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The extinction of animal species, as well as the reliance on a narrow range of crops, is a major threat to the planet's development and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in a statement to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity.
Chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke have taken over from infectious diseases as diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis as the leading causes of death around the globe, the United Nations World Health Organization, WHO, says in a new report.
A thin rain of ashes in suspension from the Chilean volcano Chaitén which became active last Friday and have blanketed vast areas of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia began reaching Buenos Aires City atmosphere on Thursday.
Almost 60% of Chilean women who had children during 2005 were single moms, the Chilean Institute of Statistics, INE reported this week. INE noted that most of the single mothers were between 20 and 24 years old.
Chilean authorities are considering the possibility that Chaitén volcano in continuous eruption for over a week might collapse and release a torrent of red-hot pyroclastic material (burning gas and rocks) that could devastate the surrounding area.
Chilean authorities declared on Tuesday a maximum alert and ordered the complete evacuation of two towns after the Chaiten volcano, erupting nearby, increased its activity, spewing out lava and ash.
Ash from the erupting Chaiten volcano in Chilean Patagonia has continued to advance into Argentina and the Southern Atlantic Ocean blanketing the city of Bahia Blanca (800 kilometers south of Buenos Aires City) and adjacent areas in the south of the province of Buenos Aires.
More than 5 000 people had been evacuated in southern Chile, following the eruption of the Chaiten volcano. On Monday, authorities evacuated the town of Futaleufu, some 60 kilometers from the volcano while the remaining residents of the town of Chaiten had left over the weekend.
A Canadian solo navigator whose boat suffered a rollover and was heading to the Falkland Islands for repairs was rescued by an Argentine Navy vessel and is ready to return to his hometown of Victoria, according to the latest reports from Argentina and Canada.
The Chilean Navy has begun the evacuation of 2.000 people who were forcibly displaced from their villages in southern Chile after a volcano considered dormant for thousands of years became active belching fire and ash, and generating minor earth tremors that continued on Saturday.