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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 climate change body appeals for funding

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(Pic: UNFCCC/Flickr)

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

Pacific nations open summit with eye on climate fight

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CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) are greeted by traditional dancers in grass skirts at the meeting’s opening in the Micronesian capital Palikir on September 8, 2016. Photo by Bill Jaynes/AFP

Climate change threatens the very existence of some low-lying island countries such as Kiribati and Tuvalu

PALIKIR, Micronesia (Sept. 8, 2016) — Pacific island leaders opened their annual regional summit Thursday, September 8, with a colorful ceremony in Micronesia, as some of the world’s smallest nations vowed to put up a big fight against climate change.  Continue reading Pacific nations open summit with eye on climate fight