Category Archives: Environmental

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Earth’s deepest ocean trenches contain high levels of pollution

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Deep ocean trenches — considered the most remote places in the world — have levels of toxic, industrial chemicals 50 times higher than a highly polluted river system in China, an analysis of tiny deep-sea animals has found. More . … Continue reading

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The man without a home.

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[Ed: It’s so easy to make ignorant assumptions and wrongly classify people into certain social categories!] Matte Dunn is not drug addicted, not an alcoholic, not a gambler and has no diagnosed mental illness, but he is homeless. This is … Continue reading

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Sailor to face storm as she leaves Albany in world-record attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica

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Queensland sailor Lisa Blair has set off from Western Australia’s south coast town of Albany to attempt a world record circumnavigating Antarctica. Ms Blair, 32, hopes to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted in less … Continue reading

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Melbourne, what’s with the Goddamn Flies ?!

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Melbourne in summer officially sucks, thanks to the plague of flies that has descended upon us. On Monday night, it was a cracking evening here in Melbourne – the mercury was still hovering around 28 at like, 8pm. So I … Continue reading

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Seeds of Salvation

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Enter the Arctic Doomsday Vault, a final safeguard for the world’s biodiversity. At the very edge of civilisation, on a rugged island north of Norway, sits a strange, jutting building that houses the most important collection of seeds in the … Continue reading

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The “Seabin” Project – a simple solution to our oceans pollution

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We have created an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7 We are excited to introduce our new invention helping to solve, educate and prevent our oceans pollution problems. The Seabin is a revolution in … Continue reading

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Forget Sydney and San Francisco, Christmas Island crab bridge helps migrating critters beat the traffic

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Christmas Island rangers have taken road safety to a whole new level with the construction of a “crab bridge” over the island’s busiest road. In preparation for the annual spawning season, rangers have been setting up barriers along the roadside … Continue reading

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Visitors encouraged to walk Waiheke Is

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Waiheke Island was this year picked as one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit by Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2016 publication. Visitors attracted to Waiheke Island for beaches, vineyard tours and restaurants are being urged … Continue reading

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Waterfront living taken to another level

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Floating houses will be built and docked in Gulf Harbour development as a novel way of beating rising land prices. Floating houses are planned for Gulf Harbour, north of Auckland. In what appears to be a novel solution to the … Continue reading

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Something’s lurking at Chernobyl

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In the eerie emptiness of Chernobyl’s abandoned towns, wildlife is flourishing. The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. … Continue reading

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Australia’s Ireland – What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia?

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Australians who happened to be born in New Zealand are being rounded up, locked up in hard-core detention facilities, and marooned. What’s this about? What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia? Kiwozi’s Note: Typically I steer well clear of … Continue reading

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French agent apologises for sinking Rainbow Warrior 30 years ago

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The French secret service agent who attached the mines which sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago has apologised for his actions. The captain of the bombed Rainbow Warrior says he accepts the apology of … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse 2 aircraft lands in Hawaii after completing historic flight in quest to circle the globe

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The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii after the most arduous leg of its journey. The sun-powered plane, piloted … Continue reading

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Leap second: Is a one-second difference in time too much?

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Question: When is a minute not a minute? Answer: At 2359 Greenwich Mean Time today (9:59am AEST Wednesday), when the world will experience a minute that will last 61 seconds. The reason for the weird event is something called the … Continue reading

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Humans could be among the victims of sixth ‘mass extinction’, scientists warn.

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The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warn, and humans could be among the first victims of the next extinction event. Not since the age of … Continue reading

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The 12 most likely causes of the Apocalypse.

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Intelligent computers that take over the world and an incurable virus that kills off the human race might sound like plots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster – but scientists insist they are real threats. They are just two of the … Continue reading

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2014: 26 stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse.

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2014 has seen its share of heartbreak, but there have been lighter moments too, so here, in no particular order, is a selection of stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse. [Ed: because I only like Happy Endings]. More . … Continue reading

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First homes on the Moon will be created by robotic 3D printers

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The European Space Agency may have solved the issue of getting building materials to the distant rock – using what is already there. Mankind has taken one small step closer to colonising the Moon after the European Space Agency (ESA) … Continue reading

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Floating farms in the sky:

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Singapore concept design shows possible future of sustainable farming. In a post-apocalyptic future, where sea levels have swallowed the ground, food will be grown in great towers floating on the sea. It sounds like something from science fiction, but a … Continue reading

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Floating Microcountries

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US seasteading group plans floating ‘microcountries’ with ‘start-up governments’ [Editor: Hey I always wanted to sail down the main street ! 🙂 ] A US organisation is hoping a plan to create cities which float on the ocean will see … Continue reading

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State houses: The way we lived back then (NZ).

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Architectural historian Bill McKay is loath to use the words “iconic” or “Kiwiana” to describe state houses, but these unpretentious, boxy dwellings have certainly captured the collective imagination. Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern, the … Continue reading

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Latest CPR Method.

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 [Kiwozi:  Whoa !!! . . . .what’s this doing on my Blog. . . this is serious stuff ! Well given Kiwozi could need this any day now  ( as he falls off his Rocking Chair on the Verandah ),  I thought … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle: 10 famous floating note discoveries.

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What is believed to be the world’s oldest discovered message in a bottle has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter, 101 years after it was first tossed into the sea in Germany. People have been putting messages in bottles for … Continue reading

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Rat-infested ghost ship drifts to Ireland

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In happier times, the MV Lyubov Orlova was a pleasure ship, a cruiser accustomed to taking well-heeled Russian holidaymakers on adventure tours around the Arctic. Today, that same 295ft (90m) ship is bobbing off the coast of Ireland, its only … Continue reading

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New ‘Bond gadget’ set to let us breathe under water

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IT is the James Bond gadget on everyone’s wishlist. A South Korean designer has taken inspiration from the movie spy’s “rebreather”, which allows the user to breathe under water. Clipped on a diving face mask, the Triton device acts like … Continue reading