People

In Kiribati, the entire nation faces real danger—our own survival is at stake as a people, as a unique and vibrant culture and as a sovereign nation.

According to a report published by the World Bank in 2000, "the Pacific Islands are becoming increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events as growing urbanization and squatter settlements, degradation of coastal ecosystems, and rapidly developing infrastructure on coastal areas intensify the islands’ natural exposure to climate events. Among the most substantial impacts of climate change would be losses of coastal infrastructure and land resulting from inundation, storm surge, and shoreline erosion. Climate change could also cause more intense cyclones and droughts, the failure of subsistence crops and coastal fisheries, losses in coral reefs, and the spread of malaria and dengue fever."

There is a tendency in much of the world to view climate change as a slow and gradual process where the harmful effects will be able to prevented before they occur. What is happening in Kiribati is evidence to the contrary. Kiribati is "like the canary in the coal mine in terms of the dramatic impact of climate change on a whole civilization of people,” says Harvard University biological oceanographer James J. McCarthy. “They didn't cause the problem, but they are among the first to feel it."

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Kiribati students graduate with internationally- recognised qualifications

With dedication and commitment, obligation and expectations have come as a success to the 150 students of the Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT) who graduated with internationally-recognized qualifications

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Obama welcomes Kiribati diplomat

“We are doing what we can at the national level to address these challenges but Kiribati just cannot do it alone,” Ambassador Baaro said.

Sea wall in the village of Eita on the island of Tarawa. Photo: Justin McManus, The Age

Small islands’ commitment towards climate change

“The Pacific Islands are demonstrating real global leadership in our shared efforts to make a much-needed transition to a new era in energy use and production,” said Ban Ki-Moon.


Kiribati and Fiji Presidents and the First Ladies at the State House Mwaneaba

Fiji Supports Kiribati On Sea Level Rise

“You will not be refugees,” says Fijian President during state visit.

Mr Riibeta Abeta

I-Kiribati first international publication on climate change

Mr Riibeta Abeta becomes the first I-Kiribati single author on climate change.

Residents stand by the site of their former village, Tebunginako, now inundated by the sea.  Photo: Justin McManus, The Age.

Global Climate efforts to be renewed at Pacific Summit

International efforts to tackle global warming and rising seas will be a main focus during the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Majuro this week. A ‘Majuro declaration’ will be proposed calling for an urgent phase-down of greenhouse gas emissions.


His Excellency Anote Tong

Sustainable development and climate change, inseparable

The pathway to sustainable development through green or blue growth requires leadership, commitment and partnership at all levels, according to President Anote Tong.

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Cultural identity theme to 34th Independence

The 34th Independence Anniversary will feature an exciting and action-packed week of events and celebrations in support of this year’s theme, ‘maintain cultural identity in development’.

Island Report image Nikunau

‘Overcrowding and climate change’

Reuters photojournalist David Gray visited South Tarawa recently and explored the issues of overcrowding and climate change.


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.