Canoe building

THE Northern Marianas is launching a traditional canoe program, aiming to build a 15 metre Chamorro canoe that can sail to New Zealand for competitions in 2020. The CNMI’s Canoe and Navigation program aims to rekindle the long-lost art of traditional sailing.

Sea level warning

SCIENTISTS are “very worried” that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected. They say warmer conditions are encouraging algae to grow and darken the surface. Dark ice absorbs more solar radiation than clean white ice.

Barclay returns

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay returned to Parliament yesterday after laying low following the controversy over the allegation he secretly recorded one of his electorate staffers in the Gore office.

Deadly disease

Cases of potentially deadly disease leptospirosis in New Zealand for the first six months of this year are triple those of the same period last year, and may be linked to flooding clean-up. If the rate of infection stays steady, it will reach 1981 levels.

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