Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

Jul 31, 2014
Palau President Tommy Remengesau delivers a speech at the opening night of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in Palau on July 29, 2014

Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the 15-nation regional grouping saying there was no excuse not to act to curb .

"We all know the causes of climate change, we know the solutions," Samoa Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi told reporters after releasing a communique from the three-day meeting.

"All that is left is decisive action from leaders with the courage to do what needs to be done to save the world."

Malielegaoi said Pacific island nations, some of which are barely one metre (three foot) above sea level, were at the forefront of the climate change issue because it was a matter of survival for them.

"The reason for the very strong stance put forward by Pacific island countries is that we are the most vulnerable. Many of our states will disappear under the ocean if climate change is allowed to continue."

The Forum also demanded an end to overfishing in the Pacific, largely by "distant water" fleets from as far afield as Europe. saying sustainable development was needed in the world's largest ocean.

"Leaders note with concern the rapid decline of and... (want to) urgently strengthen sustainable fisheries and management plans," the communique said.

The Pacific tuna industry is worth about $4.0 billion a year annually but relatively little of the money trickles back to Forum countries.

Scientists say tuna stocks are dwindling quickly, with the southern bluefin variety down an estimated 96 percent after decades of overfishing.

The Forum announced it had appointed its first ever female Secretary General, with lawyer and diplomat Meg Taylor of Papua New Guinea taking over from Samoa's Neroni Slade.

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aksdad
1.8 / 5 (10) Jul 31, 2014
All that is left is decisive action from leaders with the courage to do what needs to be done to save the world.

Translation: It's time for rich countries to give us lots of money because "climate change".

In fact many of these island countries are not being threatened by rising sea levels. See this illuminating article:

http://theconvers...se-25436

Islands, for example, on coral atolls are dynamic and their size increases over time. In other words, sea level is declining for them. Strange but true.
TegiriNenashi
1.3 / 5 (12) Jul 31, 2014
Useful idiots [Pacific island nations] in big politics game. Didn't they notice how ridiculous these one-person delegations proudly carrying their national flag at Olympic opening ceremony are?
supamark23
4.6 / 5 (9) Jul 31, 2014
Useful idiots [Pacific island nations] in big politics game. Didn't they notice how ridiculous these one-person delegations proudly carrying their national flag at Olympic opening ceremony are?


Not nearly as ridiculous as pretty much everything you say, dumbass.
rockwolf1000
5 / 5 (2) Aug 01, 2014
Useful idiots [Pacific island nations] in big politics game. Didn't they notice how ridiculous these one-person delegations proudly carrying their national flag at Olympic opening ceremony are?


Probably not, But we all know how ridiculous you are!
antigoracle
1 / 5 (3) Aug 01, 2014
[Not nearly as ridiculous as pretty much everything you say, dumbass.

Another gem from supatard aka gobshite.

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