As if offering flights to space and recently hosting his own reality show were not enough to get British billionaire Sir Richard Branson the publicity he so richly affords, this week he has gone over the heads of environmental leaders everywhere to offer a US$ 25 million prize for the first scientist who can invent an economically viable way to clean carbon from Earth's atmosphere.
Farmers are calling for a ban on raw imported poultry meat from countries infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus until the cause of the UK outbreak has been established.
A heat wave is causing a string of forest fires in Colombia, in the Andes glaciers are melting, in Bolivia rainfall is double the average and in the whole Andean region climatic anomalies are forcing drastic measures to contain further damage.
A health alert has been declared in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia after an outbreak of dengue fever.
The world's leading climate scientists, in their most powerful language ever used on the issue, said global warming is very likely man-made, according to a new report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
The weeks' long tremors that have residents of Chilean Patagonia fearsome of a major earthquake can be traced to a submarine fissure and not the tectonic plaques, according to a group of scientists working in the area.
A case of foot and mouth disease, FAM, was confirmed this week in the east of Bolivia, the first in the country in the last three years and a half. Bolivia has since banned all exports of beef to the Andean countries, reports the press in La Paz.
Viviana Betancour governor of Chile's Southern Region of Aysen, which is living in a state of almost panic because of several days persistent telluric trembling, called on residents to be calm and trust that the best possible technical assistance is already working in the area.
France offers the greatest quality of life in the world, according to the latest ranking from International Living magazine, a leading resource for helping people live, travel, and prosper overseas, while war-torn Iraq remains in last place.
Chilean authorities in the XI Region of Aysén are closely monitoring the repeated tremors in the area and are prepared for the event of a major seism or the eruption of the Hudson volcano.