With 93 people still missing, the first reports of survival – and loss – are starting to emerge from the sunken ferry MV Butiraoi in Kiribati.
Ruteta, a mother of three living in Tabonibara village, North Tarawa, knows all too well the problems that contaminated well water can bring. Rainwater harvesting systems can provide safer and more reliable access to water for many people in Kiribati.
The annual dollar worth of a single live shark in Palau waters is est. at US$170,000. It is that realisation that led the country to build a sanctuary for divers in 2009 that started the shark sanctuary movement in the Pacific region.
The Kiribati-Solomon Islands ASA marks the fourth such similar agreement Solomon Airlines has signed with aviation partners in the last 18 months.
There is grave concern about the unrestricted flow of asbestos products into Pacific countries ill-equipped to deal with the problem. Besides Australia and New Zealand, no other nation in the region has a policy preventing the use and importation of asbestos. Nauru, Niue, Kiribati and Vanuatu account for 83% of all non-residential asbestos.
The SIS Strategy is an important integrating tool in Tuvalu’s vision and plans to safeguard its lands, seas and people to the growing threats of climate change, natural disasters and related economic and social hazards.
On 3 June, Mrs Bennett walked past Betio Hospital, functional but, previously, had been evacuated due to flooding: “You can read about it, you can hear the stories, but when you are faced with it in reality, it is incredibly stark.”
The swift action by FSM authorities reflects the importance it attaches to Observers. Their vigilance on behalf of member states in reporting fishing activity on board vessels licensed to fish in Pacific waters has earned the title of ‘Heroes of the Seas’.
‘400 Day’ is a level scientists figure the accumulation of greenhouse gases has pushed global temperatures up to nearly 1.5°C since 1850. They estimate that 2°C of warming will occur at 450 ppm.
UN head, Ban Ki Moon reminded world leaders the plan conveyed the urgency of climate action, enshrined gender equality and respect for the rights of all as “a promise by leaders to all people everywhere”, a pledge committing them to leave “no one behind”.
Tomorrow afternoon, Mr Ioane Teitioata will be deported to Kiribati unless Associate Immigration Minister, Craig Foss uses his executive power to intervene. Mr Teitioata’s fight to stay in New Zealand is well documented where...
NZ govt to drowning Pacific nations “not going to give it a white person’s guilt response to it,” Michael Woodhouse
Mr Woodhouse’s comments is evidence of the low priority the current Australia and New Zealand government immigration ministers have about Pacific island nations on the verge of drowning from rising sea-levels.