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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

SCR Regional Highlight: University of Arkansas assists displaced Marshall Islands community
The Marshall Islands – Majuro – Window by Stefan Lins is licensed under CC BY 2.0. In the Pacific Ocean near the equator and just west of the international dateline, there is a small country known as the Marshall Islands, which has a population of 53,000 inhabitants. Somewhat similarly, if you head to Springdale, Arkansas, located in the northwest corner of the state, you will find not only the Consulate of the Marshall Islands, but the largest community of Marshallese Americans in the continental U.S., with an estimated population between 6,000 and 14,000. The Marshall Islands have become a place of despair a...
Source: Network News - February 21, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Brian Leaf Tags: General (all entries) Source Type: news

Toxic Chemicals From A Nuke Site Ate Through These Haunting Photos
An abandoned, four-story building towers above a windswept field, blending in with the landscape like an old tree. But not everything about the image ― a photo taken by artist Julian Charrière ― is quotidian. Splotches of light festoon the serene setting, as if its been doused with spilled bleach. And, in fact, the chemical look of the photo is the result of toxic exposure: Charrière covered the film in radioactive soil, found at the site where the picture was taken. Charrière got the idea for the photo series after reading a science-fiction collection by J.G. Ballard, The Terminal Beach. The stor...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons
Global deal on HFC greenhouse gases set to bring about ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’ A global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change is a “monumental step forward”, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said.The agreement, announced on Saturday morning after all-night negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda, caps and reduces the use of HFCs – a key contributor to greenhouse gases – in a gradual process beginning in 2019, with action by developed countries including the US, the world’s second worst po...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Chris Johnston, Oliver Milman, John Vidal and agencies Tags: Greenhouse gas emissions Climate change Environment Science Paris climate agreement US news China India Asia Pacific South and Central Asia John Kerry Marshall Islands Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Marshall Islands, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Marshall Islands: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of the Marshall Islands' maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures. -- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

70 Years Later, Bikini Atoll May Still Be Too Radioactive For Resettlement
When the United States government persuaded residents of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands to leave their homes, they were told they’d be able to return as soon as the nuclear tests were over.  Seventy years have passed since those promises, and the chain of islands remain deserted. Although residents are desperate to return, it appears the time has not yet come for the long-anticipated homecoming.  A study published this week said the remote atoll may still be too radioactive for inhabitation. Researchers who traveled to Bikini last year discovered radiation levels higher than those allowed by minimum s...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Marshall Islands radioactivity levels have dropped
(Source: Physics Today News Picks)
Source: Physics Today News Picks - June 7, 2016 Category: Physics Authors: Physics Today Source Type: news

Rising Sea Levels Swallow 5 Pacific Islands
Scientists' warnings that climate change will cause rising sea levels to swallow large swaths of land is playing out in the Solomon Islands. At least five islands there have plunged completely below the ocean's surface over the past several decades. Numerous others in the South Pacific island nation appear to be headed for a similar fate, a new study has found. “It’s a perfect storm,” co-author Simon Albert of the University of Queensland study told New Scientist. "There’s the background level of global sea-level rise, and then the added pressure of a natural trade wind cycle tha...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

An Interview with World Renowned Oceanographer - Walter Munk
January 31, 2016. Max Guinn and Walter Munk, at Munk's home in La Jolla, California. Credit: S. Guinn Ask my generation--I am 15--to identify its heroes, and you will likely be given a roster of NBA names. Few, if any, have heard of Walter Munk, the world's greatest living oceanographer. Called "The Einstein of the Oceans" by the New York Times, Munk's scientific contributions are almost unbelievable. Following Munk's accomplishments is a Forrest Gump journey through history. As far as great inventors go, Munk ranks with Thomas Edison. He is recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in wave propagation, ocean ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Issues Associated with Implementation in Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands
Examines potential impact of proposed legislation approving the 2010 Palau agreement, which would provide financial assistance for education and health services through 2024. Summarizes and updates reports issued from 2007-2013. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Contacts: Republic of the Marshall Islands
Lists Republic of the Marshall Islands contacts for substance abuse and mental health programs. -- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center - March 8, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Latest On Zika Virus: Texas Just Developed A Much-Needed Rapid Diagnostic Test
The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with this birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.    Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date. Check out our full coverage, or read our daily recaps. Here are four updates, opinions and developments to know about now: &nbs...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Perishing Of Thirst In A Pacific Paradise
MAJURO, Marshall Islands -- A few yards from the crashing waves of the Pacific, on a precariously narrow strip of land, precious rainwater pools on the runway of the Marshall Islands' main airport. This is how the government hydrates tens of thousands of its citizens: the rainwater runoff from the airstrip. The water -- complete with bird droppings and whatever else has landed on the tarmac -- is funneled via pipes to earthen storage reservoirs. From there, it gets filtered and treated and pumped to people down the atoll. During a normal week the water only flows for 12 hours. In prolonged droughts, which are alm...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In The Marshall Islands, Traditional Agriculture And Healthy Eating Are A Climate Change Strategy
LAURA VILLAGE, Marshall Islands -- Holding in his hand a bunch of what he called mountain apples, Steve Lepton grinned like a kid with a new toy. “Oh, it’s good,” he said. “Yesterday I didn’t find any fruit on this one. Wow, this is great. They’re getting red.” The delicate little fruit is crunchy like an apple and sweet. It’s a popular snack in the Marshall Islands, Lepton told The WorldPost, but kids pickle it with salt and Kool-Aid, which defeats the purpose of eating fruit in the first place.  As the Global Climate and Health Alliance made clear with an announcement ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In The Marshall Islands, Traditional Agriculture And Healthy Eating Are A Climate Change Strategy
LAURA VILLAGE, Marshall Islands -- Holding in his hand a bunch of what he called mountain apples, Steve Lepton grinned like a kid with a new toy. “Oh, it’s good,” he said. “Yesterday I didn’t find any fruit on this one. Wow, this is great. They’re getting red.” The delicate little fruit is crunchy like an apple and sweet. It’s a popular snack in the Marshall Islands, Lepton told The WorldPost, but kids pickle it with salt and Kool-Aid, which defeats the purpose of eating fruit in the first place.  As the Global Climate and Health Alliance made clear with an announcement ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The WorldPost Maps the Global Conversation
To become a self-conscious "global thinking circuit," the virtual territory of the Internet needs a map that charts the currents and connects the dots of the worldwide conversation. Who are the most influential voices, and how do their ideas spread? This week, The WorldPost joined with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich to produce such a map, the 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index, which, for the first time, analyzes not only the dominant English-language infosphere, but also the other top language areas of Spanish and Chinese, as well as German. One notable result, as I report in my summary of the projec...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The WorldPost Maps the Global Conversation
To become a self-conscious "global thinking circuit," the virtual territory of the Internet needs a map that charts the currents and connects the dots of the worldwide conversation. Who are the most influential voices, and how do their ideas spread? This week, The WorldPost joined with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich to produce such a map, the 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index, which, for the first time, analyzes not only the dominant English-language infosphere, but also the other top language areas of Spanish and Chinese, as well as German. One notable result, as I report in my summary of the proje...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

For The Marshall Islands, The Climate Goal Is '1.5 To Stay Alive'
The islands have more to lose than most any country at the Paris climate summit. Some territory is already disappearing under rising seas. The foreign minister explains the predicament. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ari Shapiro 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

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

Spratly Islands: Burying Coral Reefs Alive
It was tough to read the news a few weeks ago. My news feed was inundated with articles about islands being built on top of coral reefs from The Huffington Post, New York Times, and Washington Post, among others. China's recent efforts to build and expand islands in the South China Sea have serious geopolitical implications. But beyond any international jockeying, China's actions have environmental consequences that will affect the very future of coral reefs. The world's oceans have thousands of isolated reefs and atolls like those in the Spratly Islands. These reefs--far from the local threats that emanate from large huma...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ko Chin on Minority Health
When we think about improving minority health, we rarely think of clinical trials and research. But we should. To move closer to health equity, we must increase the participation of diverse communities in clinical trials. Clinical trials are essential in determining whether a drug is ready for mass consumption, as well as revealing important information for doctors and patients about prevention, diagnostic and treatment methods. They can also help shed light on whether there are unique bio-markers across the different groups the product is being provided to. The challenge is that for far too long, racial and ethnic minorit...
Source: PHRMA - April 7, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ali Source Type: news

The Hydrogen Bomb Reaches Retirement Age
The hydrogen bomb turned sixty-two just the other day. The first one was exploded on November 1, 1952 at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The event was called Ivy Mike. "Ivy" was the name of the test operation and "Mike" was the particular test. The Mike shot was the first test of a "true" two-stage Teller/Ulam design, the basic configuration of a hydrogen bomb. "Teller/Ulam" refers to the bomb's inventors, physicist Edward Teller and mathematician Stanislaw Ulam. The basic idea for a hydrogen bomb had been around for several years: You set off a regular atomic bomb, one that...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 6, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Liberia: U.S. Assistance On Ebola Gets Steam, Supplies Ship Docks
[FrontPageAfrica]Buchanan -Vega a Marshall Islands flagged cargo vessel contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense Transportation Command (TRANSCON) to deliver force provider equipment, medical supplies and construction materials procured by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency docked at the Port of Buchanan. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Micronesia and the Marshall Islands Continue to Face Challenges Measuring Progress and Ensuring Accountability
Discusses Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands spending of compact sector funds in the education and health sectors. Offers recommendations to ensure the reliability of indicators in education and health. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2014 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight and Accountability of U.S. Assistance to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands
Testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee regarding Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands spending of compact sector funds in the education and health sectors for fiscal years 2007 through 2011. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2014 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant State Overview Narrative for Marshall Islands
Includes an overview of the Marshall Islands, its health system, maternal and child health status, and rural geographic living areas. -- Maternal and Child Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - November 25, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news