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This year's ozone hole surrounding the Southern Hemisphere's pole is shaping up to be one of the largest ever, having already surpassed the size of last year's, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
The discovery of elevated protein levels in the urine of some cattle infected with mad cow disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE, raises the possibility that animals could eventually be screened using a test similar to a home pregnancy kit, according to reports from the University of Manitoba.
People should eat less meat if they want to make a difference to climate change, according to a UN expert. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) told London's The Observer in an interview people should have one meat-free day a week to tackle global warming.
Although shellfish poisoning is not that common in Chile, it does occur frequently as a result of mysterious, massive algae blooms – the so-called red tide phenomenon.
President Michelle Bachelet declared southern Chile's entire (Patagonia) Region IX (Araucanía) a catastrophe zone due to this past week's intense rainfall and flooding.
Only 4.5% of Chile's pork production has been affected by dioxins admitted Agriculture Minister Marigen Hornkohl, who underlined the good quality and sanitary conditions of all meat production in the country.
Alcoholism is the main risk factor in diseases, traumatisms and death cases in Chile according to two independent reports contracted by the country's sanitary authorities and released Wednesday.
More than one billion people still lack access to safe drinking water, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said on Monday, calling for greater efforts to achieve the water and sanitation targets set by world leaders in 2000.
The mayor of New Orleans has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city, as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the US Gulf Coast.
Thousands of oil-slicked penguins washed up dead on the beaches of a popular Brazilian resort on Friday, and officials reported they are searching for a cause.