Amid reports of drought-related deaths in PNG's Western Province, the country's Government admits some remote areas have received no relief since the start of the El Nino-driven disaster in the middle of 2015.
Reports of drought-related deaths in Papua New Guinea's Western Province will be investigated by the Prime Minister's Office after the Government admitted some remote areas have received no relief since the start of the El Nino-driven disaster in the middle of 2015.
Updated 8 September 2014, 10:15 AEST
One of the themes of the UN Small Island Developing States conference was climate change and while people are familiar with the issue of rising sea-levels, few connect the problem of rising temperatures and their impact on the spread of communicable diseases.
Red Cross climate change specialist Rebecca McNaught says we're already seeing the effects of temperature rise on health in the Pacific.
Presenter: Richard Ewart
Speaker: Rebecca McNaught, climate change specialist for the Red Cross
Updated 16 January 2013, 10:23 AEST
Given the long term predictions that we will face more hotter days and extreme weather, medical authorities say the implications for human health as a result of climate change are serious.
It's not just the heat, pacific countries are already experiencing problems with food and water, causing displacement for some communities.
The United Nations's regional plan on supporting governments of the Pacific will be launched later today.
The proposed plan will assist 14 Pacific Nations to tailor their responses to national priorities and development challenges.
Speaker:Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator for Fiji Multi-Country Office
Much has been said about the increasing intensity of dengue epidemics in the Pacific region.
Some have suggested it might just be down to better diagnosis and tracking.
But, what of the role of climate change?