Climate Change

New Zealand not alone in failing to meet climate challenge - UN

It has been almost eight years since 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement and promised to cut their emissions.

The United Nations measured their progress in its latest report, part of an overall 'global stocktake' that will form the basis of the COP28 summit later this year.

University of Canterbury political science professor Bronwyn Hayward said the results were mixed.

"This is telling us how the world is progressing, which is not well," she said.

"Not as absolutely terrible as it could be, but we're still heading for a 2.5C warmer world."

Sport needs to act on climate change say Pacific athletics heads

Several Pacific nations are competing at the World Athletics Championships being held in Budapest, Hungary.

Rising sea levels in the Pacific region have put the future of several nations at risk, and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has acknowledged that some IAAF members "probably will not be in existence in the next 20 years".

World Athletics head of sustainability Bob Ramsak chaired a panel discussion with officials from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu entitled 'Sport on the Climate Change Front Lines'.

World's hottest day since records began

US researchers said the new record was the highest in any instrumental record dating back to the end of the 19th century.

Scientists believe a combination of a natural weather event known as El Niño and mankind's ongoing emissions of carbon dioxide are driving the heat.

Last month has also been confirmed as the world's warmest June yet recorded.

Scientists at the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction said that the world's average temperature had reached 17.01C on 3 July, breaking the previous record of 16.92C that had stood since August 2016.

Climate change resolution adopted at Asia-Pacific summit

It's the major outcome of the 79th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission of the Asia-Pacific (ESCAP) which concluded in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend.

The 10 resolutions include promoting clean energy technologies, improving power system connectivity and low-emission mobility, implementing early warning systems and strengthening the use of climate change-related statistics.

Executive secretary of ESCAP, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, said the global climate fight would be won or lost in this decade.

ICJ on climate change – Vanuatu says court’s opinion will be a ‘massive win’

It is the culmination of a four-year push led by Vanuatu and other Pacific nations to get climate change in front of the world’s highest court.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau described the decision as a “massive win for countries feeling the effects of natural disaster, after natural disaster”.

“There can be some resolution upon how we respond to the effects that we’re facing as smaller countries, and the court can clarify what the obligations and duties are with countries that are involved with some of these disasters,” he said.

UN considers role of Int’l Court of Justice in climate change

The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to vote on a resolution proposed by the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu that would ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for its opinion on what legal obligations nations are under to protect climate systems and people affected by climate change.

After twin cyclones leave thousands homeless, Vanuatu takes climate plea to world stage

The Pacific island nation’s Minister of Climate Change, Ralph Regenvanu, said 119 governments have co-sponsored Vanuatu’s resolution, which seeks legal clarity on the obligation of states to take climate change action, and draws attention to the vulnerability of small islands states hit by worsening storms and rising seas.

Vanuatu hopes more nations will sign-on before the general assembly debate begins on Wednesday, and it will be passed by consensus, he said according to a Reuters report.

Climate change is the biggest threat

In the 2022-2023 report released by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, gender-based violence and natural disasters are other key priority focus areas, together with illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU), cybercrime and transnational organised crime.

RNZ Pacific reports Forum Secretary General Henry Puna said: "To achieve the Forum's vision of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity, it is important to have regional security mechanisms that help address traditional and non-traditional issues in the Pacific region".


OACPS summit backs Vanuatu's climate change push

Secretary General, Georges Rebelo Chikoti told the Pacific News Agency at the 10th OACPS summit in Luanda, Angola that Vanuatu's climate change initiative is very important to member states.

Last week Vanuatu published a draft UN resolution requesting an advisory opinion from the Court on states' legal obligation for climate action and the consequences of causing harm.

Vanuatu breaks ground with ‘loss and damage’ costing in new climate plan

Climate experts said that while most national contributions focus on cutting planet-heating emissions, Vanuatu’s enhanced action plan is one of the first to comprehensively address “loss and damage” from global warming impacts at a country level.

“Every day, Vanuatu suffers the consequences of the climate crisis,” Deputy Prime Minister Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau told the plan’s launch at a regional meeting of economics ministers in the capital Port Vila.