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Thursday 9 September 2021

Marseille, France
Scientists estimate that the World has lost more than half of its coral reefs, and we could lose the rest by the end of the century, according to a report of the Global Reef Expedition that was released early this week at Marseille, France. Tonga was one of 16 countries surveyed in the 10-year research mission spearheaded by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.
Wednesday 8 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An NZD$7.2 million Climate Resilient Islands Programme focusing on nature-based solutions to climate change in rural communities in Tonga was launched in Nuku'alofa on September 7.
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Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand grant of $30,000 pa’anga to plan the phase out of single use plastics was provided to Tonga today, 22 June.
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Friday 11 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Marine Atlas was launched to commemorate World Ocean’s Day under the theme ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” (Ko e Oseni- hono ngaahi me’a mo’ui pea koe ma’u’anga mo’ui) by Minister for Environment (MEIDECC), Hon Poasi Tei, at an official event on June 8 at Davina House in Ma’ufanga.
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Wednesday 2 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhibition displaying sustainable arts and crafts made from natural materials and plastic was held today in Nuku'alofa, as one of the activities marking Environment Week. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An online portal containing the government’s work on climate change was launched at a workshop last Friday, 26 March.
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Monday 15 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fourteen Tongan businesses were recognized for their initiatives in tackling plastic pollution to mark World Consumer Rights Day 2021 today, March 15.
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Friday 12 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs to pay attention to our sanitation - a main source of pollutants, says a survey. Compost toilets are an environmentally friendly solution and pilot projects at Kanokupolu and Kolovai Government Primary Schools under the Tonga Integrated Water and Coastal Management Project were launched at an event attended by Prince Ata on March 10.
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Wednesday 3 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty-five (35) earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or more were recorded across Tonga in January, but none of them were “felt”, reports the latest Tonga Geological Services Seismic Bulletin released today.
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Friday 29 January 2021

Tonga's Cabinet on 20 January 2021 approved a zero rate of Consumption Tax for the services of collection and disposal waste by a government approved waste management entity, the Waste Authority Ltd. However, the savings will not be passed onto the public.
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Wednesday 27 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An important mangrove area at the mouth of Tongatapu’s Fanga'uta Lagoon that was destroyed in 2017 to make way for a golf course project in Popua, is slowly being restored by the Department of Environment. “It’s a huge job to restore this area,” said team leader, Hoifua Aholahi, who urges the public not to destroy the nurseries at the site.
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Tuesday 19 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Touliki Public Swimming Pool, is currently under reconstruction by the Ca’Bella Pacific Construction (Tonga Ltd) for a new venture called the Tonga Aquatic Sports, a personal project of the Ca’Bella general manager, Paea Pau’u.
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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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