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CLIMATE CHANGE

Man walking through the bush with a string of fish over his sholder
Nouméa, NEW CALEDONIA — Ahead of the world’s climate change conference — COP 26 — scheduled to begin Oct 31, the recent Pacific Conference on Climate Change (7-8 October) aimed at enhancing climate resilience ambition in the Indo-Pacific region. Dr Paula Vivili, Pacific Community’s (SPC) Deputy...
Pacific climate activists demonstrate outside
Milan, ITALY — The Pacific is making a desperate plea to the world's wealthy nations: Step up and deliver on your promises to fight the global climate crisis. The call comes as climate ministers hold final talks before a key UN conference in Glasgow next month. One of the biggest issues holding up...
Dear Editor,   Is it true that a windmill farm consisting of 10 giant windmills (each over 300 feet tall) is going to be built in the primary rain forest behind Aoloau, Leone, Asili, and Fagamalo villages and that the access road will begin in Tafeta and run through several family’s properties and...
Keith Gebauer
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Infrastructure project proposals for funding under American Samoa’s share of the $479 million federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 will be required to comply with a provision of the statute addressing climate change, says ASG’s ARPA Oversight Office executive...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister has put climate change and ocean protection to the fore in a speech to the United Nations. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa told the 76th UN General Assembly in New York that there was no greater challenge facing the global community than climate change - including its...
Two seawalls
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Seen in these two photos are (right) the carapace wall in Sailele, built by McConnell Dowell over 15 years ago and (left) the latest endeavor by the Department of Public Works to protect the coastal shoreline in Lauli’i, which seems to be just a ‘quick’ fix with no long...
World Bank logo
Honolulu, HAWAII — The World Bank’s second Groundswell report estimates 216 million people could be displaced by 2050, across six regions, due to climate change. A newly released World Bank report has predicted climate change could displace 48.4 million in the Pacific and East Asia by 2050. Water...
Ice sheet in Antarctica
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A major new report published last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contained grave warnings on where Earth’s climate is headed. So what happens if humanity doesn’t get its act together? How bad could climate change actually get? The IPCC report...
Sam Purkis dives near a hawksbill turtle
Miami, FLORIDA — The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an...
Climate Change in American Samoa front cover
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Pacific leaders on Thursday met COP26 president Alok Sharma to set out their priorities for the major climate change summit in November. The major UN climate change summit, known as COP26, an event the UK will co-host with Italy is the most important climate summit since the...

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