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Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) — Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday, October 18. Continue reading Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

More rain on Thursday due to Typhoon Paolo

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Satellite image as of October 18, 11 pm. Image courtesy of NOAA

Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga should expect more moderate to heavy rain

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 18, 2017) — More rain is expected as Typhoon Paolo (Lan) maintained its strength and speed late Wednesday evening, October 18. Continue reading More rain on Thursday due to Typhoon Paolo

Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits

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Researchers recently revisited geological evidence thought to indicate 135 tsunami events in eight nations ringing the Mediterranean basin. Credit: NASA

A new analysis reveals that nearly all of the region’s sedimentary evidence ascribed to tsunamis, which dates back 4,500 years, corresponds to periods of heightened storminess

October 18, 2017 — Records of tsunamis and coastal storms abound along the Mediterranean seaboard, home to large cities such as Istanbul, Tel Aviv, and Naples and roughly 130 million people. But differentiating between these two types of natural disasters, which is critical for accurately estimating their relative risks, is challenging because they both sweep sedimentary material inland. Continue reading Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits

Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

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Protesters near the scene of the massive truck bomb attack in Mogadishu. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Demonstrators defy police to protest against people responsible for devastating truck bomb in Mogadishu

October 18, 2017 — Thousands of Somalis have demonstrated against those behind the bombing that killed more than 300 people at the weekend, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from the site of the attack. Continue reading Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

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PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Severe Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC

Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) advised local governments and residents to be on alert for both Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) and a low pressure area (LPA). Continue reading NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

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Image by Rappler.com

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire on May 23, 2017 that triggered the war in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The bullet holes that riddled the freshly painted walls of the 4-storey house in the village of Basak Malutlut tell the story of an intense firefight that erupted not too far away from the military headquarters here. Continue reading Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

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PORTUGAL WILDFIRES. Firefighters inspect a burnt house in Lufreu near Penacova following wildfires on October 17, 2017. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Portugal’s civil protection agency says the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the center and the north of the country, had been brought under control. In Spain, the death toll rises to 4 from the fires

PENACOVA, Portugal – Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday, October 17, helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another 4 in northern Spain. Continue reading Wildfire toll hits 41 in Portugal and Spain but rain brings respite

Severe Tropical Storm Paolo slightly intensifies

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Satellite image as of October 17, 11 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Paolo (Lan) now has maximum winds of 105 km/h and gustiness of up to 130 km/h

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) slightly intensified and accelerated a bit as it continued moving over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday evening, October 17. Continue reading Severe Tropical Storm Paolo slightly intensifies

Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable energy

localised electric grids allow communities to keep power even if centralised systems go down
“Localised electric grids allow communities to keep power even if centralised systems go down.” (Photo: Deposit Photos)

As the world resumes climate talks in Bonn next month, island states will use the devastating hurricane season to fuel calls for expanded renewable energy investment

October 17, 2017 — It is an exciting time for renewable energy with the price of solar and wind now outcompeting fossil fuels in many markets around the world and the technology getting better by the day. Continue reading Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable energy