World's fattest countries REVEALED in new interactive map
The Pacific island of Nauru doesn't just top the chart for being one of the most luxurious holiday destinations. For data suggests it's actually the fattest country in the world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 22, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Offshore detention: cross-sectional analysis of the health of children and young people seeking asylum in Australia - Amarasena L, Samir N, Sealy L, Hu N, Rostami MR, Isaacs D, Gunasekera H, Young H, Agrawal R, Levitt D, Francis JR, Coleman J, Mares S, Larcombe P, Cherian S, Raman S, Lingam R, Zwi K.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the health and well-being of children and young people (CYP) seeking asylum subjected to Australia's immigration policy of indefinite mandatory detention on Nauru. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of a cohort of CYP seeking a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Seabed regulator accused of deciding deep sea ’s future ‘behind closed doors’
The ISA, obliged to frame industry rules by 2023, drops reporting service and is accused of lacking transparency in plans for mining• Podcast:The race to mine the deep seaThe UN-affiliated organisation that oversees deep-sea mining, a controversial new industry, has been accused of failings of transparency after an independent body responsible for reporting on negotiations was kicked out.The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is meeting this week at its council headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, to develop regulations for the fledgling industry. But it emerged this week thatEarth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), a division...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Karen McVeigh Tags: Deep-sea mining Marine life Oceans Environment Science Wildlife Conservation Business Nauru Asia Pacific Pacific islands World news United Nations Source Type: news

Moral injury related to immigration detention on Nauru: a qualitative study - Passardi S, Hocking DC, Morina N, Sundram S, Alisic E.
BACKGROUND: Immigration detention is associated with detrimental mental health outcomes but little is known about the underlying psychological processes. Moral injury, the experience of transgression of moral beliefs, may play an important role. OB... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 2, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Race to the bottom: the disastrous blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea
One of the largest mining operations ever seen on Earth aims to despoil an ocean we are only barely beginning to understandA short bureaucratic note from a brutally degraded microstate in the South Pacific to a little-known institution in the Caribbean is about to change the world. Few people are aware of its potential consequences, but the impacts are certain to be far-reaching. The only question is whether that change will be to the detriment of the global environment or the benefit of international governance.In late June, the island republic ofNauru informed the International Seabed Authority (ISA) based in Kingston, J...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Watts, global environment editor Tags: Deep-sea mining Environment Asia Pacific World news Politics Nadhim Zahawi UK news Marine life Oceans Nauru Pacific islands Energy industry Commodities Business Conservation Wildlife Source Type: news

A Climate Solution Lies Deep Under the Ocean —But Accessing It Could Have Huge Environmental Costs
Scattered three miles deep along the floor of the central Pacific are trillions of black, misshapen nuggets that may just be the solution to an impending energy crisis. Similar in size and appearance to partially burned charcoal briquettes, the nuggets are called polymetallic nodules, and are an amalgamation of nickel, cobalt, manganese and other rare earth metals, formed through a complex biochemical process in which shark teeth and fish bones are encased by minerals accreted out of ocean waters over millions of years. Marine biologists say they are part of one of the least-understood environments on earth, holding, if no...
Source: TIME: Science - September 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Aryn Baker Tags: Uncategorized climate change Environment feature healthscienceclimate Magazine Source Type: news

Child refugees in Nauru camp struggle to eat, drink, talk: MSF
The mental health of refugees detained by Australia on the Pacific island of Nauru has deteriorated so badly that some children are in a "semi-comatose state", unable to eat, drink or talk, M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Doctors say refugees banished to Nauru are suicidal
Humanitarian medical professionals expelled from Nauru say asylum seekers that Australia banished to the tiny Pacific atoll were suicidal and their children have lost hope (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump Called a U.S.-Australia Refugee Swap ‘Dumb.’ But the First Refugees Will Soon Arrive in the U.S.
A refugee deal between Australia and the U.S., which President Donald Trump described earlier this year as “dumb,” will proceed in the coming weeks. The first group of refugees, currently held in Australian detention facilities in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, are expected to soon depart, according to a statement released Wednesday by Australia’s immigration ministry. About 50 refugees have been accepted by the U.S., Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in an interview with Australian media. “I just want to thank again, President Trump for continuing with that arrangement,” he...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kevin Lui Tags: Uncategorized Australia Foreign Policy migration onetime Source Type: news

Q & A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts
One Nation senator-elect asks repeatedly for ‘empirical data’ – and the celebrity physicist has plenty at handThe celebrity physicist Brian Cox came prepared to the ABC ’s Q&A on Monday night with graphs, ready to counter claims by his co-panellist, the climate denier and Australian senator-electMalcolm Roberts.Roberts, one of four senators elected from Pauline Hanson ’s One Nation party, took the first opportunity to espouse long-refuted climate-denialist claims, including that warming stopped more than 20 years ago, starting the so-called “hiatus” or “pause”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Michael Slezak Tags: Q & A Brian Cox One Nation Climate change scepticism Environment Science Australian media Australia news Australian politics Greg Hunt Australian immigration and asylum Nauru CSIRO Source Type: news

Kiribati's Precious 'Gift to Humanity'
In September 2015, UN member states are set to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pacific Island countries have played an active role in these negotiations, and have successfully led efforts to advocate and secure a stand-alone goal on oceans. In particular, and because of its importance for our region, I would like to reflect on SDG 14 to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." I come from a region that is more than 98% ocean, where our countries are spread across approximately 40 million square kilometers of ocean and have jurisdiction over areas of ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

UNICEF urges Australia, Cambodia to protect rights of child refugees in Nauru
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) raised concerns today regarding reported decisions by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Obesity in Pacific islands 'a colonial legacy' of settlers trying to civilize the locals
Scientists have known for some time that Pacific islanders are more prone to obesity than people in other nations. Now a new study has examined why islanders on Nauru and in the Cook Islands in the Pacific have the highest levels and fastest rates of obesity increase in the world. On both the islands, between 1980 and 2008 the increase in the average body mass index was four times higher than the global average. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 19, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news