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New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise. New Zealand could introduce a visa to help relocate people affected by climate change. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Minister says experimental humanitarian visa category could be introduced for people displaced by rising seas

November 1,  2017 — New Zealand’s new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific peoples displaced by climate change. Continue reading New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ

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Villagers in Kiribati, which the World Bank says should be allowed to work and permanently settle in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

World Bank argues structured migration program would prevent forced migration in future generations

May 8, 2017 — Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a paper from the World Bank argues. Continue reading World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ

Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors

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The Investor Group on Climate Change has urged the government to take concreted steps to unlock new investment. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

Move needed to drive orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, Investor Group on Climate Change says

March 7, 2017 — The Turnbull government needs to put a price on carbon to unlock new investment in the electricity sector and drive an orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, according to the Investor Group on Climate Change. Continue reading Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors

UN FAO, New Zealand aid Cotabato drought-affected areas

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NEW HOPE. A woman fisher stands by a lake in Sitio Bulogo, Baranggay Matilac in Pigkawayan municipality and shows a gill net she received through FAO. Photo by Dante Diosina/FAO

Through a $3-million grant from the New Zealand government, FAO is currently supporting the recovery of 10,475 farming and fishing households in the province of Cotabato

COTABATO PROVINCE, Philippines (Jan. 14, 2017) — Farming and fishing families in Mindanao are no stranger to both natural and human-induced disasters. Continue reading UN FAO, New Zealand aid Cotabato drought-affected areas

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

UN countries urged to ‘go the extra yard’ for Fiji

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REBUILDING IN FIJI Photo: RNZI / Alex Perrrottet
Fiji has made a plea at the UN for immediate assistance from member countries as it says it can’t handle the effects of Cyclone Winston alone

March 4, 2016 — Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN Peter Thomson told UN member countries nearly half of the population had been affected by the storm, a third of them children.

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Urgent need for relief in Fiji’s remote islands

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A child climbs through the remains of a home destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

March 4, 2016 — Aid and relief to Fiji’s remote communities hit by Cyclone Winston is increasingly challenging, with the Red Cross saying the outer islands are in urgent need of food, water and emergency shelter.

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Hong Kong breaks record for least affordable housing

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REAL ESTATE. Mass residential housing in Tseung Kwan O, Kowloon, Hong Kong, October 31, 2015. Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA
Data show a 40-square meter flat costs more than US$750,000, making housing ‘severely unaffordable’

HONG KONG, China (Jan. 25, 2016) — Hong Kong has the least affordable housing of 87 major global cities, with prices a record 19 times average pre-tax household income, a new survey said.

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