Storm Olaf in Pacific could become a hurricane: US monitors

Tropical Storm Olaf has formed in the eastern Pacific far from land and could become a hurricane on Sunday, US forecasters said.

Tropical storm Kilo churns across Pacific toward Hawaii

Tropical storm Kilo formed from a low-pressure system drifting across the central Pacific on Friday on a trajectory that could threaten the Hawaiian islands as it strengthens into a hurricane early next week, the National Weather Service reported.

No final deal in Pacific trade talks: Negotiators

 Delegates negotiating a huge Pacific free-trade agreement said Friday they have failed to reach a final deal after several days of intense talks in Hawaii, in a setback to US President Barack Obama.

Solar powered-plane breaks non-stop flight record
Solar powered-plane breaks non-stop flight record

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 broke the endurance record of 72 hours of non-stop flight over the Pacific on its round-the-world journey and is due to touch down in Hawaii on Friday.

Child abuse costs E Asia, Pacific $209 billion a year: UN report

 Child abuse and neglect are costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific an estimated $209 billion a year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region`s GDP, researchers said on Tuesday in the region`s first study of the economic impact of abuse.

Hurricane Andres tracks far off Mexico`s Pacific coast: Forecasters

Andres, the first hurricane of the season in the Pacific, tracked far from Mexico`s west coast Sunday, packing 169 kilometer (105 mile) an hour winds but posing little threat to land, forecasters said.

Round-the-world solar plane departs from China to Hawaii
Round-the-world solar plane departs from China to Hawaii

Swiss-made solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 departed from China's Nanjing city on Sunday to fly across the Pacific in a 8,000-km journey to Hawaii, the toughest segment in its round-the-world trip.

China re-engineeres ballistic missiles, surprises US: Report

China, under President Xi Jinping's leadership, has re-engineered many of its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple warheads after years of maintaining a minimal nuclear force, according to a media report.

Asia braces for crop damage as El Nino remains certain
Asia braces for crop damage as El Nino remains certain

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan will confirm its return this year as all but certain now.

'Amazingly intact' WWII aircraft carrier found in Pacific

Experts have discovered a World War II US aircraft carrier that is "amazingly intact" despite languishing on the bottom of the Pacific for more than 60 years.

Guam governor wants a referendum to decide gay marriage

The governor of Guam, a tiny US territory in the Pacific, on Wednesday backed legislation allowing same sex marriage but said the issue, which has sharply divided Americans, should be put to a referendum.

State of emergency as super typhoon batters Micronesia

An emergency was declared in the Micronesian state of Chuuk Wednesday as Super Typhoon Maysak cut a destructive path across the central Pacific leaving at least five dead and extensive damage.

Moderate quake rumbles off Pacific territory of Guam

A moderate earthquake today rumbled off the Pacific island of Guam but there were no reports of any problems.

Vanuatu faces food shortage risk as huge damage revealed

Vanuatu warned Tuesday it faces imminent food shortages as accounts emerged of huge damage to a large outer island, days after one of the fiercest cyclones on record pummelled the Pacific archipelago.

Ocean heat uptake in three oceans likely cause of 'global warming hiatus'
Ocean heat uptake in three oceans likely cause of 'global warming hiatus'

A new study has revealed that rising oceanic heat drawdown in the equatorial Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Ocean basins has played a very crucial role in the global warming hiatus.

Hurricane Vance far off Mexico's Pacific coast

Mexico City: Hurricane Vance maintained its strength as it churned far off in the Pacific, threatening to bring rough surf and heavy rain to parts of Mexico.

US announces world`s largest marine sanctuary

The United States on Thursday announced the creation of the world`s largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific, where commercial fishing and energy exploration are off limits.

Fiji media blackout imposed ahead of election

Fiji imposed a strict media blackout Monday on coverage of the South Pacific nation`s first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply.

Hurricane Marie grows stronger in Pacific

Hurricane Marie has grown in strength as it moves out into the Pacific, reaching Category 4 status and provoking dangerous waves along Mexico`s western coast.

Hurricane Iselle forms in the Pacific: US forecasters

Hurricane Iselle formed in the Pacific far off the northwestern coast of Mexico and is heading west away from land, the US National Hurricane Center said Friday.