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CLIMATE CHANGE

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...
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the Pacific Islands Forum
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that he’s traveling to three South Pacific island nations to see the effects of climate change firsthand. Speaking in Fiji, the U.N. leader said he wanted to learn about the work being undertaken by island...
People stand near flood waters from Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying...
High tides in the Marshall Islands.
UNITED NATIONS — Ocean temperatures reached a record high last year, extreme weather events are exacerbating world hunger, and the world is not on track to meet emissions reduction targets, a new report says. The latest state of the climate report by the World Meteorological Organisation said the...
This photo provided by the Tank Guy Pago Pago shows participants on the Feb. 7 conclusion of the three-day American Samoa Resilience Summit to enhance ‘Climate Resilience’.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Tank Guy Pago Pago Inc. presented a simple solution at the three-day American Samoa Resilience Summit to enhance ‘Climate Resilience’; the implementation and installation of water tanks and water harvesting systems. Established in American Samoa since August 2018,...

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