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Australia may be asked to leave group unless action taken on climate change

Kiribati president Anote Tong warned people in the region would have to flee in waves similar to the current migrant crisis in Europe unless stronger action was taken to reduce emissions.

"I think it would be incumbent on them because how relevant [would] their presence be," he said.

"We expect them as a our big brothers, not bad brothers, our big brothers to support us on this one."

Australia and New Zealand are the two most economically powerful members of the PIF, which is meeting this week in Port Moresby.

Australian Govt accused of refugee double standard

The Australian Government has announced that it will take in an extra 12,000 refugees affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

But the Coalition's Ian Rintoul says there are some Iraqi and Syrian asylum seekers that have been held for more than two years at the Australian run camps on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, and Nauru.

He says they fled their countries for exactly the same reasons as those who are caught up in Europe's migrant crisis.

Climate change tension at Pacific Islands Forum

Representatives from the 16 forum member countries have gathered in Port Moresby to address issues concerning the region, but there are a number of conflicting positions, particularly when it comes to Australia and New Zealand and climate change.

Small island states have called for a global moratorium on new coal mines, which may struggle to get the backing of the wider forum, and enough of a reduction in emissions so that global temperature increases do not exceed 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels.

Australia still on top at Commonwealth Youth Games

They have 17 gold and 41 medals in all, ahead of South Africa, England and Malaysia.

On the final day of track and field, Amy Harding-Delooze won the girl's 800m and 1500m events while Grace Robinson added gold in shot put.

The green and golds also had further success in the water, winning gold in the boy's 200m backstroke, girl's 400m freestyle and double gold in the 4x100m relays.

South Africa did the double in the boy's and girl's hurdles while Tlotliso Gift Leotlela added the 200m gold medal to his victory in the 100m.

Australia faces Pacific Islands Forum showdown on climate

The Forum is meeting this week in Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby, with leaders hoping to thrash out a shared position to take to the UN Paris climate change conference in December.

Kiribati President Anote Tong Tuesday said the future of his nation was threatened by climate change and raised the prospect of Australia and New Zealand being asked to leave the grouping if they undermined a consensus on taking serious ­action.

Kiribati urges Australia, NZ to be 'real friends' on climate change

Kiribati president Anote Tong made the call at the Pacific Islands Forum — which started in Port Moresby on Monday — where Pacific nations have gathered to form a united position to take to the Paris COP21 meeting in December.

“What we are talking about is survival, it's not about economic development... it's not politics, it's survival,” Tong said.

Tong said Australia and New Zealand should use their relative regional power to advocate for smaller countries.

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Islands nations should press Australia and NZ on climate change: Polye

He says leaders need to push for Australia and New Zealand to support calls by the Pacific Islands on environmental damages to land and sea by climate change.

Polye also says leaders must discuss solutions to sea level rise, sinking islands, shortage of food and clean water and many more.

“There are challenges posed by climate change we cannot control, as a result our women and children are suffering,’” he says.

Polye says Pacific island leaders should consider a carbon trading scheme and a green fund scheme for pacific islands.

Australia's inaction on climate change set to dominate Pacific Island talks

The issue will likely dominate this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit in Port Moresby, ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris later in the year.

Pacific leaders want the world to work on restricting the global warming temperature rise to 1.5C, fearing a 2C target will risk the survival of many tiny islands.

Natural disaster recovery will be fresh on their minds. The summit starts on Monday, six months after Cyclone Pam, which flattened much of Vanuatu and caused heavy flooding on Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands.

Oldest known pottery in PNG unearthed

Sci-News reports that nearly 20 fragments of pottery were discovered at a remote site in the Bismarck Range of Madang Province.

According to the team led by Dylan Gaffney from New Zealand's University of Otago, one of the fragments is at least 3,000 years old, several hundred years older than the previous oldest known pottery in New Guinea.

The small and fragmented sherds reportedly resemble the Lapita plain-ware pottery style associated with the Austronesian colonisation of neighbouring Western Pacific.