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Human Security in Pacific

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Legal Protection of the Sinking Islands Refugees

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Starting from the question of how international law may protect the Pacific people from climate change, this book represents the original development of the international hybrid law concept, as the basic legal study of climate change from the environmental, human rights and refugee perspectives. From 2007 to 2012, the research conducted in the Pacific demonstrated that the most affected people by the gaps of international law are the vulnerable ones whose adaptation options are limited or exhausted, and are facing displacement. In this individual context of the Pacific islands, the book analysis the most important documents, relevant institutions and (political) actors, offering the readers, including students, the most appropriate legal analysis of the climate change impacts in the Pacific. The 2015 Paris Agreement, by recognizing human rights and human mobility in the context of climate change, confirms the hybrid legal approach described in this book as one of the future solutions in identifying and addressing international legal gaps by placing the people affected by climate change in the center of the discussion. Dr. Cosmin Corendea works as Associate Academic Officer/Legal Expert at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. He is acting as focal point for legal issues associated with environmental degradation and adverse effects of climate change, such as institutional vulnerabilities, human mobility, human rights, climate equity, conducting research on conceptual and comparative frameworks of legal perceptions of environmental vulnerabilities, resilience and sustainable development impacts with distinct and positive reflection in policy making. In 2015, Dr. Corendea joined temporarily the Legal Affairs team of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat during the making of the new Paris Agreement. Dr. Corendea holds a S.J.D. in International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University and an LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights from Saint Thomas University School of Law. He was recently granted a Postdoc Fellowship with the AXA Research Fund which will allow him to continue his work in the Pacific on climate change and international law.

Sinking Islands

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"Sinking Islands continues the story of Bronwyn Artair, a scientist who possesses the power to influence the natural forces of the Earth. After several successful interventions, including one in Siberia, she has gone into hiding, worried about unintended consequences of her actions, as well as about the ethics of operating solo. But circumstances call her to action again, and an idea takes shape: What if she could impart her skill to other people? Gathering a few kindred souls from climate-troubled places around the world-Felipe from São Paulo, where drought conditions are creating strains on day-to-day life; Analu and his daughter Penina from a sinking island in the South Pacific; and Patty from the tornado-ridden plains of Kansas-she takes them to the wilds of Northern New Hampshire where she tries to teach them her skill. The novel, realistic but for the single fantastical element, explores how we might become more attuned to the Earth and act more collaboratively to solve the enormity of our climate problem"--

Legal Protection of the Sinking Islands Refugees

Author : Cosmin Ioan Corendea
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Starting from the question of how international law may protect the Pacific people from climate change, this book represents the original development of the international hybrid law concept, as the basic legal study of climate change from the environmental, human rights and refugee perspectives. From 2007 to 2012, the research conducted in the Pacific demonstrated that the most affected people by the gaps of international law are the vulnerable ones whose adaptation options are limited or exhausted, and are facing displacement. In this individual context of the Pacific islands, the book analysis the most important documents, relevant institutions and (political) actors, offering the readers, including students, the most appropriate legal analysis of the climate change impacts in the Pacific. The 2015 Paris Agreement, by recognizing human rights and human mobility in the context of climate change, confirms the hybrid legal approach described in this book as one of the future solutions in identifying and addressing international legal gaps by placing the people affected by climate change in the center of the discussion. Dr. Cosmin Corendea works as Associate Academic Officer/Legal Expert at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. He is acting as focal point for legal issues associated with environmental degradation and adverse effects of climate change, such as institutional vulnerabilities, human mobility, human rights, climate equity, conducting research on conceptual and comparative frameworks of legal perceptions of environmental vulnerabilities, resilience and sustainable development impacts with distinct and positive reflection in policy making. -- Amazon.com.

Sinking Islands

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A scientist who has the power to influence the Earth's forces tries to teach her skill to kindred souls from around the world.

Human Security in the Pacific

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A Sinking Island

Author : Hugh Kenner
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Ars Longa Vita Brevis

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Kiribati Ars Longa Vita Brevis sinking Islands Unsinkable Art

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Report of the Governor General of the Philippine Islands

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Annual Report of the Governor General Philippine Islands

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Early editions include information by the Commission and various public officials and agencies on the economic, social, geographic and local governmental development of the Philippines.

Urban legend Lugard Road defends the stone turtle from going uphill

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Urban legend: Lugard Road defends the "stone turtle" from going uphill Below Lugard Road, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, there is a pile of rocks resembling giant tortoises, with the turtle's back raised, the turtle's head up, there is a tendency to crawl forward. In the 1940s, it was named one of the Eight Scenes of Hong Kong, named "Bridge in the fog", location of boardwalk. The Lugard boardwalk is the only eight scenes in Hong Kong, the remaining seven scenes are beyond recognition. At the west end of Lugard Road, there are "Turtle Rocks" and at the east end "Pig's Head Rocks". Lugard Road connects the Peak of Victoria Peak and the Western High Mountains. It has a total length of 2,400 meters and surrounds the north of Victoria Peak. The road is built along the 400-meter contour of the mountain and 152 meters from the summit of the Victoria Peak. The official said that the purpose of the road was to appreciate the Victoria Harbour scenery. In 1914, the Legislative Council approved a fund to build the road with 10,000 HK dollars. The 15th Governor of HK, Mei Hanli, named the road "Lugard Road" after the 14th Governor of HK. Official gazetted in 1915, the first section was completed in the same year. The Governor of HK Mei Hanli stepped down on Sep 12, 1918, Lugard Road was not completed. On February 6, 1922, Mei Hanli died in Suffolk, England, Lugard Road's entire project was completed that year. The Works Bureau reported that it cost 55,000 HK dollars for the first section and 90,000 HK dollars for the second phase, for a total of 145,000 HK dollars. At that time, the average person's monthly salary was 30 HK dollars, which shows that this boardwalk costs a lot. The reason for the high cost is that the road section must first be cut on the cliff as a bridge pillar, and then build a bridge to pave the road. It is the first and only boardwalk in Hong Kong. After its completion, it was hailed as "the greatest project of man to conquer nature ". Lugard was the first Hong Kong Governor to propose the renewal of the New Territories lease or the permanent cessation of the New Territories. The three successive Governors later Mei Hanli, Stubbs and Clementi agreed with. Lugard and Clementi explicitly suggested that the United Kingdom return to Weihaiwei, Shandong, in exchange for the New Territories becoming permanent concessions like Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It is rumored that the boardwalk on Lugard Road was not built to admire the scenery of Victoria Harbour, but to prevent the "turtle" from going up the mountain and to monitor the movement of the "turtle". Is Lugard and the three other HK Governors also worried that the "stone turtle" will cause Hong Kong land sinking? There is no literature or evidence to support this statement. As a boardwalk, Lugard Road is unexpectedly strong. Looking through the pre-war annual report, Lugard Road was not mentioned for maintenance. The flood of 1926 set a record of rainfall that has not yet been broken. At the time, many road sections on the mountain top were broken, and Lugard Road was intact. In the 1937 typhoon, Lugard Road was not blown down and no maintenance was required. Lugard Road now reverts to the purpose stated during the construction, to have a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour under the Victoria Peak and the Kowloon Peninsula viewpoint. Lugard Road was named one of the world's top ten hiking trails by Lonely Planet. In 2012, the mansion on 27 Lugard Road changed hands to the developer Yu Guan under the title of 383 million. In September 2013, the Town Planning Board approved the conversion of the mansion into a hotel. This decision drew opposition and launched a signature campaign. 140,000 signatures include Lin Huanguang, the convener of the Executive Council, Liang Zhaowei, an artist. On December 8, 2016,the mansion was rated as a first-class historic building, the developer Yu Guan abandoned the hotel project. Lugard Road and the Song Dynasty Feng Shui master Lai Buyi also met. From the Central Plains to the coastal area of ​​Guangdong, Lai Buyi "seeking dragons and exploring caves" left a prophecy at the current location of Lugard Road on Victoria Peak: "There is a stone turtle on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. Hong Kong will land sinking when the turtle falls into the sea. " Another legend is that there is a stone turtle at the seaside below Victoria Peak,crawling from the seashore to the top of the mountain, crawling an inch a year. When the stone turtle crawls to the top of Victoria Peak, the whole dragon vein of Kowloon and Hong Kong will wake up, making Hong Kong Island and all islands land sinking, and the stone turtle will return to the sea at this time. The new wing of the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, located in reclamation on the waterfront of Wan Chai, was completed and opened in 1997. The shape of the building's seagulls looks like a turtle in bird's eye view. It happened that the Asian financial crisis occurred after 1997. After the SARS attacked Hong Kong in 2003, Hong Kong's economy was severely hit. Finance is an important pillar of Hong Kong,a broken pillar cannot support Hong Kong. A "stone turtle" arrived at the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, triggering a land sinking in Hong Kong. In 2015, Strauss, an expert with the US Climate Center, pointed out that if global temperatures rise by four degrees, 600 million people will lose their homes due to flooding. Hong Kong is one of the ten most affected cities,it may land sinking in 200 years. Lu Yongkang, Chief Academic Officer of the HK Observatory, said that the rise in sea level in Hong Kong after 200 years is difficult to predict. Over the past sixty years (1954 to 2014), the sea level in Hong Kong has risen by an average of about 30 millimeters per decade, by the end of this century, sea levels in Hong Kong and its adjacent areas have increased by about one meter. In July 2018, the HK Monetary Authority and three note-issuing banks announced of new banknotes, with a denomination of 500 HK dollars denominated in HK's Geopark and launched in early 2019. The Bank of China uses the east dam of Wanyi Reservoir in Saigon, the hexagonal pillars of Po Bian Chau as a pattern. Since the angle of the hexagonal pillars falling to the sea was chosen, the land associates with Hong Kong's land sinking, the high-rise buildings tilt to the sea. "Stone Turtle" LegendThe earliest documented "Hundred Years of Hong Kong" published by Youlian Publishing House in 1941, the original text reads: "The Victoria Peak in Hong Kong is the best place for people to ascend every year. The mountain is at the center of the island stands on top of the mountain,which is the entire island in sight. Suddenly stands in the sea water, and the nearby islands are embracing themselves. The geographer said that Hong Kong and the islands are connected to form a vein, it is also connected to the opposite sea and Kowloon. Hong Kong is also a point of the dragon vein, which means the head of the dragon. The dragon's body is now hidden,now the dragon is present, so there are Hong Kong and the islands. After a few years, the period of the dragon's invisibility. Then the dragon dives deep and cannot stand out. Hong Kong and the nearby islands land sinking, buried deep in the water, also at the end of Hong Kong at this time. " "One year, someone was on the top of the mountain,saw a strange Taoist, Like a fairy. When talking about the Dragon Scriptures in public, that is to say, the dragon of Hong Kong has a state of movement. The end of Hong Kong should not be far away. On the mountain There are weird stones, countless bitter stars. The Taoist said that this is a dragon scale,try to push one of them, such as batch scales, between the moment of a push, there is an earthquake, all standers are servants. Still speaking with people, The group asked when Hong Kong was sinking, the approach was to avoid it. The Taoist said, "I should have the purpose of life-saving, and point everyone at it." He pointed at the mountainside with his hand and said, "This is a well-connected tortoise. After the land sinks in the future, it is only allowed to remain alone in the world. This turtle creeps down the mountain walks one rice-far a year. When it has reached the top of the mountain,It's the day of Lu Shen, and each has his own plan. After speaking, he disappears. Everyone eagerly looked to see a giant turtle, crawling in the middle of the mountain, running down and looking at it, it is a huge stone. " The legend of "stone turtle" in "Hong Kong Hundred Years" continued to the 1990s. The original text said that "stone turtle" slowly climbed upwards at a rate of about one grain of rice per year. When "stone turtle" climbed to the top of the mountain, Hong Kong would sink. Later, a version of "Laibuyi" appeared, It was believed that the "stone turtle" climbed from the mountain to the sea at a speed of one meter each year. The day when the "stone turtle" fell into the water at Victoria Harbour was when Hong Kong sinking. Victoria Peak is 552 meters above sea level. It takes 552 years for the "stone turtle" to climb from the top to Victoria Harbour. Lai Buyi was born during the Huizong period of the Song Dynasty. The date of birth is estimated to be 1101-1126. The "stone turtle" should have already climbed to Victoria Harbour, and it is likely to arrive in 1842. Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in 1842 and disappeared on the map of China, just like land sinking. If the "stone turtle" crawls at the speed of one grain of rice per year, based on one grain of rice one centimeter in length, the "stone turtle" climbs from the top of Victoria Peak to the seaside for 55,200 years. Hong Kong's sea level rises by an average of about three millimeters per year, which is slower than that of "stone turtle". Hong Kong's land sinking is out of reach. Let's work hard to build Hong Kong.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London

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Report of the Auditor For The Philippine Islands

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River Plate 1939

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Days before the outbreak of World War II a handful of German commerce raiders put out to sea to prey on Allied merchantmen. Amongst them was the Panzerschiff ('armoured ship') Graf Spee, a formidable warship that boasted the firepower of a battleship but the size, speed and range of a cruiser. When World War II commenced, under the command of Captain Langsdorff the Graf Spee began a hunting spree across the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean that eventual took her to the River Plate in search of her next victim – an Allied convoy. Instead she found three Royal Navy cruisers under the command of Commodore Harwood, eager to put an end to the 'pocket battleship' that had been terrorizing Allied merchant ships. Featuring full colour artwork, archive photographs and meticulous research, this comprehensive volume explores the thrilling story behind the Battle of the River Plate, an engagement that unquestionably demonstrated the effectiveness of British seapower and diplomacy on an international stage.

Geological review

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Atoll Research Bulletin

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Sinking Force Z 1941

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In late 1941, war was looming with Japan, and Britain's empire in southeast Asia was at risk. The British government decided to send Force Z, which included the state-of-the-art battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse, to bolster the naval defences of Singapore, and provide a mighty naval deterrent to Japanese aggression. These two powerful ships arrived in Singapore on 2 December - five days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But crucially, they lacked air cover. On 9 December Japanese scout planes detected Force Z's approach in the Gulf of Thailand. Unlike at Pearl Harbor, battleships at sea could manoeuvre, and their anti-aircraft defences were ready. But it did no good. The Japanese dive-bombers and torpedo-bombers were the most advanced in the world, and the battle was one-sided. Strategically, the loss of Force Z was a colossal disaster for the British, and one that effectively marked the end of its empire in the East. But even more importantly, the sinking marked the last time that battleships were considered to be the masters of the ocean. From that day on, air power rather than big guns would be the deciding factor in naval warfare.

Governing Climate Induced Migration and Displacement

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Andrea Simonelli provides the first in-depth evaluation of climate displacement in the field of political science, specifically global governance. She evaluates four intergovernmental organizations (UNHCR, IOM, OCHA and the UNFCCC), and the structural and political constraints regarding their potential expansion to govern this new issue area.

On a Sinking Island

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