Environment

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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September 24th 2014
Key and Abbott’s absence at UN Climate Summit noted
The Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, Tony Abbott and John Key, have been slammed for deciding not to attend the UN Climate Summit in New York today (NZ time).
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September 15th 2014
WWF uses ‘shark gods’ to raise awareness

Radio New Zealand International reports that The World Wildlife Fund in the Pacific is compiling stories of shark gods featured in Pacific myth and legend as part of efforts to protect the endangered fish in the region.
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September 9th 2014
New fish species discovered in the waters of New Caledonia
While on a boat not far from Toombo Reef near Boulari Pass in August, Pierre and William Larue found a small silvery fish floating on the water. The fish was first given to the IRD (French Institute of Research for Development) and then SPC took over the task of identifying this small hatchetfish from the Sternoptychidae family.
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September 8th 2014
Island rising out of Pacific could be tsunami hazard

Nine months after a new volcanic island broke through the surface of the western Pacific Ocean and merged with the existing island of Nishimo-shima 600 miles south of Tokyo, the combined island is still giving off smoke as it grows 200,000 cubic meters in volume per day, thanks to lava flow. (That’s enough to fill 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools.)
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September 5th 2014
Samoa leads Pacific nations in signing Pacific Mangroves Charter
Environment Ministers of five Pacific Island countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu – have committed to increase efforts to conserve mangroves, by signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at a side event of the 3rd United Nations International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).
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September 4th 2014
Tonga a world leader in seabed minerals law
The Kingdom of Tonga last month became the first country in the world to put in place a law that manages seabed mineral activities within its national marine space and under its sponsorship in international waters.
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August 29th 2014
Yellow crazy ants cause havoc in Tuvalu

The Pacific Invasives Initiative Project says it is unfortunate the yellow crazy ant is causing problems in Tuvalu. 
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August 27th 2014
Cook Islands coastal calculator helps construct new harbour
After close to a decade of being without a harbour, the island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands cut the ribbon to a new climate resilient harbour this year, an outcome of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC).
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August 25th 2014
How Pacific youth are facing down climate change
The small islands in the Pacific are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, heritage, rich ecosystems, biodiversity and incredible landscapes.
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August 19th 2014
Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change
Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands. 
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August 15th 2014
Japan delivers early disaster risk radio to Solomon Islands
The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to improve Solomon Islands disaster early warning system through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.
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August 12th 2014
Tuvalu to help chair UN climate summit
Radio New Zealand International reports that Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga has been appointed co-chair of a one-day UN climate summit, to be held in New York.
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August 11th 2014
Tuvalu climate family granted New Zealand residency

Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that a family from Tuvalu have been granted New Zealand residency after claiming they would be affected by climate change if they returned home.
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August 8th 2014
Tonga King opens agriculture show
The King of Tonga, Tupou VI, opened the country's annual royal Agricultural and Fisheries show in Niuatoputapu this month.
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August 7th 2014
Turtle conservation project in Fiji shows signs of success
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that turtle hunters in Fiji have been turned into conservationists as a result of a long-running program set up by the World Wildlife Fund.
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August 4th 2014
Pacific leaders make oceans declaration 
Stuff reports that Pacific leaders have made a declaration on oceans.
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July 30th 2014
Marshall Islands gets high marks for shark protection
Marshall Islands shark protection legislation is being used as a global model by an international conservation group.
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July 24th 2014
Environmental film features at New Zealand Film Festival
Jim Marbrook, director of Mental Notes and the original Dark Horse doco, takes viewers inside the long environmental campaign that followed the pollution of traditional Kanak fishing grounds in New Caledonia in 2008.
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July 23rd 2014
Hybrid goat trial to start in Vanuatu
Radio New Zealand International reports that a research trial is soon to get underway in Vanuatu to assess how adaptable a breed of Tanna goat is to changes in climate.
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July 21st 2014
Pacific people fight climate change with canoes
This article was written by Fenton Lutunatabua for 350.org, an organization building a global climate movement, and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content sharing agreement.
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July 18th 2014
Pacific biodiversity threatened by invasive species
Radio New Zealand International reports that a specialist in invasive species says Palau is committing 1.4 million US dollars towards eradicating invasive species and is challenging neighbouring countries to help the cause.
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July 7th 2014
Kiribati buys land in Fiji to escape climate change
Kiribati has finalised the purchase of 20 sq km of land on Vanua Levu, a Fijian island, in order to give its people somewhere to grow food or to escape to, should the country continue to be affected by rising sea levels.
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July 4th 2014
Pitcairn marine reserve at stage one
Radio New Zealand International reports that a decision on Pitcairn Island's marine reserve proposal could be made by the end of the year.
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July 3rd 2014
$9m to go towards Pacific biodiversity projects
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that an environmental group is offering $US9 million in grants to help non-government organisations fund projects in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
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July 2nd 2014
The year of the sharks
Sharks are animals that are synonymous with the culture and heritage of the South Pacific. From Dakuwaqa, the Shark God of Fiji, to the shark legends of the Cook Islands and Samoa, sharks are not just predators from the sea, but are interwoven in the region's history.
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June 27th 2014
New funding for sea mammals under threat in Pacific
Radio Australia reports that ancient sea mammals are under threat in the Pacific but new funds hold hope for saving the species.
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June 26th 2014
New mammal species found in PNG

Radio Australia reports that one of Australia's first crowd-funded scientific expeditions may have uncovered several new species of mammal in Papua New Guinea.
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June 25th 2014
Samoa tuna company producing first frozen tuna
Radio New Zealand International reports that Samoa Tuna Processors is producing its first shipment of super frozen tuna for export.
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June 20th 2014
Obama setting aside massive Pacific marine preserve
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that US president Barack Obama has vowed to use his executive powers to protect US waters in the central Pacific Ocean and draw up a national strategy to combat illegal fishing.
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June 18th 2014
Researchers find great white shark population growing in Pacific
A new look at research on great white sharks in the eastern north part of the Pacific Ocean indicates the population is likely growing rather than endangered, according to an international research team.
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June 17th 2014
Foundation targets crowd funding for Niue Soil School
A not-for-profit agricultural foundation is raising funds for its Niue Soil School using crowd funding.
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June 16th 2014
El Nino pattern could mean dry year for Pacific

Meteorologists are predicting an El Nino cycle could return to the western Pacific in the coming months.
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June 12th 2014
Developing tropical fish stocks in PNG
Radio Australias Pacific Beat reports that a project between Australian and Papua New Guinea scientists to preserve marine life is turning its sights towards the demand for aquarium fish.
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June 11th 2014
Green fuel for Fiji taxis
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is fast becoming the preferred choice of fuel for LPG taxi owners in Fiji.
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June 10th 2014
SPC receives new banana varieties
Six new varieties of the Giant Cavendish banana that are tolerant to Panama disease were received by the Centre for the Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) from Bioversity International Transit Centre, Belgium in April this year.
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June 9th 2014
Lost big-eared bat found in PNG forest
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that a big-eared bat has been rediscovered in Papua New Guinea after dropping out of sight for more than a century.
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May 5th 2014
Hawaii pressured over whale and turtle protection

Radio New Zealand International reports that a lawmaker in Hawaii has called on the US Government to remove humpback whales and green sea turtles from the list of endangered species in Hawaii.
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May 29th 2014
Cook Islands on hunt for black widow spider
Cook Islands News reports that the island nations Ministry of Agriculture is trying to work out when and how venomous black widow spiders managed to enter the Cook Islands without being detected.
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May 28th 2014
New crop protection systems of South Pacific vegetables
Fijian and Samoan vegetable farmers keen to increase the volume and quality of their high-value vegetable crops now have access to five specially-designed protective greenhouse structures with improved ventilation thanks to the combined resources of *ACIAR/PARDI funded research and considerable local industry and business support.
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May 22nd 2014
Tonga’s drive to be fully organic

Radio New Zealand International reports that the chair of Tonga's National Youth Congress says they hope the entire country will commit to organic farming within five years.
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May 16th 2014
Cooks get first ever climate resilient harbour
Radio New Zealand International reports that a man-made climate resilient harbour, believed to be the world's first, has been constructed at Mangaia Island in the Cook Islands.
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May 15th 2014
Artists express thoughts on tuna
Tuna artworks that were displayed during the Europe Day celebration at the Fiji Museum this month was based on the future of the fisheries in the Pacific Islands.
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May 13th 2014
Solar powered pumps in Tonga to boost access to water
Radio New Zealand International reports that Tonga is to implement a $4 million US dollar project to improve access to water and increase income generation opportunities for local communities in Tongatapu, Ha'apai and Vava'u.
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May 9th 2014
New Caledonia marine park just first step
Radio New Zealand International reports that an international marine preservation group says the creation of a marine park in New Caledonia is just the first step and a management plan will now be developed over the next three years.
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May 7th 2014
Island leads in biofuel energy
An island in Fiji produces enough energy to light up their homes and power appliances all year long using biofuel from coconuts. Koro Island villagers are making use of the abundance of coconut trees and using their copra making skills to produce electricity, thereby saving on the full cost of fossil fuels. The biodiesel or renewable diesel (R20) is made up of 80 per cent diesel and 20 per cent coconut oil.
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May 6th 2014
Palau named Best Diving Spot at 2014 Marine Diving Fair
The Republic of Palau garnered top awards at the recently concluded 22nd Marine Diving Fair held in Tokyo, Japan.
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April 29th 2014
Over-fishing in Pacific destroying local tuna industry
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that Fiji's tuna boat owners say Pacific nations must cut the number of licences they give to foreign fishing fleets if they want to save the local industry.
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April 23rd 2014
Three Tuvalu islands go solar
Nukulaelae, Nukufetau and Nui – three islands of Tuvalu will now have electricity produced by solar systems 24-hours a day. This will save the Government of Tuvalu some A$200,000 that it spends for up to 120,000 litres of diesel per year.
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April 22nd 2014
Guam to focus on generating power via alternative energy
Radio New Zealand International reports that the Guam Power Authority plans to save power customers about 1.3 billion US dollars over the next 30 years by converting its oil-burning power plants so they can be fuelled by liquefied natural gas.
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April 17th 2014
Fish losing survival instinct due to climate change
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that fish are losing their survival instinct – even becoming attracted to the smell of their predators – as the world's oceans become more acidic due to climate change, according to new reseach.
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April 14th 2014
Saving Samoa’s rarest bird
Waikato Times reports that in an age when the piercing light of scientific endeavour shines brightly on the world's mysteries and magic, Samoa's national bird remains an enigma.
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April 11th 2014
Pacific nations working towards introducing wind power
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that Pacific nations are considering developing wind power as a renewable energy source.
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April 9th 2014
Palau receives $29 million loan to improve sanitation
Radio Australia reports that Palau is set to have better sanitation services following the signing of a $US29 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank.
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April 7th 2014
Samoa first Pacific country to complete global sustainable programme
Samoa has received a boost to its international tourism credentials by being the first Pacific country and the second country worldwide to complete a sustainable tourism programme.
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April 3rd 2014
Seaweed forests could help power tropical islands
Harvesting seaweed ‘forests’ and feeding them into large underwater digesters could one day meet the world’s energy needs, with nine per cent of the ocean floor being enough to replace fossil fuels entirely, according to an ambitious idea.
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April 2nd 2014
Solomon Islands launch disaster and climate resilience projects
At a ceremony held in Sydney this month, the Hon. Rick Houenipwela, Minister of Finance and Treasury for Solomon Islands and Franz Drees-Gross, World Bank Country Director for the Pacific Islands signed the agreements that will officially launch two new projects for Solomon Islands, one to improve electricity supply and reliability in Honiara, and the second to help protect communities against growing risks from climate change and natural disasters.
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April 1st  2014
Island nations to benefit from US climate change funding

The U.S. Government has launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.
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March 27th 2014
New book helps sandalwood cultivation in Vanuatu
Radio New Zealand International reports that a forestry officer in Vanuatu says a recently launched book is a great guide to teach local people how to cultivate the sandalwood tree in rural areas.
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March 20th 2014
Rare Tahitian songbird faces fire ant threat
Rain, rats and fire ants threaten the survival of the rare Tahiti monarch, despite a record best year for its conservation.
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March 14th 2014
Kiribati minister says Pacific nations pushed aside in race for UN funds
Pacific nations are being disadvantaged in their push to get funding from the UN, says Kiribati's agriculture minister.
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March 10th 2014
Marshall Islands says climate change behind floods
Officials in the Marshall Islands blamed climate change for severe flooding in the Pacific nation's capital Majuro which has left 1,000 people homeless.
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March 6th 2014
PNG ecolodge named in Lonely Planet top 10
An ecolodge in Papua New Guinea has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten eco-stay places in the world for 2014.
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March 4th 2014
Palau turns itself into giant marine sanctuary
The nation of Palau, made up of 250 tropical islands located in the western Pacific Ocean north of Australia, has decided to ban all commercial fishing, declaring the entire region a “100 percent marine sanctuary.”
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February 27th 2014
World’s best islands named in annual TripAdvisor awards
Tripadvisor has named the world's best islands in its Traveller’s Choice Island Awards.
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February 24th 2014
Niue increases use of renewable energry
The Government of Niue is expecting savings to the tune of NZ $137,000 per annum with the recent commissioning of their solar photovoltaic system project. The US $4 million initiative is expected to provide significant benefits to the people of Niue through the supply of solar-generated electricity throughout the entire island nation.
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February 21st 2014
Cobalt in Cook Islands awaits exploitation
This year could be a defining year for seabed minerals in Cook Islands. There are plans by its government to move a step closer to exploration of its massive cobalt resource, following the completion of consultation work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on how to maximise this potential national wealth.
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February 20th 2014
New mud crab facility opens in Fiji
Facilities that are expected to help increase mud crab production and better serve Fiji market demands were opened in Navua this month.
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February 19th 2014
Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa receive renewable energy funding
An additional one million dollars has been allocated for renewable energy activities in the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Samoa under PIGGAREP+, a Pacific regional project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy activities.
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February 13th 2014
Fiji will support Kiribati as Sea level rises
Fiji will ensure that the people of Kiribati have a home if their country is submerged by the rising sea level as a result of climate change, said Fijian President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
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February 11th 2014
Coral nurseries to help restoration of reefs in American Samoa
A world specialist in coral reef restoration is teaching American Samoan villagers how to restore their coral reefs by building numerous coral nurseries using recyclable materials.
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February 7th 2014
Pacific countries prepare to enforce historic shark protections
In seven months, more than 170 countries will start enforcing trade protections to help save several shark species from extinction. Preparation in the Pacific region begins in earnest.
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February 4th 2014
US publication rates South Pacific among top spots
Readers of the popular United States publication USA Today have placed the South Pacific as the seventh best place for a cruise holiday.
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January 29th 2014
Tuvalu's situation inspires high profile work of art
A Taiwanese artist's work themed around the small island nation of Tuvalu, which adorned its national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, is now being displayed in Taiwans capital city.
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January 28th 2014
Pigeon feared extinct found in Samoa
A bird cousin of the long lost dodo has been found in Samoa a decade after it was feared they were extinct.
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January 20th 2014
Measures to protect beekeeping in French Polynesia
A meeting has been held between French Polynesia's ministry of agriculture, rural development and the directorate of health and beekeepers as part of a plan to eradicate the zika virus.
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January 17th 2014
Thirty-two unexploded bombs found in Pacific
Thirty-two unexploded bombs have been found at Mamara, west Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands in the past two months
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January 15th 2014
Pacific experience record high temperatures in 2013
Radio Australia reports that the Pacific Islands experienced record temperatures in 2013 due to warmer oceans.
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Janurary 13th 2014
Remote South Pacific island aims to be first in the world to eliminate mynas
Radio Australia reports that a remote island in the South Pacific Ocean is aiming to be the first place in the world to become free of the feral myna bird.
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December 19th 2013
Japan grants USD$15.2 million for Tongan Solar Project
Tonga Power LTD have secured a grant from the Japanese government to fully fund a solar power project in Vaini. The grant of 1,573,000,000 Yen equates to roughly over USD $15.2 million.
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December 18th 2013
Saving Fiji’s coral reefs linked to forest conservation upstream
The health of coral reefs offshore depend on the protection of forests near the sea, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that outlines the importance of terrestrial protected areas to coastal biodiversity.
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December 16th 2013
Fears in Palau for the bumphead parrotfish
Radio Australia reports that there are fears in Palau that commercial interests of politicians could influence a decision on protecting the giant bumphead parrotfish.
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December 13th 2013
Human interference real threat to Pacific atolls
The facts around rising sea levels are widely misunderstood or misinterpreted. This has added heat to a New Zealand news story that went global: “NZ casts off first Pacific island climate change refugee”.
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December 12th 2013
Impacts of deep sea mining activities in Pacific examined
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are working closely together to consult stakeholders in order to identify and address concerns about the potential impacts of deep sea mining activities in the region.
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December 10th 2013
Indigenous vegetable promoted at SPC meeting
A three-day regional meeting to discuss the project – How an indigenous vegetable can contribute to sustainable development – was this week officially opened by Sairusi Bulai, Acting Director for SPC's Land Resources Division, at SPC's Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) based at Narere.
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December 5th 2013
Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Awards
A special ceremony to commemorate the Inaugural Pacific Islands Environment Leadership Awards too place in Suva, Fiji. The 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas opened in Suva with day one ending on a high note.
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December 3rd 2013
Conservation group calls for Pacific leaders to combat overfishing
Radio New Zealand International reports that a United States based conservation group says it is worried that negotiations on reducing tuna fishing in the Pacific is taking place behind closed doors.
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November 28th 2013
Workshop 'Explosive Remnants of War' concludes in Palau
A workshop on addressing Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) contamination in the Pacific has concluded in Palau. The workshop, which was held from 18 to 22 November 2013, was organised by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.
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November 27th 2013
24/7 Disaster National Warning Centre in Vanuatu
The Vanuatu National Warning Centre has been opened to help Pacific island nations to assess the threats posed by natural hazards like volcanoes, cyclones and tsunamis.
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November 26th 2013
Samoa boost energy security and hydro electricity
Samoa will reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and improve its energy sector’s resilience to future natural disasters with a $23.8 project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to rehabilitate three small hydropower plants on Upolu and construct three new hydropower plants on Upolu and Savai’i.
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November 25th 2013
Pacific nations call for Red Cross action on climate change
Pacific nations want the international Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to put more emphasis on helping their members adapt to climate change.
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November 20th 2013
Starfish pest cull in American Samoa waters after reef damage
Over 2000 crown of thorns starfish have been killed in American Samoan waters in an effort to halt the damage caused by the marine pest.
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Novemeber 19th 2013
USP students attend global climate talks
Pacific island university students are walking the halls of the Stadium Narodowy in Poland, venue of the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.
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November 18th 2013
Global Ocean Commissioner visits Nuku'alofa
The Commissioner of a newly established Global Ocean Commission, Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa from Tokelau has visited Tonga.
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November 12th 2013
Vanilla opportunities in the Cook Islands
Radio New Zealand International reports that the Cook Islands’ agriculture minister says farmers in the country can make a lot of money from selling vanilla.
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November 11th 2013
Island's reliance on fossil fuels tipped to grow
An Asian Development Bank report published last month titled Energy Outlook for Asia and the Pacific that surveys the oil demand situation around the world says despite strides being taken in harnessing alternative cleaner fuels in the Pacific Islands region, primary energy demand will more than double by 2035.
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November 8th 2013
Pacific ocean warming 15 times faster than past 10,000 years
Business Standard reports that deeper regions of the Pacific Ocean are warming 15 times faster than they did during the previous 10,000 years, a new study has found.
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November 7th 2013
High grade gold discovered in Fiji's Wainikoro
Radio New Zealand International reports that Fiji’s Mineral Resources Department is reported to have confirmed the discovery of high grade gold in Wainikoro in the north east of Vanua Levu.
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November 6th 2013
Springbreaker saves whale in Fiji
Sam Jupe was 10 metres deep and diving to the rescue of a southern right whale. The whale was entangled in a long line buoy out of Beachcomber Island, Fiji, which had completely restricted the movement of the tail.
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November 5th 2013
Solomon Islands village of Fanalei divided over controversial dolphin hunt
Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports that a Solomon Islands village is reportedly divided over whether to continue its controversial traditional dolphin hunt.
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November 4th 2013
Cook Islands joins pilot program to insure against natural disasters
The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot was renewed for its second season, with Cook Islands newly joining five other participating Pacific island countries - Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
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November 1st 2013
Frightening bugs found in Tonga trench
Stuff reports that a manned submarine has for the first time dived more than 10 kilometres to the bottom of the deepest part of the South Pacific Ocean - the second-deepest point in the world.
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