New Zealand considering special visas for climate refugees

October 31, 2017 by  
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Impacts of climate change , like rising sea levels , will likely soon force people to abandon their land . Now the new government of New Zealand is considering action. They’re thinking about creating an experimental visa category for people prompted to leave their homes because of climate change. People living on some Pacific islands could be displaced because of sea level rise, and New Zealand might help out. Climate change minister James Shaw recently told Radio New Zealand there could be an “experimental humanitarian visa category” for people from the Pacific, saying, “It is a piece of work that we intend to do in partnership with the Pacific islands.” Related: Five Pacific Ocean islands have already disappeared because of climate change Some people have already applied to be refugees in New Zealand because of climate change – and have been turned away. Radio New Zealand reported , just days before Shaw’s announcement, the cases of two families from the island nation of Tuvalu who had applied to be New Zealand’s first climate refugees , only to be rejected. The tribunal said they didn’t risk persecution due to race, nationality, religion, or membership in a religious or political group under the 1951 refugee convention, according to The Guardian . Alberto Costi, international environmental law expert at Victoria University of Wellington , told The Guardian, “The conditions are pretty strict and really apply to persecution. These people who arrive here hoping to seek asylum on environmental grounds are bound to be sent back to their home countries.” And the Tuvalu families aren’t the only people who have been turned away. Ioane Teitiota of Kiribati applied to be the world’s first climate change refugee in 2014. New Zealand’s supreme court dismissed Teitiota’s case, and he was deported. Costi expressed interest in Shaw’s idea but told The Guardian there would need to be clear guidelines – one issue would be how to legally determine whether or not a climate change refugee was able to still reside in their home country. Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

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World’s First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand

August 11, 2014 by  
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The once abstract of climate refugees fleeing from a weather-ravaged corner of the world in search of safety has now become cold, hard reality . According to Grist , New Zealand officials recently accepted a refugee application by a family from Tuvalu, where climate change is causing their Pacific island home to sink . New Zealand has rejected similar refugee claims in the past, but UPI reports that this recently accepted application may have far-reaching legal implications for other cases. Read the rest of World’s First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change , climate , Environment , global , new , refugee , sinking , tuvalu , warming , weather , zealand

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Indulge Your Inner Ewok with a Hanging Treehouse Sphere

August 11, 2014 by  
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How delighted would you be if we told you that you could own your very own hanging treehouse ? Inspired by the natural world around him, Canada-based Tom Chudleigh creates gorgeous wooden  Free Spirit Eco Spheres , which can either sit on the ground or be suspended high in the trees by means of suspension lines and webbing. Available for purchase or for rent at Tom’s eco-retreat in the Pacific Northwest , they offer a whimsical new way to experience the outdoors. Whether your heart lies in Endor or Lothlorien, these hanging treehouses are sure to rejuvenate the wild-loving spirit within. Read the rest of Indulge Your Inner Ewok with a Hanging Treehouse Sphere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BC treehouse , British Columbia Treehouse , Bubble Treehouse , canada , Eco Spheres , eco treehouse , ecosphere , Ewok Ecosphere , Ewok meets Aarnio , Free Spirit , Free spirit eco sphere , hanging ball treehouse , Pacific Northwest , round tree house , round treehouse , sphere , sphere tree house , sphere treehouse , Tom Chudleigh , tree house , treehouse

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Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

August 11, 2014 by  
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Vietnamese design firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects started construction on FPT University’s administrative building, a seven-story prefab structure with a dramatic green and white checkerboard facade. Located in Thach That just outside Hanoi, the building’s lush facade was designed to bring the experience of a park setting indoors. In addition to tree-filled balconies, the staggered building is topped by a series of green roofs that insulate the building and help reduce energy use. Read the rest of Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: administrative building of FPT university , alternatives to air conditioning , checkerboard facade , FPT university building , green facade , green roofs , modular architecture , modular concrete blocks , Prefab , prefab architecture , Sustainable Building , tree-filled balconies , Vietnam , Vietnamese architecture , Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Tuvalu Calls Out US in Emotional Plea

December 13, 2009 by  
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photo: Static Photography via flickr Tuvalu is turning into the little island nation that could just be the game changer in these talks. After a couple of days spent digging in their heels on the legal form of a potential deal, and then making headlines again yesterday with the release of the AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States) draft text, Tuvalu open this morning’s plenary meeting of the resumed COP …

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Designer Limelight: Rachel Cassar

December 13, 2009 by  
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Rachael Cassar shows at the London College of Fashion. Rachael Cassar Flipping through the 100% recycled paper pages of Aussie eco fashion mag Peppermint –thanks to Editor Kelley Sheenan for sending it over seas–we happened upon the delicious designs of Rachel Cassar .

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Slashing Solar Costs: Group Purchasing for Cheaper Energy

December 13, 2009 by  
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Image credit: 1Bog From solar shingles to solar thermal water heating , there’s no doubt many of us greenies covet the idea of creating at least some of our own energy. The trouble is, it can be an expensive and intimidating process. That’s why Matthew’s coverage of 1BOG solar group purchasing in ..

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The Uniform Project’s Holiday Fundraiser, Donations Matched by eBay’s Green Team

December 13, 2009 by  
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Tuvalu Negotiator Delivers a Tear-Jerking Call for the Toughest Climate Treaty at Copenhagen

December 12, 2009 by  
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Earlier this week, Ian Fry, the lead negotiator for the small island nation of Tuvalu — one of a handful of countries severely threatened by climate change — called for the strongest of possible agreements: a legally-binding treaty that would demand developed countries help bring atmospheric CO2 down to 350 ppm.

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COP15 in Pictures – "Hitler Youth" & Klimaforum09 (Slideshow)

December 10, 2009 by  
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photo: Matthew McDermott Deep breaths as the COP15 train rolls on… Day three brought me to the Klimaforum (the “people’s climate summit”); Tuvalu staged a protest outside the Bella Center plenary hall — which apparently led to access restrictions today; climate denier Lord Monckton called members of SustainUS “Hitler Youth last night and got mobbed when he showed up at the Bella Center today. Fun and interesting times, at

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