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Monday 17 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An expedition is currently underway in Vava’u to assess the Island group’s ecosystem.
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Wednesday 5 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fafa Island Resort yesterday, February 4, celebrated the declaration of about 485 hectares of reef and sea area around the Island as a Special Management Area. The special protected status means that only a person or a fishing vessel that has been approved by the Coastal Community Management Committee may enter the area.
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Monday 6 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An anti-whaling organisation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has today reported the sighting of whale poachers inside the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (an area of the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica).
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Tuesday 22 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first exploration of the Tonga Trench by a deep sea submersible vehicle to understand and document the environmental conditions and living species that exist in the second deepest point in the ocean was completed by Japanese researchers from October 7-20.
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Friday 11 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Members of various regional organisations have voiced their concerns over the prospect of deep sea mining in Pacific waters.
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Thursday 3 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s coral reefs in most parts are phenomenal and healthy but there are places where they are damaged, said a Chief Scientist who was concerned with the low number of large fish due to overfishing and recommended more marine protected areas with tougher fishing regulations to ensure damaged reefs recovery and bring back more fish.
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Wednesday 11 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The health of Tonga's coral reefs is under investigation in a new study that began this week. The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is on a one-month Global Reef Expedition in Tonga to research and make recommendations on how Tonga can preserve the resources.
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Wednesday 15 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has a high level of vulnerability to climate hazards and over the next five years will start planning to be better prepared to cope with the increased risks of climate change. Tonga is one of only three Pacific countries chosen to pilot a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) under a global climate change initiative. By Linny Folau
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Wednesday 6 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The flooding in parts of Nuku'alofa is a testimony to an ad-hoc decision-making process in the urban development of Nuku'alofa, Tukua Tonga, the director of the Urban Planning Unit of the Ministry of Land, said today. Flooding during this week's heavy downfalls of rain, has closed some schools and businesses, made roads impassable, and caused community concern over the associated health risks.
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Thursday 21 June 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Equity, dignity, happiness, sustainability – these are all fundamental to our lives but absent in the GDP," Helen Clark said today. "Progress needs to be defined and measured in a way which accounts for the broader picture of human development and its context."
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Friday 8 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A National Tree Planting ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 5 at the Nuku'alofa waterfront marking two important events, Tonga's 150 years of Emancipation and the launching of the Environment Awareness Week.
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Tuesday 15 May 2012
Bonn, Germany
The United Nations climate negotiations resumed in Bonn, Germany, yesterday, May 14. This session is the first following the Durban climate conference in December 2011.
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Tuesday 10 January 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An abandoned fishing boat that is leaking oil at Faua Harbour on the Nuku'alofa waterfront, after sinking at its berth well over a week ago, is one of several that are a concern for harbour users, while authorities are writing letters trying to force the owner to remove it.
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Saturday 7 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two ancient turtles thought to be 150-170 years old were rescued from a certain slow death on the Nuku'alofa waterfront yesterday morning by local conservationists who saw their plight and rallied local businesses for support to save them.
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Thursday 31 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Firefighters battled to contain a fire that raged out of control at a Pili quarry vehicle dump yesterday, while fears were raised that the toxic smoke from burning tyres, plastics and fuel was fouling rooftops and contaminating Nuku'alofa water tanks.
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Monday 7 March 2011
Noumea, New Caledonia
Heads of Pacific Islands' fisheries agencies heard yesterday that climate change is predicted to cause big declines in coastal fisheries resources in the region, with potential production cut by as much as 50% by 2100.
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Monday 24 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The issue of waste management for Small Island Pacific nations is a highly challenging one and is no stranger to Tongan shores
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Monday 14 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
Indigenous Peoples from across North America and their allies from around the world who have gathered for COP 15 lead an unprecedented demonstration for just climate policy in Copenhagen on Saturday, December 12.
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Monday 14 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
At the end of the first week of the climate talks at Copenhagen, thousands of activists from the Climate Justice Action and Climate Justice Now! networks are joining the climate march under the banner of 'System Change Not Climate Change' to denounce the climate negotiations as a predictable failure.
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Tuesday 10 November 2009
The Maldives
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed called on fellow vulnerable, developing countries to embrace a carbon neutral future, during his inaugural address to the Climate Vulnerable Forum, which is meeting in the Maldives on Monday and Tuesday.
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