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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 Five of the Solomon Islands have already been lost due to climate changes, and an increasing amount are becoming uninhabitable.3

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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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mb1g0
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Solomon Islands News

The Guardian 
Australia and the Solomon Islands have signed a new security treaty – one the Solomons' prime minister hopes will “collect dust” and never be used. In Australia for a week-long visit, the Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, said the ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Solomon Islands police have recovered the body of a missing crew member after a tug boat sank in Central Islands province last month. Six of the crew swam to safety on Bungana Island when the vessel sank. It had been pulling a barge from Honiara to ... See more..
ABC Online 
The Australian and Solomon Islands governments have signed a security treaty that paves the way for rapid Australian assistance in the event of future natural disasters or outbreaks of civil unrest. Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare signed the ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
An engraved plaque, unveiled just last week on a monument at the Bloody Ridge National Park in Solomon Islands has been stolen. See more..
HuffPost 
GUADALCANAL, Solomon Islands – If last week's shouting match between the world's two most terrifyingly irrational bullies hadn't clogged the airwaves, stunning hapless listeners with the dark shadow of nuclear war, news of the 75th anniversary of the ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
Tommy Smith to miss World Cup qualifiers because of hamstring injury. See more..
Radio New Zealand 
A new crime prevention strategy in Solomon Islands has begun with police setting up hundreds of Crime Prevention Committees around the country. No caption. Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins. The committees, set up in wards, include local political and church ... See more..
Eureka Times Standard 
Pictured is a cacao tree. The dark red cacao pods are full of cacao beans, which are harvested, dried and fermented at origin. They are then ready to be shipped to Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate to be made into chocolate. PHotos courtesy of dick taylor ... See more..
Loop PNG 
“They must organise themselves and agree to the best company not to lose any more interested investors like Sumitomo,” he said. Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) has withdrawn its nickel exploration in Solomon Islands because of slumping nickel prices and ... See more..
Solomon Star 
In Australia for a week-long visit, the Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, said the bilateral security agreement he signed on Monday with the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, would provide for the rapid deployment of ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea
Area

Total 28,896 sq km
Land 27,986 sq km
Water 910 sq km

Climate

tropical monsoon; few extremes of temperature and weather
Natural Resources

fish, forests, gold, bauxite, phosphates, lead, zinc, nickel ;
Natural Hazards

typhoons, but rarely destructive; geologically active region with frequent earthquakes, tremors, and volcanic activity; tsunamis

volcanism: Tinakula (elev. 851 m) has frequent eruption activity, while an eruption of Savo (elev. 485 m) could affect the capital Honiara on nearby Guadalcanal Tinakula (elev. 851 m) has frequent eruption activity, while an eruption of Savo (elev. 485 m) could affect the capital Honiara on nearby Guadalcanal
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; many of the surrounding coral reefs are dead or dying

Demographics

Nationality
Solomon Islander
Population
597,248 (July 2013 est.)
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The bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of its livelihood. Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported. The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold. Prior to the arrival of The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse. RAMSI's efforts to restore law and order and economic stability have led to modest growth as the economy rebuilds. ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.922 billion (2012 est.); $1.822 billion (2011 est.); $1.646 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cocoa, coconuts, palm kernels, rice, potatoes, vegetables, fruit; cattle, pigs; fish; timber
Industries

fish (tuna), mining, timber