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Writing a greener story in Asia and Pacific
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana*
Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows
Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.
Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change
The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu this week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.
UN chief issues climate plea from Pacific 'frontline'
Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region.
Japan's F-35 fighter jet disappears over Pacific, military says
A Japanese stealth fighter jet has disappeared from radar during a training mission over the Pacific Ocean.
Australia: Last refugee children in Pacific camp to be moved
The last remaining refugee children detained by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru are being moved to other countries, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday, following criticism of Canberra's harsh treatment of asylum-seekers.
Asia Pacific Regional Conference to be held in Tehran
The 13th Asia Pacific Regional Conference will be held in Tehran late November with the participation of dozens of countries, said the head of Iran's Chamber of Cooperatives.
11 Pacific trade pact countries go it alone without US
A year after an abrupt US withdrawal left a fledgling 12-nation Pacific trade pact for dead, the 11 remaining states will sign a re-vamped deal on Thursday aimed at slashing tariffs.
PNG troops, rescue teams respond to major tremor amid fears of landslides
Papua New Guinea sent troops and rescue workers Monday to respond to a powerful earthquake in the Pacific nation’s mountainous interior, with unconfirmed reports of fatalities and warnings of aftershocks and landslides.
Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars
It is one of Earth's newest landforms and it could just tell us where to look for evidence of life on Mars.
Pacific Rim nations agree  ‘core elements’ of new trade pact
Eleven Pacific Rim countries have agreed on the ‘core elements’ of a vast new regional trade pact without the US by stripping out a swath of intellectual property protections and other contentious measures previously advocated by Washington.
Trans-Pacific trade deal advances without US
Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have agreed on the core elements to move ahead without the United States, officials said on Saturday, after last-minute resistance from Canada raised new doubts about its survival.
Japan warship to escort US supply vessel in Pacific
Japanese media have reported that the country will send a warship to escort a US supply vessel in the pacific.
US taking a confrontational approach in Pacific: Writer
An American a writer and retired professor says instead of reconciliation and cooperation with China, the United States is taking a confrontational approach in the Pacific area which could be very harmful for Washington.

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