Trump’s victory could unravel Paris climate deal, pinning Pacific islanders’ hope on Chinese leadership

Donald Trump’s move to rescind Obama’s climate orders could unravel the Paris agreement, taking it from the 97 per cent of global emissions currently covered by the pact to little more than the European Union’s 10 percent share.

Pacific welcomes global climate agreement. Urge negotiators to focus on real enemy – ‘profit driven systems’ in Marrakech COP22

For Pacific negotiators this is the moment of truth. The destination aimed for from 1992. They are the officials in the moment. To ensure the region’s priorities are not ignored, sidelined, diluted or omitted from the important texts that will frame policies, financing, activities and projects under the Paris Agreement and its future accords.

The ocean is losing its breath – and climate change is making it worse

Global climate change produces many effects – warming air energizes the atmosphere and intensifies storms; warmer water expands and raises sea level; storage of more carbon dioxide in the oceans is acidifying large realms. Now it is becoming clear that another, profound result of human activities is underway: lower oxygen levels in our oceans.

Advice to Mayor Goff and Efeso Collins on racism, take a leaf out of John Key and Olove Jacobsen’s book

Newly elected Auckland Councilor Efeso Collins’ racial discrimination episode on Tuesday evening this week has been met with disgust by many in the Pacific community.

WORLD FIRST: Practitioners’ Association established to build climate & disaster resilience for Pacific region

The newly established Pacific Regional Federation for Resilience Professionals (PRFRP) aims to boost skills, education, training and employment opportunities for diverse professionals dedicated to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and maintaining ecosystem services in the highly vulnerable region.

Preventable cancer deaths in NZ’s Pacific peoples are increasing. Yet decreasing amongst Europeans/Other – why?

The study’s findings are an indictment on government agencies, health service providers and social services who have certainly effected positive change in all other segments of New Zealand’s demographic but; have/are failing big time with Pasifika and Maori communities.

ALUMNUS HONOURED: Samoa’s Tuiloma Slade to receive honorary doctorate from Wellington’s Victoria University

Tuiloma’s acknowledgement is another example of Samoa’s close links with the university. Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese is a regular visitor and guest. And a similar honorary doctorate was bestowed on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Naioti Malielegaoi in 2012.

US Tuna fishing company ordered to pay US$2million for polluting Am. Samoa waters

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered an American tuna fishing company to pay a $1.6million fine and a US$400,000 community service payment to American Samoa authorities after it was convicted Thursday last week for illegally discharging oil in American Samoa waters; and maintaining false records.