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Chile's National Association of Pharmaceutical Chains (Anacaf) met with Chile's Health Ministry (Minsal) this week to discuss fines imposed on those pharmacies that have refused to dispense emergency contraceptives to customers.
Massive flooding from a week of rain has forced hundreds of thousands of people in the Mexican state of Tabasco to abandon their homes and seek shelter from the muddy waters that on Friday covered an estimated 80% of this southeast Gulf state.
Uruguay has ordered the vaccination of 90.000 livestock cattle in the border area with Brazil following an outbreak of bat-transmitted paralytic rabies that killed thirty head of cattle. Sanitary authorities have asked farmers and residents to help locate bat caves on both sides of the open frontier.
US President George W Bush has declared California a major disaster zone after four days of wildfires sparked the biggest evacuation since Hurricane Katrina. The fires have killed five people, injured 40 and burned 1.500 homes, causing an estimated one billion US dollars in damage.
Sergio Gonzalez, one of four Chileans working with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned this week that the economic future of Chile's mining industry cannot be sustained unless the nation deals seriously with its growing water shortage.
Climate change consequences in the entomologic field have reached Magallanes Region in the far south of Chile and local authorities are cautioning about the appearance of a small spider identified as the false black widow, which can be lethal for people suffering different allergies.
One week after Chile's top environmentalists gathered in Santiago for the launch of a new book called Patagonia Sin Represas (Patagonia Without Dams), activists from Patagonia held a ground-level version of the event in Coyhaique, Region XI
Since Wednesday this week Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile has been exposed to higher levels of ultra violet radiation because the perimeter of the ozone layer hole has moved over the region.
Although the ozone layer over the Antarctic this year is relatively small, this is due to mild temperatures in the region's stratosphere this winter and is not a sign of recovery, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Food Day on Tuesday with a call for a renewed commitment to stamp out chronic hunger and make the right to food a reality for all in a world where nearly 855 million people still do not have enough to eat.