Sunday, February 23, 2020

Island Issues

South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

The government of the tiny Cook Islands is busy preparing for an unusually high-ranking guest at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum – including having to borrow SUVs from residents.

(Rarotonga image from cookislands.org.uk)

With 15 diverse member states scattered over the vast South Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum …Read More: South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

Island Issues

Indian Ocean: Maldives Fights Rising Seas with Floating Islands

Maldives turn to floating islands to counterbalance rising tides

Lying perilously close to sea level, the small island nation of the Maldives has to come up with creative solutions to combat the effects of climate change.

(Image Courtesy of Waterstudio.NL)

It’s a terrifying spectre; an entire island chain being submerged beneath rising seas like a modern-day Atlantis, leaving …Read More: Indian Ocean: Maldives Fights Rising Seas with Floating Islands

Breaking Island News

Maldives: The Island President Speaks Out

Less than three months after his controversial resignation as president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed is back hitting the press circuit.

(Film at theislandpresident.com)

It’s almost unheard-of for the leader of a small country like the Maldives to achieve international prominence, but in the …Read More: Maldives: The Island President Speaks Out

Environment

Worldwide: Small Islands Preparing for Climate Change Evacuations

The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is one of a number of countries threatened by rising sea levels, and the president is looking to Australia for a potential new home.

(Maldives Island Image by Patrick Verdier)

The 350,000 residents of the Maldives, a group of picture-perfect tropical islands …Read More: Worldwide: Small Islands Preparing for Climate Change Evacuations

Environment

Worldwide: Sustainability is the Future for Small Islands

At a recent meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government, Seychelles president James Michel made a strong case for a sustainable future.

(Image Courtesy of the United States Africa Command)

The Indian Ocean nation of the Seychelles is a place of beauty and luxury; small private island resorts commanding …Read More: Worldwide: Sustainability is the Future for Small Islands

Breaking Island News

Indian Ocean: President of the Maldives Becomes a Climate Change Icon

The premier of a riveting documentary about President Mohamed Nasheed has brought global attention to the real impact of climate change on island nations.

(Poster by Actual Films)

Few images are as dramatic as that of an entire nation being simply washed off the face of the planet. Like …Read More: Indian Ocean: President of the Maldives Becomes a Climate Change Icon

Environment

Worldwide: Effects of Environment and Climate Change

The inconvenient truth about the climate-nuclear nexus

(Image Courtesy of The World Future Council)

On 14 September 2011, Al Gore will follow up his award winning film “An Inconvenient Truth” with the Climate Reality Project, a 24-hour campaign aimed at revealing the complete truth of the climate crisis. The …Read More: Worldwide: Effects of Environment and Climate Change

Environment

South Pacific: Cook Islands Going 100% Green by 2020

Threatened by the prospect of destructive climate change, a tiny island nation has decided to set a 100% eco-friendly example for the rest of the world to follow.

(Image from Wikipedia)

Sixteen small islands compose the remote Cook Islands, but the main island of Rarotonga …Read More: South Pacific: Cook Islands Going 100% Green by 2020