Tag Archives: New Zealand

NZ glacier sheds 50m tonnes of ice

Up to 50 million tonnes of ice has fallen off New Zealand’s largest glacier. The Tasman glacier has changed from a U shape to an L after shedding the ice. Mount Cook Alpine Village general manager Denis Calleson says a

13 stranded whales refloated

Thirteen pilot whales that have survived a stranding in New Zealand’s far north have been refloated in calm waters. Fifty-eight whales were found at Karikari beach yesterday and staff from the Department of Conservation used lifting equipment and diggers to

Sceptics to challenge climate science in court

Climate change sceptics in New Zealand are taking the government’s climate agency to court over the validity of its evidence on global warming. The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition has accused the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research of

Pacific islands want louder voice on climate

The smallest Pacific island nations, some of which fear being swamped by rising sea levels due to climate change, said Tuesday they had seen little of the global funding promised to combat the problem. Meeting in Port Vila ahead of

NZ Tourists warned of “tsunami”

Tourists at the Tasman Glacier near Mt Cook have been warned that heavy rain in the area is likely to lead to a huge iceberg in its terminal lake “calving” – breaking off explosively and sending water surging down the

NZ government committee backs carbon trading scheme

New Zealand should retain emissions trading as its primary tool to fight climate change, a parliamentary review panel said on Monday, but gave few specifics on how the existing trading scheme might be changed. The committee, established late last year,

Canada wild fires force thousands to flee

Thousands have been forced to flee their homes as towns are threatened by wildfires sweeping through the Canadian province of British Columbia. Firefighters have been drafted in from Australian and New Zealand to help battle the raging forest fires. They

New Zealand moves closer to Australia

The recent earthquake in Fiordland has shifted the South Island a few hundred millimetres closer to Australia. The trans-Tasman bond has become a little bit tighter following the recent big earthquake in Fiordland. The quake was the largest to strike

Climate change deal crucial for Pacific: Rudd

Striking a new global deal to reduce the impact of climate change is crucial to the future of vulnerable Pacific island nations, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday. Rudd was speaking in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns at

Latest Earthquakes

Strong earthquake shakes southern Peru LIMA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) — An earthquake of magnitude 5 shook Monday the city of Pisco in Ica department, south of Peruvian capital Lima, causing fear among local inhabitants. According to the Geophysics Institute of