Pristine white sands, palm trees and the simple life - at first sight, many would envy the Kiribati islanders. That blissful appearance is deceptive, however. The inhabitants of the chain of South Sea atolls are feeling the effects of climate change first hand.
Some scientists are predicting that large parts of the nation will have disappeared completely by the end of the century. Climate refugees from the outer islands are already fleeing to the main island of Tarawa. The consequences are unemployment, domestic violence, and competition for food. Koin Etuati gives advice to schools, initiates theater productions and encourages parents to send their children to school - in the interests of giving the new arrivals a chance in their new home.
AFP (Sep. 3, 2013) The Pacific Islands Forum kicks off in the Marshall Islands with a colourful ceremony. Some of the world's smallest nations will use the summit to push the globe's biggest polluters to finally act on ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 6, 2012) The Pacific island nation Vanuatu is running out of time. The indigenous inhabitants are already suffering from floods, cyclones, coastal erosion and water shortages. And climate researchers say the ... watch video
Reuters (Sep. 26, 2012) A research mission across the world's oceans has revealed double the number of types of plankton existing in the sea as previously thought. The Tara schooner has been docked in London for ten days ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (July 27, 2011) According to China's State Oceanic Administration, the submersible "Jialong" has reached a depth of 5,115 meters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, breaking its previous record. ... watch video
Radio Netherlands (Apr. 2, 2012) A Dutchman has launched a campaign to clean up the planet's "plastic soup". The Great Garbage Patch, which is located in the Pacific Ocean, contains high concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Oct. 29, 2012) Pacific Orca, the world' s biggest vessel for installing off-shore wind turbines, left from the port of Copenhagen Sunday morning on its way to Odense and the former Maersk shipyard, Lindoe.
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