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Rising seas threaten scores of species on Pacific islands with extinction

fiji banded iguana
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

Flights cancelled as powerful cyclone bears down on Fiji

tropical cyclone winston
CANCELLED FLIGHTS. Fiji cancels flights and warns residents to prepare for the effects of severe tropical cyclone Winston. Rappler file photo
One resident describes severe tropical cyclone Winston as “a monster cyclone,” and “the strongest” Fiji has ever experienced

SUVA, Fiji (Feb. 20, 2016) — Fiji warned residents to brace for an onslaught Saturday as a category five super-storm bears down on the Pacific island nation, with international flights cancelled and evacuation centers activated.

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