Tag Archives: Global Warming

Pandemic flu death toll passes 1,000 mark

The death toll in the swine flu pandemic has passed the 1,000 mark, with 1,154 deaths since the outbreak was uncovered in April, data published Wednesday by the World Health Organisation showed. Swine flu now reaches 168 countries and territories,

Climate change deal crucial for Pacific: Rudd

Striking a new global deal to reduce the impact of climate change is crucial to the future of vulnerable Pacific island nations, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday. Rudd was speaking in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns at

Treatment resistant swine flu detected in US

Health officials said they had found cases of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu along the US border with Mexico, as India and South Africa announced their first deaths from the A(H1N1) virus. “We have found resistance to Tamiflu on the border. We

Tree-killing fungus attacks avocados

A tree-killing fungus near Florida’s Everglades National Park could harm the area’s $12.7 million avocado industry, agriculture officials said. “At this point, if your tree becomes infected, it will die,” state Agriculture and Consumer Services spokesman Mark Fagan told The

Malaysia hit with haze from forest fires

Malaysia was Wednesday hit with the worst haze levels recorded this year, as smoke from forest fires caused “unhealthy” levels of pollution in six areas. Environment Department director general Rosnani Ibarahim said hundreds of forest fires were blazing in the

Greenpeace occupy Australian coal terminal

Environmental activists said they occupied part of Australia’s northernmost coal export terminal on Tuesday in a stunt directed at a nearby meeting of Pacific island leaders on climate change. Greenpeace said a group of its protesters climbed atop Xstrata Coal’s

PHILIPPINES: 375,000 displaced by fierce floods

MANILA, 3 August 2009 (IRIN) – At least eight people have drowned and more than 375,000 been affected by massive flooding after heavy rains continued on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, according to disaster relief officials on 3 August.

Beijing’s smog is back year after Olympics

Amid fears the city’s chronic smog could damage athlete’s health, Beijing took drastic steps to prevent that last August, moving or cleaning up polluting factories, curbing traffic, and ordering a halt to all construction work. State-of-the-art facilities like the “Bird’s

Latest Earthquakes

Strong earthquake shakes southern Peru LIMA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) — An earthquake of magnitude 5 shook Monday the city of Pisco in Ica department, south of Peruvian capital Lima, causing fear among local inhabitants. According to the Geophysics Institute of

King salmon vanishing in Alaska

ANCHORAGE — Yukon River smokehouses should be filled this summer with oil-rich strips of king salmon — long used by Alaska Natives as a high-energy food to get through the long Alaska winters. But they’re mostly empty. The kings failed