Environmental Issues

  • Climate

    Climate Change Impacts program strives to understand threats, increase resilience

    FORUM Staff Climate change could impact more than 80% of the Indo-Pacific’s population by 2050, according to the United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM). Worldwide, rising seas and coastal floods are expected to force more than 200 million people from their homes, with Blue Pacific nations among the worst hit. Extreme…

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  • Climate

    Chinese dredging imperils South China Sea coral reefs: report

    Radio Free Asia Dredging and other maritime activities by countries claiming territory in the South China Sea, primarily the People’s Republic of China (PRC), have devastated coral reefs, with vast areas destroyed or badly damaged, a new report found. “In recent decades, increased fishing, dredging, and landfill, along with giant clam harvesting, have taken a devastating toll on thousands of…

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  • Climate

    U.N. climate agreement addresses fossil fuels for first time as Blue Pacific nations, U.S. push for more ambitious goals

    FORUM Staff United Nations climate talks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December 2023 closed with an agreement by nearly 200 nations to “transition away” from fossil fuels. It marked the first time a U.N. climate compact has called for governments to burn less coal, oil and natural gas, a step some observers called historic. Blue Pacific nations on…

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  • Climate

    OBOR’s environmental costs continue to mount after a decade

    FORUM Staff In the decade since Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping announced his One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure scheme, growing evidence shows that the program’s expansive projects often harm the environment. Through OBOR — Xi’s vision to increase the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) reach throughout the Indo-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and Europe — Beijing has distributed…

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  • Features

    Critical Minerals: A Resource Race

    FORUM Staff Powering a global green energy transition — one that combats the destabilizing effects of climate change on governments, militaries and citizenry — will require vast increases in the world’s critical mineral production. Meeting explosive demand while easing impacts on Earth and its inhabitants will demand international cooperation and evolving models of sustainability. Environmental devastation surrounding mineral mining and…

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  • Climate

    Building Resilience

    FORUM Staff | photos by the associated press The targets are moving at Foxtrot Range, a strategic repositioning as Ewa Beach yields ever more of itself to the advance of a relentless force — the crashing and scouring of Pacific surf and tide. In early 2023, crews began moving the pistol range about 40 meters inland, the first step in…

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  • Climate

    PRC’s hydroelectric dams threaten Mekong River

    FORUM Staff The Mekong River stretches nearly 5,000 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau, winding through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and, ultimately, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The river, the longest in Southeast Asia, carries nutrient-rich sediment essential to the livelihoods of those who rely on the waterway for agriculture and fisheries. But the river is drying up. In recent years, its water…

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  • Climate

    Australian, U.S. leaders pledge innovation alliance, defense cooperation

    FORUM Staff Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and United States President Joe Biden reaffirmed their nations’ strategic and economic alliance as Albanese visited Washington, D.C., in late October 2023. The leaders announced steps to bolster cyber resilience, technological collaboration, the green energy transition and multilateral defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. They also emphasized commitments to advancing prosperity and resilience in…

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  • Climate

    U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Summit focuses on climate change, infrastructure

    FORUM Staff United States President Joe Biden met with the leaders of Pacific Island Countries (PIC) recently at the White House where he underscored the U.S.’s commitment to the region’s shared issues, which range from rising seas to economic growth. Officials said climate change was a focus of the two-day U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Summit in late September 2023, with low-lying…

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  • Climate

    Pacific women’s leadership crucial to building resilience against climate change, food insecurity

    Chendi Liu/Office of Women, Peace & Security Women’s vital role in tackling climate change and food insecurity in the Pacific islands region was the focus of a recent workshop in Suva, Fiji, co-sponsored by the United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS), the Center for Naval Analyses, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and…

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