Global warming is drying up mountain lakes and wetlands in the Andes and threatening water supplies to major South American cities such as La Paz, Bogotá and Quito, World Bank research shows.
Portuguese health authorities confirmed this week the first fatal case of Creutzfeld-Jacob disease the human variant of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis, BSE, or better know as mad cow.
Chile's Agriculture and Livestock Service confirmed the presence of the lethal Newcastle disease in the carcasses of eight sea birds. The discovery occurred 180 miles south of Santiago last June 29 but was only announced Monday.
The Brazilian government will spend 1.7 billion dollars to bring running water and other basic services to Rio de Janeiro slums to counter drug gangs that control many of the poor areas, announced President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
A ban on smoking in public places has come into effect in England, spelling an end to drinkers having a cigarette with their pint in pubs, bars and clubs.
Cold winter conditions and the lack of wind are exacerbating air-quality problems in Santiago and Chillán; pollution in both cities has reached extreme levels.
United States announced it will halt imports of five types of farmed Chinese seafood, claiming they contain antibiotics that are not allowed in North America
The World Health Organization (WHO) released this week the first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact environmental factors have on health. The data show huge inequalities but also demonstrate that in every country, people's health could be improved by reducing environmental risks including pollution, hazards in the work environment, UV radiation, noise, agricultural risks, climate and ecosystem change.
The Pan American Health Organization, a regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization, called today for the elimination of industrial trans fats from food supplies throughout the Americas in order to prevent heart attacks.
Leaders of the leading industrialized nations G8 meeting in Germany agreed to seek substantial cuts in CO2 emissions in an effort to tackle climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G8 would negotiate within a United Nations framework to seek a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol by the end of 2009.