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.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the fragile reef ecosystems built by corals, to the benefit of other marine life and humans alike ... More than a quarter of the planet’s sea life depends on reefs, and 1 billion humans need them and the creatures they support for food and livelihood.
Kiribati - plastics. Kiribati has spoken up about being 'downstream in the plastic life cycle' at the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee aiming to develop an international treaty on plastic pollution. Kiribati is one of 12 Pacific Islands taking part in the negotiations.
Ioane Teitiota is a citizen of Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean... He protested to the UN Human Rights Committee, which ruled that his situation did not constitute an imminent risk to life. Kiribati is a low-lying island threatened by rising seas.
Over the years, Claire Anterea has waved goodbye to numerous friends and family members as they left the Pacific island nation of Kiribati for jobs in regional powerhouse Australia ... Kiribati’s Tarawa atoll is pictured in an undated photograph ... They want their family to have a better life,” she said.
Kiribati society changed drastically after their first encounters with westerners, but their armor offers a fascinating glimpse into what Kiribati life used to be like ... Kiribati armor made of coconut fiber could protect against low-velocity musketballs; however, their culture ...
Kiribati has secured a more modest amount from the World Bank to help protect its tenuous water supply but Maamau argues that the rich countries that have done the most to cause the climate crisis should pay out far more to help save this slice of Pacific island life.
Now, in a decision released by the ImmigrationProtection Tribunal, he has unsuccessfully tried to argue that returning home to Kiribati would put him at risk of retribution from his victim's family and make life incredibly difficult due to rising sea levels and erosion on the island.
Most of the Pacific island nations, which are meeting at an ongoing leaders’ summit in Fiji, have a gross domestic product per capita of less than $5,000, lack basic infrastructure, and lag developed economies in indicators such as life expectancy, education and health ... “For Kiribati, I think that maritime security will be a priority.
Announcements overnight included an increase to funding for the region, tripling fishing-related assistance to nearly $1 billion over the next decade, and new embassies in Tonga and Kiribati, which just left the forum, sparking concerns its close relations with China could be at play.
... of Kiribati ... "It was my way of trying to disseminate my doctoral research beyond the academy, so I had written a lot of words but I also made filmsshort video studies about contemporary Banaban life for what the island in Kiribati looked like now and what Rabi island looks like.
"It was my way of trying to disseminate my doctoral research beyond the academy, so I had written a lot of words but I also made filmsshort video studies about contemporary Banaban life for what the island in Kiribati looked like now and what Rabi island looks like.
When the coronavirus began spreading around the world, the remote Pacific archipelago of Kiribati closed its borders, ensuring that the pathogen didn't reach its shores for nearly two full years ... Many of those aboard were missionaries who had left Kiribati before the border closure to spread the Mormon faith abroad.