Red Tide Toxins Leave Beachgoers Breathless

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The ecological phenomenon, known as Florida red tide, can be harmful for people with asthma. Florida red tides, an annual event in areas along the Gulf of Mexico, are blooms of the ocean organism, Karenia brevis. New research reported in

Blood rain falls on India

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Red rain in India was a phenomenon observed sporadically from 25 July to 23 September 2001 in the southern state of Kerala. Heavy downpours occurred in which the rain was primarily red, staining clothes and appearing like blood. The colouration

Siberian peat bog unleashes giant methane cloud

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The thawing of the world’s largest peat bog will release billions of tons of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and scientists believe little can be done to stop it. The landscape is rapidly changing in a huge expanse of western

China blames Global Warming for growing water shortages

China suffers a water shortage of nearly 40 billion cubic metres a year which Water Resources Minister Chen Lei blamed largely on global warming, state media have reported. “The changes have led to a combination of both frequent drought and

Pollution Turns China River Blood Red

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Industrial discharge and household wastewater have polluted a northern Chinese river so badly that the water is dark red in some sections and has caused chronic illnesses among villagers. Some of the 50,000 villagers living along polluted stretches of the

Pollution causes birth defects to soar in China

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Birth defects in Chinese infants have soared nearly 40 per cent since 2001, a government report said, and officials linked the rise to China’s worsening environmental degradation. The rate of defects had risen from 104.9 per 10,000 births in 2001,

Smog chokes Beijing amid Games delay fears

Children and the elderly in Beijing were advised to stay indoors as thick smog choked the city on Friday, a day after the top Olympic official warned pollution could disrupt next year’s Games. Beijing·s top weather official, Sun Jisong, said

Warning sounded over level of water pollution in China

Water pollution may already have reached “alarming” levels in China following its industrialisation over the last three decades, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday. The Philippines-based lender said it was giving Beijing a 500,000-dollar grant to help it design a

Hong Kong choking in dense smog

Hong Kong·s air pollution reached dangerous levels on last week, reigniting concerns about public health and fears that the city could lose out on crucial foreign investment due to the thick smog. Across the southern Chinese territory, the Air Pollution

Rising sea threatens China’s south

Over 1,100 square kilometres (440 square miles) of land in economically booming southern China will be inundated by rising sea-levels by 2050 due to global warming, state press have said. “The Pearl River Delta area, a leading manufacturing hub, will