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Fiji reacts to warming with ambitious climate package

“A fight for our lives and our livelihoods” – this is how Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji’s minister for climate change summarised the direct threat that global warming represents for the residents of the island.

The Pacific island state is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as sea level rise could put a large part of it under water. Although they find themselves in this very difficult situation through no fault of their own, they must find a solution to the problem.

It was in that spirit that the government of Fiji submitted a legislative programme to parliament which will include strict limitations on the use of plastics as well as the development of relocation plans for the communities at risk from rising sea levels. In addition, they also want to achieve net zero emissions for the island state by 2050.

Fiji would already face severe problems if global warming were limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, while greater warming would have catastrophic results.

Suva, the capital of Fiji Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: The Guardian

Americans also think that climate change is a problem

A new survey by CBS News shows that two-thirds of the Americans believe climate change is a crisis or a severe problem. 56 percent believe that immediate action is required to resolve the situation.

Message from Greta Thunberg: We need action more than hope

Here’s an inspiring and thought-provoking talk from a young climate activist who, at only 15, has become the iconic face of the fight against climate change.

Europeans support EU targets associated with climate neutrality

93 percent of the European population believe that climate change is a severe problem, and 92 percent support the targets set by the European Union for climate neutrality by 2050, reveals a new report from the European Commission.

Poland to launch large scale water saving programme

The Polish government has approved the main outlines of a water saving programme in which funds totalling about three billion euros will be invested to double the country’s water reserves by 2027. The finalised plan is to be adopted by early 2021.

David Gilmour auctions his guitars to combat climate change

Pink Floyd’s singer, guitarist and leading composer has auctioned his guitars for a record price of $21 million and gave the proceeds to Client Earth, a charity that works to combat climate change. This is the highest price that a collection of guitars has ever fetched at auction.

Compostable fashion: T-shirts tuned to sustainability

A new T-shirt by Vollebak is made from algae and wood pulp from sustainable sources.

Water be quoted on the stock exchange?

An unusual solution has been proposed to remedy the damage caused by droughts in the Czech Republic.

OGarden – The self-watering compact garden

The Kickstarter campaign for OGarden was started in 2016. The inventors collected money for an innovative idea that revolutionizes home growing of vegetables and fruit. The tiny self-watering indoor garden can grow 90 kinds of vegetables and fruit at once.

Surfers in action to protect nature

This is how fast-wearing neoprene suits can become practical yoga mats – all for sustainability.

The idea for the Hungarian house free of utility bills was born on the ocean

Ákos Blaskovich was sailing the Pacific Ocean when he decided to create affordable houses suitable for mass production without any utility bills and with a zero ecological footprint. The idea of the Noah House was born.

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