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25 Aug 2015 description

The leader of Tuvalu says his country is having to consider buying land in New Zealand and Australia to grow food and prepare the population to migrate as the seas slowly claim the islands.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

19 Aug 2015 description

Gill Bonnett - gill.bonnett@radionz.co.nz

A family seeking to be the world's first climate change refugees are pleading to be allowed to stay in New Zealand while the United Nations considers their case.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

17 Aug 2015 description

Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the emissions reduction target that Australia will take to the UN climate conference in Paris later this year.

But will international pledges so far be enough to save small island countries now feeling the direst effects of climate change?

The Pacific island republic of Kiribati is already planning for the relocation its entire population if sea levels continue to rise.

Its president Anote Tong took time out of parliament to speak to The World Today.

17 Aug 2015 description

MYANMAR
Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.

1.3 million people affected

12 Aug 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand

Other updates

Chikungunya

  • Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.

Dengue

  • Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).

05 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 5 August 2015 – Kiribati children will be better protected from a potentially killer virus when the small island nation becomes one of the first countries in the Pacific to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

The Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services announced the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in its routine immunisation schedule today as part of a comprehensive child survival package.

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.

Highlights

Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

31 Jul 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 01:40 GMT | 723 words

by André VIOLLAZ

More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council Thursday for help in combatting climate change, which they said poses a threat to their very existence.

The Council -- more typically a forum for heated debates on the plight of refugees in Syria or efforts to stem the war in Ukraine -- heard pleas from ministers and ambassadors of diminutive nations like Fiji, Samoa and Caribbean countries like St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

27 Jul 2015 description

By Mr. Ueretan Bauro, Editor Te Uekera, Kiribati

21 July, 2015, Nuku’alofa, Tonga - Kiribati is one of the three Pacific Island Countries that will benefit from the Upper Air Service Agreement, facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The agreement is between SPREP, the overseer of the utilisation fund and the three countries, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

26 Jul 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

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.

23 Jul 2015 description

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

Cyclones

22 Jul 2015 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Director‟s Note and About Us

Negotiators closer to a Paris Agreement

Small Island Developing States the focus of new Meteorology Programme

Addressing Climate Change Loss and Damage in the Pacific

U.S White House mentions SPREP and Peace Corps partnership

Unambiguous Warming in the Western Pacific Caused by Human Activity
Building Capacity on Oceans in Palau

The Village that Banned Seawalls

Lessons from Cyclone Pam help Vanuatu Media prepare for future events

21 Jul 2015 description

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.

21 Jul 2015 description

Annual Precipitation

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.

21 Jul 2015 description

Maximum Temperature

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.

21 Jul 2015 description

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.

16 Jul 2015 description

UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper

Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance

Executive Summary

15 Jul 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Guam
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati, New Zealand
  • Prolonged Fever:Nauru
  • Other updates

Chikungunya

  • 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.

Dengue

15 Jul 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
  • Diarrhoea: Federated states of Micronesia
  • Influenza-like illness: Kiribati
  • Prolonged Fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Chikungunya

Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Cook Islands have reported a total of 741 cases since October 2014, including 15 new cases in the week ending on June 21 2015.

Dengue