Five UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies issued a joint statement on Monday warning that States must act on climate as failure to do so may constitute a breach of their obligations under human rights international law.
The five bodies highlight that under these treaties, States have legally binding obligations to protect human rights by urgently addressing the climate crisis. Under international law, “Failure to take measures to prevent foreseeable human rights harm caused by climate change, or to regulate activities contributing to such harm, could constitute a violation of States’ human rights obligations,” the Statement says.
The record-setting pace of copra production in the Marshall Islands has ground to a halt with the dengue fever outbreak stalling most outer island transport.
A travel ban brought in by the goverment in August to stop the spread of dengue also ceased regular copra pick ups by local vessels.
The ban means copra production for the 2019 financial year will fall short of the record of over 7700 tonnes set in 1995 - despite the fast production pace earlier in the year.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says she "regrets and strongly condemns" the Solomon Islands' decision to establish diplomatic relations with China.
The Solomons cabinet made the decision yesterday after which Taiwan terminated its 36 year relationship with the Pacific country.
Ms Tsai said China's promises of financial assistance often came up "empty" and that "Taiwan's contributions to Solomon Islands, particularly in medicine, agriculture, education, and culture, could not be measured in dollars".
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) yesterday issued a reduced visibility warning to ships, as farmers slash and burn vast chunks of forest in neighbouring Indonesia creating significant haze around Southeast Asia.
“During periods of restricted visibility, shipmasters are advised to keep a proper lookout and navigate with caution,” MPA stated, adding that ships must use navigation lights and sound signals to move around Singaporean waters.