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Massive Landslide in Papua New Guinea: Hundreds Feared Dead

Massive Landslide in Papua New Guinea Hundreds Feared Dead

RNZ Pacific Correspondent Scott Waide confirmed reports of multiple deaths and many houses destroyed. Photo: Facebook / Amos Titus

A devastating landslide has struck the remote village of Yambali in Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province, resulting in numerous fatalities. The landslide, which hit approximately 600 kilometers northwest of Port Moresby, has buried homes and food gardens, with an estimated 3,000 people believed to be trapped under the debris. PNG authorities have yet to confirm […]

Whakaari/White Island Volcano: Eruptive Episode Possible Amidst Increased Unrest

WhakaariWhite Island Volcano Eruptive Episode Possible Amidst Increased Unrest

A minor eruption occurred at Whakaari/White Island. The Volcanic Alert Level has been increased to 3. Photo GeoNet

Authorities have been closely monitoring the activity on Whakaari/White Island over the past few days and have raised concerns that the island may be entering a heightened state of unrest. A minor eruption occurred at the volcanic island, located off the Bay of Plenty coast, around 8.20am yesterday. In response to the increased activity, the […]

Warm Seawater Accelerates Melting of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier

Warm Seawater Accelerates Melting of Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier

A team led by glaciologists at UC Irvine used satellite radar data to reconstruct the impact of warm ocean water surging in a grounding zone extending several kilometers beneath Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The research, the subject of a paper published in PNAS, will help climate modelers derive more precise projections of sea level rise resulting from the melting of ocean-terminating glaciers around the world. Credit: NASA/James Yungel

A team of glaciologists, led by the University of California, Irvine, has discovered evidence of warm, high-pressure seawater intruding many kilometers beneath the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. Often referred to as the “Doomsday Glacier,” its vast size and significant melting rate could substantially contribute to global sea level rise if it were to collapse. […]

Heavy Rain Alert in UK: Amber Warning Issued for Northwest England and Northern Wales

Heavy Rain Alert in UK: Amber Warning Issued for Northwest England and Northern Wales

File pic: PA

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain in parts of northwest England and northern Wales, including Manchester and Liverpool. The warning is in effect for 24 hours from midday on Wednesday. A yellow warning for rain covers the north of England, the Midlands, and north and central Wales until 6 am […]

Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Expected in New Zealand

Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Expected in New Zealand

Photo: RNZ/Jonty Dine

Metservice reports a slow-moving front in the southern parts of the Westland District, causing heavy rain in the Westland ranges. A MetService spokesperson states, “A subtropical low will develop northeast of the country on Monday, bringing heavy rain to the northern and eastern North Island.” The heaviest rain is anticipated in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay […]

Federal Budget 2024-25: Clean Economy Investments in Hydrogen, Solar, and Batteries

Federal Budget 2024-25 Clean Economy Investments in Hydrogen, Solar, and Batteries

‘Budget dollars are eye-catching but facilitation is vital … Future Made in Australia depends on deploying vast amounts of renewable energy at competitive cost.’ Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Businesses, investors, unions, and climate advocates have been urging for significant clean economy investments. The question is, did the 2024-25 federal budget address these calls? The government’s Future Made in Australia policy includes a strategic framework, $22.7bn in spending, and facilitation policies. The framework aims to provide discipline by supporting sectors crucial for net zero […]

Sun’s Largest Solar Flare in a Decade Hits, Impact on Earth Unclear

Sun's Largest Solar Flare in a Decade Hits, Impact on Earth Unclear

The flash of light pictured on the right side of the Sun was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. NASA/SDO via CNN Newsource

The sun emitted its most powerful flare in nearly a decade, just days after severe solar storms created the captivating Aurora Australis in parts of Australia. The effects of this recent blast on Australian skies and technology remain uncertain. First detected on Tuesday, the solar magnetic storm, also known as a coronal mass ejection, sent […]

64-magnitude Earthquake Strikes Nepal, Felt as Far as New Delhi

At least 128 people were killed and dozens injured in Nepal when a strong earthquake struck the western area of Jajarkot

A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Jajarkot, Nepal, November 4, 2023. Prime Minister Office/Handout via REUTERS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck eastern Nepal near the Indian border on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2023. The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km, and was felt in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Tremors were also felt in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, as well as in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and parts […]