Health & Science

Health & Science
Monday, December 31st 2007 - 20:00 UTC

The inconvenient truth of global change marked 2007

It can be said that the year that is coming to an end will be remembered for the weather related erratic news and the Nobel Peace Prize jointly shared by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and environmental campaigner former US vicepresident Al Gore that helped turn public opinion awareness into global concern.

Saturday, December 29th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

WWF: gorilla, jaguar and lynx continue to drastically decline

The number of animals, plants and other organisms continued to decline in 2007, but for some the threat of extinction had been successfully warded off, the environment organization the WWF said Thursday.

Saturday, December 29th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Four companies accused of huge oil spill in Patagonia

The government of the province of Chubut, Argentine Patagonia, formally accused before a court of justice several oil corporations for the crude spill which washed along four kilometers of the provincial coast damaging rich marine resources and limiting tourist industry prospects.

Thursday, December 27th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Chile life expectancy increases to 78, says UN report

Chile now ranks 27th worldwide with a life expectancy of 78.3 years, according to a U.N. report on average ages in 177 countries. The figure represents a four-year increase since 2000. Chile has also moved past the United States, which fell to number 29 with an average life expectancy of 77.9.

Thursday, December 20th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

NYT on Bali: “No real breakthroughs in climate change”

Earlier this week we published an article from the United Nations which expressed satisfaction with the recent Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Basically the UN said that after “the successful conclusion of the landmark conference” in Bali, “developed and developing countries alike must continue to build on the momentum generated by the meeting”.

Monday, December 17th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

World's sea levels rising twice faster than predicted

Warmer earth, higher sea levels

The world's sea levels could rise twice as high this century as UN climate scientists have previously predicted, according to a study. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change proposes a maximum sea level rise of 81cm (32in) this century.

Sunday, December 16th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Last minute compromise reached at Bali climate talks

Two weeks of international climate talks marked by bitter disagreements and angry accusations culminated Saturday in a last-minute U.S. compromise and an agreement to adopt a blueprint for fighting global warming by 2009. Now comes the hard part

Saturday, December 15th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Climate change has no respect for borders, warns Ban Ki-moon

Climate change “doesn't care if you are coming from developing or industrialized countries,”

Global warming impacts everyone regardless of national borders, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday, calling on negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to overcome differences and agree on a road map to tackle the issue.

Friday, December 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

Past decade warmest on record: 0.41 Celsius above average

Only the sun umbrellas are like the old days

The past decade has been the warmest on record, with this year's global mean surface temperature 0.41 degrees Celsius, or 0.74 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 1961-1990 annual average, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization Who announced this week.

Sunday, December 9th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

South Korea declares state of disaster in oil-spill coastline

Local residents  trying to remove dense crude oil at the  beach

The South Korean government has declared a “state of disaster” along a stretch of coastline affected by the country's worst ever oil spill. A fleet of 100 ships are fighting to contain the (66.000 barrels) 10-000 ton spill, but emergency workers have been unable to prevent the oil washing ashore.

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