From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

To that end, TNC is working with partners, including the USFWS, to derive lessons and best practices to maximize Palmyra’s resilience in the face of climate change by eradicating black rats, realigning the native rainforest, and reintroducing endangered bird species.

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

John Brosnan waits on board the RV Kaharoa after returning to New Zealand from an epic 75-day voyage.NIWA has deployed more than 1100 Argo floats in the Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean over 22 voyages since 2004, more than any other individual vessel.

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

With COVID-19 having put a stop to all Pacific travel for now, NIWA field staff have had to work out how to carry out their jobs without actually being there, making mastering the art of delivering training and support via video call an essential skill.

New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

A network of state-of-the-art tsunami buoys is being deployed from New Zealand up into the Pacific to keep communities safer.Every 15 seconds the BPR records the height of the ocean above it and sends that information to the surface buoy once an hour.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina

How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina

CBS News is hosting the event along with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and the festivities are scheduled to kick off at 8 pm Eastern time (5 pm Pacific).The tenth Democratic primary debate is being hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ocean Cleanup’s New Plastic-Catcher … Kinda Already Exists?

Ocean Cleanup’s New Plastic-Catcher … Kinda Already Exists?

A little over a year ago, a group called The Ocean Cleanup launched an unprecedented campaign to rid the seas of plastic, complete with an unprecedented device: a 600-meter-long, U-shaped tube that was meant to passively gather debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for a ship to come along and scoop up and take back to land.

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Eel larvae face a long journey from their spawning grounds in unknown parts of the Western Pacific Ocean to the freshwater rivers and streams of New Zealand where they spend most of their lives.

Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves

Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves

For now, they’re looking back in time, working to see how accurately their model captures heat waves globally and in the various seasons, and whether it accurately represents the high and low pressure systems created by the MJO.In North America, says Julie Caron, an associate scientist at the center’s Climate and Global Dynamics Lab, the oscillation causes high-pressure systems that block the movement of cooler air from the Arctic or the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Hausheer / TNC For women in the Solomon Islands, like Alice Hou, decisions about how to use natural resources can change lives — for better or worse.

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America.

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

For one, microplastic is swirling in Monterey Bay’s water column at every depth they sampled, sometimes in concentrations greater than at the surface of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

NIWA freshwater scientists are pinning their hopes of solving an age-old mystery on 10 female longfin eels who are about to begin an epic journey to their spawning grounds somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Meet Blue: The Cheap and Manipulative (In a Good Way) Robot

Meet Blue: The Cheap and Manipulative (In a Good Way) Robot

It’s my own robotic doppelgänger, kind of like the human-piloted, monster-fighting bots of Pacific Rim , only way cheaper. Plus, because Blue is tough, researchers can push it harder than they would a pricier machine that’s more sensitive to the world around it.

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight The Model Y reveal is scheduled to start at 8pm Pacific Time tonight, though Elon Musk has a habit of kicking things off a bit late.

The eel earbone detective

The eel earbone detective

Dr Egan and her team will be studying the ear bones of glass eels to learn more about their spawning locations and larval oceanic movements. In this new project, migrating female eels will be tagged and their location communicated to satellites to help pinpoint their spawning grounds in the western Pacific Ocean.

How to Watch the Golden Globes

How to Watch the Golden Globes

There’s also a red carpet show produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—the organization that presents the awards—airing on the official Golden Globes site and on Facebook's Watch platform starting at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern).

The Era of Cheap and Easy STD Treatment Is Over. What Went Wrong?

The Era of Cheap and Easy STD Treatment Is Over. What Went Wrong?

Thus people with STDs received drugs that couldn’t cure their infections, allowing resistant strains to spread as if they’d never been treated at all.About 10 years ago, highly resistant gonorrhea began to spread from the Pacific Rim to California and Europe, forcing STD clinics to change treatment regimens from a single round of cephalosporin pills to an injection, bolstered by several days of a second oral antibiotic, azithromycin.

Shark survival tale

Shark survival tale

Warrick Lyon, a NIWA fisheries technician, says the study is heading to the Pacific to test survival rates for sharks treated differently – such as those where hooks are not removed and where long pieces of monofilament fishing line are left attached.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines early Saturday after thousands of people evacuated their homes to dodge the 550-mile-wide storm as it roared across the Pacific.The ferocity of the storm — with maximum sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour — in some ways eclipsed Hurricane Florence on the other side of the world, which was pummeling the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the United States with life-threatening rains and flooding.As dawn was breaking in the Philippines, there was no official word on casualties or damage.The eye of Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northeastern portion of Luzon island, the country’s rice- and corn-growing heartland, at about 1:40 a.m.[Catch up on the rest of our storm coverage.]

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.

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.

Climate change driving up malnutrition rates in Pacific, UN warns

Climate change driving up malnutrition rates in Pacific, UN warns

Climate change is making people hungry – with nearly 100 million people across the world needing humanitarian food aid because of climate shocks last year – and a growing number of people are malnourished across the Pacific, a new United Nations report says.

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Future booms are estimated to cost about $5.8 million each.Major sponsors include Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce.com, and Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal.Skeptics questioned whether this was the most economically efficient way to address the problem.“I fully agree that this is not the full solution to plastic pollution,” Mr. Slat said.While it’s necessary to prevent more plastic from entering the ocean, what is there already isn’t going to go away by itself, he added.“We have to clean it up at some point in time and, actually, I would say the sooner the better,” he said.

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility

Miya Yoshitani, of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, will be taking part in the main climate march, which expects to attract tens of thousands of people in San Francisco, to decry the air pollution suffered largely by black and Asian American communities in the Bay Area.

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Dr Bill Hare, managing director of Climate Analytics and a lead author on the IPCC fourth assessment report, told Guardian Australia that Pacific leaders were growing increasingly disenchanted with Australia’s refusal to commit to cutting carbon emissions, even as their nations faced massive economic, physical and social disruption, even existential threat.

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

The communique made it clear that it was only “leaders of forum island countries” – a term that a forum spokesperson confirmed denoted all forum member countries other than Australia and New Zealand – who called on the US to return to the Paris agreement on climate change.

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

The first assertion of the strongly worded Boe Declaration says all Pacific nations, including Australia, “reaffirm that climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific, and our commitment to progress the implementation of the Paris agreement.

Australia relationship with Pacific on climate change 'dysfunctional' and 'abusive'

Australia relationship with Pacific on climate change 'dysfunctional' and 'abusive'

Xavier Matsutaro, the national climate change coordinator for Palau, a small nation in the north-west Pacific, said Australia’s relationship with the Pacific was “dysfunctional”, adding that Australia was also responsible for diluting the strength of previous regional declarations on climate change.

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?

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