Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, April 24th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

UN warns on biodiversity loss impact for medicine

Finding treatments for cancer, thinning bone disease and kidney failure are at risk due to biodiversity loss, a ground-breaking new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) book cautioned.

Thursday, April 24th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Poor countries have yet “to benefit from trade liberalization”

Landlocked and least developed countries (LDCs) have been further marginalized as a result of trade liberalization, which has led to increased growth in many parts of the world, a senior United Nations official has said.

Sunday, April 20th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina; Smoke cloud engulfs Buenos Aires for 5th day

Satellite images showed wind carrying a swath of white smoke over the capital and across the River Plate as far as Uruguay.

President Cristina Fernandez surveyed more than 200 raging brush fires by air, vowing to prosecute anyone who lit the blazes that have sent smoke billowing across the capital, clouding highways and grounding jetliners.

Saturday, April 19th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Choking Buenos Aires with no relief unless weather changes

The fire has also fuelled another conflict between farmers and the government

With no forecasts of change, smoke blanketing Buenos Aires and extending to neighboring Uruguay has thickened forcing local authorities to close airports, major highways and declare a yellow alert in many hospitals.

Friday, April 18th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

March global surface temperature among highest on record

The global surface (land and ocean surface) temperature was the second warmest on record for March in the 129-year record, 0.71° C above the 20th century mean of 12.7° C. The warmest March on record, 1.33° C occurred in 2002.

Friday, April 18th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Scrub fires smoke covers Buenos Aires and Montevideo

Bs. Aires City under the smoke

Argentine government and farmers caught up in a month-long confrontation over an export tax increase, clashed again Thursday because of the extensive burning of grasslands that has thrown a blanket of smoke over the capital Buenos Aires and has even reached parts of neighboring Uruguay.

Friday, April 11th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Rio do Janeiro admits dengue epidemic and tourism losses

Army is helping to combat the Dengue

For the first time Brazilian authorities admitted that the dengue epidemic in Brazil is having a serious impact on the tourist industry, particularly in Rio do Janeiro where bookings have been plummeting.

Wednesday, April 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Japanese Girl, 11, to cycle across South America

Akane Toyoda ready to ride 7,000 kmts across SA continent

An 11-year-old girl from Saitama Prefecture is due to set off on a seven-month journey by bicycle across South America with her parents.

Tuesday, April 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Ban Ki-moon: climate change, major threat to human health

Top United Nations officials have warned that global warming and its effects, including a rise in air and sea temperatures and extreme weather patterns endanger not only the planet but also pose a major threat to human health.

Tuesday, April 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Two human fatal cases of mad cow reported in Spain

The human variant of the mad cow disease, (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), BSE killed two persons, one three months ago and the other last week, Spain announced this week on public radio.

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