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Pacific climate campaigner Tony de Brum dies at 72

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CLIMATE CHAMPION. This file photo taken on August 1, 2013 shows Tony de Brum, then minister-in-assistance to the president of the Marshall Islands, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Association in Sydney. Greg Wood/AFP

De Brum, whose tireless advocacy pricked the world’s conscience over the fate of low-lying Pacific island nations threatened by rising seas, passes away after a long battle with cancer

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Aug. 23, 2017) — Pacific climate change campaigner Tony de Brum, who was instrumental in forging the 2015 Paris accord on global warming, has died aged 72, the Marshall Islands government said Wednesday, August 23. Continue reading Pacific climate campaigner Tony de Brum dies at 72

Rising seas threaten scores of species on Pacific islands with extinction

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Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus). Credit: Thomas Cockrem / Alamy Stock Photo.

The Chuuk flying fox. The Black-spotted Cuscus. The Fijian crested iguana. The Mariana skunk. The greater monkey-faced bat. Poncelet’s giant rat.

July 13, 2017 — Not exactly household names, but these creatures have something in common: they’re all critically endangered and they all live on islands in the Pacific Ocean that are at high risk from rising sea levels. Continue reading Rising seas threaten scores of species on Pacific islands with extinction

UN urged to hold world leaders’ climate bash every five years

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Half a degree is a matter of survival for island states, but (Pic: Alson J Kelen)

Marshall Islands president says heads of state need regular reminders about threat posed by global warming

September 12, 2016 — World leaders would be compelled to attend a UN climate summit every five years from 2020, under plans published by the Marshall Islands last week.  Continue reading UN urged to hold world leaders’ climate bash every five years

UN climate change body appeals for funding

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Developing country diplomats may struggle to attend UN climate meetings unless funding for their travel is radically boosted

September 11, 2016 — That’s the warning in the UN climate body’s latest budget report, which reveals just $80,000 has so far been provided by donors, compared to well over $300,000 at the same point in 2014.  Continue reading UN climate change body appeals for funding

Paris climate deal on cusp of entering into force this year

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A climate deal was agreed in Paris, but there are legal hurdles before it takes effect (Pic: IISD/ENB/Kiara Worth)

Momentum is building to kick start the UN pact in 2016, before Donald Trump can get his hands on the US presidency

August 7, 2016 — The Paris climate deal is a hair’s breadth away from meeting the criteria to enter into force in 2016.  Continue reading Paris climate deal on cusp of entering into force this year

Obama declares disaster as Marshall Islands suffers worst-ever drought

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The Marshall Islands were one of the most vocal nations calling for a 1.5C limit to the global temperature increase at the Paris climate talks last year. Photograph: Alamy

The declaration will allow FEMA to provide emergency relief to the archipelago, which received just a quarter of its usual rainfall during November to February

April 28, 2016 — Barack Obama has declared the severe drought in the Marshall Islands a disaster, opening the way for emergency US funding for the Pacific island nation.  Continue reading Obama declares disaster as Marshall Islands suffers worst-ever drought

Pacific nations lead the way on Paris climate accord

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Marshall Islands president: ‘By becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement, we have shown our determination to continue to lead this fight from the front’

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Mar. 21, 2016) — Battered by massive cyclones, El Niño-fueled drought and swollen king tides, fragile Pacific island nations vulnerable to climate change are leading the charge in implementing the landmark Paris climate deal.

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Rising seas swamp Marshall Islands

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CLIMATE CHANGE. A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls. File photo from Wikipedia
A combination of king tides and storm surges have swamped several communities in the Marshalls this week, tossing rocks and debris into roads, backyards and homes

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Residents in low-lying areas of the Marshall Islands were braced for ongoing flooding Friday, March 11 as a series of inundations underscored the Pacific island nation’s vulnerability to climate change.

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These island nations could be underwater in as little as 50 years

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Residents of Port Vila, Vanuatu, seen amid debris. Reuters
Climate change may still seem far off for some, but for the people of the island nations of Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and the Marshall Islands, it is already a disturbing reality.

January 1, 2015 —In recent years, cyclones, droughts, and other natural disasters have become commonplace for these Pacific island nations, as well as several other nations. If sea levels continue to rise at their current rates, some of the islands will be fully submerged within just a few decades, according to a UN report released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in early December.

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