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High Tide Time

High Tide Time

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), which is based at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, this week sent a heads-up to its Majuro friends that high tides would likely cause flooding in Majuro starting October 5, 2017. They were right, as this photo of water coming over the coral wall at the Pacific Read More

 
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The Toll of Climate Change

The Toll of Climate Change

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has on multiple occasions sent reporters and photographers to cover issues in the Marshall Islands and most specifically the effects of climate change. This video was published on September 20, 2016 with the intro stating: If global temperatures rise more than 1.5C, the Marshall Islands are likely to disappear. “The thin atolls Read More

 
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World’s largest shark sanctuary

World’s largest shark sanctuary

In 2011, the Marshall Islands became home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The RMI waters cover 768,547 square miles — nearly four times the landmass of California — in which commercial fishing of all sharks is prohibited. And not only is it the biggest, but a year after implentation later, its shark protections are Read More

 
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Selina speaks to the world

Selina speaks to the world

This agreement should be the turning point in our story; a turning point for all of us. In November, 2015, the Marshall Islands’ Selina Leem, formerly a student at Marshall Islands High School and now a student at UWC Robert Bosch College in Germany, spoke to world leaders at the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference Read More

 
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Harvesting water in Ailuk

Harvesting water in Ailuk

The following article was published in the Marshall Islands Journal, September 4, 2015.  By Karen Earnshaw While water makers are being installed, along with their complementary solar panel or wind generator power systems, around the Marshalls, one group is working on devising a simpler, cheaper method of ensuring communities have enough fresh water for survival Read More

 
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CNN on Climate Change in RMI

CNN on Climate Change in RMI

Where do you go when your country vanishes because of climate change? In June, 2015, CNN’s John Sutter visited the Marshall Islands to find the surprising answer. Author’s note: Cary and I have lived in Majuro since 1998. In 2015, we have witnessed more inundations and stronger winds than ever before.  

 
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Dear Matafele Peinam

Dear Matafele Peinam

By Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner spoke on behalf of civil society during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Summit in New York City in September 2014. Watch the clip from the United Nations below and then check out her blog at https://jkijiner.wordpress.com/ Kathy is a poet, writer, journalist and teacher, currently working as an instructor at Read More