Stories for January 2011
A helicopter from a huge luxury yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, made an emergency water landing in the extreme south of Argentina on Monday, but neither Allen nor Bill Gates were on board.
North Africa and Middle East civil unrest can be expected to spread to several other countries if as anticipated the FAO Food Prices Index for January 2011 confirms the December 2010 tendency when the “basket” of food staples reached a new peak.
The contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of about 17 kg per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15% of their average animal protein intake.
FAO has called for veterinary and border control authorities in Asia to be on alert for animals showing signs of infection by Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), following an unprecedented outbreak of the livestock-affecting sickness in South Korea.
Future technology may put the brakes on drunk drivers and save many lives as researchers in the United States are developing a system that will prevent a car from starting if the driver's blood alcohol level is higher than the legal limit.
The loss of a massive tongue of glacial ice on the Antarctic coast — a natural protective barrier nearly the size of Luxembourg (2.500 square kilometers) — could affect ocean circulation patterns and anticipate changes to come from global warming, scientists on a mission to the frozen continent say.
Colombia’s request to formally join Mercosur will be addressed during the group’s next summit to be held in Paraguay June 24th, revealed Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata.
The United States and Turkey on Sunday offered to evacuate people wanting to leave Egypt where violent protests have taken place.
Internet not working, police cars burning, sent out one Egyptian. Today marks a great day for Egypt, sent out another.
At least one person was killed and three others injured in northern Venezuela on Sunday when a series of powerful explosions shook an arms depot, officials said.