Turning the Tide on Plastics

Pristine, picturesque, paradise. Common words which are often used to describe our Pacific Island Countries. It is not unusual to hear that a visit to the Pacific region sits on the bucket lists of many people. With

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Amount of warming triggering carbon dioxide in air hits new peak

The cause of global warming is showing no signs of slowing as heat-trapping carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere increased to record highs in its annual Spring peak, jumping at one of the fastest rates on record,

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Cook Islands pressing ahead with environment policy

It’s a document which received applause from Cook Islands environmentalists and school students alike when it was launched last week.  The Cook Islands National Environment Policy 2022-32 is an attempt to ‘escalate

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Japan’s recycling town: Can it inspire the Pacific?

When the residents of Osaki in southern Japan were first told about new plans for waste management and recycling in their small town, some were unhappy. “They threw cans at us,” said the Assistant Section Chief and

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Tap into “environmentally conscious” tourists: Pacific report

A recently released report is recommending that Pacific destinations tap into environmentally conscious tourists when rebuilding their tourism sectors.  This was part of recommendations in a recently released

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Paddling Reverend creates global ripples

By Anendra Singh Mother Earth speaks volumes when it comes to defining life, but the Reverend James Shri Bhagwan believes a more universal dialect does that better.In trying to put global existence on its axis from a

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Nawadra to lead SPREP

Fiji’s Sefanaia Nawadra is the new Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Nawadra takes up the role next April, and will succeed Samoa’s Kosi Latu, who has served

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Giving it his best shot

Ernest Gibson wondered if it was a hoax when he was first contacted about joining the Earthshot Prize Council as it came completely out of the blue. The Council, which includes Prince William, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of

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Opinion: Environmental protection and government’s failures

Last month the Suva Magistrates Court found the developers of a resort site on Fiji’s Malolo Islands guilty of undertaking development without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment Report. That development

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Not for sale

FIJI’S iconic flower, the Tagimoucia, is not for sale. Fijian authorities have made this statement to Islands Business magazine following reports that a world-leading botanical garden is looking at

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A murky mix of vested interests

AN oil spill in Rennell, Solomon Islands is turning into a disaster of catastrophic proportions, threatening the world’s biggest raised coral atoll and prompting caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou

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Fraud claims in Ambae

A MORE consistent and co-ordinated effort is required as an estimated 1000 people affected by continuous acid rain on Ambae Island have moved to Santo and Port Vila, a spokesperson for the Ambae disaster committee has

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