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Iconic penguin species could go extinct in less than 40 years

Iconic penguin species could go extinct in less than 40 years

An iconic penguin species found on the New Zealand mainland could go extinct in less than forty years unless an urgent action is taken, according to a peer reviewed study.

A team of researchers from the University of Otago found that the population of Yellow-eyed penguin on the New Zealand mainland is shrinking dramatically. Between 1996 and 2013, the species has lost more than 75 per cent of its population.

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Submerged land mass should be classified as 8th continent: geologists say

Submerged land mass should be classified as 8th continent: geologists say

Geologists have identified an underwater continent in the massive Pacific Ocean and they hope it will now appear on world maps as the eighth continent, the GSA Today reported.

The newly proposed continent, which has been named Zealandia, is roughly 1.74 million square miles in size and it is 94 per cent underwater. However, some of its highest points are above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand, New Caledonia, Campbell Plateau and Lord Howe Rise.

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New Zealand rescuers refloat 100 stranded whales; another 300 die

New Zealand rescuers refloat 100 stranded whales; another 300 die

While volunteers in New Zealand managed to save the lives of around 100 stranded pilot whales on Friday, hundreds of others died, authorities confirmed.

Andrew Lamason, who manages Golden Bay Operations of the Department of Conservation, told reporters that as many as 300 pilot whales died on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island.

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Nuclear physics conference invites professor to share nonsensical ‘autocomplete’ study

Nuclear physics conference invites professor to share nonsensical ‘autocomplete’

A technology professor from New Zealand will share a nonsensical research paper at an American conference next month.

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New ban on E-cigarette might impact poor smokers

New ban on E-cigarette might impact poor smokers

According to a new study, a new strict ban on sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine in New Zealand might impact the poor smokers trying to quit the habit.

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New Zealand set to create Giant Marine Sanctuary

New Zealand set to create Giant Marine Sanctuary

On Monday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, said that Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary northeast of New Zealand is all set to become one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries. Mining and fishing will be prohibited in the area about the size of France.

The sanctuary is famous for its dolphins, whales and turtles that come under endangered marine life. The announcement by Key has stunned the seafood export industry of New Zealand, which is worth NZ$1.4 billion a year.

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Cat seen on Mana Island, authorities concerned

Cat seen on Mana Island, authorities concerned

Authorities are taking steps and the Department of Conservation is on full alert after a saw was sighted on Mana Island, which is free of pests.

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New Zealand’s Niwa discovered 141 new marine species in 3 years

New Zealand’s Niwa discovered 141 new marine species in 3 years

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) in New Zealand has been very proactive in discovering new spices of marine animals.

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Nearly 200 Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s South Island

Nearly 200 Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s South Island

Officials have reported that nearly 200 pilot whales have been found stranded on New Zealand's South Island on Friday.

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Obesity Trend Rising at Alarming rate in Australia and New Zealand

Obesity Trend Rising at Alarming rate in Australia and New Zealand

Obesity rates are increasing in Australia and New Zealand at an alarming rate, as per the new report published in the medical journal The Lancet. In Australia, nearly 70 percent of men are overweight and Australians have surpassed the United Kingdom in obesity rates.

In New Zealand, nearly 66 percent of adults are overweight. The rate of increase in obesity in New Zealand and Australia has surpassed all the developed nations in the world.

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