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‘The next pandemic’: drought is a hidden global crisis, UN says

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Drought is a hidden global crisis that risks becoming “the next pandemic” if countries do not take urgent action on water and land management...

A New Zealand chapter of Greta Thunberg-linked climate movement disbands itself for being ‘racist’

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In September 2019, the streets of Auckland, New Zealand were a sea of protesters. Across the globe, several million people were marching as part of...

SPREP to celebrate 28 years with an Open Day on 16 June

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will open its doors to the public on 16 June in celebration of the day...

Restoring nature ‘the test of our generation’: UN General Assembly President

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Stepping up global efforts to combat land degradation is the only way to safeguard food and water security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ward...

IOTC adopts resolution to rebuild yellowfin tuna stock, but NGOs question its effectiveness

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The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) agreed to reduce the total allowable catch for yellowfin tuna after months of pressure from non-governmental organisations and...

United Nations set to decide climate claims by Torres Strait Islanders against Australia

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As world leaders met in south-west England to discuss future climate change commitments, priest Stanley Marama didn’t need any reminding about the reality of...

NZ 13 tonnes of shark fins exported overseas each year

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New Zealand is exporting 13 tonnes of shark fins each year despite the practice being banned in the country's waters since 2014. New figures obtained...
Dried up salination plant on Banaba Island.

The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

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By Joshua Macdonald BANABA, 10 JUNE 2021 (THE GUARDIAN) --- The last decent rain on Banaba was more than a year ago. Without rain, people on...
Oceans

End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for...

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Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his...
Fukishima Nuclear

Japanese nuclear wastewater to be treated before discharge into Pacific

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Japan's Government says nuclear wastewater it plans to dump into the Pacific Ocean will be treated. Earlier this year it announced plans indicating that 1.25...

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