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.
The recent arrival of the bluetongue virus in the United Kingdom indicates again that animal diseases are advancing globally and countries will have to invest more in surveillance and control measures, warned FAO.
British farmers affected by current restrictions on the movement of animals imposed following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, FMD, are to be given a multi-million-pound package of support.
The British government is not complacent about bluetongue and will take action against the disease at a very high level, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 hit some 500 km (300 miles) southwest of New Zealand on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage and authorities discounted the risk of a major tsunami
Magallanes Region has the fastest ageing population in Chile with 17.3% of its residents over 60 and also the highest number of single over 60 households in spite of the fact the region has the second highest per capita income of the country.
Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile, over the weekend and for another couple of days, is estimated to be in the edge of the Antarctic ozone layer hole significantly increasing risks to human beings and living things.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened his first annual debate of the General Assembly with a call to global leaders to back his efforts to bolster the United Nations in the interests of the world.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday that a 15-year international effort to stem global warming has not halted the buildup of greenhouse gas emissions and that governments must take unprecedented action to reverse the trend.