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CLIMATE CHANGE

Mary Moeono-Kolio marching for the climate
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Mary Moeono-Kolio was up past midnight on Thursday, painting banners and stapling flags to poles. Writing chants and rallying her community. For two years now, she's been the coordinator of the Wellington branch of a group that call themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors...
A child in Tuvalu asks the rest of the world to please find a place for her country.
Tokyo, JAPAN — As the Rugby World Cup prepares to kick off in Japan today - the same day a global strike for the climate takes place - a new report has highlighted how three of the smallest countries taking part, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, are under threat because of the aggressive fossil fuel burning...
I love going back home. In fact, it’s really the only thing that gets me through Harvard’s rough semesters and Boston’s brutally cold weather. Thoughts of returning home to the beautiful beaches and the shimmering Pacific ocean that surrounds my beautiful American Samoa. Memories of riding in the...
Water rising in Aunu'u, American Samoa
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pictured is the devastation this past weekend, when high surfs caused huge waves to make their way on to Aunu’u Island, flooding homes and raising panic. Residents of Aunu’u are calling on government leaders to find a way to build a much needed seawall for the island, which...
Flood waters surrounding a home in Aunu'u
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — The rising sea level on the American Samoan island of Aunu'u has prompted residents to ask the territory's government to deal with inundation damaging homes and schools. One resident, who did not want to be named said government leaders should come and see the damage for...
Tuvaluan children sing a welcome for Pacific leaders at Funafuti airport.
Funafuti, TUVALU — The Pacific Leaders Forum in Tuvalu is shaping up to be a fiery one as superpower interests threaten to push aside regional concerns. Island nations consider climate change to be the biggest threat facing the region but western powers, such as Australia and the US, are more...
The tide can be seen coming dangerously close to a home in Nuuuli,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Did your village experience flooding in early July? Many residents noticed the extremely high tides around our coasts in early and late July (June 30 – July 6, and July 31 – August 2). Areas on the south and east-facing portions of our islands experienced the worst...
Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A study has been commissioned to examine the mental health needs of Pacific Islanders forced to leave their homes by the climate crisis. Auckland University's Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, co-head of the School of Māori and Pacific Studies, has been granted about $US400,000 for the...
 President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine, and President of the Federated States of Micronesia David Panuelo, US President Donal Trump and President of the Republic of Palau Tommy E. Remengesau
Washington, D.C. — Pacific analysts say a meeting between US President Donald Trump and the Freely Associated States has ignored climate change. The historic event on Tuesday with Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia renewed Washington's ties to the states. But a joint...
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
Suva, FIJI — The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has praised Fiji as a strong committed partner in peacekeeping and for taking a leading role in the battle against climate change. Mr Guterres was speaking after formal talks with the Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama this morning. Mr...

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