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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

Radio New Zealand 
The president of Palau Tommy Remengesau has expressed faith in the United States' protection of the region amid North Korea's renewed threats to attack Guam. The President of Palau Tommy Remengesau Jr. Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta. Pyongyang said ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
Amid North Korea's renewed threats to attack Guam in response to President Donald Trump's “fire and fury” statement, Remengesau said Palau stands “with the people of Guam and the region in our concern for the well-being of everyone.” Pyongyang said it ... See more..
Express.co.uk 
The Micronesian archipelago of Palau lures tourists for its pristine beaches and tropical seclusion. But one tourist had an unexpected surprise while exploring the holiday destination. A long lost aircraft that crashed during World War Two was ... See more..
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SeafoodSource (blog) 
Palau, a Pacific island nation of just 21,000 people, is on the front lines of the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, but the small country has only one patrol boat – with two more on the way – to cover hundreds of ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The June figure was partially attributed to a consolidation of reports from private clinics with the national hospital but only five out of Palau's 16 states now have reported cases. However the current figure of 66 is still well above the safe ... See more..
OregonLive.com 
Portland Timbers fan Keith Palau was selected as the MLS Works Community MVP during halftime of the MLS All-Star Game Wednesday. As the grand prize winner, Palau won $25,000 for Embrace Oregon, which "connects caring community members with ... See more..
Filipino Express 
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New Zealand Herald 
The long lost aeroplane was found in a shallow river on the archipelago of Palau. Photo / Reddit/Tony Cherbas. Daily Mail. Share via email Share on Facebook ... See more..
Taiwan News 
Rebluud Kesolei (third left) is joined by his wife (center), Palau Ambassador to the ROC Dilmei L. Olkeriil (fifth left) and E-Da medicos in celebrati (By Central News Agency). The doctors and nurses at E-Da Hospital in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City ... See more..
Seatrade Maritime News 
“It is more than simple numbers, but it is highly disadvantageous to new registries such as Palau, even though our services and credentials can be ranked as among the finest in the industry. To climb the rankings, we have to be seen as whiter than ... 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