Tag: islands

Indonesia’s aviation safety has improved, but a lot remains to be done

The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 disaster serves as a warning for aviation safety regulators, not only in Indonesia but worldwide. Four minutes after taking off from Jakarta in heavy rain on January 9, the Boeing 737-500 nosedived into the ocean,…

/ January 13, 2021
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Enjoy them while you can? The ecotourism challenge facing Australia’s favourite islands

I fell for Kangaroo Island from my first visit. I recall standing on a headland on the island’s southern coast, near Remarkable Rocks (a popular tourist site), and being awestruck by the Southern Ocean. The island (Australia’s third-largest after Tasmania…

/ January 13, 2021
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Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100. To keep cool in Australia, we urgently need a national planning policy

In cities around the world, temperatures could rise by more than 4℃ by 2100 under a high-emissions climate change scenario, suggests research published this week in Nature Climate Change. It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, released…

/ January 8, 2021
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The 10 Most Astonishing Archaeological Discoveries of 2020, From an Ancient Cat Carving to the Amazon Rock Paintings

Despite its many difficulties, 2020 gave us some incredible discoveries. Shortly after scientists confirmed that the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, owned Dead Sea Scroll forgeries, putting the authenticity of some 70 other known fragments in question, the…

/ December 30, 2020
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The Marshall Islands could be wiped out by climate change – and their colonial history limits their ability to save themselves

Along U.S. coastlines, from California to Florida, residents are getting increasingly accustomed to “king tides.” These extra-high tides cause flooding and wreak havoc on affected communities. As climate change raises sea levels, they are becoming more extreme. King tides are…

/ December 11, 2020
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3 reasons meeting climate targets and dumping Kyoto credits won’t salvage Australia’s international reputation

Today, the Morrison government released updated projections of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, which indicate Australia is on track to meet 2030 Paris targets without using “carryover” credits earned from the Kyoto Protocol period. Australia’s plan to use Kyoto carryover credits…

/ December 10, 2020
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Stranded at sea: the humanitarian crisis that’s left 400,000 seafarers stuck on cargo ships

It has been rightly described as a humanitarian crisis and a modern form of forced labour. In the early months of 2020, stranded cruise ships became a stark symbol of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now it is seafarers stranded on…

/ December 7, 2020
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Bay Area counties to enact stay-at-home order

Counties around the San Francisco Bay Area will adopt California’s new regional stay-at-home order amid surges in cases and ICU hospitalizations, health officials said Friday.The big picture: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would…

/ December 4, 2020
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Pacific tourism is desperate for a vaccine and travel freedoms, but the industry must learn from this crisis

News of successful COVID-19 vaccine trials has raised hopes in the Pacific that the hard-hit tourism industry will begin to re-open in 2021. Even before the vaccine announcements, there was excitement in the Cook Islands over a recent New Zealand…

/ November 24, 2020
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Preserving cultural and historic treasures in a changing climate may mean transforming them

With global travel curtailed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are finding comfort in planning future trips. But imagine that you finally arrive in Venice and the “floating city” is flooded. Would you stay anyway, walking through St. Mark’s Square…

/ November 13, 2020
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‘B-grade Game Show Host’ Peter Gleeson Rants ‘Hate Vomit’ At Briggs

Sky News/Briggs Sky News host Peter Gleeson (above left) unleashed a misleading on-air rant at Briggs the rapper (right).Peter Gleeson, a host at Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News, unleashed a false and hateful rant against Yorta Yorta rapper Briggs this week, calling…

/ November 13, 2020
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Ways To Celebrate NAIDOC Week In 2020: ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’

NAIDOC Week is held in Australia each year to acknowledge and celebrate the history, diverse culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.While usually held in July, NAIDOC Week has been pushed back this year due to COVID-19,…

/ November 5, 2020
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Is China taking over the South Pacific? | 60 Minutes Australia

Subscribe here: http://9Soci.al/chmP50wA97J Full Episodes: https://9now.app.link/uNP4qBkmN6 | China Syndrome (2018) Australia has always considered the South Pacific our “patch of paradise” to protect and nurture. But now the Chinese are moving in and splashing their cash in places like Fiji…

/ June 10, 2020