RedskyNews Category: Australasia

Melbourne Soaked By Monster Storm

More delays are expected at Melbourne Airport this morning after wild storms drenched the city late yesterday. Melbourne recorded one of its wettest September days in almost 100 years, with 48 millimetres of rain falling in the city.

Arsenic Found In Australian Lake

The Northern Territory Health Department says water in the Lake Bennett area is mostly fine for household use, despite containing arsenic levels more than 20 times above safe guidelines. The Environment Department says two private bores in the area had

Mine Metals Leak Into Macleay River

Traces of arsenic, copper and zinc have leaked from a mine into a local river near Armidale. The Office of Environment and Heritage says the metals spilled out of a sediment control erosion dam at Straits Hillgrove Mine into the

6.4 Quake Hits Tonga No Tsunami

A powerful subsea earthquake struck near Tonga and American Samoa in the South Pacific on Monday. The 6.4 magnitude quake is the latest in a series of recent massive earthquakes to be recorded in the region, which is located along

NSW Hit By Plague Of Mice

New South Wales farmers are being warned the mouse plague which has already caused millions of dollars in crop losses could be more devastating come Spring. A national working group has been formed to prepare for the continuation of the

26000 People Abandon Christchurch

NEW Zealand’s quake-hit Canterbury region has lost more than 26,000 residents since February’s killer earthquake flattened much of Christchurch. New voter enrolment figures have confirmed the exodus from the struggling region in the wake of the natural disaster, the country’s

Turnbull Against Climate Skeptics

Opposition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has hit out against climate change sceptics on his side of politics, saying there has been a “war on science” that contradicts common sense. He also warned the Liberal Party against veering too much to the

Quake Hits Vanuatu, No Tsunami

SYDNEY – An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has struck near the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu but there were no reports of damage and no tsunami alert was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred

Tsunami Alert System For WA

In the next few months, Australian scientists will activate a world-first tsunami warning system in the remote East Pilbara region of Western Australia. Geoscience Australia says the device will be able to track earthquakes off Indonesia in real time, which

Greenpeace Activists Arrested

Six Greenpeace activists have been arrested after climbing a crane at an inner Sydney construction site the group says is using illegal timber. The activists scaled the crane at the Central Park development on Broadway about 7:00am, unfurling a banner

6.3 Quake Hits Papua New Guinea

The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea was rattled by a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Monday, but seismologists said the tremor was unlikely to have caused major damage in the remote area. Geoscience Australia measured the quake at magnitude

New Global Crisis Looms

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Soaring food and energy prices, the global financial crisis, Greece’s debt woes. One-off events? Not according to environmental business consultant Paul Gilding, who believes these are mere ripples before a major crisis hits the world. Gilding,

Weather Causes Death In Sea Turtles

The coastline of north Queensland is usually picture perfect in winter, but there is a problem in the shallows. Over the past few months sick, lethargic and sometimes dead sea turtles have been washing up onto the region’s beaches. Experts

Bacteria Causing Death In Gropers

Queensland scientists are studying bacteria from crocodiles and cows to understand what is causing it to turn deadly in groper fish in the state’s north. Since 2007, almost 100 of the protected species have washed up dead on beaches from

6.2 Quake Hits Solomons No Tsunami

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands this morning, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at 8:05am (local time) at a depth of 54 kilometres about 260 kilometres east of the capital Honiara,

Forests Absorb A Third Of CO2

Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate