residents reported the hottest months they have ever experienced. For some islands however, the impacts have gone beyond a daily […]
By Cherelle Jackson POZNAN – The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr. Yvo de Boer, has made it clear that islands should be very weary of contemplating relocation as a response to climate change.
“Climate change is now everyones problem, it involves health, foreign affairs, agriculture and even finance, we are now giving them ownership of adaptation plans for Samoa,” said Anne Rasmussen, Principle Climate Change for Samoa.