Islands http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28935/all en Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/australia-failing-unesco-demands-barrier-reef-wwf-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia insisted Friday that protecting the Great Barrier Reef was a top priority, but conservationists WWF said not enough had been done to prevent UNESCO deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".</p> <p>In June, UNESCO demanded decisive action from Australia to protect the world's largest coral reef from a gas and mining boom and increasing coastal development, or risk the embarrassment of seeing it put on the danger list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/australia-failing-unesco-demands-barrier-reef-wwf-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Geography of Australia Islands Physical geography Technology AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:15:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742492 at http://www.globalpost.com TD Economics expects global growth to pick up following slow start to 2013 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130618/td-economics-expects-global-growth-pick-following-slow-start <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TORONTO - TD Economics says it continues to expect global economic growth will pick up in the second half of this year, even though the first months of 2013 have been softer than anticipated.</p> <p>The bank's economists say in a quarterly assessment of global trends that the world economy will expand 2.9 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2014.</p> <p>TD bases the assessment partly on expected improvements in the United States, which has the world's largest economy.</p> <p>It estimates the U.S. annual growth this year will be 1.9 per cent, rising to 2.8 per cent in 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130618/td-economics-expects-global-growth-pick-following-slow-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Islands Penny Social Issues The Canadian Press Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:31:46 +0000 The Canadian Press 5860449 at http://www.globalpost.com Alaska Airlines donates to Oahu near-shore coral reef restoration project http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130801/alaska-airlines-donates-oahu-near-shore-coral-reef-restorati <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HONOLULU, Hawaii - Alaska Airlines is partnering with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to restore near-shore coral reefs.</p> <p>The airline says in a release that it will donate $1 to the conservancy for every download of its mobile application in August. The minimum contribution will be $30,000.</p> <p>The money will be used to help the conservancy's near-shore coral reef restoration work to remove invasive seaweed from Oahu's Kaneohe Bay. The reefs will then be seeded with native sea urchins that prevent the algae from growing back.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130801/alaska-airlines-donates-oahu-near-shore-coral-reef-restorati" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral reefs Islands Physical geography Technology The Canadian Press Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:07:01 +0000 The Canadian Press 5900130 at http://www.globalpost.com Falling commodity prices, cooling Chinese demand contribute to bigger Australian deficit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130802/falling-commodity-prices-cooling-chinese-demand-contribute-b <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CANBERRA, Australia - Falling iron ore and coal prices and easing demand from China have contributed to a widening of Australia's budget deficit.</p> <p>The Treasury Department on Friday raised its estimated deficit for the current fiscal year to 30.1 billion Australian dollars ($26.8 billion). The new forecast for the year ending June 30, 2014 reveals a substantial deterioration in Australia's finances since May, when the Treasury Department forecast a deficit of AU$18 billion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130802/falling-commodity-prices-cooling-chinese-demand-contribute-b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Iron ore Islands The Canadian Press Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:02:34 +0000 The Canadian Press 5900624 at http://www.globalpost.com World stock markets muted as profit taking offsets positive China economic data http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131210/world-stock-markets-muted-profit-taking-offsets-positive-chi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MANILA, Philippines - World stock markets were muted Tuesday as profit taking offset mildly positive economic indicators from China.</p> <p>In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was nearly flat at 6,562.83. France's CAC 40 was down 0.1 per cent at 4,131.75. Germany's DAX rose 0.1 per cent at 9,205.08.</p> <p>Futures pointed to modest gains on Wall Street, with Dow and S</p> <p>Evan Lucas, strategist as IG Markets in Melbourne, Australia, said some investors locked in profits after two days of gains that were fueled by stronger hiring and economic growth in the United States.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131210/world-stock-markets-muted-profit-taking-offsets-positive-chi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Islands KOSPI The Canadian Press Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:31:43 +0000 The Canadian Press 6015489 at http://www.globalpost.com Canadian kids can navigate a tablet before they can tie their laces: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140209/canadian-kids-can-navigate-tablet-they-can-tie-their-laces-r <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TORONTO - A global study of how young kids are using the Internet found Canadians were spending less time online and were less likely to have their own email address or social media account.</p> <p>Still, more of the three- to five-year-old Canadian children involved in the study knew how to use a mouse and play computer games than ride a bike or write their name.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140209/canadian-kids-can-navigate-tablet-they-can-tie-their-laces-r" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Business Islands Penny Technology The Canadian Press Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:15:42 +0000 The Canadian Press 6065538 at http://www.globalpost.com 5 workers dead after pier collapses off Japan's southernmost island http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140330/5-workers-dead-after-pier-collapses-japans-southernmos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Five construction workers have died and two remain missing after a floating pier they were building collapsed Sunday and fell into the sea off Okinotori Island, Japan's southernmost territory, the land ministry said.</p> <p> Sixteen workers building the pier at the uninhabited islets, some 1,700 kilometers south of Tokyo, fell into the sea around 7:30 a.m. and nine of them were rescued, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140330/5-workers-dead-after-pier-collapses-japans-southernmos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coastal geography Islands Physical geography Technology Kyodo News International Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:45:42 +0000 Kyodo News International 6108847 at http://www.globalpost.com 5 workers dead after pier collapses off Japan's southernmost island http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140330/5-workers-dead-after-pier-collapses-japans-southernm-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Five construction workers have died and two remain missing after a floating pier they were building collapsed Sunday and fell into the sea off Okinotori Island, Japan's southernmost territory, the land ministry said.</p> <p> Sixteen workers building the pier at the uninhabited islets, some 1,700 kilometers south of Tokyo, fell into the sea around 7:30 a.m. and nine of them were rescued, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140330/5-workers-dead-after-pier-collapses-japans-southernm-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coastal geography Islands Physical geography Technology Kyodo News International Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:45:42 +0000 Kyodo News International 6108848 at http://www.globalpost.com National Australia Bank posts 16 pct rise in half-year profit to $2.67 B, with cut in bad debt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140507/national-australia-bank-posts-16-pct-rise-half-year-profit-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY - National Australia Bank Ltd., one of Australia's biggest lenders, has posted a 16 per cent increase in half-year profit to 2.86 billion Australian dollars ($2.67 billion), helped by a reduction in bad debts and an improving British economy.</p> <p>The statutory profit for the six months through March announced on Thursday is an increase of AU$390 million from the same period a year earlier.</p> <p>Cash earnings increased by 8.5 per cent, or AU$247 million, to AU$3.15 billion in the latest half year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140507/national-australia-bank-posts-16-pct-rise-half-year-profit-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Islands The Canadian Press Thu, 08 May 2014 02:30:46 +0000 The Canadian Press 6141414 at http://www.globalpost.com Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coast cities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140513/reefs-cheaper-concrete-protect-coast-cities <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Coral reefs are as good as concrete defences at protecting tropical coastal cities from rising seas but are far cheaper, scientists said in a study published on Tuesday.</p> <p>Instead of committing billions of dollars to build breakwaters and sea walls, many tropical cities should consider conserving or restoring their coral reefs, they said.</p> <p>The paper, published in the journal Nature Communications, coincides with findings that the West Antarctic icesheet is starting to collapse -- a phenomenon that will slowly drive up sea levels over hundreds of years.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140513/reefs-cheaper-concrete-protect-coast-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Coral reefs Human Interest Islands Physical geography Technology AFP Tue, 13 May 2014 15:55:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6145904 at http://www.globalpost.com New man-made reefs to bolster fish supply in Sydney http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140526/new-man-made-reefs-bolster-fish-supply-sydney <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New man-made reefs to bolster fish supply in Sydney</p> <p>SYDNEY, 26 May (Xinhua) -- Two new artificial reefs will be installed offshore from Sydney's Botany Bay to boost fish numbers.</p> <p>At a cost of about 1.2 million AU dollars each, the new reefs will add to the one already installed off the coast of Sydney at South Head, and there are two more in the pipeline off the south and north coasts of NSW.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140526/new-man-made-reefs-bolster-fish-supply-sydney" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Artificial reef Islands Physical geography Xinhua News Agency Mon, 26 May 2014 10:02:24 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6157555 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines deploy monitoring system for coral reefs' conservation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140530/philippines-deploy-monitoring-system-coral-reefs-conservatio <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippines deploy monitoring system for coral reefs' conservation</p> <p>MANILA, May 30 (Xinhua)-- The Philippine government dispatched Friday a monitoring equipment to evaluate the health and changing status of reefs on three pilot sites, and help improve the protection of all coral reefs.</p> <p>Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim said the agency's scuba divers simultaneously installed the devices on three underwater sites.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140530/philippines-deploy-monitoring-system-coral-reefs-conservatio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral reefs Islands Physical geography Xinhua News Agency Fri, 30 May 2014 14:34:51 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6162347 at http://www.globalpost.com NOAA provides funds to protect Puerto Rico's coral reefs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140805/noaa-provides-funds-protect-puerto-ricos-coral-reefs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>San Juan, Aug 5 (EFE).- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, will provide $321,000 for the conservation of Puerto Rico's coral reefs, the island's representative in the U.S. Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, said.</p> <p>"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just approved an allocation of $321,000 in federal funds for the local Department of Natural and Environmental Resources to pay for the operations of the Coral Reef Conservation and Management Program in Puerto Rico during fiscal year 2014," Pierluisi said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140805/noaa-provides-funds-protect-puerto-ricos-coral-reefs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coastal geography Islands Physical geography Puerto Rico Agencia EFE Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:45:09 +0000 Agencia EFE 6223826 at http://www.globalpost.com Environmentalists ready to sue over Miami port's deep dredge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140829/environmentalists-ready-sue-over-miami-ports-deep-dredge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Zachary Fagenson</p> <p>MIAMI (Reuters) - Environmentalists said on Thursday they are prepared to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after researchers found dredging to deepen the port of Miami is burying coral and could destroy the surrounding marine ecosystem for years to come.</p> <p>"All we're asking for is that they follow state and federal law and they're simply not doing that," said Rachel Silverstein, executive director of the Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, a local environmental advocacy group.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140829/environmentalists-ready-sue-over-miami-ports-deep-dredge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dredgers Dredging Islands War Thomson Reuters Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:45:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6243864 at http://www.globalpost.com