Sending back the rubbish to keep Kiribati beautiful

'Kiribati Te Boboto' means Kiribati the beautiful. It’s a slogan you see almost everywhere on South Tarawa—Kiribati’s administrative capital—where solid waste management used to be a problem that had no real

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Under Siege: Plastic Pollution Threatens Solomon Islands marine life

The sun rises over the crystal-clear waters of the Solomon Islands, casting a warm glow on the nation’s pristine beaches and lush rainforests. But beneath the surface lies a growing menace – plastic pollution.

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Mixed signs of agreement, warnings mark end of latest treaty talks

The third round of the plastics treaty negotiations concluded 19 November on a very mixed note, with countries agreeing to move forward but with environmental groups delivering sharp warnings that the talks risk failure

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A new chapter for Pacific ocean governance

The new Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Dr Filimon Manoni says the support expressed for his office and appointment from Pacific Islands regional agencies, is good news for ocean governance, and for him personally. The

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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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First steps agreed on plastics treaty after breakthrough at Paris talks

Nation-state representatives have taken the first concrete step toward a legally binding treaty to regulate plastic, described as the most important green deal since the 2015 international climate agreement. The banging

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Shipping lobby group advises caution on climate targets

An influential shipping industry group has quietly warned shippers to think carefully before they sign up for a new plan to reduce pollution and eventually eliminate their contribution to climate change. The

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Pacific nations double down on their green demands

As is customary in the run up to any gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), predicable fault lines are emerging.  Oil producing nations tend to

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Micro plastics, macro problem

An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic are circulating in our oceans, and that figure is growing by the equivalent of one-truckload every minute, the United Nations Environment Program says. Plastic pollution was a

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