Environment

January 29th 2015
News
New island in Tonga
There’s a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that’s been going on for the past month.'
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January 27th 2015
Volcano eruption in Tonga declared over
Authorities in Tonga say the volcanic eruption which created new land and which had been active for around five weeks is now over.
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January 19th 2015
Tonga's Hunga Ha'apai eruption forming new island
Ongoing eruptions of Hunga Ha'apai in Tonga are creating a new island, 65 kilometres from the capital Nuku'alofa.
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January 16th 2015
Volcanic eruptions disrupt more Tonga flights
Further volcanic eruptions have disrupted more flights to and from Tonga on Thursday evening.
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December 16th 2014
Conservation Board Vacancies 2015
The Minister of Conservation is seeking nominations for membership of Conservation Boards.
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December 8th 2014
Repairs on Fiji roads as floods recede
Road workers in Fiji are starting to clear slips on the Kings Road following severe flooding in the central division around Suva that caused at least one death.
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December 3rd 2014
Environment FREE, 3 Dec 14, PNG mining conference hailed a success
Papua New Guinea's Chamber of Mines and Petroleum says this week's annual investment conference in Sydney has been a success, despite a downturn in the market.
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December 2nd 2014
Distant nations accused of filing fake fish reports
Distant fishing nations in the Pacific have been accused of submitting false catch reports.
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December 2nd 2014
1.5 degree global warming call from Pacific
Pacific island countries attending climate change talks in Peru are pressing for an agreement to limit global warming to below one-point-five degrees by 2100.
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November 25th 2014
ADB behind huge Solar scheme in Cooks
Cook Islands' dependence on fossil fuels should be slashed by a project to build solar-powered plants on six of its islands.
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November 24th 2014
US faces lawsuit over 'violating' tuna quota
Environmental groups are suing the US fisheries service over a new rule that they argue doubles the fishing quota for the already overfished bigeye tuna.
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November 19th 2014
France to fund climate change expert at SPC
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says France is to provide funding for an international climate change expert, who will be based at the SPC from early next year.
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November 18th 2014
Call for help to preserve Solomons heritage site
Local people in Solomon Islands are calling for help to manage a World Heritage site in Solomon Islands which has been listed as being in a critical condition.
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November 18th 2014
Cook Islands tackles reliance on imports
The Cook Islands Secretary of Agriculture says young people must be encouraged to get involved in local food and vegetable production if the country is to stop relying on imported produce.
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November 17th 2014
Pacific leaders look to Hollande for climate action
Pacific Island leaders will look to the French President to take up their case for action on climate change when they meet him today in New Caledonia.
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November 13th 2014
Move to save endangered Samoan bird
The Samoa Conservation Society says a pigeon with a unique hooked beak, the Manumea, is considered critically endangered with only a few hundred of them left.
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November 12th 2014
Hawaii volcano flow devours home
A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island incinerated a house on Tuesday, the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks.
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November 11th 2014
Tonga's Ha'apai power network being rebuilt
Tonga Power has begun rebuilding Ha'apai's electricity network after 90 percent of it was destroyed by Cyclone Ian in January.
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November 7th 2014
SPREP says report signals harsh realities
The head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says the latest summary report from thousands of scientists points towards huge climate change challenges.
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November 6th 2014
Kiribati signs sanitation deal
Kiribati has signed a deal worth $US4.1 million to increase access to safe water and sanitation in 35 villages in the Gilbert group.
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November 3rd 2014
Troops cheered by Hawaiian community
National Guard troops arriving in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava have been greeted with cheers by residents.
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October 31st 2014
American Samoa to convert rubbish to energy
American Samoa will soon have a 20-million US dollar facility which will convert rubbish from the Futiga landfill to power.
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October 30th 2014
Lava close to Hawaii homes
A stream of lava on Hawaii's Big Island has crossed onto residential property.
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October 24th 2014
Betel nut ban to stay
The governing body for Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby says it will not back down on it's betel nut ban enforcement programs.
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October 21st 2014
Tonga to suspend sea cucumber harvesting
Tonga is to ban the harvesting, processing and exporting of sea cucumbers for the next five years, starting next month.
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October 16th 2014
Freeport to resume open-pit mining in Papua
An Indonesian Government official says the huge Freeport copper and gold mine can resume open-pit mining at its Grasberg complex in Papua.
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October 15th 2014
Pacific walking the talk on climate change
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says Pacific Islands are leading the way in action on climate change.
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October 7th 2014
Fiji drought risk eases
Fiji's National Disaster Management Office says a dry spell that threatened to develop into a drought in parts of the country is showing signs of easing.
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October 3rd 2014
Anger at proposed nickel plant in Vanuatu
A former MP on Santo in Vanuatu says a proposed nickel smelter will harm a pristine area, and that locals have not been consulted on the project.
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October 2nd 2014
Traditional local knowledge helps Tonga face climate change
In the face of increasingly severe storms and changing weather patterns causing drought and floods, Caritas in Tonga is integrating traditional local knowledge of plants and weather warnings with scientific observations to help communities prepare and adapt to the effects of climate change.
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September 29th 2014
Panguna landowners back PNG's ABG
Landowner groups in the Panguna region in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville are strongly supportive of the Autonomous Government's moves for a return to mining.
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September 26th 2014
Large area of Pacific Ocean off limits
Despite widespread objections, the US President Barack Obama is expected to declare a massive area of the Pacific Ocean off limits to commercial fishing and energy exploration.
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September 25th 2014
News
SIDs take lead at UN Climate Summit
The president of Nauru has told a UN Summit that vulnerable small island states are taking the lead against climate change effects despite their minor emissions.
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