Climate Change

Anote Tong says cutting emissions won't save Kiribati

Mr Tong is visiting New Zealand to promote a film called Anote's Ark which portrays the frightening climate change reality that his people face.

He said even if the most ambitious targets for reducing global carbon emissions are met Kiribati and other islands like Tuvalu and Tokelau could still be swamped by the sea.

Land preservation efforts continue

Commencing tomorrow, Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will deliver a package of technical training and consultations.

Under the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) REDD+ Project, the initiative aims to broaden participants’ understanding of what can be done to better protect forests and use sustainable agricultural practices.

Is greed drowning out our people’s cry?

This was the question posed during the recent meeting of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, New Zealand, CEPAC – the rest of the Pacific).

An urgent ethical challenge facing the worldwide human family today concerns economic development dependent upon fossil fuel based energy, especially coal.

Private sector’s role vital in climate change fight

This was one of the main objectives that motivated the first ever sub-regional workshop on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Climate Finance here in Port Moresby.

The two-day workshop saw stakeholders, including the climate change authority, the US Embassy as well as representatives from private sectors attend the event at the Stanley Hotel, which started today.

Climate change measures for coastal PNG

The climate change aspect through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency will empower communities to participate in activities that will reduce the impact of climate change and develop different coping strategies to address the issue.

The Project will build community resilience, allowing the community to re-learn indigenous disaster alerts (Conch shells and drums) and include drought tolerant crops and seed multiplication as part of food security.

How can we adapt?

Climate change information trickling down to locals is important for generations to survive.

Climate Change Development Authority entered into an understanding with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to see its iCLAM program delivered to the country.

iCLAM will see basic information made available to the public using the Information Technology platform.

This project has been rolled out in Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu under the guidance of Griffith University.

Madang’s Mangrove Mission

This initiative is an effort to help serve as a possible defence against the negative effects of climate change and other environmental disasters.

Like most coastal communities in the Pacific, there is an increasing concern over human induced changes affecting fish and other marine life, water quality, erosion and threatening food security.

These communities know too well that the demand for both personal and commercial uses has resulted in the over cultivation of mangroves.

Paris summit delivers bold climate change commitments

The one day talks are aimed at leading business towards renewables and away from a carbon economy.

With more than a touch of showbiz panache, and among the shaking of hands and platitudes, the commitments started coming through.

The World Bank announced it would stop funding oil and gas exploration and extraction by 2019.

This drew a perfect smile from Sir Richard Branson, but there was more to come.

Pacific leaders in Paris for climate summit

Two years after the Paris agreement France's president has called together the world's financial and political leaders to come up with action to meet its goals.

Pacific leaders have long called for more financial commitment and innovation to avoid catastrophe.

Emmanuel Macron's main focus for the One Planet Summit is to determine how the financial sector can better support climate action.

The changes necessary will not pay for themselves and innovation is needed.

Climate change actions continue

This was the main point raised recently during the official ending of the Adaptation Fund Project product launching.

This project was to enhance the adaptive capacity of communities to climate change-related floods in the North Coast and Islands Region of Papua New Guinea.

Despite the project ending, coastal communities have recognised the destruction of some of the main climate resilient environmental ecosystems, including mangroves.