RedskyNews Category: Au – Environment

Australia Braces For Plague Of Locusts

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Significant numbers of Australian plague locusts are expected to build up during spring in eastern and southern parts of Western Australia’s grain-belt. A survey from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) showed moderate density hatchings could occur in

5.8 Quake Strikes Central Queensland

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Homes and buildings shook and panicked holidaymakers scrambled as a ‘violent’ 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked north Queensland and the Whitsundays. Geoscience Australia detected the quake 50kms off the coast of Bowen, north Queensland, about 2.30pm. It was the ‘biggest earthquake’

Rising Seas Swallow Five Islands

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Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific, according to Australian researchers. The submerged islands were

7.2 Quake Hits Vanuatu – Tsunami Warning Issued

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A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The US Geological Survey said the quake was 535km (330 miles) southeast of Vanuatu island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a local tsunami warning

5.1 Quake Shakes North Island New Zealand

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The 5.1 magnitude quake was 167 km deep, centred 25 km south-east of Tokoroa, GNS said. It struck at about 6.48am and has been felt in Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington and in the top of the South Island. GNS seismologist

4.8 Quake Strikes Off Victoria No Tsunami

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A magnitude-4.8 earthquake has been detected in waters off Victoria’s south-west coast, Geoscience Australia says. It happened about 150 kilometres from the town of Warrnambool at 12:45pm and was also felt on King Island in Bass Strait. The Bureau of

Longest Volcano Range Discovered In Australia

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Scientists have discovered the world’s longest chain of continental volcanoes, stretching 2,000km along eastern Australia. The volcanic chain, which started its formation 33m years ago, runs from near the Whitsundays in Queensland to near Melbourne. It is nearly three times

Herbal Medicines Can Contain Toxic Metals

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People who take unregulated complementary medicines are at a higher risk of being contaminated by heavy metals, a medical scientist has warned. Research from the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) reveals that

6.1 Quake Strikes Off Fiji No Tsunami Alert

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An earthquake registering a magnitude of 6.1 has reportedly struck south of the Fiji Islands. The seismic movement was recorded at 6.36pm (AEST) at a depth of 573km. The information has not yet been finalised, however the US Geological Survey

New Zealand Birds Suffer Lead Poisoning

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For the first time ever tui have been found with lead poisoning. The three tui were discovered in Wellington earlier this year and taken to Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital, The Nest Te K?hanga, for treatment. Both the zoo and the