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Fully solar powered Maldives resort sets new standard in green tourism thumbnail

Fully solar powered Maldives resort sets new standard in green tourism

Gasfinolhu, with over 6000 square meters of solar panels shading walkways and covering rooftops, is the first 100 percent solar-powered luxury resort in the world.


Addressing challenges of small island states critical in protecting ozone: Environment minister thumbnail

Addressing challenges of small island states critical in protecting ozone: Environment minister

Thoriq Ibrahim noted that “addressing HCFC uses for the cooling needs of the fisheries sector and related facilities would be critical for the compliance of SIDS under the Montreal Protocol,” explained the environment ministry.


MTCC not responsible for severe sand spill on Komandoo reef, says environment minister thumbnail

MTCC not responsible for severe sand spill on Komandoo reef, says environment minister

The sand spill – which has destroyed large swathes of the island’s reef – was caused by a storm surge, Thoriq said, adding that MTCC will not be penalised for damages.


“It’s cool at 25″: environment ministry launches energy saving campaign thumbnail

“It’s cool at 25″: environment ministry launches energy saving campaign

Electricity used for air-conditioning accounts for 60 to 70 percent of energy consumption by households and offices in the Maldives, Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim observed in his message on the occasion of World Energy Day yesterday.


Maldivians could be among first climate refugees, warns Nasheed thumbnail

Maldivians could be among first climate refugees, warns Nasheed

“The world has lost the window of opportunity to mend its ways. Big emitters have sentenced us. The world temperature will rise, and the seas will rise over our nose,” the former president at the International Bar Association’s climate change conference.


US sailors visit children’s home, join clean-up event in Vilimalé thumbnail

US sailors visit children’s home, join clean-up event in Vilimalé

“I like being able to come overseas and help out other people and see how they live,” said Petty Officer Daniel Cornede. “Especially when it comes to cleaning up the beach, because I come from Hawaii, and this is how I was raised to pick up trash off the beach.”


MIFCO yellow fin tuna receives Friends of the Sea eco-label thumbnail

MIFCO yellow fin tuna receives Friends of the Sea eco-label

The Friends of the Sea certification “authorises the tuna processor and exporter to carry the eco-label for yellowfin tuna from its certified vessels operating in the Western Indian Ocean.”


Local sustainable fisheries auditor appointed in Maldives thumbnail

Local sustainable fisheries auditor appointed in Maldives

“It is great to have someone based in the Maldives who can take on new MSC assessment programmes and also manage existing ones, for example through surveillance audits,” said UK sustainable fisheries consultant MacAlister Elliott & Partners.


Former President Gayoom calls for leadership of small island states in climate change thumbnail

Former President Gayoom calls for leadership of small island states in climate change

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has called upon leaders of developed nations to allow small island states to lead the world in efforts to combat climate change.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories