Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest has dropped by nearly a third during the last year to its lowest rate in the last seven years, according to government figures.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Friday that foot-and-mouth disease had been stopped from spreading outside a small area of England, despite tests for a suspected new outbreak in a herd several kilometers from the initial cluster of cases.
In line with the forecasts from experts and international agencies in the first seven months of this year the world experienced unusual climatic catastrophes including heat waves in Europe, snow falls in Africa and record floods in Asia according to the latest report from the United Nations Meteorological Organization.
Restrictions on the movement of animals imposed in the wake of the foot-and-mouth outbreak have been eased.
The Airbus that crashed in Sao Paulo last month killing 199 people showed no sign of mechanical fault, a representative for the European aircraft manufacturer told the Brazilian Congress this week.
Experts are investigating the possibility that the foot-and-mouth outbreak was caused by sabotage linked to the Pirbright laboratory site.
Climate change could lead to potential food shortages and increase the risk of hunger in developing countries, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday.
A second case of foot-and-mouth has been confirmed at a farm in Surrey with up to 100 cows culled at the settlement in the 3km protection zone set up around the site of the first outbreak.
U.K. health and safety authorities extended their investigation into a vaccine laboratory southwest of London owned by Merck and Sanofi-Aventis as a possible source of foot-and-mouth disease after cattle became infected at a farm near the site. Merial Animal Health said that so far no breach in its procedures had been discovered.
The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on a farm in Surrey is being linked to a nearby animal research laboratory, with fears the virus could have leaked from the facility