According to a survey carried out by the Chilean Association of School Assistance and Scholarships (Junaeb) 19.4% of Chileans between the ages 9 and 11, are obese. This is particularly severe in the extreme south of the country where it affects 25% of children.
With over 30% of the global burden of disease in children attributable to environmental factors, the United Nations health agency delivered the first ever report highlighting youngsters' special susceptibility to harmful chemical exposures at different periods of their growth, and the potential effects later in life.
Two people died on Thursday and 140.000 household in Gloucestershire remain without drinking water raising health and sanitation fears following several days of extensive flooding in central and west England caused by the wettest June and July on record in the UK.
Warning that failure to act on climate change will have grave consequences for all countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in San Francisco called for urgent international action to address the problem within the framework of the United Nations.
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.