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For sharks, old age may be 70 or more: study

Great white sharks may live until their 70s, more than three times as long as previously thought, according to a new analysis of the marine predator's backbones out Wednesday.

For sharks, old age may be 70 or more: study
Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga
Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

A state of emergency was declared in parts of Tonga Saturday as powerful Cyclone Ian slammed into the South Pacific island nation, bringing winds estimated at 105 knots (200 kilometres per hour).

Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga
Thousands evacuated as El Salvador volcano spews ashes
Thousands evacuated as El Salvador volcano spews ashes

Some 2,000 people were evacuated in eastern El Salvador Sunday when the Chaparrastique volcano belched and spewed a column of ashes high into the sky.

Thousands evacuated as El Salvador volcano spews ashes
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Airline's pay-by-weight fares take off with passengers

The head of a tiny Pacific airline that pioneered a fare system based on passengers' weight said Wednesday the move had been so successful the carrier is upgrading its fleet.

Airline's pay-by-weight fares take off with passengers
Pacific tuna cutbacks 'fall short of expectations'
Pacific tuna cutbacks 'fall short of expectations'

Cutbacks to tuna fishing agreed at a crucial Pacific regional fisheries conference to prevent over-fishing have fallen short of expectations, the head of the fisheries management body said Saturday.

Pacific tuna cutbacks 'fall short of expectations'
Optimism for deal to lower Pacific tuna catches
Optimism for deal to lower Pacific tuna catches

Conservationists and fishing industry representatives expressed confidence Thursday they were close to agreement on cutbacks in the lucrative tuna fishing industry in the Pacific.

Optimism for deal to lower Pacific tuna catches
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Pacific faces big economic losses from climate change: ADB

The Pacific region faces serious economic losses due to climate change and it is critical that nations causing the problem step in to help, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

Pacific faces big economic losses from climate change: ADB
New Japan islet created in volcano eruption
New Japan islet created in volcano eruption

A dramatic volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean has created a tiny new islet in Japan's territorial waters, officials said Thursday, the first time in decades the nation has seen the phenomenon.

New Japan islet created in volcano eruption
More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines
More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Survivors of a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines were growing increasingly desperate for aid Monday, as authorities struggled to cope with potentially the country's worst recorded natural disaster.

More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines
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Red Cross cartoon to demystify Pacific climate change

The Red Cross has launched a light-hearted education campaign aimed at those it describes as most vulnerable to climate change.

Red Cross cartoon to demystify Pacific climate change
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Scientists find active community at Earth's deepest spot

Scientists said Sunday they had discovered an unexpectedly large and active community of single-cell organisms living on the Pacific sea floor at the deepest site on Earth.

Scientists find active community at Earth's deepest spot
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SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission

The unmanned SpaceX capsule made a safe splashdown in the Pacific Sunday after successfully delivering its first commercial payload to the International Space Station.

SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission