Samoa Air to Charge Fares by Weight


Samoa Air has been using a system of charging by weight for some flights for some time and it has now become the first airline in the world to extend this system for all flights after the move was approved a few months ago. So if you''re taking an international flight on Samoa , your fare will be based on your weight, along with that of your luggage. Samoa Air Chief Executive Chris Langton said that “planes are run by weight and not by seat

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American Samoa Bans Plastic Bags, California Rejects Similar Ban

Eco Friendly Daily

These are among the many reasons that the island of American Samoa has recently announced that they will be banning the use of plastic bags next year. It is no surprise that many governments, whether they be national or local, are looking towards banning the use of plastic bags. The reports are endless regarding the build-up of plastics in our oceans and the subsequent deaths of marine animals and the increasingly poisoned seas.

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2015 153

7 Samoan Secrets to Help Us Live Our Best Lives.

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Racing to Save 2 Samoan Endemics

10,000 Birds

Sadly, that is indeed the situation in Samoa, where the Manumea , or Tooth-billed Pigeon , numbers fewer than 200 individuals. For more info on both species, check out this video from Samoa’s Ministry of Environment. It’s always tragic when a species goes extinct. But that tragedy is compounded when the species at risk is a country’s national bird. Americans of a certain age will recall how close their country came to losing the Bald Eagle.).

2014 171

Armchair Splits in the Pacific

10,000 Birds

The Wattled Honeyeater is a species, or now more accurately a genus, found in eastern Melanesia (Fiji) and in western Polynesia (Samoa and Tonga). At any rate the species should now be listed as the Eastern Wattled Honeyeater , which is the one I saw in Tonga and is also found in eastern Fiji and Samoa, the Northern Wattled Honeyeater (found in the islands of Tavenui and Vanua Levu) and the Western Wattled Honeyeater , which is the one I saw in Nadi in Viti Levu.

2014 168

Restless New Zealand Fantails

10,000 Birds

The family also reaches into India and as far east as samoa and Fiji. In his comment in last week’s post on the Marlborough Sounds , Beat writer Jochen described the New Zealand Fantail as one of the best birds in the world. It’s a sentiment I can get behind. Also known by its Maori name of P?wakawaka, wakawaka, the New Zealand Fantail is a delightful inhabitant of New Zealand, and one of my favourite local birds.

Clearing up the Collared Kingfishers

10,000 Birds

Subspecies pealei , National Park of American Samoa. All the way back in 2011 I wrote about the confusing taxanomic enigma that is the Collared Kingfisher , a species that ranges from the Red Sea to Tonga in a bewildering variety of forms. I’m happy to report that an analysis of the species and some relatives has found that, as suspected, it isn’t a single species.

2015 182

Water Emergencies Grip Tuvalu and Tokelau in the Pacific


As governments and aid agencies scramble to deliver desalination plants and bottled water to drought stricken Pacific Island nations of Tuvalu and Tokelau, other Pacific Island nations - Samoa and the Cook Islands - are preparing for a similar fate.

Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

10,000 Birds

Dark blackish swamphens occur from eastern Indonesia across Australia, Melanesia, southern Micronesia, and Polynesia as far east as American Samoa, having reached some of these islands only in the last few hundred years and, in the case of New Zealand at least, recolonizing islands previously settled by their cousins.

2014 194

History repeating itself

10,000 Birds

The two endemic species found in Tonga are not found in these islands, and the other species present are also found on more traditional destinations of Fiji and Samoa. If studying insects would lead you to suppose that God had an “an inordinate fondness for beetles&# , studying the pre-human avifauna of the Pacific would lead you to conclude that God was also quite partial to rails. Pretty much every major island, and many smaller ones, had an endemic rail or two.

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In news reports Climate Change blamed for Samoan tsunami

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The tsunami that struck Samoa and Tonga in the South Pacific in the last days of September 2009 has been blamed by some on Climate Change. I have to say that now I have about heard it all. Tsunamis are not triggered by Climate Change or Global Warming but by undersea earthquakes. But some forces are trying to make this out to be a result of Climate Change as well.

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Bush Preserving Environment?

Green Earth Journey

The US claims jurisdiction over a number of small islands and atolls across the Pacific, including American Samoa, Wake Island and the Northern Mariana Islands. From New Scientist ONE of the George W. Bush's final acts as US president could be to create the largest marine conservation area in the world. White House officials say that Bush is considering a proposal to turn up to 2.3

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The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

10,000 Birds

The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon. Not, as Linneaus thought, an ostrich, nor even, as later scientists concluded, a distant cousin of pigeons deserving of family rank, it was an honest-to-goodness pigeon, deeply embedded within the family Columbidae.

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Yes, You Can Buy Vegan Girl Scout Cookies - Eco-Vegan Gal: Live.

Eco-Vegan Girl

Unfortunately samoas and thin mints are not on the list, but check out what is ( according to PETA ): Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties Thanks-A-Lot Shout Outs! Samoa Girl Scout Cookies by Alisa Share | Posted by Eco-Vegan Gal at 3/24/2011 07:13:00 PM Labels: dessert , gluten-free , recipe , vegan 3comments: Ginasaid. Vegan-Related Recipes Eco-Related Health Calendar Contact Eco-Vegan Dog ENGAGE Productions Thursday, March 24, 2011 Yes, You Can Buy Vegan Girl Scout Cookies!

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

Green (Living) Review

Members: Australia , China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu. Participating Territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna.

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The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

10,000 Birds

160,000), American Samoa (55,000), and the Northern Mariana Islands (54,000). I recently asked whether Puerto Rico should be part of the American Birding Association’s ABA Area. That post led to a spirited discussion on the ABA Facebook page. I will suggest an answer to the question: this post makes the argument that both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands should be added to the ABA Area. # # #.

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Abu Dhabi gives 6 rural communities $41m for off grid power

Green Prophet

Samoa : a 3MW biomass gasification and biodiesel facility is expected to produce four million liters of biodiesel each year to replace expensive energy imports. IRENA announced the first six recipients of concessional loans for off grid renewable energy projects that are “ready for the shovel,” as Director General Adnan Z. Amin put it in a press conference yesterday. They will receive a combined $41 million from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).

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Study To Evaluate World’s Coral Most Likely To Survive Growing Ocean Temps

Eco Friendly Daily

Included in the search are coral in American Samoa and the Cook Islands in waters with coral already sustaining higher temperatures than many of their counterparts can tolerate. Recent studies have found that the world’s coral are in considerable danger of disappearing due to a number of environmental pressures. These pressures include fishing, pollution, disease and ocean acidification. Overall, an estimated seventy-five percent of the world’s coral reefs are at risk.

Hyperstability: The Achilles’ Heel of Data-Poor Fisheries

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bumphead parrotfish are now extinct in Guam and heavily depleted in Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and others parts of the Solomon Islands. There’s a basic logic to managing fisheries: as a fish population decreases you’ll catch fewer fish. But what if that’s not always true? New research from the Solomon Islands indicates that hyperstability — when catch rates remain high even as fish are rapidly depleted — could be a major challenge for assessing data-poor coral reef fisheries.

OP ED: Bioplastics Will not Solve the Plastic Pollution Problem

Green Prophet

Plastic washes up on the beaches of American Samoa, Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. Daniella Dimitrova Russo from the Plastic Pollution Coalition warns that bioplastics will not solve plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is one of the major issues facing our planet today. Plastic bags festoon trees in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, and along the streets of New York, USA.

Overfishing causing reef shark numbers in the Pacific to decline


Nadon said that the numbers of the reef sharks around areas like the Mariana Archipelago, the main Hawaiian Islands and the America Samoa were very few. Sonia Renthlei: The connection between the declining population of many species and humans cannot be denied. We’ve significantly contributed to the near extinction of land and marine creatures owing to deforestation, food, poaching and global warming.

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.

Genetic Engineers and Conservation Biologists: Scenes From a First Date

Nature Conservancy - Science

Stanford marine biologist Steve Palumbi reported on innovative research he leads in American Samoa to identify and protect coral reef species that have genetically evolved to tolerate warm waters, findings that could help the Conservancy and other conservation organizations confront the challenge of warming oceans and coral bleaching. Woolly mammoths: coming soon to a prairie near you? Well, not so fast. Photo: Flying Puffin under a Creative Commons license.

Youth Perspective: Youth Action Guide on the SDGs

The Green Changemakers

An example from UNDP’s Youth Organic Farming in Samoa. Source: [link] A guide for youth as the ECOSOC Youth Forum concludes at UN HQ — As the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum just finished convening at the United Nations in New York, we reflect once again on the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relevance to youth.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

years), Samoa (31.3), Tonga (31.3), Morocco (32.8), Senegal (32.8), Albania (32.8), Georgia (32.8), Armenia (34.3), St Vincent & Grenadines (36.1), Kenya (36.1), Maldives (37.9), Kyrgyzstan (37.9), Burkina Faso (37.9), India (40.1), Cook Islands (40.1), Bhutan (42.4), Yemen (45.1), Tajikistan (45.1), Mozambique (45.1), Rwanda (45.1), Burundi (45.1), Lesotho (48.1), Swaziland (48.1).

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

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.