We’ll start with your pictures from a snowy weekend, as Saturday and Sunday saw some places in the South Island dusted with snow, right down to sea level!
Check out the photos here.
â€” Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) September 5, 2015
In global news, a new study was published this week, showing that there are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth, 7Â½ times more than previous estimates.
That’s roughly 422 trees — a tiny forest! — for every person on the planet.
The bad news? Researchers estimate that the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46% since the dawn of human civilization. And we’re mostly to blame.
â€” NASA Earth (@NASA_EO) September 4, 2015
In news closer to home, there was speculation ahead of this week’s Pacific Leaders Summit in Papua New Guinea would generate some heated conversation over climate change – but the exchanges, when they did come, were more genial than confrontational.
The subject was expected to be the dominating issue discussed at the Pacific Islands Forum, ahead of the UN’s major climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that “Australia and New Zealand have made no additional commitments when it comes to climate change.”
Kiribati President Anote Tong said it’s not the outcome they were after, “but I think we must respect that. Whether we accept that or not is a different question.”
â€” ABC News (@abcnews) September 10, 2015
Further afield in Thailand, social media lit up Monday morning as commuters posted photos and videos of a mystery fireball that briefly illuminated the Thai capital’s sky.
Was it an asteroid? Balloon? Space junk? Watch the footage below and make up your own minds…
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â€” Thitapa Siripipat (@Pingz_TRnews) September 7, 2015
In aviation news, we saw dramatic images of a fire which broke out on Wednesday on an outbound British Airways flight at Las Vegas airport, leading 14 people transported for medical care for what a fire official called “minor injuries.”
A majority of the injuries came as passengers slid down the inflatable chutes to evacuate the Boeing 777, Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Jon Klassen said.
Check out the photos, and video, here.
â€” ABC News (@ABC) September 10, 2015
Across the ditch in Australia, farmers and residents in New South Wales are gearing up for a long, hot, dry summer as El Nino threatens to drag on.
The fire risk this season is expected to be above average due to a strong El Nino, causing drier and warmer-than-average conditions that are expected over the next few months.
â€” NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) August 31, 2015
And finally, in tragic news to end the week, tens of thousands of people have been ordered to flee homes across Japan as heavy rain pounded the country, sending radiation-tainted waters into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Waist-high floods in some areas left rescuers scrambling to pluck people to safety as a wide area was deluged in the wake of Typhoon Etau.
Follow the latest on the flooding and Japan’s plight with CNN, here.
â€” Sandra Sully (@Sandra_Sully) September 10, 2015
– Photo: CNN