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Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

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COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

SUVA, Fiji (Nov. 5, 2017) — Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week – climate change is real, it’s already having disastrous impacts on his people and only urgent action can address the problem. Continue reading Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

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

Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

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A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 22, 2017) — A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, January 22, but a tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled. Continue reading Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

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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