President Tommy Remengesau Jr of the Pacific island nation of Palau has cemented a legacy as the world's most effective protector of marine life by creating a giant marine reserve that will directly benefit his people through increasing tourism and securing its food supply, scientists say.
Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
Sanjivi Rajasingham –
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility strategic advisor Sanjivi Rajasingham shares how investment in the Pacific can be best channeled to promote sustainable development in the region.
Jane McAdam –
Natural disasters are on the rise due to climate change, displacing millions of people each year. A new international initiative is aiming to improve the way governments respond to such crises.
The global community has to limit the rise in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and climate vulnerable countries are taking the lead on this, say Philippines senator Loren Legarda and Costa Rican congresswoman Marcella Guerrerro.