Rising sea levels due to climate change are already having severe impacts on the nation of Tuvalu. It proposes to build a digital replica of itself in the metaverse. Could it be done?
The sea level around Vanuatu is rising at a rate nearly twice the global average. New research tells a story of both loss and resilience.
The prime minister’s visit comes after a fractious year between the two countries, including tensions over China’s role in the Pacific and the postponed election in Solomon Islands.
For centuries, Pacific Islands have been raided by mining interests with little to show for it. Harnessing their enormous green mineral wealth must be done justly.
For Pacific Islands, climate change trumps all other threats to their security. While they welcome Australia’s new emission targets, this is an issue of survival that demands greater ambition.
This week, Austalia began a climate pivot on its relationship with the region. Fossil fuels are out and exporting green energy and green manufacturing techniques are in.
World leaders should worry about the security risks and economic balance of power with China.
While Australia worries about Chinese influence, Pacific nations are more worried about climate change. By boosting climate ambition, Australia could be the region’s security partner of choice.
Australians should accept that Pacific island countries will engage with other countries, and instead recognise the gaps in our defence, development and diplomatic relationships with the region.
The foreign minister’s trip to Solomon Islands was a difficult one, but while there was no big “win”, it also did not make things worse.
A battle for influence between the US and China in the region, is giving Pacific island states more influence.
Pacific island nations are working to secure their people and infrastructure from cyber attacks.
China seeks two main things from the region – one diplomatic and one strategic.
Before we work ourselves into a frenzy over Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Solomon Islands, it is worth pausing for breath.
This election was a perfect storm for the Coalition, with fires, floods and international criticism dialing up the pressure for climate action. In the end, Australia made the decision for them.
To repair our relationship with the Pacific, the new government must make swift decisions addressing the climate emergency. But that’s just the starting point.
We talk about the Pacific ‘neighbourhood’, but too often Australia’s approach to the region has been of saying what we’re going to do, rather than how – and listening to the people it most affects.
A leaked draft security agreement seemingly proves Chinese spending ‘bought’ enough influence to get the Solomon Islands government. But such an interpretation misses two key issues.
Kava is not commonly used in Australia. But that will change and we need to keep an eye on what happens next.
Severe coastal flooding inundated islands in the Pacific last week, including the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. It’s a taste of things to come.