‘ We used to be leaders ‘: the collapse of New Zealand’s landmark ocean park

Two decades since its creation the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is overfished and overrun with sea urchins Tiritiri Matangi is one of the pearls of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. For the past 35 years the island, which is within sight of Auckland’s skyscrapers, has been a protected nature reserve. Step ashore and you’re enveloped in […]

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Shanghai Sacred: inside China’s religious revival- photo essay

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of Chinas largest city, revealing the spaces and rites of this cosmopolitan megalopolis that is home to 26 million people and to religious groups from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Bahaism, Hinduism to Taoism China is undergoing one of the great religious revivals of our time. […]

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Strong earthquake makes Indonesia, triggering brief tsunami warning

Authorities caution considerable damage to poorly constructed structures possible in Sulawesi from 6.8 -magnitude quake A strong 6.8 -magnitude earthquake has rocked eastern Indonesia, reportedly killing one person and triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent panicked residents fleeing to higher ground. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the […]

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‘We wanted a new vibe’: the Japanese town that proscribed sprawl

Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself? On the coast of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011. ” We are going to keep […]

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Missing Kiribati ferry: Australia and US join search for survivors

Up to 100 people are feared to have been on Pacific island vessel when it capsized South Pacific Missing Kiribati ferry: Australia and US join search for survivors Up to 100 people are feared to have been on Pacific island vessel when it capsized Eleanor Ainge Roy @EleanorAingeRoy Mon 29 Jan 2018 01. 47 EST […]

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Republicans must follow Ardern’s result and stand up to the gun lobby | Dani Garavelli

In stark contrast to the US, New Zealand is showing how a country invested in the safety of its citizens ought to respond, writes the Scotland on Sunday columnist Dani Garavelli Hours after 50 worshippers were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was already promising to tighten up the […]

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Tokyo Olympics: dance by Japan’s indigenous people dropped from opening ceremony

Move raises questions about status of Ainu ethnic minority, whose cultural identity Japan is legally obliged to protect Japan’s commitment to the rights of its indigenous people has been questioned after organisers of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics dropped a performance by members of the Ainu ethnic minority from the Games’ opening ceremony. Members of the […]

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How animal trash is helping turn China’s lakes green

Animal husbandry is contaminating Chinas water and has been linked to turning lakes bright green, a phenomenon known as eutrophication The farm, located at the end of a narrow grime route, announces its presence with a piercing stench. At first, the caretaker of the collective facility in Kunming says the farm recycles all the animal […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut: Philippines braces for one of the strongest in its history

Five million could be hit by super storm as gusts of up to 255 km/ h are expected The Philippines is braced for one of the strongest cyclones in its history, as authorities evacuate families in their thousands, close schools and put rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north. Five million people […]

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Vietnam incarcerates activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution march

Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of anglers protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant Environmental activism Vietnam incarcerates activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution procession Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of anglers protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant Associated Press Tue […]

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