Exclusive by Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane and Wesley Manuai
Police in PNG threaten to arrest all managers at the Manus Island detention centre if Australian men accused of attempted rape are not flown back to the country.
Police in Papua New Guinea have threatened to arrest all managers at the Manus Island detention centre if three Australian men accused of attempted rape are not flown back to PNG.
The three men and a Papua New Guinean woman were reportedly found naked, intoxicated and sniffing an unidentified substance in mid-July.
By Navinesh Kumar, IFRC
Four months after tropical cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific, the Papua New Guinea Red Cross continues to assist communities affected by the storm.
Lydia Ruru, 26, a mother of an 11-month old baby, is from the Province of Western New Britain in the District of Hoskins. Lydia is a volunteer with the Red Cross recovery teams who are working with local communities to understand how families are rebuilding their lives after the disaster and to assess what additional support may be needed in the coming weeks and months.
24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.
Nine people are missing, six of whom are children and one person is dead as poor weather continues to hit Papua New Guinea.
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Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.
Rainfall & El Niño
Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards
Papua New Guinea - The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly evident in the Pacific Region and especially in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Migration caused by changes in the environment is prevalent, but often overlooked. Climate driven migration and resettlement are also emerging as catalysts of tension and conflict with host communities.
The Human Footprint
Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.
This map shows the average amount of precipitation falling in a year, based on approximately 50 years of data. The figures shown do not therefore represent the amount of precipitation that may occur in any given year.
Using an innovative approach with GIS and remote sensing, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory LandScanTM is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours).
Temperatures in the Asia-Pacific region can go very high with central India reaching 50oC or more. The Tibetan plateau rarely exceeds 20oC because of its high elevation.
These temperatures are based on average highs over a period of approximately 50 years. Maximum temperatures in the region may therefore be from different months of the year and a temperature in any given location may exceed these maximums.
Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification
The highly referenced climate classification map of Wladimir Köppen was published for the first time in 1900 and updated in its latest version by Rudolf Geiger in 1961.
Climate classification is applied to a broad range of topics in climate and climate change research as well as in physical geography, hydrology, agriculture, biology and educational aspects.
19.3 million displaced by disasters but "mother nature not to blame"
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
Police in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province say they are powerless to stop a tribal war on the remote border with Enga province that has killed about 300 people over thirty years.
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UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
The police in Papua New Guinea have reported a mass killing in remote jungle in the centre of the country last month.
They have called for government help saying the deaths were a result of tribal clashes which have been going on for thirty years.
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Two Years On, Refugees Face Uncertainty, Restrictions on Rights
(Sydney, July 16, 2015) – More than 850 asylum seekers and 87 refugees are detained indefinitely in poor conditions on Manus Island two years after Australia announced it would process and resettle “boat people” in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre said today.
Tempo reports the storm hit Wano Barat, in Lanny Jaya, earlier this month, and the regional secretary, Christian Siholait, only confirmed the deaths yesterday.
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The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Guam
- Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, New Zealand
- Prolonged Fever:Nauru
- Other updates
- Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands.
- Cook Islands have reported a total of 754 cases since October 2014, including 13 new cases in the week ending on July 5 2015.