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Posted by feww on December 29, 2010
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NZ: Worst Flooding in 150 Years
Massive Flooding Destroys Bridges, Roads in South Island
Disaster-stricken New Zealand was struck by yet another catastrophe, as torrential rain and strong winds pummeled top of the South Island causing extensive damage to infrastructure.
“Raging waters in the Aorere River have destroyed the Salisbury Swing Bridge and the James Road Bridge. Livestock has been swept away and houses flooded.” Newstalk ZB
An aerial photograph of the Aorere River and Aorere Valley flooded after heavy rains swept through the region. Photo: Tasman District Council/ via Nelson Mail
Major South Island roads remain closed after yesterday’s flooding caused by “a fast-moving storm” swept through the region buffeting much of New Zealand with strong winds and torrential rain, reports say.
“In Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, the Aorere River reached very high levels. The river can normally be forded on foot during summer, but was flowing at 3500cu m per second at the peak.” NZPA said.
The Marlborough district was also badly hit, with extensive damage reported in the Rai Valley, Canvastown, Northbank and the Marlborough Sounds.
“Drenched campers were forced to flee the Pelorus Bridge campground, 59km north west of Blenheim, as the river surged through the site, lifting a caravan and tents before receding yesterday. They were being looked after by local residents.” The report said.
New Zealand floods would most probably trigger a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease FMD (Aphtae epizooticae) throughout the country. —FIRE-EARTH
Posted in foot and mouth, foot-and-mouth disease, new zealand, new zealand disasters, Tasman District Disasters | Tagged: Aorere River, Aorere Valley flood, Chemically Green New Zealand, Golden Bay, South Island flood | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on April 11, 2010
Agitated orca (killer whale), kills and devours dolphin, as tourists watch
An agitated female orca attacks dolphins, a female with her young pup, eventually tossing her into the air and snapping her back. Photo: Tommy Hatwell/Explore Images/Ferrari Press Agency. Image may be subject to copyright.
The attack occurred just a few weeks after the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau, 40,“trainer” at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
[Note: The news of the attack which occurred on or about March 28, 2010, was buried by Google, and only became known to us when a reader submitted a link to the photo.]
The dolphin died moments later as the rest of the whales began to devour her and her helpless pup.
The attack occurred at a seaside spot called Black Rocks, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, where tourist flock to watch dolphins, invariably agitating and harming the animals.
“The boat was just 50 to 100m away while the killing occurred, as the other pseudo orcas fled.” one of the tour operators declared proudly, calling the incident a “one in a million” chance.
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Posted in attorney, Bay of Islands, Dawn Brancheau, new zealand, orca | Tagged: criminal negligence, Emily May Harper, killer whale, Orca Kills Dolphin, SeaWorld, Shamu Stadium | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on March 17, 2010
Thrill-seeking holidaymakers are putting dolphins at risk
Public release: Newcastle University
Tourists wanting to watch and swim with dolphins are now being urged to keep their distance in a bid to protect both the animals and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on them.
A study of bottlenose dolphins living off the coast of Zanzibar has found that the many tourist boats operating in the area are harassing the animals, preventing them from resting, feeding and nurturing their young.
The research, led by Dr Per Berggren of Newcastle University, also highlights swimming with dolphins – in particular where tourists swim in very close and try to touch the dolphins– as being incredibly stressful for the animals.
Printed today in the academic journal Endangered Species Research, the authors say regulation of the dolphin tourism industry is “urgently needed” to minimize the potential long-term negative impact on the animals.
Dr Berggren, who joined Newcastle from Stockholm University earlier this month, explained: “The current situation in Zanzibar is unsustainable. The local community is dependent on tourism – and therefore the dolphins – but unless the activity is regulated the animals will leave.
“Our study found that whenever the tourist boats were present the dolphins were very unsettled and spent less time feeding, socialising or resting. This has a negative impact, not only on individual animals, but on the population as a whole and long term it could be devastating.
“The problem is that any change needs to be tourist-driven. Many visitors will pay drivers extra in tips to steer their boats in close, herding the dolphins so they can dive right in amongst them. Our message is, keep your distance and put the dolphins first.”
Dolphin-watching was introduced off the South coast of Zanzibar in 1992. Today it is one of the few places in the world where tourism has completely replaced the traditional dolphin hunt – an activity which threatened the local population of around 150 bottlenose dolphins.
“Abolishing the hunts was a major breakthrough and dolphin watching offered a humane, sustainable alternative,” says Dr Berggren.
“Unfortunately, without regulation, dolphin tourism brings with it its own challenges.”
Watching the dolphins over a period of 40 days, the research team found that in the presence of the tourist boats, the time the dolphins spent resting dropped from 38 per cent of the time to 10 per cent while the time they spent foraging and socialising dropped from 19 and 10 per cent to just 10 and 4 per cent, respectively.
Meanwhile, travelling behaviour more than doubled in proportion, from 33 to 77 per cent, becoming by far the most dominant activity state during interactions with tourist boats.
“Overall, the dolphins are using more energy than they are taking in because they aren’t resting or feeding as much but are swimming more as they try to avoid the tourist boats,” explains Dr Berggren, based in the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University.
“Zanzibar is a wonderful place, the dolphins are incredibly interesting and between July and October there are also breeding humpbacks in the area. I would recommend that anyone go there for a holiday and support the local community but act responsibly and ask operators to follow existing guidelines.” Contact: Dr. Per Berggren email@example.com
Posted in Dolphin, eco-terrorism, new zealand, seal, whale | Tagged: bottlenose dolphins, Defenseless Animals, Endangered Species, humpbacks, Swimming with Dolphins, Tourism, Zanzibar | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on February 19, 2010
Submitted by a reader in Australia
As Sea Shepherd protester boards a Japanese whaling vessel to ‘arrest its captain,’ New Zealand govt agents quietly euthanize 28 Pilot whales
Pete Bethune, a Sea Shepherd protester from New Zealand, boarded a Japanese whaling vessel, Shonan Maru No. 2, to ‘arrest its captain’ for the ‘‘destruction of the Ady Gil and attempted murder of the six Ady Gil crew members,’ ‘A statement on the Sea Shepherd website said.
Ady Gil, Sea Shepherd’s ‘stealth vessel,’ collided with Shonan Maru No. 2 on Jan 6, and sank later. Both parties have since blamed each other for the incident.
According to Sea Shepherd skipper Paul Watson Bethune traveled by jet ski from the Steve Irwin, the group’s flagship vessel to deliver a letter to the Shonan Maru No. 2 requesting he return with him to the Steve Irwin, to be transferred to New Zealand’s Maritime Safety Authority and police.
‘‘If you refuse to be arrested, then I am requesting that you deliver me to Wellington (New Zealand),’’ Bethune wrote in his letter to the Japanese captain.
‘‘Having sunk my vessel, and with our issuing of a mayday call, you have an obligation under maritime law to provide me with safe passage back to land,’’ he added.
‘‘I will only leave the Shonan Maru when you transfer with me to the Steve Irwin, or when we arrive on land, be it New Zealand or Australia.’‘
Bethune reportedly delivered an invoice for the cost of replacing Ady Gil, threatening the captain with criminal charges if payment was not received in four weeks.
‘‘We will be seeking punitive damages, in addition to the full replacement cost of the Ady Gil…further to this we will be laying criminal charges against the captain of the Shonan Maru (No. 2),’’ wrote Bethune.
Meanwhile, amid all the action on the high seas, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation quietly euthanized at least 19 pilot whales that were allegedly beached at West Ruggedy Beach on Stewart Island.
Department of Conservation (DOC) employees said they were forced to euthanize the whales, because the seas were rough.
“They were in reasonably good health when we got there but the weather conditions were so bad it would have been far too dangerous to try anything else,” an official said.
In December 2009, at least 150 whales died after they became stranded on Coromandel peninsula, most probably due to noise pollution from NZ oil exploration, tourist boats and planes, as well as toxic pollution in New Zealand’s coastal waters.
Posted in new zealand, Ruggedy Beach, Stewart Island, whale, whaling | Tagged: Ady Gil, australia, new zealand, Sea Shepherd, Shonan Maru | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on July 16, 2009
STAY OUT OF NEW ZEALAND!
The following WARNING was first posted on MAY 9, 2009 at NewZeelend Blog
FEWW is re-posting the WARNING with renewed urgency:
Seismic, Volcanic and Climatological Warning!
____________________________________________________________ The New Zealand region is undergoing large-scale tectonic [seismological and volcanic] activities and significant climatological events. Would be visitors are well advised to stay clear of the area for the foreseeable future.
Posted in danger zone, new zealand, S.Y.S, volcanic activity, volcanic eruption | Tagged: Earthquakes, Global travel, seismic activity, travel new zealand, Travel warning | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on October 22, 2008
This information comes from:
New Zealand Health Alert Bulletin # 22. E.coli found in NZ milk, and listeria in yogurt products
for more details go to:
The E. coli strain serotype O157:H7 can cause serious food poisoning in humans.
Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped. Photo by Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU.
Source: Bacterial Meningitis. Image may be subject to copyright.
“Group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli, and Listeria monocytogenes are the most common causes of meningitis in neonatals. In the United States, about 17,500 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported annually.”
Posted in Bacterial Meningitis, contaminated milk, food safety, new zealand, yogurt products | Tagged: contaminated food imports, ecoli, food alert, health warning, Listeria | 9 Comments »
Posted by feww on October 6, 2008
Another Powerful Quake Hits Kermadec Isles Region
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake followed by two strong aftershocks hit the Kermadec Islands region in line with FEWW forecast.
10-degree Map Centered at 30°S,175°W
Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands, Global Reference Map. USGS
- The center of earthquake cluster incidence within the epicentral region of the Kermadec Trench appears to be shifting south-southwest of its historical position, and closer to New Zealand North Island.
- According to FEWW analysis a magnitude 8+ earthquake would likely strike the Kermadec Isles epicentral region centered in an area about 285km SSE of Raoul Island [~900km NE of Auckland, New Zealand] before the New Year. Since 1900 only one other earthquake with a magnitude of 8 has struck the region. [1917 May 1 18:26 UTC, Depth: 60 km – USGS data]
Kermadec Trench – Epicentral Region. Image Credit: USGS
Date-Time: Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 09:12:40 PM at epicenter
Location: 30.327°S, 177.195°W
Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region: KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
- 135 km (85 miles) SSE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
205 km (125 miles) NE of L’Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
1035 km (650 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
1410 km (880 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 11.3 km (7.0 miles); depth fixed by location program
Source: USGS NEIC
Event ID us2008xuan
1. Magnitude: 5.2
Date-Time: Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 10:45:00 UTC [ October 05, 2008 at 10:45:00 PM at epicenter]
Location: 30.856°S, 176.659°W
Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID: us2008xuas
2. Magnitude: 5.2
Date-Time: Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 14:09:50 UTC [October 06, 2008 at 02:09:50 AM at epicenter]
Location: 31.156°S, 177.721°W
Source: USGS NEIC
Event ID: us2008xua8
Posted in cheeseman island, earthquake, new zealand, Pacific Plate, subduction zone, tectonic environment | Tagged: Australia plate, Kermadec Islands, Kermadec microplate, North Island, Tonga - Kermadec subduction | 6 Comments »
Posted by feww on September 23, 2008
Why Both Fonterra & NZ Govt Must Have Known About Tainted Baby Formula Long Before Their Corporate Manslaughter Case
The following article, which is reprinted in full in view of public interest, is another damning testimony why both Fonterra and New Zealand Government must have known about Sanlu tainted milk practice by as early as December 2004.
Tainted Milk Powder Banned Four Years Ago – But back on shelf with authorities’ backup
Sep 21, 2008 (Last Updated: Sep 22, 2008) –
The reprint of communist regime’s mouthpiece Xinhua News by China Pharmaceutical News on December 7, 2004, 'Sanlu Powdered Milk: Turn Crisis into Turning Point' ((Screenshot))
Deception that began four years ago continues, as the furore of tainted powdered milk causing kidney stones in babies spreads throughout China.
The public learned, earlier this month, that milk powder tainted with melamine has been found to be the cause of kidney stones in infants across China. At least four babies have died as a result.
In an incident four years ago, following the “Big Head Baby” media report in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, Sanlu’s powdered milk had been blacklisted as inferior.
Shortly after, Sanlu was removed from the blacklist, by the communist regime’s food administration, and reinstated.
Many people in Fuyang, knowing that Sanlu powdered milk had quality problems, suspected the company of manipulating the local and central government officials and using the Chinese state media in efforts to restore its reputation.
Media Reports Indicated No Crisis
A December 7, 2004 reprint of state-run Xinhua news by China Pharmaceutical News headline reading: ‘Sanlu Powdered Milk: Turn Crisis into an Advantage’ provided a clue that the group was aware the powdered milk had been tainted.
On January 16, 2004, Zhang Guangkui of Yongzhuang Village, Luzhai Town, Linquan County, Fuyang City, Anhui Province complained that the Sanlu infant powdered milk formula that he bought was tainted.
On April 22, the front page of local Fuyang newpaper Yingzhou Evening News printed a list of tainted powdered milk brands resulting from the spot check. Sanlu infant milk formula was 32nd on the list.
On the same day, Sanlu Group deputy general manager Zhang Zhenling and other high level staff members hurried to Fuyang City to negotiate with the local government. A statement said: “ … a mistake was made by related workers” and Fuyang City apologized.
A few days after April 22, 2004, markets all over the country were compelled to remove and seal Sanlu’s powdered milk.
Sanlu’s sales fell, its losses exceeded tens of millions RMB (around US$10 million).
On April 26, the Ministry of Public Health, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) issued an emergency notice requesting local law-enforcing departments to allow normal sales of Sanlu powdered milk.
On the first working day after the “May 1” seven-day-long holidays that year, AQSIQ announced that as a result of a spot check, 30 companies producing powdered milk had been declared as safe.
Sanlu was the first one on the list.
Public Relations Crisis Management Efforts
According to a Xinhua News report in 2004, on April 27, Sanlu and several dozen dairy enterprises conducted good faith symposiums in several cities. The theme was ‘Resisting Killer Powdered Milk’.
They jointly released the first ‘Dairy Business Good Faith Pledge’ in the country, firmly promising not to produce or sell inferior quality dairy products.
Within one day, Sanlu had notified 93 media nationwide, and 19 media removed Sanlu powdered milk from their blacklist reports.
On April 28, 2004, organized by Specific Association for Child Food, Chinese Society for Food Science and Technology, Sanlu and nine food security trusts donated 4,985 boxes of infant powdered milk to Fuyang City in an experimental bid for commercial enterprises.
After these events, in many business strategy documents and articles, Sanlu was used as model for managing crisis successfully.
In September 2008, when poisonous Sanlu powdered milk was first exposed, Sanlu vigorously denied any contamination in the powdered milk and attempted to redeem itself by citing conclusions given by the authoritative quality examination departments.
According to Tencent QQ financial channel report on September 11, Sanlu Group media department indicated;
“Sanlu is a brand product of powdered milk, the production is strictly in accordance with national standards and the product is qualified. Currently, there is no evidence indicating illness caused by Sanlu powdered milk.”
Since the incident came to light last week, the Sanlu Group has continued to gloss over it and deny involvement, while passing the blame onto dairy farmers.
As pressure increases domestically and internationally, the communist regime’s officials, at all levels, have ducked for cover saying that Sanlu knew the facts all along but failed to file a report. Copyright the author or respective news agency. [Emphasis are added by FEWW]
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Posted in China, food safety, Helen Clark, new zealand | Tagged: Big Head Baby, dairy farmers, Fonterra, Sanlu, tainted baby formula | 9 Comments »
Posted by feww on September 21, 2008
The number of babies hospitalized with kidney stones rises above 13,000, news of dead infants appears suppressed.
53,000 babies sickened, 13,000 of them hospitalized and at least 4 dead in Sanlu-Fonterra corporate manslaughter
Australian news outlet LiveNews reported that about 13,000 Chinese children have been hospitalized after consuming contaminated Sanlu-Fonterra baby formula. However, the reported number of babies who lost their lives appears to have been suppressed by the authorities and remains at 4 dead infants.
Security staff keep order as families with children who are undergoing medical checks for possible kidney stones wait their turn at a hospital in Chongqing municipality, September 19, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright.
In a new development, a Hong Kong toddler was diagnosed with a kidney stone after consuming melamine-tainted baby formula, the first reported casualty outside mainland China. [Source]
The Chinese PM, Wen Jiabao appeared on state television promising to prevent further incidents. [More likely to prevent the news of further incidents from spreading!]
Posted in China, food, health, Hong Kong, new zealand | Tagged: chinese milk powder, corporate manslaughter, Fonterra, Sanlu, tainted baby formula | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on September 13, 2008
DO NOT IMPORT NEW ZEALAND FLOWERS, FRUIT, FARM PRODUCE
As of midnight Friday September 12, 2008 the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, is banning all New Zealand flower imports following the discovery of flower shipments containing light brown apple moth eggs.
The light brown apple moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana (Tortricidae), is a native pest of Australia and is now widely distributed in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Caledonia.
Light brown apple moths
USDA confirmed the detection of LBAM in Alameda County, California on March 22, 2007. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) aggressively surveyed the area to discover the extent to the infestation and identified the pest in 11 additional counties. Intense control activities have contained LBAM within the initial detection area, and effectively eradicated the pest from Napa and Los Angeles counties.
LBAM is of particular concern because it can damage a wide range of crops and other plants including California’s prized cypress as well as redwoods, oaks and many other varieties commonly found in California’s urban and suburban landscaping, public parks and natural environment. The list of agricultural crops that could be damaged by this pest includes grapes, citrus, stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, apricots) and many others. The complete “host list” contains well over 1,000 plant species and more than 250 fruits and vegetables.
USDA and CDFA are working aggressively to control and eradicate this pest before it has the chance to spread requiring greater resources to protect American agriculture and our urban and suburban landscape. (Source)
There are many native tortricids that can be confused for the LBAM. Adult moths must be identified by a qualified entomologist. Larval stages cannot be reliably identified using morphological characters. If you suspect the presence of LBAM, please notify your state department of agriculture or the State Plant Health Director’s Office of USDA, APHIS, PPQ.
E. postvittana 5th instar larvae
New Zealand: Home to over 250 LBAM host species
The insect is regarded as an herbivorous generalist, and the larvae feed on numerous horticultural crops in Australia and New Zealand, where they have limited natural predators. It is known to feed on 123 dicotyledonous plant species, including 22 Australian natives, belonging to 55 different families. In New Zealand, over 250 host species have been recorded. It feeds on nearly all types of fruit crops, ornamentals, vegetables, glasshouse crops, and occasionally young pine seedlings.
The larvae cause significant damage to foliage and fruit. Early instars feed on tissue beneath the upper epidermis (surface layer) of leaves, while protected under self-constructed silken webs on the undersurface of leaves. Larger larvae migrate from these positions to construct feeding niches between adjacent leaves, between a leaf and a fruit, in the developing bud, or on a single leaf, where the leaf roll develops. The late stage larvae feed on all leaf tissue except main veins
In New Zealand, over 250 host species have been recorded. It feeds on nearly all types of fruit crops, ornamentals, vegetables, glasshouse crops, and occasionally young pine seedlings. (Source)
Posted in environment, food, fruit, new zealand, USDA | Tagged: agriculture, Biosecurity threat, flowers, horticulture, Light Brown Apple Moth | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on August 10, 2008
“Sarah Katie Bond, 24, the ill-advised UK tourist who will leave New Zealand in a body bag, was the 1,372nd visitor killed in this country since Jan 1, 2000.”
Posted in Climate Change, energy, environment, food, Global Warming, health, new zealand, politics, Tourism, Travel | Tagged: body bags, Dead Tourists Society, death compensation, health, Iraqi war zone, Murder, pollution, Sarah Katie Bond, Tourism, Tourist Deathtrap, Travel, UK, UK tourist | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on July 30, 2008
Water, Water Everywhere!
“A Conspiracy Against the Public”: For reasons unknown to Moderators, Google has blocked this post.
In the past week dozens of world’s cities and regions have been flooded:
Romania: Areas north of Bucharest
Ukraine: Western Ivano-Frankivsk region
India: Western city of Ahmedabad, the plains of Asam, eastern city of Patna
People make their way along a flooded park in Xiangfan, Hubei province, China, July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair use Notice!
Bangladesh: Northeastern regions
New Zealand: Various areas throughout the islands
South Korea: Seoul and the country’s central regions
UK: Shropshire, West Midlands
Mexico: City of Matamoros and nearby regions
United States: Southern Texas, New Mexico, central Alabama, northeast Missouri,
China: Provinces of Jiangsu, Hubei, Sichuan and Hualien
Posted in Bangladesh, China, Global Warming, India, Mexico, new zealand, Romania, S. Korea, UK, Ukraine, United States | Tagged: Climate Change, coastal flooding, energy policy, flash floods, flooding, food, freshwater, health, storms, Water-borne infectious diseases | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on July 28, 2008
Do You Feel Lucky in 2008?
Ukraine: Worst floods in 100 years
Floods caused by 5 days of nonstop rain kill up to 20 people, mostly children. A senior government official described the floods as the worst in 100 years. More than 20,000 homes have been flooded and 7,000 people evacuated.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko (3rd L) visits a settlement affected by floods in the Ivano-Frankivsk region July 27, 2008. Floods described by a senior government official as the worst in a century have killed 13 people in western Ukraine and four in neighboring Romania, officials said on Sunday. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv/pool
President Viktor Yushchenko flew to the worst affected area in the Ivano-Frankivsk region after leaving early a service in Kiev marking the 1,020th anniversary of the adoption of Orthodox Christianity in the region. Reuters reported.
Up to 10,000 people from 200 villages were evacuated as 2,500 houses and 25,000 hectares of farmland were flooded. At least 4 people were killed, including a child who drowned.
“We have two critical situations, on the rivers Siret and Prut,” Romanian Prime Minister said.
“So you understand the gravity of the situation, water levels on the river Prut next to the borders with Ukraine and Moldova are higher than on the Danube.”
New Zealand: Worst weather in 50 years.
g at least three dead and as many as 100,000 homes without electricity. About 10,000 tourists were stranded. [In 2008, New Zealand has thus far experienced the worst deforestation rates,worst snow storms, worst floods, worst drought and worst storms in 50 years.]
South Korea: Worst Floods in 50 Years
Up to 20 people were killed or reported as missing as the fourth day of torrential rains lashed parts of South Korea . In the worst-hit areas of North Gyeongsang province, up to 250 mm of rain
in a 24-hour period caused landslides and flooding forcing people to evacuate their homes.
Cholera outbreak has affected eight districts in Nyanza and Western provinces. Over 80% of cholera transmission has been attributed to lack of access to safe drinking/domestic water. About 75% of the water sources are contaminated.
Some three months after Cyclone Nargis struck the country inflicting immense damage, as many as 700,000 children are still in need of assistance. The cyclone destroyed or damaged about 750,000 homes, affected about 2.4 million people and destroyed three quarters of the local health facilities. “In addition, the cyclone struck a severe blow to people’s livelihoods by flooding 600,000 hectares of agricultural land, killing up to 50 per cent of livestock in the affected areas, and destroying fishing boats, food stocks and agricultural implements. According to the report, the damages and losses amount to $4 billion.” UNICEF reported.
Typhoon Fung-Wong with winds up to 147km/h (92 mph) struck the east coast of Taiwan today with heavy rains, forcing schools and businesses to close. In July 18, tropical storm Kalmaegi struck southern Taiwan, which left 20 people killed and 6 missing. “A Central Weather Bureau forecaster was quoted as saying the total rainfall may reach 900mm (35 inches).” BBC reported.
Posted in Climate Change, energy, environment, food, Global Warming, health, new zealand, politics, Tourism, Travel | Tagged: Cholera outbreak, Cyclone Nargis, Extreme Rain Events, flooding, Kalmaegi, Kenya, Myanmar, Romania, South Korea, Typhoon Fung-Wong, Ukraine | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on July 20, 2008
Global Temps 2008: Eighth Warmest June and Ninth Warmest January – June Period on Record
NOAA – The combined average global land and ocean surface temperatures for June 2008 ranked eighth warmest for June since worldwide records began in 1880, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Also, globally it was the ninth warmest January – June period on record.
- The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for June 2008 was 60.8 degrees F, which is 0.9 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 59.9 degrees F.
- Separately, the global land surface temperature was 57.2 degrees F, which is 1.3 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 55.9 degrees F.
- The global ocean surface temperature was 62.2 degrees F, which is 0.7 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 61.5 degrees F.
- For the January – June period, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 57.1 degrees F, which is 0.8 degrees F about the 20th century mean of 56.3 degrees F.
Sea Surface Temperatures NCEP – UWSSEC
The global annual temperature for combined land and ocean surfaces in 2007 was +0.55°C (+0.99°F) above the 20th century average, ranking 5th warmest in the period of record.
Global Top 10
Annual Land Surface Temperature – Anomalies in degrees Celsius
Annual Blended Land and Sea – Surface Temperature Anomalies in degrees Celsius
Posted in energy, environment, new zealand, politics, Tourism, Travel | Tagged: global annual temperature, Global Temps, ocean surface temperature, temperature anomalies, warmest June | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on July 18, 2008
Young People: Causes of Deaths [in New Zealand]
Young people in the 10 to 14-year age group were more likely to die of cancer and a range of diseases which afflict various sites and systems of the body (nervous system, sense organs and endocrine system). In 1994, 62.7 percent of deaths of 10 to 14-year-olds were the result of chronic illnesses or diseases, while 77.9 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds died from external causes, particularly due to accidents, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and non-motor vehicle accidents.
(Source: Statistics New Zealand: Young people: causes of deaths, URL: http://www.stats.govt.nz/analytical-reports/young-new-zealander/cause-of-death.htm; accessed 27 March 2008 ).
See Main Entry >>
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Posted by feww on June 25, 2008
Before you opt for a kidney transplant, please ensure the kidney is obtained ethically!
See Original Entry:
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Posted by feww on June 7, 2008
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Posted by feww on June 5, 2008
“Addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us … ” Ban Ki-Moon
How many billions of air miles do you and your staff at the UN [and all UN-affiliated organizations] fly each year? Pray tell us!
“Addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions,” he said in the speech to reinforce this year’s World Environment Day theme of “CO2 Kick the Habit”.
Let’s start with the UN personnel
Unable to fight his addiction to CO2, [do as I say, not as I do] UN Chief Ban Ki-moon and his vast entourage flew to Rome [instead of establishing a video link from UN HQ in New York] to attend U.N. crisis summit on rising food prices at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) June 4, 2008. REUTERS/Nikola Solic. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
“Our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit,” Ban said in a statement to mark World Environment Day, which is being marked by events around the globe and hosted by the New Zealand city of Wellington.
“Whether you are an individual, an organization, a business or a government, there are many steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. It is a message we all must take to heart,” he said.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, a “Destination Country” for White Slavery:
“We take pride in our clean [sic], green [sic] identity as a nation and we are determined to take action to protect it. We appreciate that protecting the climate means behavior change by each and every one of us,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Helen [Caligula] Clark. (Source)
Helen Clark, tell us why New Zealand gov. is spending tens of millions of dollars every year luring more than 2.5 million foreign tourists half way across the globe to destroy your “clean [sic], green [sic] identity [sic]?”
A visitor from Europe on a return flight to New Zealand produces 17.7 metric tons of CO2.
Are YOU addicted to UN HYPOCRICY?
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Posted by feww on June 4, 2008
[Food Imports from New Zealand – Health Bulletin # 10. Outbreak of mystery bacterium, June 4, 2008]
Do NOT consume capsicum and tomato imports from New Zealand!
A new disease affecting tomatoes and capsicum have been discovered at three of New Zealand’s North Island hothouses. A new bacterium has been discovered, which is causing severe problems, including leaf curling and yellowing; however, little is known about its origin or potential dangers. (Source)
Previous Health Warnings Concerning New Zealand Food Imports:
- Health Bulletin # 8. Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka, April 4, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 7. Don’t Take Your Children To New Zealand, March 27, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 6. New Zealand Emergency Health Warnings: Toxic Honey Poisoning March 22, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 5. Food infected with Listeria, March 8, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 4. Sewage contaminated beaches, Feb. 16, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 3. Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), Feb. 13, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 2. Exposure to Compound 1080 Feb. 10, 2008
- Health Bulletin # 1. Exposure to Bromoethane Feb. 6, 2008
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Posted by feww on May 27, 2008
Electricity Shortages in New Zealand
New Zealand is facing electricity shortages unless sufficient rain recharges its hydro catchments, the government [sic] said.
“Unless we have some increased inflows in the South Island hydro catchments in the next three weeks, further conservation measures will have to be looked at,” the Energy Minister [sic] said.
South Island hydro power facilities provide about two thirds of New Zealand’s electricity. According to a wholesale electricity market operator, storage in hydro-electric lakes is about 40 percent below average. As a result the price of electricity jumped by 30.6 percent to $215.26 per megawatt hour.
Location map of Taupo, New Zealand
In the 2003 power crisis, the government had planned to cut residential hot water supplies, followed by rolling power cuts for residential users, and blackouts.
Rio Tinto’s Tiwai Point aluminum smelter, located in New Zealand’s South Island, consumes about 15 percent of the country’s electricity.
Earlier this month Bloomberg reported that the prolonged drought in New Zealand, the worst in 20 years, had cut farm production and more than doubled the power prices this year. New Zealand’s energy demand peaks June through August during the hemisphere winter months due to heating use. Hydro-power lakes have been below average since November 2007.
In April 2008, lake Taupo was 18 percent below average. Lake Pukaki was 40 percent below average. Lake Manapouri, which is used to supply Rio Tinto’s Tiwai Point aluminum smelter, was 45 percent below its usual levels.
Continuing drought in New Zealand and Australia, as well as a falling production in the UK and a weak dollar, are raising the prices of milk and dairy products globally. In the past 12 months the price of milk has increased by 32 percent, eggs by 40 percent and wholewheat bread by 26 percent.
Earthquake hit south of Macquarie Island
Meanwhile, in a triple whammy, a 5.9-magnitude quake hit 2100 km (1300 miles) S of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, earlier today close to a major fault line. Recent increased seismic activities N, NW and SE of New Zealand do not bode well for the country. The earthquakes may result in a period intense volcanic activity in New Zealand in the coming weeks.
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Posted by feww on May 16, 2008
The Clueless Wen Jiabao: “Most wide-spreading impact”
Chinese PM, Wen Jiabao, was quoted as saying that the 7.9-magnitude quake that hit southwestern Sichuan province on Monday had the “most wide-spreading impact” of any earthquake since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, Xinhua news agency quoted Wen as saying.
[Note, for reasons unknown to FEWW moderators, the earthquake cluster’s mainshock was previously reported as magnitude 7.8, erroneously!]
The aftermath of a large earthquake cluster. (Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
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