Environment

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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14th April 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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11th April 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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9th of April 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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7th April 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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3rd April 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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2nd April 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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1st April 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 204
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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