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Villagers file human rights complaint over plan for giant PNG goldmine

More than 2,000 people in 60 villages in Papua New Guinea’s north – where the country’s largest gold, copper and silver mine is slated...

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now ‘an immense floating plastic habitat’

A giant patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean is now "an immense floating plastic habitat" for marine animals clinging to its plastic debris,...

Glasgow Climate Change Conference: A Glass Half Empty

By Ian Fry For many, the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, was a significant disappointment. Much had been promised by the UK...

King tides wreak havoc on islands in Manus and East Sepik Province

The rise in sea level and king tides now affecting more than 30,000 lives on coastal Manus will continue through 2022, according to the...

New support from Republic of Korea for Blue Pacific Coastal and Marine Planning

The Pacific Islands Forum Deputy Secretary General, Filimon Manoni, and Young-kyu Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, have Tuesday signed a new project...

Ocean flooding hits Marshall Islands, Micronesia over consecutive days

Ocean flooding for the third straight day hit low-lying islands throughout the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), causing sparse damage...

Horror at new plan to excavate pristine Fiji reef

They want to create ‘world class’ surf waves by excavating two channels through coral reef off a pristine Fijian island group. But this Kiwi-led...

FSM experiencing massive flooding

Low-lying islands in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are experiencing massive flooding that threaten the communities across the nation. “We are watching what’s happening,”...

Australian Labour rules out post-election climate deals, dismissing Coalition scare campaign

The Australian opposition has attempted to blunt a Coalition scare campaign by ruling out negotiating a stronger emissions reduction target if next year’s election...

Convert climate ‘promises to action’, urge UN rights experts

Marking the 35th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development, independent UN human rights experts on Friday issued an urgent call to...

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PM vows to help Tonga after it was hit by tsunami

Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea has pledged assistance to Tonga following Saturday’s massive underwater volcanic eruption which caused tsunami affecting neighbouring...

Tonga’s undersea cable could take weeks to repair

It could be weeks before Tonga's crucial undersea cable - which connects it to the world - is back online. The cable carries nearly all...

Distress signal prompts UN concern after Tonga volcanic eruption

A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following Saturday's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami,...