New Zealand to Join New Nuclear Disarmament Treaty

In a media statement issued this afternoon, Disarmament Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will join a new international treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. “Cabinet agreed today that New Zealand will ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” Mr Peters said. “The treaty is the first international treaty formally outlawing nuclear weapons […]

Ground Broken for Pacific Climate Change Centre

At the groundbreaking ceremony in Samoa on Friday 11 May, from left to right : Hon. Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa; Leota Kosi Latu, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP); His Excellency Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa;  and Project Manager for Konoike, the international Japanese […]

Hawaii’s Big Island on Emergency Alert After Quakes and Eruptions

Photo: Jeremiah Osuna Hawaii’s Big Island remains in a state of high alert and tension after days of earthquakes with a major 6.9 shaking the island today, and the eruption of Kilauea forcing out molten lava, opening vents through the earth’s surface onto residential areas and roads. Hawaii emergency officials have ordered the evacuation of […]

Climate Change: The First To Predict Global Warming

Danish painter P.S. Krøyer’s The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain (1855).  Svante Arrhenius was the first to show that the carbon dioxide produced by the Industrial Revolution’s factories and machines would increase global temperatures. Image: National Gallery of Denmark. Today’s climate-change skeptics would have us believe that the whole notion of global warming is a relatively recent, […]

Climate Change: New Zealand Halts Further Permits for Deep Sea Oil and Gas Exploration

New Zealand’s Coalition Labour-led Government with New Zealand First and the Greens is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “There will be no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits granted,” said Jacinda Ardern. Minister Woods […]

Unpacking Auckland Emergency Management’s Lack of Contact During Storm

 Today , people in Auckland are seeing regular updates from Auckland’s Emergency Management/Civil Defence and Auckland Council and every infrastructure provider in the region.  Great. Last night, it was a different story.   No one in Auckland City’s Emergency Management communicated the severity of the risk to people, homes and property throughout the night.   […]

Fiji Braces for Another Possible Cyclone, Heavy Rains and Flooding Returns

Fiji flooding after Tropical Cyclone Josie hit Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, only days before this next wave of storm and a possible cyclone. Photo credit: Good Day Bread for Life Australia. Sunday 8 April 3:30pm Fiji MetService Cyclone Update As anticipated in this information on Friday, tropical depression currently tracking towards Fiji and […]

Fiji: Five Confirmed Dead, 2 Missing After Tropical Cyclone Flooding

Photo credit: Good Day Bread for Life Australia Information Source: Fiji Village/NDMO/Fiji Police/Fiji Roads Authority The latest news today from Fiji after Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Josie caused widespread flooding in the weekend on the country’s biggest island, Viti Levu.  Nadi and Nadi airport are located on the western side of the island. Police have […]

Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Lands in Pacific Ocean, Near Tahiti

It landed today back on Planet Earth in the Pacific Ocean, near Tahiti. That’s Easter Monday in the Pacific region. Tiangong-1 is no more. China’s prototype space station, whose name translates as “Heavenly Palace 1,” met a fiery end in Earth’s atmosphere today (April 1), breaking apart and burning up in the skies over the […]

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