tuvalu, like other pacific Island nations, faces massive economic, physical and social disruption and a threat to its very existence

Australia’s authority in Pacific ‘being eroded by refusal to address climate change’

Top climate scientist says leaders disenchanted with Australia’s promotion of coal and slowing down action on meeting Paris targets — Australia’s regional authority and influence is being eroded by its refusal to address the threat climate change poses to many of its Pacific neighbours, according to a pre-eminent climate scientist. As part of the Pacific …

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Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum

PM of Tuvalu said a country ‘starting with capital A’ wanted qualifications made to a communique on climate change and emissions — Australia attempted to water down a resolution on climate change agreed by country representatives at the Pacific Islands Forum, a leader attending the event has claimed. Pacific leaders issued the Boe declaration on …

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Rich countries cannot be allowed to buy their way out of climate change

This week’s UN climate negotiations in Bangkok begin four months of climate summits that could make 2018 the year that world governments chart a path toward tackling climate change — But if polluting countries and corporations are successful, ineffectual interventions – like carbon markets and geo-engineering – will become central to the global response to …

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Landslides after powerful 6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan’s Hokkaido

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says at least 4 landslides have been reported after the quake, and 6 homes have collapsed — (TOKYO, Japan) A powerful 6.6 magnitude quake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday, September 6, triggering landslides, bringing down several houses, and killing at least one person with several dozen missing. …

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Australia relationship with Pacific on climate change ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘abusive’

Palau’s climate change coordinator says Australia provides aid to region but on world stage undermines attempts to halt global warming — Australia’s relationship with the Pacific region on the issue of climate change has been described as “dysfunctional” and “abusive” – providing aid to the region to deal with the effects of global warming but …

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Australia signs declaration saying climate change ‘single greatest threat’ to Pacific

Leaders of Pacific Forum Island countries call on United States to return to Paris agreement on climate change — Climate change is the single greatest security threat to the Pacific, and all countries must meet their commitments under the Paris climate agreement, the 18 countries of the Pacific Islands Forum said on Wednesday. The first …

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Amazon mangroves ‘twice as carbon rich’ as its rainforests

The vast mangroves of the Amazon store twice as much carbon per hectare as the region’s tropical forests, new research shows — The relatively understudied ecosystem also stores 10 times more carbon than Amazon savannahs – a type of grassy plain with sparsely populated trees, according to the study. However, the wetlands face threats from …

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In Bangkok, governments scramble to agree Paris climate rulebook

UN climate chief calls on nations to make decisive progress in last-chance talks in the Thai capital   — The UN’s climate chief called on negotiators to take a “decisive step” at talks on the global climate regime this week in Bangkok. After failing to make enough progress in Bonn in May, the summit is …

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California’s response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy

California’s Democratic leaders are determined to fight the climate change that’s ravaging their state   — In America today, it’s rare to see political leaders respond to a threat with an appropriate evidence-based policy solution. At the national level, more often we see actions that aggravate existing problems or create new ones. California – the …

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Japan killed 50 whales in Antarctic protected area, data shows

The disclosure of the cull, conducted under a legal loophole, comes as Japan seeks to further weaken a global ban on commercial hunts — Japanese whalers have killed more than 50 minke whales in an Antarctic marine protection area this year, WWF has revealed. The disclosure comes on the opening day of the International Whaling …

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