"The role is to get those who have perished on the island and have them returned ... we just want to bring everyone home,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who had previously refused to let the retrieval teams onto White Island.
"Wow, this is unbelievable! I share this great honour with everyone in the #FridaysForFuture movement and climate activists everywhere," Greta Thunberg posted on her Twitter page.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison: "Our authorities are working closely with the New Zealand authorities to be able to identify all of those people who are currently in hospital. Some of them have very serious injuries. We know there are a number in critical conditions."
"This is evolving; at this stage obviously it does appear to be a very significant issue, particularly the scale of those affected at this stage," said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
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A growing influx of tourists is to blame for the drought threatening food security, culture and way of life on the Indonesian island.
"In this whale’s stomach was approximately 100kg of marine debris - a whole range of plastic including sections of net, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing...it looked like it had been there for some time."
The Marshall Islands is one of four atoll nations - the other three being the Maldives, Kiribati and Tuvalu - identified as being most at risk of extinction due to the rising sea level caused by ice melting
The increases in the key gases measured in 2018 were all above the average for the last decade, showing any perceived action on the climate emergency to date is having no effect in the atmosphere.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued a stern warning for most of the state, urging those with respiratory conditions such as asthma to stay inside where possible, use reliever medication and seek medical help if needed.