Hawaii poised to slap tourists with $25 climate tax

Lawmakers in Hawaii are poised to approve a US$25 climate tax on tourists who visit the Aloha State in an effort to combat what they claim is an assault on the area’s natural resources. The state, which saw 9.5

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Opinion: Science says Tuvalu will drown within decades; the reality is worse

Tuvalu, a picturesque island nation nestled in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, is currently grappling with a relentless onslaught of storm surges and towering waves, wreaking havoc on coastal communities. While

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Winston Peters and Shane Reti make Cook Islands climate change announcement

Tackling the impacts of climate change is a key focus for New Zealand, with a total of $16.5 million (US$10 million) to go to the Cook Islands to help fight the crisis. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs

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David Pocock condemns Australia’s fossil fuel projects as an ‘existential threat’ to Pacific neighbours

The independent senator David Pocock says the Australian government is failing to listen to its “Pacific family” and must stop approving new fossil fuel projects that fuel “an existential threat for those

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The 2024 Pacific Forecast: A Turn for the Worse?

It’s 2024. Heading towards the halfway mark of this decade, the Pacific’s landscape is vastly different from four years ago, gripped in a steadily escalating set of challenges that may well define what the next

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Opinion: COP28 marks the end of business as usual for the Blue Pacific

The United Nations climate talks (COP28) concluded in Dubai delivered a mixed bag of outcomes for the Pacific.  An early highlight during these annual talks was the agreement to operationalise a loss and damage

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COP28: Short of the finish line

After almost 30 years of haggling over the planet’s future at COP meetings, climate activists descended on COP28 in Dubai in December, intent on achieving the phasing out of fossil fuels. Instead, the meeting approved

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Pacific faces new battle: plastic addiction

It’s a familiar story. While Pacific negotiators recently emerged disappointed but resolute over the result of the climate change negotiations in Dubai, they are also engaged on a new front; a treaty to govern the

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COP28: Celebrating the Crumbs 

After 28 years of international climate negotiations, the COP summit finally reached an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels. The mention of fossil fuels is in itself a breakthrough. But it is low-hanging

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Negotiations at COP28 hit roadblock as fossil fuel phase-out language faces opposition

On the last day of negotiations at COP28, Karlos Moresi Lee, the Pacific Islands Forum Programme Adviser for Resilient Development Finance, discussed the challenges faced by negotiators from the Alliance of Small Island

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COP28 draft agreement calls for fossil fuel cuts but avoids ‘phase-out’

Oil-exporting countries will be called upon to reduce their production drastically in the coming decades, if a draft agreement published at the COP28 UN summit on Monday is accepted. The text avoids highly contentious

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AOSIS Ministers express serious concerns over COP28 Global Stocktake draft text

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Chairs Minister, Cedric Schuster of Samoa, Monday voiced deep worries regarding the process and content of the document in reaction to the COP28 Presidency’s draft text on

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