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Tuesday 9 February 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Catching yellowfin tuna using the free-school fishing method has earned The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) a Seafood Champion Award 2016 and certification to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label. Dr Transform Agorau said it was humbling to obtain international recognition for the vision to manage tuna fisheries effectively from their small office in the Marshall Islands.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Paris, France
Before it has even been agreed upon, the world is already failing the current proposal for the new Climate Change agreement to reduce global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. While the Pacific islands call for the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the reality is the combination of all national pledges now on the table takes it to over 3 degrees Celsius. - SPREP
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Monday 7 December 2015
Paris, France
Action Day at COP 21 in Paris, France has thrust the environmental leadership of the Pacific islands at the forefront of a Pacific Press Conference featuring the Heads of State from the Cook Islands, Palau and Tuvalu.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As world leaders began to arrive in the French capital to finalise a global agreement on climate change, almost all the independent islands of the Pacific had submitted their new climate action plan – but not Tonga.
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Friday 13 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A major fire on Late Island, believed to have started on Thursday, has continued to rage throughout Friday night on the island - an important nature reserve. "I can see the red glow of a raging fire on Late now at 20:23... it is heartbreaking," said biologist Nadya Zvyagina on Friday night from Fangasito, Vava'u. There is a lot of dead wood on the island after Cyclone Ian.
Tuesday 25 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been included in the first destinations to be analyzed with the potential to become Whale Heritage Sites.
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Thursday 15 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nature played with the sea and the sky over Tonga this week as an algae bloom turned the seas frothy white, chocolate and red, while the sun shone through a champagne sky - captured on camera at Kanokupolu Beach this morning.
Friday 22 August 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
The Secretariat of the South Pacific Community (SPC) is encouraging its Pacific Island members to adopt a fisheries management plan that ensures sustainable use of coastal resources.
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Monday 18 August 2014
Honolulu, Hawaii
After visiting Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, on August 14 expressed his concern over the effects of Climate Change on Pacific Islands.
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Monday 21 July 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Colourful artwork, designed to catch the eye and change the mindset of careless litterbugs, is brightening the Nuku'alofa Central Business District.
Friday 13 June 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Oceania's Humpback whale population is slowly recovering, but it will take three decades before the population will fully recover from its near extinction levels in the 1960s, according to an assessment by the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC).
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Saturday 7 December 2013
Cairns, Australia
Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment that the Pacific tuna talks which ended in Cairns yesterday have failed to take action to end overfishing of the region's valuable tuna stocks, which it says is in a dire state “as the region is robbed of its resources”.
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Wednesday 25 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Island Forum Leaders made a commitment to be Climate Leaders when they adopted the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership in Majuro, Marshall Islands early this month, 5 September. The Declaration will be presented by the Chair of the Pacific Forum to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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Tuesday 10 September 2013
Majuro, Marshall Islands
The European Union will boost the defence of Pacific Island countries against natural disasters with a €20 Million support programme. According to the European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard “For the Pacific people climate change is not about a distant future. ...This programme will help the Pacific states in their efforts to adapt to this new climate reality.”
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Tuesday 2 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People living in the Pacific region should be concerned over the threat of natural disasters, said Margareta Wahlström, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who is visiting Tonga. "The awareness level is high but it is the action that counts and what happens next. The major challenge is how to quickly get the understanding fully enforced into the society so it could become more resilient, better informed and thinks long term," she said. By Linny Folau
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Thursday 6 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Severe flooding in low-lying areas of Nuku'alofa, and the stagnation of flood and waste waters in homes and schools is expected to ease in some areas following the completion in December of a five-year multi-million Integrated Urban Development Sector Project that includes developing roads and rehabilitating the drainage system in the capital.
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Wednesday 13 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is calling on Peoples from all Pacific Islands to report information from tagged turtles to their National Environment or Fisheries Department.
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Wednesday 23 January 2013
Suva, Fiji:
The recurrence of abundant “seaweed blooms” are a growing concern on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji as beaches become increasingly affected with the algae. A Pacific-wide discussion by internet forum is underway this month, January 2013, to find out how far this problem extends across Pacific communities to help determine if it is caused by climate change.
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Wednesday 19 December 2012
Kanokupolu, Tonga
A 400 metre fishing net left abandoned in the Kanokupolu Lagoon last week was a recipe for disaster. What was, not so many years back, a sustaining pristine lagoon environment, live with corals and teeming with tropical marine life has been broken up, over-fished and depleted. Fishing laws and their enforcement need to be reviewed. Shane Egan.
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of old car bodies stockpiled in Nuku'alofa's Pili Quarry will be crushed and baled for export over the next month, thanks to an initiative by a Tongan businesswoman, 'Ofa Tu'ikolovatu and her husband, whose recycling company has hired a $4 million crushing and baling machine and shipped it to Tonga for the work.
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