Scientists studying tortoise and turtle shells near the Marshall Islands have found they contain nuclear contamination.
An article in the journal PNAS Nexus considered 'Anthropogenic uranium signatures in turtles, tortoises, and sea turtles from nuclear sites', RNZ Pacific reports.
Over 100 activist groups, including Greenpeace, Veterans for Peace, and the Arms Control Association have signed a letter calling on US President Joe Biden to apologise for nuclear tests conducted in the Marshall Islands.
Majuro president David Kabua would have attended this week's first in-person meeting of Pacific Islands Forum leaders if members of his own government had not derailed an effort in February to undo legislatively-binding action to terminate the country's membership in the premier regional organisation.
Nearly a year and a half after the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an investigation into the Marshall Islands' use of nearly $1 million in health-related grants and put a hold on new grant money, the funds remain blocked and mental health programs that have relied on the US funding for many years are languishing.
US Army Commander Col. Thomas Pugsley offered his personal apology to the people of the Marshall Islands for last week's "breakdown of established protocols" for Army repatriation groups arriving at the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll.
Every year, a potential showdown looms between Pacific island countries and distant water fishing nations at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) that happens early next month - over one issue or another.
The Marshall Islands hopes to see the global spotlight focused on climate adaptation and mitigation financing as world leaders and climate negotiators come together at the end of this month for the annual COP26 climate summit in Scotland.