December 10, 2009 |
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 10, 2009 - The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on Thursday announced a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth's climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members. "AOSIS members are at the front line of the devastating impacts of climate change. Today we have put forward a proposal for a legally binding agreement to secure the twin objectives of survival of the Kyoto Protocol and to strengthen the UNFCCC with a new 'Copenhagen' Protocol that can be adopted here in Copenhagen", said Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada.
April 11, 2009 |
The 2007 earthquake in the Solomon Islands that generated a larger-than-expected tsunami -- claiming 52 lives -- occurred in an area that had little seismic activity previously. Quakes often occur in areas where one of the plates that make up the crust of the Earth is moving downward, beneath another section of crust. But researchers reported in Friday's edition of Science that in the Solomon Islands quake there were three sections of crust involved, two of them sliding at different rates beneath the third.
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January 24, 2009 |
James E. Swett, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor after shooting down seven Japanese bombers in 15 minutes over the Solomon Islands during World War II, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. He was 88.
April 10, 2007 |
Shops along the Solomon Islands' battered coastline reopened as aid began trickling to the region's outer atolls, a week after an offshore earthquake sent walls of water slamming into the coast. Vendors returned to their stalls along the main street in the town of Gizo for the first time since the magnitude 8.1 quake shook the Solomons' Western Province on April 2, killing at least 35 people and leaving 7,000 homeless.
April 6, 2007 |
An airport in the Solomon Islands reopened for regular flights, easing aid delivery to the largest population center hammered by a magnitude 8.1 quake and killer waves Monday. Four International Red Cross boats laden with medical and shelter supplies were heading out of Gizo today toward outlying villages. Scattered cases of dysentery were reported. Officials still fear malaria and cholera could break out in hillside camps where conditions remained unsanitary.
April 5, 2007 |
Disaster officials said Wednesday that medical staffers had been overwhelmed by the number of injured tsunami survivors and feared outbreaks of disease because of unhygienic conditions and the lack of fresh water and food. Fred Fakarii, chairman of the National Disaster Management Council, said, "The conditions at Gizo are such that these are likely things to happen unless action is taken quickly."