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Tonga has been severely affected by heavy rains, cyclones, and soil erosion. 80% of the population lives on the coastline, and rising sea levels caused by climate change could destroy homes and displace thousands.1 Because of the small amounts of industry in Tonga, it must rely on larger countries to slow climate change in order for the islands to survive.1 The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in Tonga has the goal of protecting the environment and providing a high standard of life for the next generation, and much of their work involves conservation efforts and diplomacy.2

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2 http://www.mic.gov.to/ministrydepartment/14-govt-ministries/lands-survey-nat-res/environm-a-climate-change?layout=default
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Tonga News

Daily Telegraph 
Ironically, the exact same situation had happened in May when Cronulla's Fifita was originally listed to play for Tonga in the representative round against Fiji, but joined the Kangaroos team for the midyear Test against the Kiwis when Aaron Woods ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF) is among those raising concerns in the wake of the latest management changes at the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC). News manager Viola Ulukai and editor Laumanu Petelō have been moved out of the newsroom ... See more..
Matangi Tonga 
The Mate Ma'a Tonga team were seen training at Pangai Lahi at least two hours before the parade began, on their strict training schedule. The team will leave for Australia tomorrow and are scheduled to play a warm-up game against Italy this Friday. See more..
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Matangi Tonga 
Tonga may expect up to two cyclones in the coming cyclone season, according to the latest meteorological prediction. Tonga Met stated today that there is a 40-50% chance that at least one will be a Severe Tropical Cyclone (Category 3 or above). See more..
Matangi Tonga 
Tongan registered voters who are residing abroad must in Tonga to vote in the November 16 General Election. Pita Vuki, Supervisor for Elections said today there are no polling stations for Tongans in overseas countries. He said there has been no change ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
New Zealand-based academic is promoting a more collaborative approach to addressing mental health issues in Tonga. Massey University's Sione Vaka spent most of his career researching cultural understandings of mental health and the use of appropriate ... See more..
Newshub 
Health authorities in New Zealand may be able to provide help to a four-year-old Tongan girl who was critically injured in the island nation after being hit by a car. Tea was hit by a 15-year-old driver while crossing the road 10 days ago, suffering ... See more..
The Sydney Morning Herald 
Manu Ma'u shifted allegiance from New Zealand to Tonga. Photo: NRL Imagery. The jersey is another twist in the eligibility saga that will reach a crescendo when Jason Taumalolo, David Fusitu'a and Ma'u line up against New Zealand during the group ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The National Rugby League player Jason Taumalolo is refusing to bite back at criticism of his World Cup defection from New Zealand to Tonga. The Kiwis captain Adam Blair and former captain Benji Marshall have taken a swipe at the North Queensland ... See more..
Matangi Tonga 
Mate Ma'a Tonga players were in a jovial mood at their first training session together at Pangai Lahi today, 13 October, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The strong bond forming among the players was evident on the field with a lot of laughter, talk, and hi-fives ... See more..
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Geography

Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Area

Total 747 sq km
Land 717 sq km
Water 30 sq km

Climate

tropical; modified by trade winds; warm season (December to May), cool season (May to December)
Natural Resources

fish, fertile soil ;
Natural Hazards

cyclones (October to April); earthquakes and volcanic activity on Fonuafo'ou

volcanism: moderate volcanic activity; Fonualei (elev. 180 m) has shown frequent activity in recent years, while Niuafo'ou (elev. 260 m), which last erupted in 1985, has forced evacuations; other historically active volcanoes include Late and Tofua moderate volcanic activity; Fonualei (elev. 180 m) has shown frequent activity in recent years, while Niuafo'ou (elev. 260 m), which last erupted in 1985, has forced evacuations; other historically active volcanoes include Late and Tofua
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation results as more and more land is being cleared for agriculture and settlement; some damage to coral reefs from starfish and indiscriminate coral and shell collectors; overhunting threatens native sea turtle populations

Demographics

Nationality
Tongan
Population
106,322 (July 2013 est.)
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Tonga has a small, open, South Pacific island economy. It has a narrow export base in agricultural goods. Squash, vanilla beans, and yams are the main crops. Agricultural exports, including fish, make up two-thirds of total exports. The country must import a high proportion of its food, mainly from New Zealand. The country remains dependent on external aid and remittances from Tongan communities overseas to offset its trade deficit. Tourism is the second-largest source of hard currency earnings following remittances. Tonga had 39,000 visitors in 2006. The government is emphasizing the development of the private sector, especially the encouragement of ...See More investment, and is committing increased funds for health and education. Tonga has a reasonably sound basic infrastructure and well developed social services. High unemployment among the young, moderate inflation, pressures for democratic reform, and rising civil service expenditures are major issues facing the government. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$801 million (2012 est.); $789.4 million (2011 est.); $778.8 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

squash, coconuts, copra, bananas, vanilla beans, cocoa, coffee, ginger, black pepper; fish
Industries

tourism, construction, fishing