World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Created By Marshall Islands

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The island nation of Palau established the world’s first shark sanctuary two years ago, with over 240,000 square miles protected. Now in collaboration with the Pew Environment Group, the Marshall Islands have announced a shark sanctuary of their own. In addition to creating the shark sanctuary, the Marshall Islands have also banned entirely any trade in shark products and of course commercial shark fishing is also banned.

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Wrapping Up the UN Climate Summit

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But even with all the presidents, prime ministers, and corporate bigwigs in attendance, the day belonged to Kathy Jetnil-Kijinera, a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands who gave civil society’s opening statement. At Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit, political and economic leaders came together to announce new actions and launch new initiatives to help tackle the climate crisis.

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Nature’s Place on the Global Stage

Conservancy Talk

Today, The Nature Conservancy teamed up with the UN Development Programme and the Global Island Partnership to bring leaders together to share their experiences and learn from one another. Investing in nature is essential to smart development, and leaders from the biggest G20 nations to small island developing states are demonstrating this in different ways. Minister Tony de Brum of the Marshall Islands talks about the new Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership.

Pacific Islanders Open New Front in Environmental Battle against a Czech Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

If that wasn’t enough, the latest ecological dispute involving a Pacific island and a European country, both separated by oceans and a distance of 6000 miles is a definite pointer. The Micronesia group of islands lies in the Western Pacific ocean. They include islands of Nauru, Wake Island, Marshall Islands and a few more. The contention of the islanders is that a new Czech coal plant extension could harm the ecologically sensitive islands.

By Helping Sharks, We Help Ourselves

Conservancy Talk

I have a special affinity for sharks, because I am part of the Dipakua clan, and “Dipakua” means shark in Gilbertese, as our clan originated from the Gilbert Islands. A group of four fishermen from the village of Malem gillnet fishing on the reef edge in the breaking waves in front of their village, Kosrae Island, Micronesia. I am proud to be a Micronesian and a conservationist, and I am proud to have played a role in saving sharks.

Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Ngemelis Islands Conservation Area in Palau supports many kinds of fish, including this school of common bluestripe snappers. Micronesia (from the Greek words for “small” and “land”) is composed of 2,100 islands spread across an anything-but-tiny 7.4 Photo credit: Trina Leberer/TNC.

Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

Conservancy Talk

I recently travelled to the island of Pohnpei, one of the states in the Federated States of Micronesia, to engage with local partners on tuna project. Pohnpei, like many Pacific islands, is facing a serious decline in their reef fish. This is quite troubling for an island community that relies heavily on reef fish as their primary source of protein. There may be an opportunity that can contribute to food security of these small Pacific Islands – tuna.

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UN Nations Fear Lack Of Commitment To 2C Warming Limitations From U.S.

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Nations, such as those in the Least Developed bloc and the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), feel the timeline should be moved up in order to prevent further problems for their nations. The European Union and the Alliance of Small Island States were especially disturbed by the comments. For many low-lying island states, including my own, that is not a solution- it is a death sentence.”.

International Fisheries Management Commission Agrees to Strategy to Amend Measures to End Pacific Bigeye Tuna Overfishing

Green (Living) Review

The issue is complex as some countries have boats on the assembly line or in the planning stages, and the small island developing states (SIDS) aspire to develop their purse seine fisheries. The Cook Island’s proposal for a Special Management Area in the Eastern High Seas Pocket was agreed to by the Commission. Participating Territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna.

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Two Suitcases, a Fax machine, an Ice Chest and a Mission

Conservancy Talk

Now 25 years later, what was the Conservancy’s first office outside the Western Hemisphere has blossomed into the Micronesia Program — and includes work not only in the Republic of Palau, but also the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and Guam. When I told my family I was going to work in the Pacific Islands, they were scared to death.

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Losing Nemo: Great Barrier Reef At Risk From Coal | Mother Jones

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This includes reefs in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Navassa Island, Florida, Flower Garden Banks, the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, the Pacific Remote Islands, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Palau. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment. Culture. Photo Essays. Blogs Political MoJo. Kevin Drum. Blue Marble. Tom Philpott. Mixed Media. Subscribe. Support.

G8 Recognizes Need to Act on Super Greenhouse Gases, Considers More Aggressive Stance on CO2

Green (Living) Review

Low-lying island states led by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Mauritius have proposed phasing down HFC production and consumption under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. Island nations and other vulnerable states depend on this strong leadership to help avoid the devastating effects of abrupt climate change that are sure to occur without aggressive action on both CO2 and other emissions such as HFCs. Washington, D.C.,

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Rules of Engagement: Solomon Islanders Prepare for Mining

Conservancy Talk

For better or for worse, most people in the Solomon Islands , one of our planet’s most wondrous places, have little idea how mining will impact their lives. But after over three years of supporting The Nature Conservancy’s Solomon Islands program, I see that it is a pivotal time for the communities we work with there. After months of planning, which involved securing our Solomon Islands participants passports and visas (no simple task!)

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

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Monaco (2.1), San Marino (1.9), Gibraltar (1.7), Saint Barthélemy (0.5), Saint Pierre et Miquelon (0.4), Falklands Islands (0.2), Vatican City (0.05). India), less than 3 (many African and Island countries), 3.2 (the The present fossil fuel-based Carbon Debt analysis provides a quantitative basis for such transfers and should be used by Island States, mega-delta countries and other threatened Climate Creditor countries to force urgently needed climate change action.