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Op-Ed: Ailing Singapore dolphins and dubious SeaWorld connections

Sentosa - Captive dolphins in Singapore made the headlines this week — for all the wrong reasons. Water quality, disease, and a dubious link to a SeaWorld-funded website, raised several eyebrows and great concern.

Disease threatens flood-hit Solomons

Honiara - The flood-ravaged Solomon Islands was facing a new threat Monday as the first signs of disease emerged in camps sheltering thousands of displaced residents in the capital Honiara, aid workers said.

Death toll in Solomons flooding rises to nine

Honiara - The confirmed death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands rose to nine Saturday and was expected to continue climbing, authorities said, as reports emerged of children swept away in swollen rivers.

UPDATE 5:35 a.m.: Tsunami warning issued for South Pacific

A tsunami warning has been issued for areas in the south western portion of the Pacific Ocean after a magnitude 8 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands.

Charges lining up for Resorts World Sentosa over dolphin import

Singapore - Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is facing indirect contempt charges in a Philippine court after importing 11 of 27 dolphins purchased from the Philippines. Environmental groups claim RWS imported the marine mammals before the case was fully heard.

Dolphin headed for Singapore oceanarium dies during flight

A male dolphin suddenly dies on board an aircraft on its way to Singapore to be transferred to the Marine Life Park from its temporary training ground in the Philippines.

Minor genetic quirk causes Melanesian Solomon people’s blond hair

Honiara - About a quarter of the inhabitants of the Solomon Islands archipelago have dark skin and blond hair. Scientists have identified the reason for the unusual characteristic, dispelling the former belief that the blond hair originated from European genes.

Solomon Islands hit by earthquake

The Solomon Islands, situated in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia and southwest of Hawaii, were struck by an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale today Jan 9. There is not thought to be a threat of a widespread tsunami.

Idyllic South Pacific islands running dangerously low on water

Two Polynesian islands in the South Pacific are running so low on water its residents expect to run out of drinking water within one to two weeks. Tokelau and Tuvalu are typical tropical islands of paradise but now they face an environmental crisis.

Strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocks Solomon Islands, no tsunami

Honiara - A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center states that there is no tsunami warning.

Solomon Islands experiences 6.8 magnitude earthquake

Honiara - The Solomon Islands was struck with a 6.8 magnitude earthquake but there have been no reports of injuries or deaths and no tsunami is expected.

Solomon Islands experience another large earthquake

Another large earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Tuesday evening. The quake was at 6.9 magnitude but no deaths or injuries have been reported.

Two large earthquakes strike Solomon Islands, no tsunami warning

Two earthquakes measuring at 7.2 and 6.5 magnitude hit the Solomon Islands in one day on Sunday. No deaths or injuries have been reported as of yet.

Micronesia Does Not Want to Be Sunk by Czech Power Plant

The representatives of The Federated States of Micronesia said at the Copenhagen climate summit they want to see a decrease of the global CO2 emissions to 350 parts per million, in order to limit the rise in temperatures to about 1.5 degrees.

Two Massive Pacific Earthquakes Strike 15 Minutes Apart

There has been a massive earthquake near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean Thursday morning, with a second quake following about fifteen minutes later.

Four Years After Tsunami, Coral Reefs Recovering

A team of scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has reported a rapid recovery of coral reefs in areas of Indonesia, following the tsunami that devastated coastal regions throughout the Indian Ocean four years ago today.
 

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