Latin America & the Caribbean Edging Towards Eliminating Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis, world's top infectious killer. Credit: UNBy Grace VirtueWASHINGTON DC, Mar 16 2018 (IPS)Known as El Libertador throughout the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, Simón Bolívar was central to the battle for independence from Spanish rule in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. A less known fact is that Bolívar, the son of a wealthy Venezuelan creole family, died from tuberculosis (TB) on December 17, 1880, at age 47. His compatriot, renowned impressionist Cristobal Rojas, painted La Miseria in 1886, depicting the social conditions of the day that gave rise to TB. He died ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Grace Virtue Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news
Overfed and Underfed: Global Food Extremes
The international community of nations has made commitments to eliminate hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030 and also to promote and protect health through nutritious diet, healthy eating and increased physical activity. Credit: IPSBy Joseph ChamieNEW YORK, Jun 12 2017 (IPS)Global food extremes of chronic undernourishment and obesity have brought about a bipolar world of hundreds of millions of underfed and overfed people. Of the world’s population of 7.5 billion the proportions suffering from chronic undernourishment and those afflicted by obesity are similar, approximately 11 percent or tog...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Source Type: news
World Order Could Hinge On Solving The Climate Crisis, Security Experts Warn
WASHINGTON — From flooding in coastal cities to conflicts driven by food and water shortages, people are already feeling the effects of climate change. And if the world does not mitigate climate-related impacts, they are likely to “intersect, amplify and ripple across countries,” disrupting international security, a team of climate and security experts warns in a new report. The lengthy report from The Center for Climate and Security identifies 12 key climatic risks, or “epicenters,” and makes the case for why addressing them should be of the highest priority for worl...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 9, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
Scientists Are Racing to Prevent a Total Wipeout of the World ’s Coral Reefs
(SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives) — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe. The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next three decades. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elena Becatoros / AP Tags: Uncategorized climate change Conservation Coral Reefs Environment Marine research onetime Source Type: news
What's driving the worldwide obesity epidemic?
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
[In Depth] Corals tie stronger El Ni ños to climate change
A detailed, long-term ocean temperature record derived from corals on Christmas Island in Kiribati and other islands in the tropical Pacific shows that the extreme warmth of recent El Niño events reflects not just the natural ocean-atmosphere cycle but a new factor: global warming caused by human activity. Over the last 7000 years, El Niños, which warm the eastern Pacific, waxed and waned. Then, during the 20th century, their intensity began to climb. The trend is likely to continue, boding ever-more-destructive El Niños in the future. The finding helps settle a long-standing debate about the role of g...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 8, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Christopher Pala Tags: Climate Source Type: news
If Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Doc Doesn't Make You Care About The Planet, Nothing Will
Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t terribly optimistic throughout most of his new project, the climate change documentary “Before The Flood.” “I just want to know how far we’ve gone,” the actor says in the film. “How much damage we’ve done. And if there’s anything we can do to stop it.” He travels to some of the regions where climate change has hit hardest: Greenland’s melting ice, the rising seas consuming Kiribati and the world’s dying coral reefs. DiCaprio paints a dire picture: The world is burning, liquifying and warming faster than anyone expected, and far ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Q&A: Crisis and Climate Change Driving Unprecedented Migration
Owing to demographic drivers, countries are going to become more multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious, says William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 2016 (IPS)Climate change is now adding new layers of complexity to the nexus between migration and the environment.Coastal populations are at particular risk as a global rise in temperature of between 1.1 and 3.1 degrees C would increase the mean sea level by 0.36 to 0.73 meters by 2100, adversely impacting low-lying areas with submergence, flooding, erosio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Manipadma Jena Tags: Advancing Deserts Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Source Type: news
Almost Half Of World Heritage Sites Are Threatened, Report Finds
Nearly half of the planet's world heritage sites are threatened by development, despite international protections, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Wildlife Fund. The 229 heritage sites in 96 countries include Egypt's pyramids, Florida's Everglades National Park and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The WWF report found that 114 of these sites are under threat from oil and gas development, illegal logging, overfishing or other industrial activities. Roberto Troya, WWF director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said the report points out that natural capital isn't valued as highly as industry in many r...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Why We’re Not Prepared for The Coming Decades of Sea Level Rise
Sea levels rose faster in the 1900s than in any of time over the previous 2,800 years, and will continue to rise at record rates without drastic cuts to carbon emissions, according to new research published in the journal PNAS. Average sea levels around the world rose by 5.5 inches (14 cm) in the 20th century. That’s substantially higher than the maximum 2.8 inches (7 cm) that would have been expected without warming from manmade climate change. The research adds to growing evidence that communities around the world are vastly unprepared to defend against the effects of sea level rise in the coming decades. Rising se...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized climate change Source Type: news
How Climate Change Unfairly Burdens Poorer Countries
MoreMorocco Unveils Massive Solar Plant in the SaharaShell Reports a 44% Drop in Earnings Amid Oil Price Slump Wealthy countries that have contributed the most to climate change tend to be most immune to its effects, according to new research, a finding that has implications for the question of who bears responsibility for addressing the crisis. The study, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, shows that more than half of the highest-emitting countries rank among the least vulnerable to climate change and nearly two-thirds of the countries with low or moderate emissions are acutely vulnerable to the effects. ...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - February 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized climate change Source Type: news
What You Need To Know About The Paris Climate Summit
On Nov. 30, more than 100 world leaders will gather in Paris in what many consider one of the last remaining attempts to squelch the growing scourge of climate change. They'll be joined by many of the planet's leading scientists, who for decades have urged countries to scale back the emission of greenhouse gases to stave off a slew of unprecedented consequences. The meeting -- the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP21 -- will feature talks from the leaders of the world's worst polluting countries, namely United States President Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping and India's Narendra Modi. Env...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
The Ethics of the Future
An important basis for all ethics has been the Golden Rule or the principle of reciprocity: you shall do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But the Golden Rule can no longer exist in a horizontal dimension -- in other words a "we" and "the others" dimension. We must realize that the principle of reciprocity also has a vertical dimension: you shall do to the next generation what you wished the previous generation had done to you. It's as simple as that. You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. This must obviously include your neighbor generation. It has to include absolutely every...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Meet the President Trying to Save His Island Nation From Climate Change
For millennia, the people of Kiribati have lived off the land, dwelling on their small islands located in the central Pacific Ocean. But over the last several decades, rising sea levels due largely to climate change have slowly eaten away at the country’s 313 square miles. Without action, the country of 102,000 people may disappear altogether over the next few decades. Kiribati President Anote Tong has been advocating for bold action to address climate change for years, making his pleas around the world. Now, Tong says his country’s citizens won’t be able to remain on the physical islands of Kiribati much...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized climate change Source Type: news
Paying for Damage Others Have Brought About
For the peoples of the Pacific, climate change is a pressing reality and a matter of survival. Our Pacific-island region contributes less than 0.03 percent of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions, yet we are amongst the first to feel the impacts of climate change -- we are on the frontline. The Pacific ocean is vast -- covering nearly one-third of the earth's surface -- and it is vulnerable. Our region has more than 33,000 islands and is home to a diverse range of peoples, whose lifestyles have adapted to their environment over millennia. Climate change represents a new and existential threat to our region. We have four o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
New Zealand Deports Man Who Would Have Been First Climate Change Refugee
The man who could have been the world's first climate change refugee just got deported from the country where he had been seeking refuge for the past four years. On Thursday, the New Zealand government sent Ioane Teitiota back to his home island nation of Kiribati, which faces engulfment from rising sea levels and continuous storm cycles. The 811-square-kilometer island nation, located almost halfway between Hawaii and Australia in the Pacific Ocean, is home to just over 100,000 people. Teitiota had been seeking asylum in New Zealand since early 2012, after his family -- himself, his wife and three children ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
At the Mercy of Mother Nature (and of Policies of Larger Nations)
The Vienna Convention for Protection of the Ozone Layer this month celebrates 30 years of environmental protection, including the establishment of the Montreal Protocol, which has successfully phased down hundreds of chemicals harmful to the ozone layer and to global climate. The one remaining challenge, the management of the powerful greenhouse gases called HFCs, is finally being negotiated after several years of calls for action by the Federated States of Micronesia and fellow island nations. Phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol is essential to global climate-change mitigation this century and would enhance inte...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Kiribati's Precious 'Gift to Humanity'
In September 2015, UN member states are set to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pacific Island countries have played an active role in these negotiations, and have successfully led efforts to advocate and secure a stand-alone goal on oceans. In particular, and because of its importance for our region, I would like to reflect on SDG 14 to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." I come from a region that is more than 98% ocean, where our countries are spread across approximately 40 million square kilometers of ocean and have jurisdiction over ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Kiribati: UN backs new vaccine to protect children from life-threatening diarrhoea
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are supporting a new vaccination campaign announced today by the Government of Kiribati to protect children from a potentially killer virus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Our Ocean Crisis -- Solutions Are the Easy Part
Over the last 64 years, the geologic nanosecond in which I've lived my life, 90 percent of the largest pelagic (open ocean) fish -- including hammerhead sharks, bluefin tuna and black marlin -- have been wiped out, along with close to half the world's tropical reefs. Our global ocean faces a cascading disaster from industrial overfishing, oil, chemical, plastic and nutrient pollution, loss of coastal and marine habitat and fossil-fuel-fired climate impacts. A report earlier this year in the journal Science suggests we may soon face a mass extinction in the ocean. It's enough to make you lose hope. To which I respond, ge...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Africa: Thirteen Countries Move Closer to Eradicating Hunger
[FAO]Rome -FAO honors achievements of Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Mohamed Nasheed: 'There's Nothing More Conservative Than Conserving The Planet'
For Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, stopping carbon emissions and adapting to climate change is a necessity. The Maldives sit at an average height of four feet above sea level, making them extremely vulnerable to rising seas. Nasheed, the the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, called attention to the issue in 2009 by holding the first ever underwater cabinet meeting. Dressed in scuba gear, Nasheed called on world leaders to cut their carbon emissions. He was also the subject of a 2011 documentary about his work on climate change, called "The Island President." Nasheed at t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Ocean primed for more El Niño, experts say
Salinity and temperature records from corals in a remote Pacific island in Kiribati show the ocean has warmed over the last sixty years and has set up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, which could significantly affect Australian weather. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 13, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
Ocean primed for more El Niño: ANU media release
(Australian National University) Salinity and temperature records from corals in a remote Pacific island in Kiribati show the ocean has warmed over the last sixty years and has set up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, which could significantly affect Australian weather. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 13, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Global Warming Is Coming, But Climate Hysteria Doesn’t Help Anyone
Help us! We’re drowning! It’s a catastrophe! DO SOMETHING! MoreClimate Change Threatens Antarctica’s Emperor Penguin PopulationNASA to Re-Attempt Global Warming Satellite LaunchEgypt Proposes Cease-Fire in Mideast Conflict NBC NewsThis Cashier Told Obama A Gay Sex Joke And Got The Best Reaction Huffington PostShipped Home: First Wave of Migrants Deported to Honduras NBC NewsWell, we’re not actually drowning. We do get damp every now and then, but it’s hard to see how some modest sunny-day flooding in my neighborhood at high tide justifies The Guardian headline that’s been generating so m...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - July 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Stewart Tags: Uncategorized climate change Source Type: news
Putting Population Management in Pacific Women’s Hands
Pacific Island nations say empowering women is the key to addressing population growth across the region. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonPORT VILA, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) Populations of many Melanesian countries in the southwest Pacific Islands region are expected to double in a generation, threatening regional and national efforts to improve low economic and human development indicators. Arnold Bani, executive director of the Vanuatu Family Health Association in the capital, Port Vila, believes that if reproductive health issues are not addressed in the next 10-15 years the result “will be a disaster for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Democracy Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories Women's Health Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASP Source Type: news
Island nation of Kiribati bans commercial fishing in part of Pacific
Kiribati will prohibit commercial fishing in a swath of ocean that is a major spawning ground for tuna, the Pacific island nation’s president said this week, not long before President Obama announced U.S. plans to protect top marine areas and fight black-market fishing. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - June 18, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
'Climate change refugee' fights to stay in New Zealand
Immigrant from Pacific island of Kiribati hopes to convince court he is a refugee at risk from rising sea levelsA man from one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he is a refugee – suffering not from persecution, but from climate change.The 37-year-old and his wife left their remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati six years ago for higher ground and better prospects in New Zealand, where their three children were born. Immigration authorities have twice rejected his argument that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 1, 2013 Category: Science Tags: theguardian.com Asia Pacific Kiribati World news Oceans Sea level Law Climate change Human rights Environment New Zealand Science Source Type: news
Shark tooth weapons from the 19(th) century reflect shifting baselines in Central Pacific predator assemblies - Drew J, Philipp C, Westneat MW.
The reefs surrounding the Gilbert Islands (Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific), like many throughout the world, have undergone a period of rapid and intensive environmental perturbation over the past 100 years. A byproduct of this perturbation has been ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news