Environment

Grants to fight environment issues

Tuesday January 26, 2016

The next round of funding for the Cook Islands Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC) is due this Friday.

Flooding in the taro patches on Pukapuka is threatening the livelihoods of locals and creating a very real danger to food security on the isolated Pa Enua.

Startling revelations that the world’s oceans may have more plastic debris than fish by the year 2050 have not gone unnoticed by environmentalists in the Cook Islands.

Over-the-reef appeal to be heard

Wednesday January 20, 2016

The Rarotonga Enviroment Authority will meet this week to hear an appeal by the company wanting to build at over-the-reef pipeline to supply fuel to Rarotonga.

There’s a bad smell in the air when you drive through Avana, causing motorists to hold their breath along the stretch of road in Ngatangiia.

Weed turnoff for tourists

Thursday January 14, 2016

 Tourists are making known their displeasure at the state of Muri lagoon, with many becoming vocal online about the unsightly algae growth.

The Opposition is calling out the government and Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s chief executive Halatoa Fua for making “fishy” comments about the deteriorating state of Muri lagoon.

Despite the growing masses of sludgy green algae blanketing large areas of Muri lagoon, Cook Islands Tourism is adamant visitors can swim there without any risk to health.

Lagoon problems nothing new

Monday January 11, 2016

Controversy over the state of Muri lagoon and the algal blooms which regularly appear on the lagoon floor certainly isn’t anything new.

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