Coronavirus live news: Trump says he 'perhaps' misled Americans as global deaths pass 900,000
Trump said he ‘played down’ threat because he ‘didn’t want to create panic’;France sees second highest one-day case total; Netherlands and Portugal see highest cases since April. Follow the latest updatesTrump knew Covid was deadly but wanted to ‘play it down’, Woodward book saysGlobal deaths pass 900,000Oxford vaccine trial pause - should we be worried?Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial participant undeterred by pauseSee all our coronavirus coverage4.45amBSTSheldon Chanel reports from Suva , with the Guardian ’s Pacific Editor,Ben Doherty:The emergence ofantimicrobial resistance ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news US news UK news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

'Superbugs' a far greater risk than Covid in Pacific, scientist warns
Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest human health threat, bar none’, says Australian research director ahead of three-year study in FijiThe emergence ofantimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far greater risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”,an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji.“If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance,” Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Aus...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sheldon Chanel in Suva and Ben Doherty Pacific editor Tags: World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology Fiji Pacific islands Asia Pacific Source Type: news

A minority group's response to a severe climatic event: a case study of rural Indo-Fijians after 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston - Nakamura N, Kanemasu Y.
This paper investigates the impacts of 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston (TCW) on rural Indo-Fijians and their response. In Pacific Island countries, studies have previously examined how rural communities respond to severe climatic events, arguing that traditi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Remote islands: Stepping stones to understanding evolution
(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University) In a new study published in Evolution, researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and collaborators from the University of the Ryukyus investigated evolutionary and ecological changes in ants in the South Pacific archipelago of Fiji to examine a controversial theory for how evolution occurs on islands. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 30, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific
A boat rests on the shores of Fiji. Credit: Unsplash / Nicolas WeldinghBy Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 30 2020 (IPS) Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), where setbacks are likely to undo years of development gains and push many people back into poverty. Compared to other developing countries, SIDS in the Asia-Pacific region have done well in containing the spread of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Development and usability of a mobile tool for identification of depression and suicide risk in Fiji - Iyengar MS, Chang O, Florez-Arango JF, Taria M, Patel VL.
BACKGROUND: In Fiji and other South Pacific island countries, depression and suicide are of great concern. There is a pressing need to rapidly identify those at risk and provide treatment as soon as possible. OBJECTIVE: Design, develop and test a mobil... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

We Need to Slow down and Reconnect with Our Ocean for the Future of the Planet
By Stuart MinchinJun 8 2020 (IPS) COVID19 has brought the world to a halt. The devastating impact of the global pandemic on people’s lives and the world’s economy is a jarring and historic turning point for all of us but it is also an opportunity to re-think many of our practices. As we mark World Oceans Day, the current global slowdown may be the reset our Ocean needs and the Pacific region is asking the world to reflect on our past to inform innovation for our future. COVID has disrupted the global transport sector massively, and the increasing reliance on global shipping as flights are grounded presents bot...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stuart Minchin Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Green Economy Headlines Health Multimedia Video Source Type: news

Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General
PRESS RELEASE  By External SourceJun 8 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or ‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and income. On World Oceans Day (8 June), Secretary-General Patricia Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Environment Green Economy Health Source Type: news

Hidden Cause of Cancer?
When you’re tearing off a sheet of aluminum foil to cook with — or wrap your leftovers before you put them in the fridge — you probably never consider aluminum is a dangerous toxin. Truth is, aluminum is a heavy metal… just like lead, mercury and arsenic. It’s in our food… our cookware… even in the water we drink. Exposure to aluminum is a risk factor for cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and bone disease, just to name a few. Our lungs, liver, and kidneys are able to eliminate a majority of the small amounts of aluminum we ingest through eating, drinking or breath...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 29, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

COVID19 and Its Impact on Pacific Island States
Regional efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have so far proven successful. Image Credit: Pacific CommunityBy William W. EllisTORONTO, May 29 2020 (IPS) By now, the impact of COVID19 on our daily lives has been well documented, especially in advanced economies. Anxiety about the future continues to grow everywhere. Much of the corporate news coverage we consume has focused on the toll this pandemic will take on mainland countries. Often neglected, however, is the unique position Pacific Island States find themselves in. Globally, there are close to 6 million confirmed cases of COVID19. According to the Pacific Commu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: William W. Ellis Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Multimedia Podcast TerraViva United Nations Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic and the Pacific Islands
In conclusion, the impact of the twin health and economic crises has been manifold all over the world and the Pacific Islands are no exceptions to this rule. However, there are some particular characteristics of the Pacific Islands that make these impacts even more challenging. These relate to the dependence of these islands on external resources and the logistical and infrastructural challenges of managing so many widely dispersed islands that are subject to a high incidence of natural disasters even in the best of times. The burdens of coping with the crises and the resultant adjustment are also likely to fall asymmetric...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghbendra Jha Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Risk factors for carrying pneumonia-causing bacteria revealed
(Murdoch Childrens Research Institute) New research has uncovered the risk factors for Fijians carrying a pneumonia-causing bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Religious believers think God values lives of out-group members more than they do
(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) In a new paper, which will appear in print in an upcoming special issue of Social Psychological and Personality Science, Michael Pasek, Jeremy Ginges, and colleagues find that, across religious groups in Fiji and Israel, religious believers see God as encouraging people to treat others in a more universal, or equal, manner. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The virtues of strangers? Policing gender violence in Pacific Island countries - Bull M, George N, Curth-Bibb J.
This article considers the gap between reformist policy and practice in the policing of gender violence in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) with a key focus on Solomon Islands, Fiji and Kiribati. In doing so, we critically engage with two pervasive argument... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Fiji to postpone sports contests as it battles measles outbreak
Fiji has asked its sports federations to postpone all competitions until January, in a bid to rein in the spread of a measles outbreak that has killed dozens in the neighboring Pacific nation of Samoa. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

World Youth Call to Governments to Ban All Hin Drances to LGBTQI Communities
MARTIN KARADZHOV, Global Youth Commitee speaking at ICPD25. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) Governments across the world must ban all state-implemented harmful practices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community delegates at the ICPD25 tells IPS. Adding his voice in bridging the gap of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among the youth, Martin Karadzhov, chair for Global Youth Steering Committee, told delegates at a youth event themed “our bodies, our lives, our world”, at the 25thInternational Conference on Pop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ TerraViva United Nations ICPD25 Source Type: news

World Youth Call to Governments to Ban All Hindrances to LGBTQI Communities
MARTIN KARADZHOV, Global Youth Commitee speaking at ICPD25. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPSBy Mantoe PhakathiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) Governments across the world must ban all state-implemented harmful practices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community delegates at the ICPD25 tells IPS. Adding his voice in bridging the gap of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among the youth, Martin Karadzhov, chair for Global Youth Steering Committee, told delegates at a youth event themed “our bodies, our lives, our world”, at the 25thInternational Conference on Pop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mantoe Phakathi Tags: Africa Conferences Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ TerraViva United Nations ICPD25 Source Type: news

Building back towards storm-resilient housing: lessons from Fiji's Cyclone Winston experience - Aquino DH, Wilkinson S, Raftery GM, Potangaroa R.
Storm-related disasters lead to massive destruction of housing structures all over the world. In 2016, Fiji was struck by Cyclone Winston, which rendered approximately 15% of the country's population homeless. In light of the severe devastation brought abo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Pressure and persuasion: young Fijian women's experiences of sexual and reproductive coercion in romantic relationships - Mitchell E, Bennett LR.
This article examines young iTaukei (Indigenous Fijian) women's experiences of, and respo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The Climate Crisis is Global, but These 6 Places Face the Most Severe Consequences
Climate change is expected to affect every country in the world, but its impact will not be felt equally across all regions and some will be worse hit than others because of a range of different threats. Developing countries, places with widespread poverty, and countries with ineffective governments sometimes face the gravest risks from the changing climate, and are usually poorly equipped to find ways to prepare for and prevent environmental threats. Measuring the future impact of climate change is very challenging, because scientists’ climate change projections cannot be completely exact and because there are many ...
Source: TIME: Science - October 1, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized climate change onetime Source Type: news

Americans Choose Bottled Water for Safety and Quality. Are They Right?
Bottled water has gone from a convenience to an alternative drinking-water system, with about a third of Americans choosing it over tap water most or all of the time. Why? More than 90% of those buying bottled water cite “safety” and “quality” as the reasons, but while it’s true that it can indeed be safe, this isn’t always the case. Much has been written about the trash problem created by the billions of disposable plastic drinking-water bottles sold each year in the U.S. Far less is understood about the contents of those bottles. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) re...
Source: TIME: Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Seth M. Siegel Tags: Uncategorized Nutrition Source Type: news

Philosophers, Artists and Geochemists. These Are the 2019 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners
A poet, a legal scholar, a theater artist, a paleoclimatologist, an urban designer and a marine scientist are among the luminaries who have been named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 26 people who will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded the so-called genius grants every year since 1981 to help further the pursuits of people with outstanding talent. The 2019 fellows are: Elizabeth Anderson, 59: philosopher, University of Michigan. Sujatha Baliga, 48: attorney and restorative justice...
Source: TIME: Science - September 25, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized awards onetime Source Type: news

Scabies Means Misery. This Pill Can End It.
Burrowing skin mites drive victims mad with itching, but distribution of a few pills can drive the infestation from entire communities. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Scabies Impetigo Pesticides New England Journal of Medicine World Health Organization Fiji Medicine and Health Source Type: news

New Australian-Pacific scabies treatment has lasting results, study finds
(Murdoch Childrens Research Institute) Results of a two-year update of the world's first comparative trial of mass drug administration against scabies, show that the infection rate is still significantly down. The latest findings are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.In 2012, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Kirby Institute and the Fiji Ministry for Health, treated almost everyone on a remote Fijian island (716 people) with the oral anti-parasitic drug ivermectin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 26, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

International experts call for action for world's 450 million scabies sufferers
(Murdoch Childrens Research Institute) An alignment of researchers, health ministries and the World Health Organization has outlined the steps to develop a global program to control scabies -- the parasitic disease affecting 450 million people annually in mainly low-income countries. The paper published in The Lancet journal was led by Murdoch Children's Research Institute, in collaboration with the International Alliance for the Control of Scabies, the World Health Organization, researchers and the Ethiopian, Solomon Islands and Fijian Health Ministries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Couple who mysteriously died in Fiji texted family that they’d been ‘throwing up for 8 hours’
David and Michelle Paul, from Fort Worth, became ill during a trip to Fiji in May. Days later, both died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Texas Couple's Death in Fiji Under Investigation
The Fiji Health Ministry is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization to investigate the mysterious death of a Texas couple on vacation on the South Pacific Island. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Couple who mysteriously died in Fiji texted family that they’d been ‘throwing up for 8 hours’
David and Michelle Paul, from Fort Worth, became ill during a trip to Fiji in May. Days later, both died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Fawning Over'Fiji Water Girl' Ignores The Evils Of Bottled Water
We laughed at the memes, but we missed an opportunity to talk about something more important. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2019 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study finds Tropical Cyclone Winston damaged fisheries as well as homes in Fiji
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A newly published study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has found that impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston on the coastal communities of Fiji went beyond the immediate loss of lives and infrastructure. The cyclone also had a lingering effect on the fisheries many communities depend on, particularly on the availability of commercially important crustaceans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 21, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

This CEO Is Pushing a Pill For Female Sex Drive. But Does the Science Hold Up?
There are two schools of thought about pink. One is that it is the color of bubble gum and Barbie. Cindy Eckert’s view is that it is the color of business. It is a dominant presence at the offices of her Raleigh, N.C., venture-capital firm, the Pink Ceiling, a fund that advertises its main goal as “to make women really f-cking rich.” It’s an even more dominant presence on Eckert, who defies people to observe the taboo on assessing anyone–especially a woman–by their clothes. She wears some hue of pink every working day, accessorized with hot pink nails, lipstick and shoes. Even her hair s...
Source: TIME: Science - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized Sex society Source Type: news

This CEO Is Pushing a Pill For Female Sex Drive. But Does the Science Hold Up?
There are two schools of thought about pink. One is that it is the color of bubble gum and Barbie. Cindy Eckert’s view is that it is the color of business. It is a dominant presence at the offices of her Raleigh, N.C., venture-capital firm, the Pink Ceiling, a fund that advertises its main goal as “to make women really f-cking rich.” It’s an even more dominant presence on Eckert, who defies people to observe the taboo on assessing anyone–especially a woman–by their clothes. She wears some hue of pink every working day, accessorized with hot pink nails, lipstick and shoes. Even her hair s...
Source: TIME: Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized Sex society Source Type: news

New species of Swallowtail butterfly discovered in Fiji
(University of Oxford) A spectacular new butterfly species has been discovered on the Pacific Island of Vanua Levu in Fiji. The species, named last week as Papilio natewa after the Natewa Peninsula where it was found, is a remarkable discovery in a location where butterfly wildlife was thought to be well known. It was confirmed as a species new to science by John Tennent, Honorary Associate at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum, London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why baby bumps are bigger at night: Ab muscles loosen over the day but tighten up as you sleep
Meghan Markle wore a fitted blue dress to a black tie event in Fiji - and appeared significantly bigger than the days before in Australia. Experts explain why this may be the case. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is the Zika risk of pregnant Meghan's visit to Fiji and Tonga?
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child, the UK's royal family announced Monday as the couple arrived in Australia for their first tour overseas. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika virus threat: Is pregnant Meghan Markle at risk when she travels to Fiji?
MEGHAN MARKLE announced she is pregnant and expecting a baby with husband Prince Harry next spring, but with their Australian tour coming up, will the Duchess be presented with a risk of catching the Zika virus? The countries with high risk of Zika and symptoms are revealed below. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global EMS Community Looks to NAEMSP for Medical Director Training
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) has been invited to provide international medical director training at DevelopingEM 2018. EMS medical directors from across the United States will teach the NAEMSP International Medical Directors Overview Course on December 2, 2018. The one-day pre-conference workshop will focus on enhancing physicians’ expertise in real-world EMS issues. DevelopingEM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the practical delivery of emergency medicine and critical care education. Its 2018 conference will take place December 3-6 in Fiji, where it will spons...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMSP (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Global EMS Community Looks to NAEMSP for Medical Director Training
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) has been invited to provide international medical director training at DevelopingEM 2018. EMS medical directors from across the United States will teach the NAEMSP International Medical Directors Overview Course on December 2, 2018. The one-day pre-conference workshop will focus on enhancing physicians’ expertise in real-world EMS issues. DevelopingEM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the practical delivery of emergency medicine and critical care education. Its 2018 conference will take place December 3-6 in Fiji, where it will spons...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMSP (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Scientists in Fiji examine how forest conservation helps coral reefs
(Wildlife Conservation Society) Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups are discovering how forest conservation in Fiji can minimize the impact of human activities on coral reefs and their fish populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 28, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Otago researchers help find answers to growing typhoid problem in the Pacific
(University of Otago) University of Otago researchers have been key partners in a study which has found poor sanitation facilities appear to be a major source of Salmonella typhi, the cause of typhoid fever, in Fiji. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study in Fiji finds that removing sea cucumbers spells trouble for shallow coastal waters
(Wildlife Conservation Society) The sea cucumber's unimpressive appearance belies the outsized role these creatures play in converting decomposing organic matter into recyclable nutrients and keeping coastal ecosystems healthy and clean, and overfishing them can have negative impacts on coastal marine environments, according to a new study focusing on a species of sea cucumber called a sandfish in the journal PeerJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Caught in the crossfire: little dodo nears extinction
Illegal pigeon hunting across Samoa is risking the extinction of the country ’s national bird: the little dodo or manumea. Will this little-known island pigeon suffer the same fate as its namesake?Nearly two hundred years after the extinction of the dodo, Sir William Jardin – a Scottish naturalist and bird-aficionado – described another odd, bulky, island pigeon. From the island of Samoa, this one was distinguished by a massive, curving bill that sported tooth-like serrations on its lower mandible. Given the strangeness of the creature, Jardine set it in its own ge nus and dubbed it Didunculus – the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeremy Hance Tags: Environment Samoa Biology Science Birds Wildlife Asia Pacific World news Animals Endangered species Endangered habitats Conservation Source Type: news

After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate
As the Pacific island archipelago of Fiji faces a warming planet, the country's farmers are turning to more climate-resilient techniques that other storm-prone communities worldwide could model.(Image credit: Sonia Narang) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sonia Narang Source Type: news

COP23 meeting
Your Excellency Frank Bainimarama, President of COP23 and Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - November 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: climate change [subject], climate change [subject], global warming, global environmental change, climate, director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], environmental health [subject], healthy environments, environment Source Type: news

Carly Goff contracts parasite from uncooked fish in Fiji
A teenage girl has broken her silence on the excruciating pain she lived with after contracting a flesh-eating parasite in Fiji that fed off her insides for six years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diving for Dakuwaqa: giving Fiji's shark god a helping hand
Dakuwaqa reputedly protects those at sea. But with almost 70% Fiji ’s shark species threatened with extinction, it’s time for humans to return the favour The Fijian shark culture and mythology is one which deeply appeals to me. The shark is revered by many Fijians, and legend has it thatDakuwaqa, the ancient shark god, provides protection for the people when at sea.But the tables are turned, and Dakuwaqa now urgently needs the help of his people: almost 70% of the 75 recorded elasmobranch species inhabiting Fijian waters are considered to be globally threatened with extinction.Continue reading... (Source: Guard...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Lauren Smith Tags: Sharks Marine life Animals Environment Science Wildlife Conservation Source Type: news

He Was Searching For Intersexual Pigs And Ended Up Finding The World's Rarest Dog
Twenty years after beginning his quest to find what’s been called the world’s rarest canine species, James “Mac” McIntyre was vindicated. There on his camera screen were the images he’d been waiting years for. The New Guinea highland wild dog — an animal once feared extinct — was alive and well, his pictures showed. “I squealed like a girl,” the 62-year-old said earlier this month, speaking from his Florida home. “It was emotionally such a tremendous moment. It was justification for all the work I’ve done.” How McIntyre ended up finding the New Guinea ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Plastic No More … Also in Kenya
Plastic bags are also a major contributor to the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the sea every year. Credit: UNEPBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 4 2017 (IPS)Good news: Kenya has just joined the commitment of other 10 countries to address major plastic pollution by decreeing a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. The Kenyan decision comes three weeks after the UN declared “war on plastic” through its new UN Clean Seas initiative, launched on at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali (February 22-24, 2017).The initiative’s campaign urges governments to pa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Scientists Are Racing to Prevent a Total Wipeout of the World ’s Coral Reefs
(SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives) — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe. The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next three decades. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elena Becatoros / AP Tags: Uncategorized climate change Conservation Coral Reefs Environment Marine research onetime Source Type: news

Fatal drownings in Fiji - Murray K, Carter P.
Drowning is a newly comprehended public health concern in Fiji. Defined as "the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersions or immersion in liquid," drowning has been identified as one of Fiji's 5 leading causes of death for those aged ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news