. . . NEWS Language used in debate surrounding climate change took a significant step forward today - or backwards according to some - with a regional agency raising "evacuation" as a "last resort" possibility. Evacuation of Pacific islanders from their home islands should be the last resort, if climate change overwhelms them, reiterates the outgoing director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme, Asterio Takesy. Instead, small, low lying nations like Kiribati and Tuvalu, claimed to be the world's first environmental refugees, should "learn to protect themselves first," reports Pacnews, from the Pacific Islands Forum. Introduction of "evacuation" to regional debate is a significant step up from public debate so far, with references to "climate refugees" from the Pacific Islands only gaining prominence in the last few years. . . .