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Climate change book to be launched

A new book on climate change will be launched at the 3rd Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference later this month as awareness is ramped up on the existential threat.

The book titled “In the Eye of the Storm – Reflections from the Second Pacific Climate Change Conference” is a compilation of the contributions of some of the keynote speakers at the 2nd Pacific Climate Change Conference which was held in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2018.

According to a statement issued by the Apia-based Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme [S.P.R.E.P.], the new publication is co-edited by Professors Alberto Costi and James Renwick, who are both from the Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington.

The 2018 conference was co-hosted by Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, and the S.P.R.E.P. and brought together a range of voices on climate change from the region and beyond.

Professor Costi said the collection of essays in the book addresses topics ranging from the science of climate change to its effects on the environment; tackles legal and policy issues about climate change from a local, regional and global perspective; and analyses the challenges raised by climate change through economic, media and religious lenses.

S.P.R.E.P. Director-General, Leota Kosi Latu, warned of the impact of climate change and congratulated the book’s co-editors and the Victoria University of Wellington for its publication.

"Climate change is the greatest threat to our Pacific islands, we must do everything we can to amplify our voice to bring about higher ambitions, this book launch is an example of this,” he emphasised.

“Congratulations to the co-editors and Victoria University of Wellington for making this happen.”

The 3rd Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference will be held from October 27-30 and is facilitated by the Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, the S.P.R.E.P. and the National University of Samoa.

The launching of the conference will be done in the Hunter Council Chambers and will now be held virtually with the organisers advising that registration is now open.

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