A pile of trash in the ocean has grown to the size of France—and some people want it recognized as a nation
There’s a country-sized problem in the north Pacific Ocean: a patch of trash has grown to the size of France. So the environmental charity Plastic Oceans Foundation has paired up with the news and entertainment publication LadBible to campaign for it to be recognized as an official country.
DLA Piper’s Asia-Pacific pro bono director Catriona Martin (pictured) and consultant Michael Gill provided training for 22 final-year law students from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Samoa.
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the University of Hawai‘i’s Pacific Island Ocean Observing System will receive over $2.8 million in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funding to develop and enhance forecasting and modeling tools that promote resiliency and sustainability throughout Hawai‘i’s coastal communities.
Australia will extend its Pacific Islands migrant labor program and fly aerial surveillance missions to protect valuable Pacific fisheries, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the Pacific Island Leaders Forum.