Image by Rappler.com The push will be supported by airstrikes from the US-led coalition bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria
BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 24, 2016) — A Kurdish-Arab alliance on Tuesday, May 24, announced the launch of a major assault against the Islamic State (ISIS) group north of the Syrian bastion of Raqa.
Continue reading Kurdish-Arab forces announce anti-ISIS offensive north of Syria’s Raqa MOVING OUT. A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centers, during a police operation in a camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece on May 24, 2016. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country
IDOMENI, Greece (May 24, 2016) — Hundreds of Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, began clearing the overcrowded Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands have been living in squalid conditions for more than 3 months.
Continue reading Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp Image by Rappler.com A local official says a wall inside the jade mine collapsed amid heavy rain
YANGON, Myanmar (May 24, 2016) — A landslide in Myanmar’s northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, May 24, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry.
Continue reading 12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide FOSSIL FUELS. Steam and fumes emerge from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany on March 2, 2012. File photo by Oliver Berg/EPA Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5°C if all known reserves of oil, gas, and coal are burned
BONN, Germany (May 24, 2016) — Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday, May 23.
Continue reading Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth ZIKA OUTBREAK. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 23, 2016. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA The World Health Organization’s Margaret Chan also warns that ‘failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services’ has exacerbated the crisis
GENEVA, Switzerland (May 24, 2016) — The spiraling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is due to decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday, May 23.
Continue reading Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’ Forward looking … the waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Patrick Brooks Brandenburg/Getty Images/Aurora Creative Oregon city’s education board will now insist on teaching that ‘the climate crisis is created by human beings’
May 24, 2016 — Schools in Portland, Oregon, have voted to abandon textbooks that “express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities”.
Continue reading Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change ISIS ATTACK. An officer stands next to damaged cars at the site of a bombing in a bus station in Jableh city, Lattakia province, Syria on May 23, 2016. Photo from Syrian Arab News Agency/EPA The Islamic State says the attacks were in retaliation for Syrian regime and Russian air strikes
DAMASCUS, Syria (May 24, 2016) — More than 148 people were killed Monday, May 23, in bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria, the deadliest attacks to date in the regime’s coastal heartland.
Continue reading ISIS blasts in Syria regime heartland kill more than 148 ZIKA VIRUS. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika, no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been found in the Americas
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (May 24, 2016) — Brazilian scientists said Monday, May 23, they have found the first hard evidence the Zika virus blamed for causing brain damage in hundreds of babies is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Continue reading Brazil confirms mosquito as Zika vector Arctic would warm by as much as 20°C by 2300 with disastrous impacts if action is not taken on climate change, warns new study
May 23, 2016 — The planet would warm by searing 10°C if all fossil fuels are burned, according to a new study, leaving some regions uninhabitable and wreaking profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy.
Continue reading World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned This file photo taken on May 7, 2016 shows flames and smoke rising off Highway 63 outside Fort McMurray, Canada. Cole Burston/AFP Officials lift the evacuation order for several oil production sites north of Fort McMurray, but stop short of allowing production to resume
MONTREAL, Canada (May 23, 2016) — Officials on Sunday, May 22, lifted the evacuation order for several oil production sites north of Fort McMurray, the city threatened by massive Canadian wildfires, but stopped short of allowing production to resume.
Continue reading Evacuation lifted for oil sites threatened by Canada fires