Kiribati - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Kiribati


Pacific castaways survive 4 weeks adrift

May 05, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Four men are rescued after spending nearly a month adrift in the Pacific surviving on fish after their boat was blown off course by a storm

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

Apr 21, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The world s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child's toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

#COP21 deal: Indigenous peoples fear rights might be dropped

Dec 04, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The US EU and Norway are reportedly blocking reference to human rights in Article 2 which includes recognition of indigenous peoples rights

Indigenous peoples to world leaders: We carry burden of climate change

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:24 PM

This injustice calls for a commitment by the international community to compensate for the historical social and ecological debt we are suffering

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS CAUCUS. Indigenous peoples from the Arctic, North America, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Russia and Eastern Europe, and Africa pause for a solemn moment of solidarity as they tackle their proposals to the COP21 in Paris, France. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Pacific leaders agree to disagree on climate change

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:34 PM

It s not the best outcome that we would have liked says Kiribati President Anote Tong at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat

'AGREE TO DISAGREE.' A meeting of South Pacific nations has failed to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. File photo by Mick Tsikas/EPA

Island nations say climate talks failure not an option

Aug 22, 2015 - 5:21 PM

Kiribati and Tuvalu already suffer from a range of problems linked to climate change including more intense storms and salination of ground water which makes it impossible to grow crops

TEEKOA LUTA. In this photograph taken on August 21, 2015, Special Envoy of Kiribati, Teekoa Luta speaks during an interview at the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) summit in Jaipur. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Tuvalu among other Pacific nations also battered by Cyclone Pam

Mar 15, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Other Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands and Kiribati have also been battered although not as badly as Vanuatu

STORM SURGE. A handout image provided by the Red Cross Australia on 13 March 2015 shows the situation in Tuvalu ahead of Cyclone Pam, 13 March 2015. Melanie Uhila/Red Cross Australia/Handout/EPA

Debris revives hope of finding Amelia Earhart plane

Oct 30, 2014 - 7:28 AM

Researchers on the trail of missing 1930s aviatrix Amelia Earhart say they are increasingly convinced that aluminum debris found on a South Pacific beach came from her lost airplane

MYSTERY SOLVED? The aluminum fragment believed to be part of Amelia Earhart's plane. Image courtesy TIGHAR

Fiji leader invites climate-hit Kiribati residents to relocate

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:25 PM

President Epeli Nailatikau made the offer this week while on an official visit to the neighboring nation of about 30 coral atolls sitting only a few meters feet above sea level

DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SEAWALL? Residents of the Kiritimati coral atoll in the Line Islands, part of the Republic of Kiribati, build a seawall with blocks of reef to protect themselves against rising sea levels due to global warming. AFP / Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) / Undated handout

Pacific man fails in bid to be first climate refugee

Nov 26, 2013 - 1:43 PM

Under the internationally recognized UN Refugee Convention a refugee must fear persecution if they returned to their homeland – a criteria Teitiota does not meet

Pacific man bids to become first climate change refugee

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:05 PM

Ioane Teitiota s case had the potential to set an international precedent not only for Kiribati s 100 000 residents but for all populations threatened by man made climate change

Group seeks clues to US aviator's 1937 disappearance

Jul 08, 2012 - 5:29 PM

The mysterious disappearance of the aviatrix continues to haunt many