Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. The capital and now most populated area, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways. These comprise about half the area of Tarawa Atoll.
The word Kiribati is the modern rendition for "Gilberts", so the name is not usually translated into English. "Gilberts" comes from Captain Thomas Gilbert, who, along with Captain John Marshall, was one of the first Europeans to visit the Gilbert Islands in 1788. Some of the islands had been sighted or visited earlier, including by Commodore John Byron, whose ships happened on Nikunau in 1765. Frequenting of the islands by Europeans and Chinese dates from whaling and oil trading from the 1820s, when no doubt Europeans learnt to speak it, as I-Kiribati learnt to speak English and other languages foreign to them. However, it wasn't until Hiram Bingham II took up missionary work on Abaiang in the 1860s that the language began to take on the written form known today. For example, Bingham was the first to translate the Bible into Gilbertese, and wrote several hymn books, dictionaries and commentaries in the language of the Gilbert Islands.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTING KIRIBATI ...Climate change impacts are immediate and tangible along Kiribati's coasts ... The consequences of ocean warming are particularly concerning, with many families reliant on fragile marine ecosystems for food and an income – and Kiribati’s greater economy heavily dependent on life underwater ... LIFE BELOW WATER.
One hundred fifty of the ventilators went to countries with zero new cases per day on the date the government committed to sending the life-saving machines overseas, as the US edged closer to a shortage of much-needed ventilators. Kiribati and Nauru, two of the countries that ...
ConsiderBig hArt’s the AcousticLife of Boatsheds. It’s a spin-off from the social change-driven production company’s acclaimed (though less specifically nautical) project, the Acoustic Life of Sheds ... Big hART’s Acoustic Life of Boatsheds ... The KiribatiChoir perform as part of the Acoustic Life of Boatsheds.
Ruling on a complaint by a Kiribati resident seeking asylum from the effects of rising sea levels, the UN Human Rights Committee found in January that countries may not deport individuals who face climate change-induced conditions that violate the right to life.
He claimed that New Zealand had violated his right to life under the covenant because the sea level rise had shrunk habitable space in Kiribati, resulting in violent land disputes and environmental degradation ... The committee noted that Kiribati will become uninhabitable within the next 10 to 15 years because of rising sea levels.
Warmer waters, coral bleaching, flooding, erosion, and changing weather patterns are changing their way of life ... The traditional way of life in island nations like Vanuatu, Tuvalu , Fiji, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands is deteriorating because of climate change ... Thousands of people have already fled the region for New Zealand, seeking a new life.
The judgment is based on the case of Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati, who applied for asylum in 2013 in New Zealand. He stated that his life and that of his family was threatened by the rise in sea level in ...
He said that as Kiribati was predicted to be uninhabitable in 10 to 15 years, his life was endangered by remaining there ... the moment similar to Teitiota’s, with people, mostly from Tuvalu and Kiribati, claiming that the impacts of the climate crisis affected their right to life.
He said that as Kiribati was predicted to be uninhabitable in 10 to 15 years, his life was endangered by remaining there ... “On a personal level for Ioane and his family it is bad news, because obviously it’s decided that his claim that his right to life was threatened in Kiribati ...
The UN's Human Rights Committee was making a judgment on the case of Ioane Teitiota, who applied for protection from New Zealand after claiming his life was at risk in his home country of Kiribati... The report claims that, due to coastal erosion and freshwater contamination, Kiribati could become uninhabitable as early as 2050.
The independent experts on the Human Rights Committee issued a non-binding but closely watched ruling in a case brought by Ioane Teitiota from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati... Several Pacific island nations including Kiribati are seen as among the most vulnerable in the world to climate change as they are just a few metres above sea level.
“It says a state will be in breach of its human rights obligations if it returns someone to a country where – due to the climate crisis – their life is at risk, or in danger of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment triggered.” ... Low-lying island states such as Kiribati and Tuvalu are only one or two metres above sea level.