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2010-11-08 00:00:46

Preeminent climate scientist and noted environmental leaders speak out on behalf of the Kiribati Nation, calling upon world leaders who will gather this month at the Economic Summit in Seoul and U.N. Climate talks in Cancun to address the issue of water scarcity and its impact on food sources. James Hansen, world renowned climate scientist, Lester Brown, Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, Rabbi Warren Stone, religious environmental activist who served as delegate at the U.N....

2010-06-03 13:32:46

Researchers revealed Thursday that some South Pacific coral atolls have held their own or even grown in size over the past 60 years, despite rising sea levels. Some scientists worry that the tiny, low-lying islands throughout the South Pacific will eventually disappear under rising sea levels. However, two researchers who measured 27 islands where local sea levels have risen 4.8 inches over the past 60 years, found just four had diminished in size. The reason is that coral islands respond...

2008-08-08 05:55:00

Rising sea levels may one day sink some South Pacific islands, and Olympic athletes are warned it's now or never to go for the gold. Tuvalu is a ring of nine Polynesian islands covering 560 sq km of ocean, with only 25.9 sq kms of land. It's sending three athletes to Beijing. It will be the nation's first Olympic competition after being accepted into the International Olympic Committee in 2007. Tuvalu's track and field athletes Asenate Manoa and Okilini Tinilau and weightlifter Logona Esau...

2008-04-02 15:25:00

As nations have less than two years to finalize a highly demanded deal to halt increasing threats posed by global warming, many say they will wait for the result of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.Talks began in Thailand on Monday, but many questions will remain unanswered until the next president takes his place in the Oval Office."The nature of the U.S.' commitment ... is unclear, and I suspect we're not going to get a clear signal from the U.S. until after the next election," said...

2006-05-26 02:44:35

By Elaine Lies NAGO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi courted leaders of Pacific island nations in a summit on Friday with pledges of support for greater prosperity a month after China offered its own sweeping economic aid package. The Pacific island states offer little economically to Japan, but their support as a bloc is sought in international forums such as the United Nations where Japan has been campaigning, with scant success, for a permanent seat on...

2006-02-27 18:40:49

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Women made up 16.3 percent of the membership of parliaments worldwide at the end of 2005, edging up from 15.7 percent a year earlier, the Inter-Parliamentary Union reported on Monday. The latest statistics confirmed that women have made steady progress in elections since a landmark world conference on women in Beijing in 1995, when females made up just 11.3 percent of the world's lawmakers, the group said in its annual survey. Women on average comprised 20...

2005-11-22 20:10:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Carteret Islands are almost invisible on a map of the South Pacific, but the horseshoe scattering of atolls is on the front-line of climate change, as rising sea levels and storm surges eat away at their existence. For 20 years, the 2,000 islanders have fought a losing battle against the ocean, building sea walls and trying to plant mangroves. Each year, the waves surge in, destroying vegetable gardens, washing away homes and poisoning freshwater...

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Pacific Rim
2013-02-19 13:33:00

The Pacific Rim is a reference to places around the edge of Pacific Ocean. The term Pacific Basin includes the Pacific Rim and the islands within the Pacific Ocean. It roughly overlaps with the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. These countries are generally considered to be a part of the Pacific Rim, since they lie along the Pacific Ocean: North/East Asia Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,...

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  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.