Photographer’s Caption: Extreme weather events, and their increased frequency, are among the less widely known impacts of climate change in the Pacific island region, while sea level rise, higher temperatures and coral bleaching are generally more familiar in this context. Heavy rainfall and extreme winds can be detrimental to local food production. Fruit trees, such as this papaya tree, suffer and carry fewer fruits, or do not even reach their productive stage. Fewer possibilities to produce and consume local products result in increased hardship for local farmers and families in their struggle to sustain their livelihoods. Extreme weather events affect entire ecosystems of trees, forests and wildlife.
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