Leaked UN report warns of climate change risks

Rich and poor countries are still unprepared for many threats posed by climate change and extreme weather, a United Nations assessment of global warming will warn. Scientific authors and government representatives from around the world have spent the weekend negotiating the final text of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at a…

Trees of life

Forests play a major role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is stored as carbon in trees, soils, and other organic matter in forests. As trees grow, it takes in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis and stores it as carbon. Organisms living in forest soils take in…

PINA defends role in Pacific media

The ABC’s Pacific Correspondent, Sean Dorney, has been criticised by both the Fiji Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), for his coverage of the recent Pacific Media Summit in New Caledonia. At the summit – which was organised by PINA –  Sean reported that delegates felt the Fiji media…

Economist to lead Fiji’s oldest political party

ECONOMIST and former University of the South Pacific academic Professor Biman Prasad is the National Federation Party’s new leader. Prof Prasad was elected to lead the country’s oldest political party at the party’s AGM at the Nadi Sangam College last week. In his maiden speech, the vocal economist called on the Prime Minister, Rear Admiral…

Training for regional middle managers

ABOUT 30 middle level managers, team leaders and potential managers from the region completed a two-week training organised by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Papua New Guinea Inland Revenue Commission on Friday. The third Pacific Managers Development Program (PMDP) training is a specialised course on project management. “The program is aimed at…

Structural shift in technology

There is a structural shift in terms of infrastructure from centrally diesel generation to renewable energy, says Asian Development Bank senior Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell. During the ADB Pacific Business Media Summit in Sydney, Australia, last week, Mr Maxwell said many parts of the world were focusing on renewable energy by providing government subsidies…

Melanesia faces problem with energy access

MELANESIAN countries continue to battle the issue of energy access and connectivity to electricity power. Speaking at the Asian Development Bank Pacific Business Media Summit last week in Sydney, Australia, Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell said access rates for countries such as PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu ranged from 12 per cent to 25 per…

Development of Pacific media

DEVELOPING professionalism in the region’s media sector is one of the main objectives of the Pacific Islands News Association, says PINA president Moses Stevens. Despite the many challenges faced by the organisation, Mr Stevens said this level of professionalism would empower Pacific Island people to share their own stories to the world. He was speaking…