From China’s ban on foreign waste imports to Vanuatu’s plan to take fossil fuel firms to court, this year saw countries toughen their national and foreign policies to tackle the world's biggest social and environmental problems.
François Martel –
For Pacific islanders, who are on the frontlines of a climate crisis to which they have barely contributed, the persistently selfish and short-sighted approach of the world's major emitters has gone from disappointing to frustrating to infuriating. Betting on geoengineering would only make matters worse.
Frank Bainimarama and Andrew Holness –
Small island states such as Fiji and Jamaica are using innovative approaches to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change. Developed countries must do more to help them and other islands—including by leading the global effort to mobilise climate finance.
Jonathon Turnbull and James DykeBecky Alexis-MartinStephanie Malin –
As sea levels rise, small island states are pushing to re-introduce unpopular resettlement and migration policies. Is there a climate adaptation solution that will help save homes in the Pacific islands?