Pacific Island Nations Struggle To Keep Scientists And Experts Needed To Fight Climate Change
SYDNEY, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place effective climate change policies and adaptation projects.
“Climate change and disaster risk management expertise is critical for the Pacific region,” Espen Ronneberg, climate change adviser to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), in Samoa, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“The effects of climate change, such as droughts, floods, coastal erosion, sea level rise, rising temperatures and increases in cyclone intensity, will put greater pressure on communities and affect the food security, health and well-being of Pacific Islanders,” he said.
Sea level rise in the southwest Pacific region has been 2-3 times the global average of about 3 mm per —> Read More Here