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US naval, air maneuvers become ‘new normal’ in Asia Pacific

WASHINGTON (AP) — American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the “new normal” in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow. U.S. moves in recent months have led to angry protests from China and Russia, which contend the Obama administration is fueling unrest […]

Earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude strikes deep off Tonga: usgs

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck 572 kilometres (355 miles) beneath the earth's surface on Friday about 340 kilometers west of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Beijing Tells America to Leave South China Sea After Intercepting Spy Plane

Military tensions heightened between China and the United States as the Obama Administration looks to clamp down on Beijing’s influence along the Pacific Rim.

'Risks of a US-China Conflagration in the Pacific are Quite High'

Commenting on growing US-Chinese tensions in the South China Sea region, and Beijing's announcement that it would deploy nuclear-armed subs to the Pacific in response to US missile defenses in South Korea, University of Maryland professor John Short warned that the risks of a military confrontation between the two powers are 'quite high'.

Ölüdeniz May Just Have The Bluest Water In The World

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

When we think "beach," our minds typically drift away to Hawaii, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Now, after seeing the aquamarine of Ölüdeniz, our sights are set on Turkey. Ölüdeniz is a beach town on the Mediterranean Sea, and the water puts every beach we've ever seen to shame. Show More Summary

Public Diplomacy in the Pacific

When the United States or any other Western country embraces a "pivot to Asia" as a central element of its foreign policy, it must be more than a "pivot to China." Nations such as South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia,...Show More Summary

5 South Pacific Islands Have Been Swallowed Up by Rising Sea Levels

"The sea has started to come inland, it forced us to move up to the hilltop and rebuild our village there away from the sea." Rising sea levels and erosion have caused five islands in the South Pacific to completely disappear, researchers have said. Show More Summary

The U.S. Army’s Big Guns go to the South China Sea

Kris Osborn U.S. Army, South China Sea “The ground element of the Pacific rebalance is important to ensure the stability in the region."  Senior Army and Pentagon strategists and planners are considering ways to fire existing weapons...Show More Summary

Beyond the Indian Ocean: India in the South Pacific

India’s connection with the South Pacific Islands has traditionally been fairly limited, despite a sizeable ethnic Indian population in Fiji. However, the relationship is gaining momentum under Prime Minister Modi’s government, and not just with Fiji but across the South Pacific. Show More Summary

US Expects Second Ballistic Missile Defense Drill With Japan, S. Korea

The United States, Japan, and South Korea will apply what they learn in the upcoming first joint ballistic missile defense (BMD) drills in the Pacific to a future exercise, US Pacific Command (PACOM) commander Adm. Harry Harris said on Tuesday.

Vanuatu aims to generate all electricity from renewable sources by 2030: media

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The South Pacific island of Vanuatu plans to generate all its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Ham Lini told Radio New Zealand.

CA: Train Hits, Kills Woman in Carlsbad

May 13--CARLSBAD -- A pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak train and killed in Carlsbad Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The Pacific Surfliner was headed south when the engineer saw the woman on the tracks near Avenida Encinas and Palom

It’s Official: Ed Sheeran Tastes Like Chicken

Ed Sheeran is spending his mini vacation in Fiji, according to International Business Times. And although there is nothing extraordinary, weird or exclusive about the “Thinking Out Loud” singer’s trip to the South Pacific country, the news managed to become a trending topic last week. Show More Summary

Geology Is Breaking Apart Over When the Americas Came Together

3.5 million years ago, Panama collided with South America, cutting off ocean circulation between the Pacific and the Caribbean. Or did it? The post Geology Is Breaking Apart Over When the Americas Came Together appeared first on WIR...

Bangladesh refugee dies of heart failure on protest-hit Nauru

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi refugee died of heart failure on Nauru on Wednesday, Australian officials said, the second death in as many weeks on the tiny South Pacific island where detainees have been hurting themselves in protests.

UCI sleuths search the seas for soot

Irvine, Calif., May 9, 2016 - Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine have taken water samples from the north Pacific, north and south Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in search of repositories of black carbon, soot from burning biomass and diesel engines, among other sources. Show More Summary

Rising seas swallow five South Pacific islands - CNET

2 weeks agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

Australian researchers call it the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific.

S. Korea to Host Six-Nation Submarine Rescue Exercise this Month

South Korea will host a six-nation submarine exercise in its southern seas later in the month, Yonhap quoted the Navy as saying.   The Pacific Reach 2016, involving the United States,

North Korea's faster pace of missile and nuclear testing fuels growing concern

Thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, secrets of North Korea's ambitious nuclear missile program lie scattered over the seafloor. If the United States or South Korea can find the wreckage of three missiles that failed over the last month, weapons experts say, it could provide...

Sleuths search the seas for soot

Earth system scientists have taken water samples from the north Pacific, north and south Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in search of repositories of black carbon, soot from burning biomass and diesel engines, among other sources. They’ve...Show More Summary

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