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October 8, 2020

Pacific small islands and ‘Big Ocean’ nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy

Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy. “All countries and peoples are in a global war against climate …

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A Pacific Success Story – The Micronesia Challenge Reaches 2020 Milestone Year

Fourteen years ago, five Pacific island leaders united for a better Pacific islands region, committing to the Micronesia Challenge, an agreement to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020. Since then the commitment from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of …

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Study of Orkney economy sheds light on island prosperity

As northern isles rattle the independence cage, a study of Orkney\’s economy sheds light on the distinctive nature of island prosperity, and points to some of the challenges small island groups might face. Orkney has strengths in renewable energy and tourism, but it points the way on Scotland\’s demographic challenge. It wasn\’t to make the …

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Study shows Falkland Islands\’ potential to become carbon negative

A new study by the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology suggests that restoring the Falkland Island peatlands could lead to up to £47 million worth of carbon offsets. These findings came in a report co-authored by Jonathan Ritson, a Research Associate at the University. With a UK target to reach net-zero by 2050, peatland restoration offers …

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New plan will tackle climate change effects on north coast of Seychelles\’ main island

(Seychelles News Agency) – Dunes and beach berms will be rehabilitated and new vegetation will be planted on the shoreline of the northern part of Seychelles\’ main island, Mahé, to tackle the effects of climate change. A shoreline management plan is being finalised for the North East Point coastline to transform it into an area resilient to …

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Grassroots network launches project to bring decades of learning in community marine conservation to scale In Pacific Islands

The Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network has launched an ambitious €4.4 million (US$5.1 million) project in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC), aiming to bring decades of learning from community-based marine management efforts to scale in the Pacific Islands. The project is part of the broader Pacific-European Union (EU) Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme funded …

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Climate change adds to plight of endangered sea turtles in Cyprus

PAPHOS, Cyprus (Reuters) – Hatched baby sea turtles on the island of Cyprus struggling to crawl to the sea now face the added threat of climate change as they dig their way out of nests in the sand, scientists say. The endangered species has faced decades of threats to its survival, including coastal development for …

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Sri Lankan navy tows stricken tanker away from coast, Indian plane sprays trailing slick

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan navy towed a stricken supertanker away from the Indian Ocean island’s east coast on Wednesday, while an Indian Coast Guard plane sprayed chemical dispersants on a long oil slick that trailed in its wake. A fire broke out in the engine room of the Greek-owned New Diamond tanker last …

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