Pacific islands can expect more extremely hot and wet days, saltier oceans killing off coral reefs and rising sea levels, a new report on climate change reveals.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet released the report while attending the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa.

Regional warming is expected to be greatest near the equator, the report says.

Read more: Warning on climate impact on Pacific


New research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia's  island neighbours and East Timor has been released today by the Australian Government's Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP).

The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region.

Read more: New insight into climate change in the Pacific



European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has announced a 17 million NZ dollars (about 14 million U.S. dollars) Pacific fund for climate change-related projects. Barroso, who met New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Auckland last week, also called for urgent action on climate change. The European Commission president announced at the forum that it will make the 17 million NZ dollars available to Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste to help combat climate change.

Read more: EU gives $14 million to Pacific fund on climate change projects


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