Environment

December 4th 2015
Pacific leaders meet Obama in Paris
The leaders of Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea have stressed the region's climate change demands at a meeting with the US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of COP21 in Paris.
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December 3rd 2015
“We the Pacific” amplifying the Pacific voice at COP21
1 December, 2015, Paris, France, COP21 - The message was loud and clear from the Pacific islands at the “We the Pacific” dialogue forum in Paris at the UN Climate talks today. The Pacific islands are counting upon the rest of the world to ensure their survival and limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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November 5th 2015
Healthy Nature, Healthy People
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says Conservation Week, which runs from November 1-8 is a great chance for Pacific communities and all New Zealanders to get active outdoors and look after New Zealand’s natural world. 
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November 3rd 2015
Don’t take NZ’s Natural Beauty for Granted
The news in mid august that four takahe were shot and killed on Motutapu Island, an island sanctuary on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, appeared on the front page of The Guardian website based in the UK the following morning. The Deerstalkers Association was sent there to cull the growing number of the pukekos that had flown over, immediately threatening the 21 flightless takahes’ carefully preserved habitat.
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October 6th 2015
Pacific countries discuss environmental management options for deep sea minerals development
Nadi, Fiji – Recognising the importance of a consultative approach to the topic of deep sea minerals, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the European Union Deep Sea Minerals Project is this week holding a regional workshop in Fiji on environmental management options for deep sea minerals development.
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October 1st 2015
Kermadec Sanctuary in the Pacific
The Kermadecs, which lie between New Zealand and Tonga in the South-West of the Pacific, has been declared an Ocean Sanctuary by the NZ Government.
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September 4th 2015
SPC supports maritime boundary progress in the North Pacific
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia – This month the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is responding to requests from the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to assist these countries to formalise their maritime boundaries and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).
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September 3rd 2015
Pacific Community Director-General: energy mix and resilience key to sustainable island economies
Suva, Fiji – Greater uptake of renewable energy and stronger financial and technical support from wealthier nations are central to building climate-resilient, green blue island economies, according to the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.
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August 24th 2015
DOC halts pukeko cull after takahe deaths
DOC has put an immediate halt to pukeko culling operations near threatened takahe populations after the discovery of four dead takahe on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
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July 15th 2015
North Pacific negotiators prepare for Paris climate change
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia – A crucial workshop to prepare three North Pacific nations for their participation in negotiations at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference opened in Pohnpei on Monday 13th July, supported by the Government of Germany.
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July 3rd 2015
Contrasting futures for the ocean give a stark warning to governments ahead of Paris climate negotiations
Noumea, New Caledonia – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has contributed to a scientific paper published by the Oceans 2015 Initiative in the influential Science magazine and launched on the eve of the “Our common future under climate change” scientific conference in Paris.
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March 2nd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
A round-up of recent disasters and threats from Mother Nature,
 throughout the Pacific
HAWAII, AUGUST 2014: HAWAII BRACED ITSELF FOR A rare pair of major storms barrelling toward the archipelago, with Hurricane Iselle leading the way with high winds and heavy surf as Hurricane Julio gathered steam behind it.
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February 23rd 2015
Grim coral bleaching forecast for 2015
Climate scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fear the worst coral bleaching phenomena this year since 2010.
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February 17th 2015
Nauru prioritises water storage and security
Improving water storage and security have been pinpointed as urgent in Nauru's plan for adapting to climate change.
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February 11th 2015
Palau to learn about erosion control in Tonga
A team from Palau is in Tonga to study a government project constructing foreshores in eastern Tongatapu to combat erosion.
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February 11th 2015
Reports of new volcanic eruption in Tonga
There are reports in Tonga of another volcanic eruption.
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February 9th 2015
Nauru launches disaster framework
Nauru has launched its first ever national framework aimed at increasing its resilience to climate change and disaster risks.
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February 3rd 2015
Flooding hits Samoa
The heavy rain as a result of two tropical depressions over the Pacific caused flooding on several streets in Apia over the weekend.
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February 2nd 2015
Palau joins Project Eyes on the Seas
Palau has joined the international ocean monitoring collective known as Project Eyes on the Seas.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Cyclone Ola near New Caledonia weakens
Tropical Cyclone Ola near New Caledonia is weakening as it moves south.
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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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