Climate change exacerbates public health problems in Kiribati, particularly in the capital of Tarawa.

The incidence of ciguatera poisoning, diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition, and vectorborne diseases, such as dengue fever, rise as a result of increased temperatures and changes in rainfall.

Tarawa has also experienced cholera outbreaks in the past. It is possible that increased temperatures may enhance the pathway of cholera transmission through the high level sewage contamination in Tarawa’s coastal waters.

Read more about ciguatera poisoning, diarrhoeal disease, and dengue fever in Kiribati.

This sea wall is all that protects these homes in the village of Abarao on the island of Tarawa. Copyright: Finn Frandsen, Politiken

Social Dimension of Climate Change

The Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA:PSIS) in partnership with Government of Kiribati have just launched a DVD on the Social Dimension of Climate Change in Kiribati.

Local IKiribati women. Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken

WHO links climate change and disease increase

Malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea, typhoid and leptospirosis are among the important climate-sensitive diseases on the rise in the Pacific, according to the World Health Organisation.

His Excellency Anote Tong takes the stage in front before the other panelists, and the nation.

Wet weather fails to dampen public hearing spirits

Morning rain did not dampen the mood at Kiribati’s first-ever National High-Level Public Hearing on Climate Change at the nation’s capital on Friday.

Sunset in Tarawa.

Government and SPC talk joint strategies

A small team from the Government of Kiribati and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have been working hard to develop a new joint country strategy (JCS) between SPC and the Government of Kiribati.

World Water Day 2013 will be celebrated in Kiribati on  Monday 25 March at Bairiki Square

Celebrate World Water Day with a splash

Live performances, quizzes, children’s games and handy how-to demonstrations are all part of this year’s World Water Day 2013 celebrations.

Part of the main road on South Tarawa.

Australia to give $15 million for road

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr visits Kiribati, announces $15 million in funding from Australia for road project.

Island Report image Nikunau

A climate change reality

Watch extracts from a documentary film about how climate change is affecting Kiribati.

Local IKiribati children perform the Te Buke dance. They face an uncertain future as their islands capacity to support the population diminishes. Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken

Human health in a warmer future

ABC News Australia environment journalist Sarah Clarke reports on the health impacts of climate change in the Pacific for the ABC.

The emergency department of a hospital in Kiribati. Photo: Rimon Rimon/OB

Diarrhoea cases to rise

Temperature and sea level rises have the potential to increase the sometimes fatal diarrhoea, primarily by increasing the likelihood of spoiled or contaminated food and decreasing the availability of freshwater.

This sea wall is all that protects these homes in the village of Abarao on the island of Tarawa. Photo: Finn Frandsen, Politiken


Is time running out? Reports indicate Kiribati’s capital, Tarawa, could be uninhabitable by mid-century if adaptation measures fail.