Health & Science

Health & Science
Monday, July 14th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Forest fires added to UN climate change agenda

Dozens of meteorologists, fire scientists and others from 25 countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed meeting in Canada to examine how to address the intensified threat of forest fires posed by climate change.

Wednesday, July 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

G8 “shared vision” on emissions reduction “highly ambiguous”

Leaders of the world's richest countries meeting in Japan offered some hope on climate change with the announcement of a highly ambiguous “shared vision” to halve global CO2 emissions by 2050.

Tuesday, July 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Possible G8 major agreement on climate change

Climate change is expected to be the focus of Tuesday discussions at annual talks between the Group of Eight major industrialized nations currently taking place in Japan.

Monday, July 7th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Brazil: dramatic drop in infant mortality and malnutrition

Malnutrition among children below the age of 5 dropped dramatically in Brazil between 1996 and 2006 according to a release from the National Demography and Health Studies on women and children released on Sunday.

Friday, July 4th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Evacuation as Chile's Llaima volcano spews lava

Chile's Llaima volcano, one of South America's most active, is spewing lava in southern Chile, the government said on Tuesday, ordering an evacuation just two months after the spectacular eruption of the Chaiten volcano further south.

Friday, June 27th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina, Chile lead the region in illicit drugs consumption

Argentina, Uruguay and Chile have the highest index of illicit drugs consumption in South America according to the latest release from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Wednesday, June 25th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

UN predicts climate change will trigger “green” (trade) war

Former Chilean president and currently UN Climate Change special envoy Ricardo Lagos said that industrialized countries would be imposing “green” barriers as a future strategy to combat climate change, basically taxing imports according to the contamination generated by the production of the goods involved.

Wednesday, June 18th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Amazon soybean planting ban extended until July 09

Grain crushers have extended a two-year-old moratorium on the purchase of soybeans planted in areas of the Amazon rain forest cut down after 2006, Brazil's environment minister Carlos Minc announced this week.

Monday, June 16th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Controversy over pesticides ahead of EU ministers summit

Greenpeace on Monday stepped up calls for European Union governments to approve long-stalled proposals to control the use of pesticides. The call follows the publishing of a ranking of the main manufacturers of pesticides, based on risks to human beings and the environment.

Sunday, June 15th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Southern Chile volcano erupts with renewed strength

The Chaiten volcano in southern Chile has erupted with renewed strength, belching thick clouds of ash and hurling molten rocks into the air, regional authorities said Friday.

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