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Tuesday 17 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Emergency Operation Centre was officially opened in Pangai, Ha’apai on 13 November. The centre aims to strengthen early warning and preparedness for any approaching hazard.
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Saturday 26 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Geological Service is finding itself in a helpless situation with no offshore dredger, and sand mining from Tongatapu’s beautiful beaches becoming an issue. Construction demands have stripped sand from many beaches on the island, and now the best Sunset Coast beaches are being ravaged by sand miners.
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Friday 25 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Hihifo Youth Council took part in a National Climate Change Awareness Week, where they picked up rubbish along the coastline of Tongatapu's western district where Tropical Cyclone Harold has left extensive damage and rubbish.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two visitors from New Zealand have started collecting rubbish left scattered on Tongatapu beaches this month. They remove bag loads of dirty diapers and other waste, so the beaches are “all clean and safe for everyone to use and enjoy,” and to protect marine life.
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Tuesday 8 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only two out of 33 earthquakes that occurred in Tonga during the month of August were felt, according to the new Tonga Geological Services Seismic Bulletin of 4 September. The number of earthquakes was not unusual for Tonga, which is located within the Pacific Ring of Fire.
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Friday 14 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga wants to phase out single-use plastics such as shopping bags, cutlery, straws and more starting next year, confirmed the Director of Environment, Lupe Matoto today. “There are a lot of things that we have to do.”
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Friday 26 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new seawall at the low-lying areas of Kolovai and ‘Ahau on western Tongatapu was commissioned on June 26, as part of a development to withstand storm surges and protect communities.
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Friday 5 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria has been discovered during random tests of water supplies to homes in Hihifo, Tongatapu, during a survey that was completed this week. More testing is needed to confirm the finding. As World Environment Day is celebrated today, 5 June, it raises awareness on the improvements that Tonga's sanitation system requires.
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Sunday 8 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's national treasure the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment, home to 64 per cent of the population of Tongatapu, is seriously polluted and remains unhealthy because of long-term mismanagement, neglect and blatant disregard of laws that were designed to protect it. Although a healthy lagoon is able to clean itself, Fanga‘uta Lagoon is receiving levels of pollutants that far exceed what it can assimilate.
Friday 7 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Plastic waste is rapidly increasing in Tongatapu, where people could do a lot more to reduce the amount of single use plastics they discard, especially during church conferences, says the Tapuhia Landfill Manager, Tevita Toli.
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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three important multi-million pa'anga Climate Resilience Sector Projects were commissioned on November 18, at vulnerable low-lying areas on the Eastern District (Hahake) of Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 6 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new bigger island has formed following an eruption at Lateiki Island (aka Metis Shoal) last month 13 – 31 October, The remnants of the former island have submerged in the location between Kao and Late in the Ha’apai group.
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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan geologist Taaniela Kula said this evening that a Late Iki Island (also known as Metis Shoal) eruption over the last two days was emitting only steam, heat and gas into the atmosphere. While there may be a hazard within 4-5 kilometers radius of the vent, another hazard may be volcanic fog that can form downwind from the island causing inconvenience in civil aviation and maritime operations.
Monday 7 October 2019

Ithaca, New York
Cornell University students are working with the Tongan government on a climate change report for the upcoming United Nation’s Conference of the Parties (COP25), to be held in Santiago, Chile, in December.
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Monday 30 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Haveluliku youth planted 200 Kauri trees (Agathis robusta) on September 24 under a project which aims to strengthen communities resilience by enhancing land tenure systems.
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Monday 23 September 2019

New York, USA
Youth leaders from more than 140 countries and territories, including Tonga’s dual sport Olympian and UNICEF Pacific Ambassador, Pita Taufatofua, and Greta Thunberg, a prominent young climate activist from Sweden, gathered at the first UN Youth Climate Summit to voice their demands for urgent climate action in New York, USA, on 21 September.
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Friday 16 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhibition held under the theme ‘Increase Climate Action to Save Tonga’ saw government departments, civil society organisations, private sector, and others showcase what they are doing to combat climate change at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall today, 16 August.
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Thursday 15 August 2019

Ottawa, Canada
A non-profit organization is calling on nations to join the Cook Islands and Samoa in preserving the Arctic Ocean by signing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty.
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Tuesday 11 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhibition explaining the science behind climate change and its effects was officially launched on 11 June at the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf. The exhibition was initiated by scientists working in Antarctica who felt the public needed to be informed about the impacts they were seeing caused by climate change.
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Wednesday 15 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Organic Certification will enable local agricultural growers to access organic agricultural markets overseas, while organic farming helps to protect Tonga's underground water supply from chemical pollutants, participants learned from an organics workshop held at the Tanoa Hotel, Nuku’alofa, 6-9 May 2019.
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