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21 Jan 2016 description

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.

08 Sep 2014 description

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

16 Jan 2013 description

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.

Listen: Climate change affecting Pacific health (Credit: ABC)

It's not just the heat, pacific countries are already experiencing problems with food and water, causing displacement for some communities.

07 Dec 2012 description

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.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator for Fiji Multi-Country Office

02 Aug 2012 description

Much has been said about the increasing intensity of dengue epidemics in the Pacific region.

Listen: Study links climate and dengue outbreaks in New Caledonia (Credit: ABC)

Some have suggested it might just be down to better diagnosis and tracking.

But, what of the role of climate change?