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25 Feb 2015 description

Roads around much of Tuvalu are strewn with debris after a series of king tides last week and over the weekend.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Feb 2015 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us 2

If we save Tuvalu, we save the world 3

Solar power brings water in Tonga 3

The global early warning system 4

Solomon Islands at COP 4

Palau to continue Kyoto Protocol 4

Ecosystem-based Adaptation 5

Highlighting the power of solar in Tuvalu 5

Upheaval of Fiji communities 5

Marshall Islands at COP 6

Renewable energy summit 6

Cook Islands and the Adaptation Fund 6

Samoa Pathway 7

Monthly calendar 7

06 Feb 2015 description

Les alertes suivantes sont à signaler cette semaine:

  • Fièvre éruptive : Polynésie française, Kiribati, Palau, Tuvalu

  • Diarrhée: Guam

  • Fièvre prolongée: Samoa américaines, Îles Cook, Kiribati, les îles Salomon

Autres mises à jour:

Chikungunya

  • Des épidémies de chikungunya sont en cours aux Samoa américaines, Îles Cook, en Polynésie française, Nouvelle-Calédonie, à Samoa et Tokelau.

05 Feb 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Palau, Tuvalu

· Diarrhoea: Guam

· Prolonged Fever: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Chikungunya

· Chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Samoa and Tokelau.

31 Dec 2014 description

Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines

The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

31 Dec 2014 description

Tropical Storm Risk Zones

This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

31 Dec 2014 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us 2

The 1.5 degrees global warming call from the Pacific, still possible 3

Thousands gather in Peru to set a climate change timetable 3

Pacific voices at climate talks vital for island survival 3

As Lima Climate Change Convention opens, Fiji remains hopeful 4

The Pacific leading by example - Actions on the table to stop climate change 4

Climate Change Education Resource Launched in Samoa 4

Home gardening training empowers Tuvaluan women 5

11 Dec 2014 description

Published on 10 December 2014

8 December 2014, Lima, Peru - Tuvalu has called for an expedited process of funding when it comes to accessing funds for climate change activities. At the UN Climate Convention in Lima, the atoll island nation strongly encourages the Global Environment Facility to revise its procedures, allowing for direct access to the Least Developed Countries Fund.

Tuvalu also believes that co-financing should not be a condition of funding.

11 Dec 2014 description

8 December 2014, Lima, Peru - Describing themselves as an Early Warning System for the global community, the CANCC - the Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on the issue of Climate Change was born this year comprising of Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

03 Dec 2014 description

Preparing a broadcaster's climate and disaster resilient plan requires the input of not only broadcasters but also the expertise and collaboration of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). That is exactly what happened last week in Tuvalu, as members of Radio Tuvalu, Tuvalu Media Department and the NDMO, got together to become the third Pacific Island country to develop their National Broadcasters Climate and Disaster Resilient Plan (NBCDRP).

30 Nov 2014 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director’s Note and About Us 2

IPCC report signals harsh realities for the Pacific 3

SPREP and Marshall Islands agreement 3

Pacific islands training for Adaptation Fund proposals 3

Linking the right people through RTSM 4

Lightning training for Pacific Met services 4

Pacific Climate Change Portal and iCLIM 5

Adaptation Stories from the North Pacific and Cost Benefit Analysis in FSM 5

Pacific Voices in Negotiations and Vanuatu Awareness Seminar 6

Agroforestry training in Tuvalu 6

04 Nov 2014 description

Tuvalu's Director of Agriculture says the country is very grateful to the European Union for providing funding to improve climate resistant crop production.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

04 Nov 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Featured Resources

31 Oct 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4114
Sixty-ninth session,
35th & 36th Meetings (AM & PM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Concluding General Debate on Human Rights, Delegates Raise Concerns about ‘Politicized’ Resolutions Targeting Specific Countries

30 Oct 2014 description

Climate change poses a significant threat to food security in the Pacific region, particularly to small island states, which must rely on their agricultural sectors to maintain adequate food production. In Tuvalu, for example, saltwater inundation has compromised many pulaka (swamp taro) pits and a drought in 2011 affected crop yields severely.

21 Oct 2014 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

Japan