Climate Change

Tuvalu appeals to 'climate tourists'

Paufi Afelee said many visitors come to Tuvalu for development projects and research but some of the tourists who arrive are sceptics who think climate change is a hoax.

She said tourists who see the impact of global warming on Tuvalu are the ones who can help.

"Our natural resources cannot cater for mass tourism. So even though there's a push to increase our tourism numbers, it's more about catering for the type of tourist that can come here and actually learn about our way of life," she said.

Paris climate deal: Trump open to staying in, Tillerson says

Rex Tillerson said the US would stay in the agreement "if we can construct a set of terms that we believe is fair".

His comments come despite the White House earlier denying reports it was softening its stance on the accord.

In June Mr Trump announced the US would withdraw from the pact.

The president said the move was part of his "solemn duty to protect America", painting the agreement as one which aimed to hobble the US economy in favour of countries like China and India.

Tuvalu hopes Trump will change view on climate change

Mr Sopoaga, who leads a country already experiencing sea level rise, is at the Pacific Forum leaders’ summit in Apia where climate change is on the agenda.

He said given the US president Donald Trump's dismissal of the agreement, nations needed to work multi-laterally to ensure there is trust and respect in the interests of saving humanity.

India to help Pacific with climate change

The newly established India-UN Development Partnership Fund aims to help island countries become more resilient to extreme weather and other climate change impacts.

The fund said since 1950 extreme weather events in the region had caused more than 9,800 deaths and affected 9.2 million people.

UNDP Pacific is to implement the project in Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The project involves the provision of technical equipment and training of hydrologists and meteorologists.

'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming from a location in Italy.

However, the Italian submission to the UN records just a tiny amount of the substance being emitted.

Levels of some emissions from India and China are so uncertain that experts say their records are plus or minus 100%.

These flaws posed a bigger threat to the Paris climate agreement than US President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw, researchers told BBC Radio 4's Counting Carbon programme.

Bottom-up records

Alarming: Sea-level rise in Solomon Islands doubles global average

Director of Solomon Islands Meteorological Services David Hiba who is now studying at Reading University in the UK said the current sea level in Solomon Island is more than doubled the global average.
“This is the net sea level rise after filtering out noises such as tides, earth movement, meteorological factors etc,” Hiba said.

UN officially notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord.
“As the Secretary-General said in a statement on 1 June 2017, the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a note sent  to correspondents.

Rising heat could make parts of South Asia uninhabitable by 2100 -study

Most of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close to the limits of survivability by 2100, without emissions reductions.

The research says the fraction of the population exposed to dangerous, humid heat waves may reach 30 percent.

South Asia is home to one-fifth of the world's inhabitants.

Wet bulb threat

Most official weather stations around the world measure temperature with two thermometers.

Climate change implicated in dengue fever outbreaks in Pacific islands

New Zealand travellers are being warned to take precautions when going to affected areas amid a surge of dengue fever in the Pacific this year, and a “type 2” strain that hasn't been seen in 20 years.

The symptoms of aching joints, headaches and fever are the same, but the absence of the strain until recently means many people haven't developed immunity to it.

France to be COP23 spokesman

Speaking at the 10th conference of Pacific Community (SPC), French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin thanked the Pacific for the support it provided for the successful adoption of the Paris Agreement during COP21.
“I want to thank you for the unfailing support that you provided during COP21. It was due to your contributions and commitment that COP21 was so successful.