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Although the islands in the Southwest Pacific are not big producers of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, they are affected by manmade pollution from around the world. Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, which threatens low-lying islands and causes coastal erosion.1 Land loss and flooding are destructive to those who live on the islands, where residents are powerless to stop the effects of climate change. They rely on the rest of the world to cut back on carbon emissions in order to save their homeland.2 Palau is home to a very diverse marine environment. The islands are covered in volcanic rock and rainforest. After World War I, approximately 25% of the natural forestry was destroyed by the Japanese to make room for pineapple ...See More and sugar plantations. Thanks to low population density, Palau’s environment is in relatively good condition.3 Show Less

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1 http://www.sidsnet.org/aosis-issues/
2 http://www.irinnews.org/feature/2009/10/05/island-nations-frustrated-climate-talks
3 https://www.worldwildlife.org/ecoregions/oc0110
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Palau News

Marianas Variety 
KOROR (PCC) — The fifth group of caregivers was certified after completing the Care-Giving Program at Palau Community College on June 16, 2017. A total of 14 caregivers were awarded: Joyce Isechal, Joyce M. Ngirachitei, Phi- lemon Ngirarikel, Jello T. See more..
Marianas Variety 
TOKYO, Japan (RNZI) — An international maritime administrative organization has placed Palau and Vanuatu in a black list, its lowest possible grade. This comes after both countries collectively shared more than 50 detentions by the Paris MoU committee ... See more..
Yesterday's Island/Today's Nantucket (blog) 
How does one achieve an international following and the admiration of former President Bill Clinton? Argentinian-born Luis Palau has managed to reach people and touch millions of lives with his ability to bring Christ to the masses. He has counseled ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
An international maritime administrative organisation has placed Palau and Vanuatu in a black list, its lowest possible grade. This comes after both countries collectively shared more than 50 detentions by the Paris MoU committee on Port State Control ... See more..
NRB Today 
In 1952, Luis Palau was 18 years old and working at a bank in Argentina supporting his widowed mother and five sisters. It was that year that Palau and two of his friends asked a local radio station owner if they could create a seven-minute daily radio ... See more..
FIBA 
Announcing her intention to leave her home of the last four seasons at ZVVZ USK Prague, the club she led to EuroLeague Women glory in 2015, as well as her last appearance at FIBA EuroBasket Women, Palau was well aware that the FIBA Women's ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
Mr Remengesau said Palau has set aside 80 percent of its seas as a no-take marine sanctuary and countries should work together to establish a system of protected areas. "Within this worldwide network of protected areas, we must take into account the ... See more..
UPROXX 
Palau is a rare wonder: An untouched island nation, brimming with verdant rainforests, beautiful coral, hundreds of species of marine life and some of the best diving in the world. The waters are so clear that swimming in them has been likened to a ... See more..
The San Diego Union-Tribune 
The wondrous coral reefs of Palau are about to get a health check by scientists from UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, during a visit partly underwritten by an unusual gift from donors. Nine philanthropists collectively gave SIO more ... See more..
Hawaiipublicradio 
Three people are reported dead among 200 infected by Dengue fever in Palau. On a visit to Taipei, Health Minister Emais Roberts welcomed the donation of three intravenous infusion pumps and 240 canisters of mosquito repellent to assist in the epidemic. See more..
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Geography

Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
Area

Total 459 sq km
Land 459 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
Natural Resources

forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals ;
Natural Hazards

typhoons (June to December)
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing

Demographics

Nationality
Palauan
Population
21,108 (July 2013 est.)
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The economy consists of tourism and other services such as trade, subsistence agriculture, and fishing. Government is a major employer of the work force relying on financial assistance from the US under the Compact of Free Association (Compact) with the US. The Compact took effect, after the end of the UN trusteeship on 1 October 1994. The US provided Palau with roughly $700 million in aid for the first 15 years following commencement of the Compact in 1994 in return for unrestricted access to its land and waterways for strategic purposes. Business and leisure tourist arrivals numbered over 109,000 in ...See More 2011, for a 27% increase over 2010. The population enjoys a per capita income roughly double that of the Philippines and much of Micronesia. Long-run prospects for tourism have been bolstered by the expansion of air travel in the Pacific, the rising prosperity of industrial East Asia, and the willingness of foreigners to finance infrastructure development. Proximity to Guam, the region's major destination for tourists from East Asia, and a regionally competitive tourist infrastructure enhance Palau's advantage as a destination. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$221 million (2011 est.); $208.9 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes; fish
Industries

tourism, craft items (from shell, wood, pearls), construction, garment making