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Pacific Islands Face Shortage Of Experts Needed To Fight Climate Change

Reuters | Catherine Wilson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green

SYDNEY, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a ...

Necessity Defence for the Pacific: Canoe Flotilla in the World's Largest Coal Port

Aaron Packard | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Aaron Packard

That's because just four weeks after the People's Climate Mobilisations, on October 17, 30 Pacific Island "Climate Warriors" are going to paddle in canoes that they have built, into the oncoming path of coal ships in the world's largest coal port -- Newcastle, Australia.

Championing the Development Aspirations of Island States

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

Small Island Developing States share many similar social, economic and environmental challenges, including relatively small populations, limited land resources, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, as well as high food import bills and an excessive dependence on foreign trade.

Reigniting a Passion for International Service

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The Peace Corps has always been about igniting a passion for service. When it was created by President John F. Kennedy, it presented a model for international service that was so unique, so unprecedented, that many said it will never work.

Kiribati and Climate Change: The Fight You Don't Read About

Fenton Lutunatabua | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Fenton Lutunatabua

"Plagued by sea-level rise," "Besieged by the rising tide of climate change," and "Climate change destroys Pacific Island Nation" are the headlines you are most likely to stumble across. Sadly, this island nation, rose to fame as steadily as the level of seawater has been rising to consume their islands.

Climate Warriors of the Island Nation of Kiribati

Fenton Lutunatabua | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Fenton Lutunatabua

Throughout the Pacific, climate change is heightening the intensity of extreme weather events, driving sea levels up and exacerbating droughts. If that's not scary enough, if the world keeps burning fossil fuels as it currently intends to, this is just the beginning for Kiribati, and it can only get worse.

Devastation in Solomon Islands Illustrates the Rise of Climate Disasters

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

We to stop calling this "climate change" and call it was it: climate disaster.

Asia's Best Islands

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Every year in our annual Readers' Choice Awards, we ask our fellow travelers to rate the world's best hotels, islands, airlines, and cruise lines. Here we present the top picks for beautiful Asian Islands. Agree? Disagree?

The Top 10 Islands in Australia & The Pacific

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Every year in our annual Readers' Choice Awards, we ask our fellow travelers to rate the world's best hotels, islands, airlines, and cruise lines. Here we present the top picks for beautiful Australian & Pacific Islands.

Dear Secretary Kerry, Join the Pacific Fight Against Climate Change

Christopher Jorebon Loeak | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green
Christopher Jorebon Loeak

Lying just six feet above the water some 2,000 miles south-west of Hawai'i, there is no doubt that the Marshall Islands stands at the front line. But our story here is quickly becoming the story of people everywhere.

Tensions Between Japan, China Rise

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 02.06.2013 | World

TOKYO -- Japan on Tuesday accused Chinese navy vessels of locking a weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese destroyer and helicopter amid escalating ter...

Chinese Plane Spotted Over Disputed Island

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 12.13.2012 | World

TOKYO -- A Chinese airplane was spotted Thursday above small islands controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, the first time a Chinese aircraft all...

Pacific Islands: Renaissance in Long-Overlooked Region?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The costs of providing small, disperse populations with basic health, education, energy, water supply and sanitation services are also high, and opportunities to increase government revenues seem few. But amidst this "sea" of challenges are glimmers of hope.

Japan Trades Words With China, Water With Taiwan

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 11.25.2012 | World

BEIJING — Japanese and Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other Tuesday in the latest confrontation over tiny islands in the East China S...

A Look At Pacific Island Disputes

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | World

Associated Press The Pacific Ocean is peppered with hundreds of islands – most small and uninhabited – that are claimed by more than one countr...

PHOTOS: Overwater Bliss

Islands | Posted 10.10.2012 | Travel

We've compiled our favorite bungalows here, perfect for a romantic getaway, dream honeymoon or just a luxurious vacation to truly bask in luxury.

PHOTOS: 5 Can't-Miss Scuba Spots

Smithsonian | Posted 08.04.2012 | Travel

So we go, tanks and tubes and valves flowing with pressurized air, into the finest Scuba diving destinations in the world.

PHOTOS: Swimming With A Bumper Crop Of Humpback Whale Calves

Tony Wu | Posted 01.09.2012 | Travel
Tony Wu


Terror Threat? Climate Change Shrinking Plants and Animals Part of Bigger Global Security Threat

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's announcement that climate change is shrinking plant and animal species and is likely to have a negative impact on human nutrition in the f...

Needed: A UN Special Representative on Climate Change and Security

Ambassador Marlene Moses | Posted 09.23.2011 | Green
Ambassador Marlene Moses

Climate change has transformed the world we live in. It is as big a threat to peace and security as nuclear proliferation or global terrorism. It brings hunger and disease, drought and deluge; in its wake will come the spread of deserts and a tide of refugees.

Branson Hears the Who? A Climate Change Poem With Thanks to Sir Richard Branson and the Great Dr. Seuss

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

In the heat of the day, with the very best crew, Sir Branson was flying quite far from the ground, when he heard a distinct, but a very small sound...

Minimum Wage, and Controversy, Reaches Distant U.S. Islands

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The 2007 increase in the minimum wage was a modest boost for America's low-wage labor force, but it's making a far bigger splash in the Pacific Ocean, on two remote outposts of the American empire.

Pacific Pushback Has the U.S. Empire of Bases Reached Its High-Water Mark?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

For a country with a pacifist constitution, Japan is bristling with weaponry. Indeed, that Asian land has long functioned as a huge aircraft carrier and naval base for U.S. military power.

Palau To Take Uighur Detainees

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The tropical Pacific island nation of Palau announced Wednesday it will accept up to 17 Chinese Muslims who have langu...