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Vanuatu’s existential climate threat: “Losing my country is not an option”

In the wake of the latest warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Pacific island nation renews calls for a global phaseout of fossil fuels. By Ralph Regenvanu Vanuatu is on a permanent war footing due to the climate crisis. It is a country on edge. As I walk through the streets of our capital city, Port Vila,...

PNG Fisheries Minister calls on Forum Leaders to unite and stand firm against Japan’s plan to dump nuclear wastewater in Pacific Ocean

Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Jelta Wong has asked all Pacific Forum Leaders of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) to unite to form a stronger position against Japan’s plan to proceed with the dumping of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. “I make this appeal to the PIF Secretary General Henry Puna to immediately convene an...

Pacific Leader criticises U.S and allies’ new strategic language

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has criticised the United State for changing its strategic language around the Pacific without consulting the region, adding the growing competition between the Chinese and American governments was “an opportunity not to be missed.” Speaking in Canberra on Monday, Mata’afa said there had been new “narrative” created by the U.S and its diplomatic partners...

Final UN climate report an emergency siren: Greenpeace Pacific

The final report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s Sixth Assessment Cycle is the final-hour warning before the clock runs out on 1.5°C, and we must pull every lever to achieve the globally agreed objective, says Greenpeace Australia Pacific. The IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report, which integrates findings from the six reports the IPCC has published since 2018,...

Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it’s too late

Scientists have delivered a “final warning” on the climate crisis, as rising greenhouse gas emissions push the world to the brink of irrevocable damage that only swift and drastic action can avert. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), made up of the world’s leading climate scientists, set out the final part of its mammoth sixth assessment report on Monday. The...

Samoan PM pushes for Pacific voices to be better heard

Samoa's prime minister says small Pacific nations need to be listened to and consulted more over regional security issues as bigger players crowd the region. In her first official visit to Australia, Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa told diplomats and politicians Pacific nations felt like they were being left out of discussions involving their own region. “I feel I need to be very...

Australia pledges AUD$30 million support for weather ready Pacific

The Pacific islands have applauded the announcement from the Government of Australia, pledging its support for a long-term solution to weather-related extreme events posed by climate change in the Pacific through the Weather Ready Pacific Decadal Programme of Investment. Weather Ready Pacific is a visionary, ground-breaking ten-year programme of investment that will strengthen the region’s ability to anticipate, plan for,...

Concerns over nuclear waste disposal into Pacific: PNG

The Papua New Guinea Government is still in bilateral talks with the Japanese government over concerns that Japan might release one million tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean. The issue was raised again on the floor of Parliament on Friday by Kundiawa- Gembogl MP Muguwa Dilu, who stated that this was against the London Convention and Protocol of...

As Pacific islanders, we bear the brunt of the climate crisis. The time to end fossil fuel dependence is now

By Ralph Regenvanu and Seve Paeniu The cycle is repeating itself. A tropical cyclone of frightening strength strikes a Pacific island nation, and leaves a horrifying trail of destruction and lost lives and livelihoods in its wake. Earlier this month in Vanuatu it was two category 4 cyclones within 48 hours of each other. The people affected wake up having...

A liveable future for all is possible, if we take urgent climate action: flagship UN report

A major UN “report of reports” from the authoritative UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), outlines the many options that can be taken now, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change. The study, “Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report”, released on Monday following a week-long IPCC session in Interlaken, brings into sharp focus the losses and...

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