Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

The rangers walking the beach tonight are part of a new monitoring effort, led by The Nature Conservancy, to gather information about the Western Pacific leatherbacks nesting in the Solomon Islands.

Battery-Powered Trains Are Picking Up Speed

Battery-Powered Trains Are Picking Up Speed

Last fall, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability predicted that retrofitting traditional diesel locomotives with battery power could save railroads $94 billion in fuel costs over 20 years, after buying the batteries, and would keep tons of pollutants out of the air.

Scientists, iwi investigate bringing back rock oyster industry

Scientists, iwi investigate bringing back rock oyster industry

However, Dr Handley said the Pacific oyster was severely affected by a herpes virus about 10 years ago which knocked back populations and had a devastating effect on the industry.

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

The resulting “urchin barrens,” as divers call them, can stretch hundreds of miles, with scientists reporting earlier this year that some Northern California kelp forests have suffered 95 percent loss since 2012.Kelp are key to much of the West Coast’s marine biodiversity.

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.

Hawaiʻian Snails: A Tale of Discovery and Rediscovery

Hawaiʻian Snails: A Tale of Discovery and Rediscovery

© Kenneth Hayes & Norine Yeung For years, the conventional wisdom was that Hawaiʻi’s land snails were largely gone, with little left to study, let alone conserve.In fact, a research effort conducted over the past ten years has rediscovered dozens of Hawaiʻian land snail species previously thought extinct.

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

As weather systems tracked toward New Zealand from the west and north, they lacked moisture because of cooler eastern Indian Ocean seas caused by the IOD.NIWA’s climate change expectations suggest spring average rainfall decreases for northern New Zealand, including Auckland.

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

22 April 2020, Rome - While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru.

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

The bushfires also caused a spike in carbon monoxide readings earlier in the year and last month NIWA scientists documented ash deposits on the South Island glaciers originating from the Australian fires.

How to Watch Apple's News and Media Event

How to Watch Apple's News and Media Event

The Steve Jobs Theater, at Apple's main campus in Cupertino, California, is the setting for Monday's event, which focuses on media services. The event, which will focus on Apple's future in news and streaming media, takes place at the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's campus in Cupertino.

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate Getty Images Over the past few years, China's tech ascension has become one of the hottest topics du jour.

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.

Treasure found on Northland beach

Treasure found on Northland beach

A data transmitting tag that was attached to a mako shark recovered from Ninety Mile Beach (upper) compared to a new tag (lower).

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

This week, Southeast Asia and southern China are bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.Cyclones in the Indian Ocean are classified according to two intensity scales depending on where they are, with names like “very intense tropical cyclone” and “super cyclonic storm.” Australia rates cyclones from categories 1 to 5.So why the three different words?

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.

Hurricane Florence Strengthening and Targeting the Southeast Coast, Forecasters Say

Hurricane Florence Strengthening and Targeting the Southeast Coast, Forecasters Say

Hurricane Florence Strengthening and Targeting the Southeast Coast, Forecasters SayTropical Storm Florence was upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday.NOAA, via Associated PressForecasters on Sunday upgraded Tropical Storm Florence to a hurricane, saying it was strengthening and taking aim at North and South Carolina, where it could make landfall by the end of the week.“We expect a rapid intensification of Florence tomorrow,” Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said on Sunday.

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?