NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

Soil moisture levels as of 13 February are below normal for the vast majority of the North Island, with the driest soil compared to normal for this time of year in the New Plymouth District, parts of western coastal Waikato and the Aupouri Peninsula.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased during the past week with meagre rainfall in the north and east.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased in northern areas, although small improvements were observed in interior Otago, Southland, and Stewart Island.

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

On Seymour Norte, officials and conservationists are once again banishing the rats, but the war against invasive species for the purity of the world’s islands has only just begun. Fighting invasive species demands constant vigilance, as the return of rats to Seymour Norte shows.

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees'—and Your—FOMO

More specifically as "an immersive experience" offering "the best in food, art, music, and adventure" on an island "once owned by Pablo Escobar" that is somehow "on the boundaries of the impossible." As one social media strategist in Fyre Fraud put it, "what Fyre Festival did prove is that the power of influence is real." If that all sounds like gobbledygook marketing, it's because it is.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly in most locations, although small improvements were observed in Tasman and Buller District during the past week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

The driest soils in the North Island compared to normal are currently found in the eastern Far North District, around New Plymouth, and coastal Horowhenua. Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally increased in Southland and the lower West Coast and remained constant or slightly decreased elsewhere.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of year are found across the Far North and Kaipara Districts in Northland, western Auckland, around New Plymouth, in the Central Plateau, and along west coastal Manawatu-Whanganui.

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Unsatisfied with the pace of progress toward improving working conditions, the group rallied a few hundred people, including local teamster chapters, to the Shakopee facility parking lot Friday afternoon to demand that Amazon reduce productivity rates to safe levels, respect the cultural differences of Muslim East Africans, and invest in a community fund to aid in affordable housing for workers.At 4 pm, as the winter sun was setting on the Shakopee business park, about 30 workers walked out of the fulfillment center to the cheers of the crowd gathered on the edge of the property.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased during the past week due to lower than average rainfall for this time of year.

'Fortnite' Season 7: A Civilian's Guide to How We Got Here

'Fortnite' Season 7: A Civilian's Guide to How We Got Here

And with Season 7 arriving tomorrow, you'd be forgiven for having lost the thread along the way (or just wanting to know what your friends and/or relatives are talking about already).The GameplayFortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play game set on a large, varied island, seemingly abandoned except for the players fighting on it.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

With the rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely parts of the central and eastern North Island with the greatest potential for soil moisture increase from the eastern Bay of Plenty through to the Hawke’s Bay regions, particularly in the higher terrain.

Holy Water Reflections

Holy Water Reflections

We cannot see the earth as something that God gave to us to use up and throw away, but rather, we must view it as God’s earth, handed to us in sacred trust, meant to be cared for and offered back to Him. In 1991, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was installed to the throne of the Church of Constantinople and became the global leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Then last fall, my work with the Long Island Chapter brought me into a conversation with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to discuss our chapter’s campaign to improve water quality.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

In the North Island, another week of substantial rainfall is likely in many areas, which could lead to further soil moisture improvements. With substantial rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely in the northern half of the North Island.

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Tourism boards from Australia to Tahiti like to boast about their beaches, many proclaiming to have the whitest sands in the world. Glauconite beach sand from France. But not all black sand is volcanic… sometimes it can be formed from other minerals.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 21 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 21 November 2018

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally did not change substantially in northern areas this past week, but soils in central and southern areas continued to get much wetter than normal thanks to more heavy rainfall in recent days.

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid

The Hail Mary Plan to Restart a Hacked US Electric Grid

After failures plague Utility B, Utility A then needs to step in, restarting to offer redundant power to that same critical customer.In order to interact and safely share electricity, utilities also need to get their electromagnetic frequencies in tune at around 60 hertz, so part of the exercise involved not just getting Utility A and B running, but syncing them."We had 18 substations, two utilities, two command centers, and we had two generation sources that we had to bring up a crank path and synchronize," says Stan Pietrowicz, a researcher at Perspecta Labs who is working on a black start network analysis and threat detection tool through RADICS.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

Although flooding is likely in the West Coast due to the upcoming heavy rainfall, this will also mean significant increases in soil moisture levels across much of the South Island during the next week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

With the rain amounts expected in the east and north, soil moisture levels are anticipated to improve in the next week, while soil moisture should stay near constant or slightly decrease in the rest of the island where many locations will see total rain amounts less than 15mm.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

An area of low pressure south of the country will bring a threat for heavy rain to the West Coast on Friday evening and Saturday with rainfall of 50-100 mm possible.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

Parts of Queenstown-Lakes District in Otago, the Grey and Buller Districts in the West Coast, northeastern Marlborough, and the Waimate District in southern Canterbury experience well below average rainfall for this time of year, while the rest of the island had near normal rainfall.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

The current pattern of higher than normal pressure and prevailing westerlies, bringing generally dry conditions especially in the east, is expected to continue over the next seven days.

Super Typhoon Nears Philippines With 170 M.P.H. Winds

Super Typhoon Nears Philippines With 170 M.P.H. Winds

Still, government officials, hoping to avoid anything like that storm’s devastation, pleaded with vulnerable residents to move to shelters, fearing drenching rains and devastating mudslides along the island’s mountainous coastlines.Luzon is the Philippines’ largest and most populous island, but the northern tip, where the typhoon was expected to pass, is largely agricultural and is known as the country’s breadbasket.

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes in the Philippines on Friday, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a colossal storm more than 550 miles wide with maximum sustained wind speeds of 173 miles per hour, howled its way across the Pacific.Mangkhut’s eye is on course to hit in the early hours Saturday on the northern island of Luzon, the country’s rice and corn growing heartland, where more than four million people are at risk.The storm, gusting at speeds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, passed the American territory of Guam on Thursday, knocking out 80 percent of the island’s electricity and downing trees and power lines.

Puffins are declining and climate change could become the largest cause

Puffins are declining and climate change could become the largest cause

Hansen is working with Fayet, a junior research fellow at the University of Oxford who is from France, on her project to monitor the activities of four puffin colonies – two in Iceland and others in Wales and Norway.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

HONG KONG — A super typhoon packing winds of up to 150 miles per hour is heading toward the Philippines, picking up speed over the Pacific on a route that also has Taiwan and the heavily populated southeastern coast of China in its sights.Super Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to hit the northern Philippines with its strongest winds on Friday before striking Taiwan and then possibly veering south toward Hong Kong and mainland China.As many as 43 million people could be exposed to cyclone-strength winds, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.As a powerful typhoon tore through Japan this week, travelers at Kansai International Airport looked out on a terrifying void: Where there should have seen the runway, they saw only the sea.

For Pacific Island nations, rising sea levels are a bigger security concern than rising Chinese influence

For Pacific Island nations, rising sea levels are a bigger security concern than rising Chinese influence

The key question heading into the forum is: can the agreement find a balance between the security priorities of Australia and New Zealand and the needs of the Pacific Island nations?

Seeing hidden worlds under melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Seeing hidden worlds under melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

OMG is a multi-pronged effort to map the underwater contours of the Greenland coast, and better understand how warming ocean waters drive melting ice. A giant leap forward came late in 2017, when NASA, the University of California, Irvine and others published high resolution maps of the bedrock and sea floor around Greenland.