RedskyNews Category: Australasia

Contamination fears over two-headed fish

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Toxic chemical contamination was the likely cause of fatal fish mutations in northern Australia in which thousands of bass larvae spawned with two heads, an expert said Wednesday. Matt Landos, an aquatic animal specialist and member of the Australian College

Scientists aim to boost Southern Ocean CO2 monitoring

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australian scientists set sail later this week on a voyage that could lead to better data from the Southern Ocean, which plays a major role in acting as a brake on climate change. Oceans absorb vast amounts

Massive 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near New Zealand’s remote and largely uninhabited Kermadec Islands early Tuesday, New Zealand’s GNS Science geological agency said. New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defense issued no tsunami warning following the quake, while the

Scientists pressure Australian PM to step up carbon cuts

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s leading climate change scientists Monday pleaded with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to override his top adviser on the issue and drastically slash carbon gas emissions. Professor Ross Garnaut, commissioned by the government to review Australia’s response

Series of Earthquakes rock New Zealand

Aftershocks continue after todays earthquake centred near Kaikoura that was felt across much of the country. Kaikoura District Council Emergency Management Officer Mike Kennedy said there had been two aftershocks measuring 2.9 at 3.30pm and 4.6 at 3.50pm on the

Warmer Ocean Water Means Less Oxygen

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WASHINGTON – Low-oxygen zones where sea life is threatened or cannot survive are growing as the oceans are heated by global warming, researchers warn. Oxygen-depleted zones in the central and eastern equatorial Atlantic and equatorial Pacific oceans appear to have

New Zealand’s largest glacier will disappear: scientists

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand’s largest glacier is shrinking fast due to climate change and will eventually disappear altogether, scientists said Thursday. The 23-kilometre (14.3 mile) long glacier in the South Island’s Southern Alps is likely to shrink at a

Australia’s future forum looks to a republic, and Asia

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian republic, greater involvement in Asia and dealing urgently with climate change were Sunday backed by 1,000 of the nation’s “best and brightest” at a summit for the future. Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Australia 2020