So now will you listen? A Pacific perspective on the IPCC report

The Climate Report may come as a surprise to many, but for the people of the Pacific, these are our lived realities. Cyclones, droughts and floods are a part of our lives. Cyclone warnings are our normal, preparation and recovery come natural to us, because on an island, disasters are so normalized that we take it in our stride as our economies a crippled momentarily while we get back on our feet.

Pacific Scientists publish first sighting of pygmy sperm whale in Fiji

Scientists and Researchers from the University of the South Pacific (USP), published the first record of a sighting pygmy sperm whale in Fiji in the Journal of the Australian Mammal Society earlier this year. PhD Candidates Rufino Varea, Kelly Brown, and Jasha Dehm along with Research Fellow Dr. Brain Stockwell and Aquaculture Lecturer Dr. Chinthaka Hewavitharane utilized social media in the historical.

Photos by Brian Stockwell]

Islands apart: Competing campaigns risk Pacific consensus for top job – The Interpreter

Next Wednesday, 3 February, leaders from 18 Pacific states and territories will convene online for a Pacific Islands Forum “Special” Leaders Retreat. The agenda is a brief one – to appoint a new Secretary General of the Forum to replace the formidable Dame Meg Taylor, whose six-year tenure expired in January.

The role is one of the most coveted and important positions in the Pacific. The Secretary General is both the chief bureaucrat and diplomat, with oversight spanning across all Pacific regional organisations as Chair of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific. The Secretary General has responsibility for both enhancing Pacific regionalism and advocating for the Pacific on a global stage, reporting directly to the leaders of Forum members, and is also entitled to a seat at the table during regional negotiations.