Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Four people are missing after a tsunami hit Greenland’s west coast, police have said.
The surge of water has also swept away 11 homes in the village of Nuugaatsiaq.
The authorities believe a magnitude four earthquake caused the tsunami.
The Earthquake struck off Uummannaq, a small island well above the Arctic Circle on Sunday, producing a surge of water that swept away homes.
Meteorologists said it was “not normal” for such an earthquake to hit Greenland and warned of aftershocks.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Today is the shortest day of the year for the
 Southern Hemisphere, otherwise known as 
Winter Solstice.
Winter Solstice is scheduled to occur at 
4.24pm today, when the sun’s position in the 
sky reaches its farthest point north of the 
Equator. It means today will have the least 
amount of daylight of any day for the year.
In Auckland, this equates to just nine hours, 
37 minutes and 58 seconds, and in 
Invercargill, just eight hours, 35 minutes and 
seconds worth of daylight.
Starting tomorrow, the days in the Southern 
Hemisphere will start to get longer and the 
moon larger, as the South Pole begins to tilt
 towards the sun.
During the Winter Solstice, there is no 
sunlight at all south of the Antarctic Circle – 
they have 24 hours of darkness. However, if 
you want to experience a day with no sunset 
will have to head to the Arctic Circle where 
the sun will remain overhead for a full 24
 hours!
In the Northern Hemisphere today’s summer
 solstice is extra special as it coincides with a 
full moon. This is the first time since 1948.
 This won’t happen again until 2062!

Polynesian Canoe Makes It Round The World

A traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe has 
returned to Honolulu in Hawaii, completing 
the first-ever round-the-world trip by such a 
vessel.
The boat, the Hokule’a, took three years to 
journey around the globe.
Its crew navigated without modern 
instruments, using only the stars, wind and
 ocean swells as guides.
They aimed to use the same techniques that 
brought the first Polynesian settlers to Hawaii
 hundreds of years ago.
Built in the 1970s, it has travelled around
 40,000 nautical miles (74,000km) on this 
latest trip, known as the Malama Honua 
voyage, meaning “to care for our Island 
Earth”.
The boat had a crew of 12 or 13 people at a 
time.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

118- year old painting discovered in antarctic hut !!!!!!!

An “almost perfectly preserved” watercolour 
painting has been discovered in an historic
 hut in Antarctica, dating back more than 118 
years.
The painting, dated 1889, is of a ‘Tree
 Creeper’ bird. It was painted by scientist Dr 
Edward Wilson who died alongside Captain
 Robert Falcon Scott and three others on 
their 
return from the South Pole in 1912.
It was found at Cape Adare and was originally
 discovered in September last year among 
dust, mould and penguin excrement.
The find was kept confidential until now to 
allow the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage 
Trust to preserve more than 1500 other 
artefacts.
The Antarctic conditions were the perfect way
 to preserve the painting.
Water colour paintings are particularly 
susceptible to light so the fact this work has 
spent more than a hundred years tightly 
packed between other sheets of paper in 
completely dark and cold conditions is an 
ideal way to store it.
Trust general manager Francesca Eathorne 
says it is a poignant reminder of the legacy 
the early explorers left behind.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Te waikoropupu spings more protected in golden bay

Te Waikoropupu Springs are located in Golden Bay, near 
Nelson. They are a hot spot for tourists, and are thought to 
be some of the cleanest and clearest water in New Zealand.
The Springs will have the highest possible protection for a 
water body – a Water Conservation Order (WCO).
The Government says WCOs are the equivalent of National 
Park status for a water body.

There are currently 15 WCOs in New Zealand – 13 rivers 
and two lakes. This is the first application for a springs.
It’s a long time coming for local iwi Ngati Tama, who have 
been fighting to get protection for the pristine water system, 
and consider the springs wahi tapu, a sacred place.
Environment Minister, Nick Smith said “These springs are 
part of what gives Golden Bay, Nelson and New Zealand a 
strong environmental reputation, and we must ensure they 
are protected for future generations.”

world water chrisis

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio 
Guterres, has warned that by 2050 global 
demand for fresh water is projected to grow by
 more than 40 per cent. He said at least a 
quarter of the world’s population will live in
 countries with a “chronic or recurrent” lack of 
clean water.
“Water, peace and security are inextricably
 linked,” Guterres said. “Without effective 
management of our water resources, we risk 
intensified disputes between communities and
 sectors and increased tensions among 
nations.”
Since 1947, some 37 conflicts have taken 
place between countries related to water.
Right now more than 800 million people lack 
access to safe drinking water and more than 
2.5 billion don’t have basic sanitation.

The United Nations has a goal that by 2030
 there would be improved water security, 
access to drinking water and sanitation, as
 well as stronger management of water 
resources shared by countries. The world is
 currently not on track to meet that goal.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

kraft products disapear from nz and aussie shelfs

Kraft is a brand that has graced the shelves of
 New Zealand and Australian grocery stores 
for more than 90 years. Most of our homes 
include one or more of their products.
Yet, despite it being one of the world’s 
biggest 
brands – worth $NZ12.8billion globally – by 
the end of the year it will have disappeared 
from Australia and New Zealand altogether.
The brand arrived in Australia in 1926, and 
the name “Kraft” has adorned everything 
from ,mac and cheese to vegemite.
The products will still remain, but they will be
 re-branded. A branding expert says 
changing 
brands is fraught with difficulty and could lead
 consumers to think they are buying look-a-
like private label products.
“The Kraft name symbolises familiarity. When 
shoppers go to the chiller it has that 
recognition,” said University of Adelaide 
marketing expert Dr Dean Wilkie.