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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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Monday 8 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of students from Cornell University, an Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York, were in Nuku’alofa last week to look at the impact of climate change in Tonga as part of their workshop focusing on the Pacific.
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Saturday 6 April 2019

'Ahau, Tonga
“When we cut down a tree it is important to plant a new one,” Crown Prince Haakon of Norway said after planting a mangrove seedling in the swampy coastline of ‘Ahau village in Western Tongatapu today.
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Friday 15 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is a growing and urgent need to rid Tonga of plastics, say youth groups who are on the frontline of a fight against single use plastics. The youth who conduct regular rubbish collections in coastal and popular picnic areas and public places say the problem of plastic waste is getting worse. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 8 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-four people involved in managing climate resilience projects have completed a certification in Project Management Practice at the USP Tonga Campus, organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its USD$24 million regional Climate Ready Project.
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Friday 25 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A legal workshop to draft an Act for Tonga’s Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) which will oversee its ocean space was discussed by legal advisers and policy experts across government ministries yesterday, 24 January, at the Tanoa Hotel.
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Monday 17 December 2018

Katowice, Poland
Countries have agreed to a set of rules to implement the Paris Agreement in a bid to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as the UN climate negotiations came to an end on 15 December in Katowice, Poland.
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Friday 14 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new marine navigation chart survey of the waters of Ha‘apai and Nuku‘alofa, has discovered uncharted marine volcanoes that are big enough to sink a cruise ship. Tonga's marine charts, among the oldest still in use, are being updated using airborne laser, metric sonar and an unmanned submarine- enhancing Captain Cook's fathoms measurements made by ropes in the 18th century. By Eleanor Gee.
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A thin layer of brown scum has appeared on the surface of the public swimming pool at the waterfront in Touliki this week, raising concerns on the water quality of the popular site. It's particularly noticeable on the northern edge of the pool when the water is flat in the morning. By Eleanor Gee
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The successful relocation of Tukuraki, a Fijian village in the highlands of Ba, Viti Levu, to a new site is a prime example of the future of climate resilience, a reality faced by communities vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters in the Pacific. Their new houses were built to withstand Category 5 cyclones and cost less then FJD$26,000 each with bathrooms. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 10 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On a worldwide expedition, a futuristic looking vessel powered by the sun, water, and wind, named ‘Race for Water’, is in Tonga raising awareness about new innovative solutions to preserve our ocean and to combat the rising tides of plastic in our oceans. By Eleanor Gee.
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Tuesday 27 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Using fabric bags and kato ‘oa (coconut woven baskets) as alternatives to single use plastics is the aim of a No Pelesitiki Campaign launched in Tonga on November 26, with the support of Queen Nanasipau‘u.
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Friday 26 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga understands deeply the impact of environmental changes because they directly affect these islands, said the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, during a visit to dedicate two Forest Reserves at Tupou College this afternoon. Tupou College singers were a hit with their variation of the Mosquito song harmony "Zing Zang Zung Zoon".
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Friday 19 October 2018

Neiafu, Vava'u
Consultation on the use of ocean and marine resources as well as marine spatial planning (MSP) is currently underway in Vava’u with the Minister for MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei, joining the team today, 19 October 2018.
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Tuesday 28 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Some 30 cylinders of a banned refrigerant R22 Hyrochlorofluorocarbon HCFC that were seized by Tongan Customs at Queen Salote Wharf in September 2013 are still under the care of the Customs Department.
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Friday 17 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Artwork made out of recycled materials was exhibited to raise awareness of climate change, at the launch of Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP2), at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall today, 17 August.
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Wednesday 15 August 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga took a major step to advance its commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global surface temperature rise to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” when the Privy Council endorsed the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol on 21 June this year.
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Thursday 2 August 2018

Suva, Fiji
A toolkit aimed at empowering and encouraging Pacific Media to write more articles on the Pacific ocean’s health was launched at a two-day workshop by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on 24 July in Suva, Fiji.
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Friday 8 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is finding it difficult to manage illegal dumping of rubbish, including plastic bags, in Nuku'alofa, as it celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June with the worldwide theme "Beat Plastic Pollution". Filimone Lapao’o, the Tonga goverment's Senior Environmentalist, said after Cyclone Gita, the amount of rubbish at Sopu increased so much that his department cannot manage it properly. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 16 May 2018

Neiafu, Vava'u
Keep Vava’u clean and beautiful by keeping the environment clean, was the message HE Ms Tiffany Babington, New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, emphasized in a speech at the official opening of the 3Rs Waste Minimization Promotion and Proper Waste Management Project in Neiafu, Vava’u, on 14 May.
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