Climate Change

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.

$US45 million for Pacific catastrophe insurance

The five countries are the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

The company, which is owned by the Pacific Island countries, was set up after states saw a need for a mechanism to protect their people from increasing climate and seismic risks.

It provides a regional catastrophe insurance platform offering cover that can be paid out within 10 days of a triggered event, so governments have access to immediate liquidity for disaster response.

 

 

Photo: 350 Pacific Damage caused by tropical cyclone Amos 

Pacific leaders agree climate change discussions no longer scientific but ethical

Pacific Community Director General Dr. Colin Tukuitonga says climate change is beyond economic survival and it is now a moral issue world leaders must take a stand on.

He says Pope Francis reassured Pacific leaders of his support when they met him in Rome before the COP 23 talks in Bonn.

"Mostly people now are saying that clearly climate change is not a scientific discussion anymore it's actually a moral ethical one."

Pacific Island leaders share climate concerns at COP23

They hope to play a key role in discussions on how to implement the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting carbon emissions and helping to prevent global warming.

Pope addresses Pacific Islands Forum leaders

Meeting some members of the Pacific Islands Forum in the Vatican, the Pope shared the concerns of those exposed to frequent extreme environmental and climate events, and the impact of rising sea levels and the continuous deterioration of the barrier reef.

He blamed many of the causes of this “environmental decay” on the short-sighted human activity… connected with certain ways ‎of exploiting natural and human resources.

Scientist in PNG to discuss climate change

Internationally-acclaimed scientist, Professor Tim Flannery, is currently in the country, providing in-depth overview of climate change and initiatives PNG can embark on.

Human influence through carbon emissions is the biggest contributor to climate change worldwide.

According to Professor Flannery, China and USA are the biggest emitters.

However, climate change is a global issue and PNG, like other countries, is obliged to join the global community combat it.

New Zealand wants to take lead on climate change, minister to tell conference

Shaw is already working on allowing Pacific people to migrate to New Zealand if climate change forces them to flee their homes.
 
Shaw and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio are attending the COP23 climate change meeting in Bonn, Germany, and also heading to Rome, Italy, for a meeting between the Pacific Island Forum leaders and Pope Francis.
 
COP23 lead by Fiji, and focus on the threat rising seas pose to low-lying nations such as Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji and Vanuatu.
 

Climate change should be everybody’s business

The managing director for Climate Change, Ruel Yamuna, says climate change effects needs to be broken down to reach everyone on different levels.

 

Climate change continues to affect our people and our country an example is of the Carteret Islanders of North Bougainville.

Recently the managing director noted that there needs to be much done on different levels.

He said the people of Papua New Guinea need to appreciate the extent of Climate Change; it is affecting us so much.