Australia news live: NSW Health testing dock workers who boarded Covid ship; vaccine rollout reset
Fifteen Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors; national cabinet decision to offer all over-50s AstraZeneca vaccine from 17 May welcomed. Follow the latest updates liveScott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions pledgeMalcolm Turnbull accuses resources minister Keith Pitt of living in ‘coal-hugging bubble’Indian Australians say new Covid travel restrictions a heavy blow10.49pmBSTNow I know what you are all thinking - Didn ’t Scott Morrison speak at US President Joe Biden’s climate s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Matilda Boseley Tags: Australia news Australian politics Coalition Coronavirus Scott Morrison Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

COVID-19 Teaches Us to Better Manage Global Systemic Risks
This family in Tuvalu* is at the frontline of the effects of climate change. The water is only 10 metres from their house at high tide. Tuvalu rarely exceeds 3 metres above sea level, and at its widest point it spans about 200 meters. Tuvalu is extremely vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels combined with extreme weather events is contributing to the inundation of low-lying areas. Coastal erosion is also a major problem in Tuvalu, particularly on the western side of the islands. Credit: Mark Garten/UN PhotoBy Liu ZhenminUNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 2021 (IPS) Millions of lives lost. Trillions of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Liu Zhenmin Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Prince Philip: The Vanuatu tribes mourning the death of their 'god'
As Britain grieves his death, so do some Pacific tribespeople who revere him as a spiritual figure. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaishali Pharma gets orders from Vanuatu Islands, Samoa Islands
Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands. The need for healthcare products is increasing in Vanuatu islands due to increasing rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

INTERVIEW: The women activists aiming to make history in Vanuatuan politics
The Republic of Vanuatu is one of the few countries in the world without a single woman representative in parliament, but two determined activists are committed to ending that situation, and ensuring that women’s voices are heard by the island nation’s most senior decision-makers. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: France may impose regional lockdowns; South Korea starts vaccinations
French PM says worrying Covid spread in 20 areas; global death toll passes 2.5m; Brazil death toll passes 250,000. Follow latest updatesBiden hails 50m vaccine doses since he took officeModerna forecasts $18bn in sales of Covid vaccine this yearQueen urges Britons to ‘think about others’ and get vaccinatedRevealed: four in five Oxford Covid jabs delivered to EU not yet usedSee all our coronavirus coverage3.05amGMTDespite a tourism-dependent economy devastated by coronavirus shutdowns, Vanuatu ’s Covid-19 vaccination programme will not inoculate most of its population until the end of 2023.According to the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alison Rourke Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

The Boon and Bane of LDC Graduation: The Bangladesh Experience
By Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Feb 22 2021 (IPS) Bangladeshis at the present time share a modicum of justifiable pride in the fact that the world merits this country worth watching in terms of its economic potentials. To my mind , we have reached this stage for the following reasons: First, effective utilization of early foreign assistance; second a steady ,albeit sustained, move away from a near -socialistic to an open and liberal economy; third , a shift from agriculture to manufacturing as land-space shrank to accommodate urbanization; fourth , an unleashing of remarkable entrepreneurial spirit among private sect...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Lawyers Are Working to Put ‘Ecocide’ on a Par with War Crimes. Could an International Law Hold Major Polluters to Account?
When a Nigerian judge ruled in 2005 that Shell’s practice of gas flaring in the Niger Delta was a violation of citizens’ constitutional rights to life and dignity, Nnummo Bassey, a local environmental activist, was thrilled. Bassey’s organization, Friends of the Earth, had helped communities in the Niger Delta sue Shell for gas flaring, a highly polluting practice that caused mass disruption to communities in the region, polluting water and crops. Researchers had found that those disruptions were associated with increased rates of cancer, blood disorders, skin diseases, acid rain, and birth defects&mdash...
Source: TIME: Science - February 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized climate change Londontime Source Type: news

Lawyers Are Working to Put ‘Ecocide’ on Par with War Crimes. Could an International Law Hold Major Polluters to Account?
When a Nigerian judge ruled in 2005 that Shell’s practice of gas flaring in the Niger Delta was a violation of citizens’ constitutional rights to life and dignity, Nnummo Bassey, a local environmental activist, was thrilled. Bassey’s organization, Friends of the Earth, had helped communities in the Niger Delta sue Shell for gas flaring, a highly polluting practice that caused mass disruption to communities in the region, polluting water and crops. Researchers had found that those disruptions were associated with increased rates of cancer, blood disorders, skin diseases, acid rain, and birth defects&mdash...
Source: TIME: Science - February 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized climate change Londontime Source Type: news

Chinese vessels detained by Vanuatu, accused of fishing illegally
Crew on two vessels face further investigation in Pacific nation, a month after similar incident in Palau (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vanuatu detains Chinese fishing boats, Russian yacht
The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has detained two Chinese fishing boats and a Russian yacht due to concerns the vessels were... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote health care providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Seizure in the Skies of Remoteness: A Case Review
Conclusion While this case review describes an unusual approach to a medical retrieval, remote healthcare providers in developing nations face major clinical, ethical and legal challenges such as these described. The challenges of prehospital care are dynamic, yet in the remote context they are even more so. In these situations, a careful assessment of risk verses reward is paramount. In these situations, it I just as important to withhold certain interventions as it is to administer them. References Broughton W. Pre-hospital paediatric seizures: midazolam versus diazepam. Journal of Paramedic Practice. 2014;6(10)...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusives International Patient Care Air Ambulance Case Report EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Celebrating Vanuatu ’s Path to Sustainable Development
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Dec 10 2020 (IPS) The Pacific Island Developing State of Vanuatu has emerged as one of the region’s great success stories. Vanuatu has joined the ranks of Samoa and the Maldives as one of only six countries to graduate from being a least developed country, since the category was introduced by the United Nations in 1971. Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaThis historic achievement is the result of major development gains and strategic planning. It shows that the country has successfully raised levels of income and improved social development indicators, with marked declines in m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The faraway Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has its first case of COVID-19. A man brought it back from US
A 23-year-old asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier is in isolation in Vanuatu after testing positive following his return from the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asia Today: Returnee from US is Vanuatu's 1st virus case
Vanuatu has recorded its first case of the coronavirus after a citizen repatriated from the United States tested positive in quarantine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Vanuatu reports its first virus case of pandemic
 The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has recorded its first case of the coronavirus after a citizen who had been repatriated from the United States tested positive while in quarantine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Prevalence, patterns, and determinants of intimate partner violence experienced by women who are pregnant in Sanma Province, Vanuatu - McKelvie S, Leodoro B, Sala T, Tran T, Fisher J.
Violence perpetrated by an intimate partner (IPV) is an important human rights and public health problem worldwide and when experienced during pregnancy is of special concern due to the harmful impact on maternal and child health. Women living in Vanuatu, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific
A boat rests on the shores of Fiji. Credit: Unsplash / Nicolas WeldinghBy Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 30 2020 (IPS) Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), where setbacks are likely to undo years of development gains and push many people back into poverty. Compared to other developing countries, SIDS in the Asia-Pacific region have done well in containing the spread of the...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

We Need to Slow down and Reconnect with Our Ocean for the Future of the Planet
By Stuart MinchinJun 8 2020 (IPS) COVID19 has brought the world to a halt. The devastating impact of the global pandemic on people’s lives and the world’s economy is a jarring and historic turning point for all of us but it is also an opportunity to re-think many of our practices. As we mark World Oceans Day, the current global slowdown may be the reset our Ocean needs and the Pacific region is asking the world to reflect on our past to inform innovation for our future. COVID has disrupted the global transport sector massively, and the increasing reliance on global shipping as flights are grounded presents bot...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stuart Minchin Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Green Economy Headlines Health Multimedia Video Source Type: news

Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General
PRESS RELEASE  By External SourceJun 8 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or ‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and income. On World Oceans Day (8 June), Secretary-General Patricia Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Environment Green Economy Health Source Type: news

COVID19 and Its Impact on Pacific Island States
Regional efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have so far proven successful. Image Credit: Pacific CommunityBy William W. EllisTORONTO, May 29 2020 (IPS) By now, the impact of COVID19 on our daily lives has been well documented, especially in advanced economies. Anxiety about the future continues to grow everywhere. Much of the corporate news coverage we consume has focused on the toll this pandemic will take on mainland countries. Often neglected, however, is the unique position Pacific Island States find themselves in. Globally, there are close to 6 million confirmed cases of COVID19. According to the Pacific Commu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: William W. Ellis Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Multimedia Podcast TerraViva United Nations Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Source Type: news

NASA finds heavy rainfall in powerful tropical cyclone Harold
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) One of NASA's satellites that can measure the rate in which rainfall is occurring in storms passed over powerful Tropical Cyclone Harold just after it made landfall in Vanuatu in the Southern Pacific Ocean. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 6, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Advice from a country with regular shortages: stop hoarding toilet paper, get ready for boredom | Dan McGarry
In Vanuatu, where cyclones regularly interrupt trade, we are watching the west ’s collective panic with bemusementI ’ve lived in the south Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for 16 years. Tropical weather regularly interrupts trade. Even when they’re hundreds of kilometres away, cyclones wreak havoc on shipping. Isolation and deprivation define our lives. We know better than most how to cope.So imagine our bemusement when we seeranks of empty shelves inAustralia,New Zealand, theUK and the USA, denuded by people who pretty clearly have never dealt with a shortage before.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dan McGarry Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Vanuatu Infectious diseases Science World news Asia Pacific Medical research Microbiology Pacific islands South Pacific Source Type: news

Blue Innovation in the Commonwealth
By Patricia ScotlandJan 23 2020 (IPS) With 95 per cent of the ocean still unexplored by humans, we are only just beginning to understand its profound influence on life on earth, including its effect on global climate and ecosystems. As we do so, more and more countries are exploring the immense potential of the ‘blue economy’ to build wealth, create jobs and improve lives, and how this can be done in ways which protect ocean health and promote sustainability. The value of ocean assets (including natural capital) is conservatively estimated at US$24 trillion, and the worldwide ocean economy is worth around US$2...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Patricia Scotland Tags: Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Natural Resources TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Psychosocial distress among women following a natural disaster in a low- to middle-income country: "healthy mothers, healthy communities" study in Vanuatu - Pomer A, Buffa G, Ayoub MB, Taleo F, Sizemore JH, Tokon A, Chan CW, Kaneko A, Obed J, Iaruel J, Taleo G, Tarivonda L, Dancause KN.
Natural disasters have major consequences for mental health in low- and middle-income countries. Symptoms are often more pronounced among women. We analyzed patterns and predictors of distress among pregnant and non-pregnant women 3-4 and 15-16  months aft... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Limited Knowledge of Plant Biosecurity Increases Biological Threats
Plant Biosecurity 'Champions' with facilitators in Brisbane this week for Crawford Fund Master Class in Communication after 4 weeks of biosecurity placements around the Australia. By Caley PigliucciUNITED NATIONS, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) The plant-life on the Pacific Islands is currently under threat as protections against diseases and pests are left in the hands of under-trained personnel with limited facilities. Talei Fidow-Moors, the Principal Quarantine Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Samoa, warned in a statement to IPS of an “increased potential of introducing regulated pests and diseases that ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Caley Pigliucci Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Swedish Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work leading a youth campaign to halt climate change. Three Norwegian lawmakers put forth the 16-year-old’s name. “We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict,” parliamentary representative Freddy Andre Oevstegaard told Norwegian media outlet VG. “The massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution,” he added. The activist, who was named one of TIME’s Most Influential Teens of 2018...
Source: TIME: Science - March 14, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hillary Leung Tags: Uncategorized climate change onetime overnight Source Type: news

2018's biggest volcanic eruption of sulfur dioxide
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Manaro Voui volcano on the island of Ambae in the nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean made the 2018 record books. A NASA-NOAA satellite confirmed Manaro Voui had the largest eruption of sulfur dioxide that year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 28, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Vanuatu Has One Of The World ’s Strictest Plastic Bans. It’s About To Get Tougher.
The measure, meant to curtail ocean pollution, outlaws products that get thrown away after a single use. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2019 Category: Science Source Type: news

Baby on Vanuatu becomes first to be given vaccine delivered by drone
Joy Nowai lives in Vanuatu - a cluster of islands in the South Pacific. The drone took just 25 minutes to travel 24.8miles (40km) over mountainous terrain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vanuatu uses drones to deliver vaccines to remote island
Vital medicines are flown to a remote Vanuatu village in what will now become a regular service. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: An Island Nation ’ s Health Experiment: Vaccines Delivered by Drone
In Vanuatu, 20 percent of children miss their shots because villages are so hard to reach. It has hired an Australian company to fly them in. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Drones (Pilotless Planes) Vaccination and Immunization Humanitarian Aid Children and Childhood United Nations Children's Fund Zipline Inc Vanuatu Australia Source Type: news

Global Health: An Island Nation Starts an Experiment: Vaccines Delivered by Drone
In Vanuatu, 20 percent of children miss their shots because villages are so hard to reach. It has hired an Australian company to fly them in. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Drones (Pilotless Planes) Vaccination and Immunization Humanitarian Aid Children and Childhood United Nations Children's Fund Zipline Inc Vanuatu Australia Source Type: news

Surrey academic receives award for preserving endangered languages
(University of Surrey) University of Surrey academic Dr. Mike Franjieh has been awarded the DELAMAN (Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archives Network) Franz Boas Award in recognition of his exceptional work in preserving two endangered languages on the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Invisible, Hungry Hand
A worker on a farm in Kiambu district, central Kenya, that produces tea for export. Nearly 80 percent of rural farmers in developing countries earn less than USD1.25 per day. Credit: Charles Wachira/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 2018 (IPS)The very people who help put food on our tables often face numerous human rights violations, forcing them go to bed hungry.In an annual report set to be presented to governments at the United Nations this week, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver found that agricultural workers worldwide continue to face barriers in their right to food including dangero...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Food and Agriculture Organiz Source Type: news

Q & A: As Water Scarcity Becomes the New Normal How Do We Manage This Scarce Resource?
In south west coastal Satkhira, Bangladesh as salinity has spread to freshwater sources, a private water seller fills his 20-litre cans with public water supply to sell in islands where poor families spend 300 Bangladesh Taka every month to buy drinking and cooking water alone. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaSTOCKHOLM, Sep 11 2018 (IPS)Growing economies are thirsty economies. And water scarcity has become “the new normal” in many parts of the world, according to Torgyn Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).As climate change converges with rapid economic a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Manipadma Jena Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Europe Featured Gender Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Stockholm International Water Instit Source Type: news

Sustainable livelihoods and effectiveness of disaster responses: a case study of tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu - D é LL, Rey T, Leone F, Gilbert D.
Category 5 tropical cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, affecting thousands of people. Three months after the event, this study compared the responses from both external aid agencies and the disaster-affected communities to identify convergences, duplic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Burundi:Ebola Risks, Gaza Stats, and a Vote in Burundi - the Cheat Sheet
[IRIN] Geneva -Vanuatu: everyone off the island (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Belt and Road Initiative Vows Green Infrastructure with Connectivity
By Diana G MendozaMANILA, May 8 2018 (IPS)“My son in primary school did not attend a birthday celebration because it was cancelled due to bad air — and we live in Seoul, a great place to live,” said Dr. Frank Rijsberman, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).He was speaking to delegates of a forum that discussed creating environmental policies while enabling economic and regional cooperation among countries in the Belt and Road route during the 51st annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that concluded over the weekend.The initiative covers more than 65 countries -- or m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Diana G Mendoza Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Green Economy Headl Source Type: news

ANU research reveals genetic timeline of early Pacific settlers
(Australian National University) Researchers from The Australian National University have helped put together the most comprehensive study ever conducted into the origins of people in Vanuatu -- regarded as a geographic gateway from Asia to the Remote Pacific. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ancient DNA reveals genetic replacement despite language continuity in the South Pacific
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) The study, published in Nature Ecology& Evolution and led by a multidisciplinary research team at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, reveals that migrations of people from the Bismarck Archipelago in Oceania to the previously settled islands of the Pacific began as early as 2,500 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. Vanuatu presents an unprecedented case, where the population's genetic ancestry but not its languages were replaced. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spaceborne detection of localized carbon dioxide sources
Spaceborne measurements by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) at the kilometer scale reveal distinct structures of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by known anthropogenic and natural point sources. OCO-2 transects across the Los Angeles megacity (USA) show that anthropogenic CO2 enhancements peak over the urban core and decrease through suburban areas to rural background values more than ~100 kilometers away, varying seasonally from ~4.4 to 6.1 parts per million. A transect passing directly downwind of the persistent isolated natural CO2 plume from Yasur volcano (Vanuatu) shows a narrow filament of e...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 12, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Schwandner, F. M., Gunson, M. R., Miller, C. E., Carn, S. A., Eldering, A., Krings, T., Verhulst, K. R., Schimel, D. S., Nguyen, H. M., Crisp, D., ODell, C. W., Osterman, G. B., Iraci, L. T., Podolske, J. R. Tags: special/r-articles Source Type: news

This Entire Island Has to Evacuate Because a Volcano Is About to Blow
(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Vanuatu officials on Thursday ordered the complete evacuation of an island in the Pacific archipelago where a rumbling, belching volcano is threatening to blow. Government spokesman Hilaire Bule said ministers decided they couldn’t risk people’s lives and so ordered the compulsory evacuation of Ambae island, which is home to about 11,000 people. Island resident Lilian Garae said she could see “smoke coming out from the hills” and hear regular booming noises from the Manaro volcano. She said she was waiting to hear when she might have to leave her home and where she ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized onetime Vanuatu Source Type: news