Watch: 'This area used to be a house' – 1 NEWS' Barbara Dreaver highlights shocking effects of climate change on Fiji

As Fiji takes a lead role in the UN Climate Change conference in Bonn this week, its own reality back home is a stark reminder of what it's up against.

The village of Vunidogoloa has been relocated 2km inland, forcing residents to leave ancestral lands and family graves. Source: 1 NEWS

Sixty-eight villages have been identified as being at risk from the effects of climate change - four of them have already abandoned their coastal settlements and moved inland.

It hasn't been without challenges - apart from the cost which villages are having to contribute to - the emotional attachment and having to leave ancestral land and family graves behind has been hard.

Vunidogoloa in Vanua Levu was the first village to be relocated and the people there told 1 NEWS while it has been difficult, they are relieved to be safe from increasing storm surges and high tides which would sweep through their homes.

READ MORE: Opinion: Fiji is stepping up where New Zealand has failed Kiribati on climate change

They've moved 2km inland.

Fiji is the first small island nation to chair UN climate change negotiations this week. Source: 1 NEWS

Fiji is presiding over the COP23 climate change conference this week, the first time a small island nation has taken such a role. 

By 2050 it's estimated up to 54 per cent of the nation’s main island will be inundated with sea water. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: Aussie man bizarrely jumps on bonnet of stranger's car in failed bid to stop them being towed

A man in Australia jumped onto a stranger's car that was being towed, in a failed attempt to save "someone some money". 

Earlier in the night Dave Puerta had his own car towed, 9 NEWS reported. 

"They're just a bunch of cowboys, luckily I had my wits about me and hadn't been drinking and managed to hold on," he said.

"At the start I was like he's going to stop at any second now but he just kept going."

“I started to panic a little bit."

He said the was sitting on the bonnet while the car travelled for about 700 metres before he jumped off when the tow truck stopped at a red light. 

The tow truck operator said the driver did not know Mr Puerta was on the car, and have given CCTV footage to police to prove it. 


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'I care about the environment, but' – Hilary Barry has no time for claims mowing the lawn is bad for the environment

The Breakfast host says a freshly cut lawn is a sight to behold, and despite claims it's bad for the environment, she won't stop Mr Barry getting the lawnmower out.

The Breakfast host says a freshly cut lawn is a sight to behold, and despite claims it's bad for the environment, she won't stop Mr Barry getting the lawnmower out. Source: Breakfast