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Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

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Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

Hurricane Irma cost Antigua and Barbuda $250m but insurance paid out just $6m, says diplomat, calling for more support at UN climate talks in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — After one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, some Caribbean nations are facing heavy losses. Continue reading Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

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Devastation on the island of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Photograph: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Increasingly unfamiliar and unpredictable weather events mean that business as usual is not an option for these islands to survive

October 6, 2017 — As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind. Continue reading Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

‘Not fit to live on’: Chaos grips Caribbean islands days after Irma’s rampage

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A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence shows an aerial view of damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Road Town, on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: Cpl Timothy Jones/AFP/Getty Images

British Virgin Islands face threats from rats, raw sewage and reported looting as many wait to evacuate to Puerto Rico

September 11, 2017 — Small Caribbean islands smashed by Hurricane Irma are in a state of chaos and rising panic, with unknown numbers of dead and injured and many still missing or stranded almost a week after the storm ripped through the region. Continue reading ‘Not fit to live on’: Chaos grips Caribbean islands days after Irma’s rampage

Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

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Michelle Smith checks her smart phone for news while clutching her dog Sophia as she leaves a Home Depot store with storm preparation supplies in Tampa.
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Caribbean islands face life-threatening conditions as ‘potentially catastrophic’ storm poised to be felt in Leeward Islands on Tuesday

September 5, 2017 — Hurricane Irma expanded into a 180mph “superstorm” on Tuesday as officials warned of life-threatening winds, storm surge and rainfall in several Caribbean islands and Continue reading Florida prepares as Hurricane Irma grows into 180mph ‘superstorm’

WHO warns of risk of ‘marked increase’ in Zika cases

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HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

‘As seasonal temperatures begin to rise in Europe, two species of Aedes mosquito which we know transmit the virus will begin to circulate,’ the WHO says

PARIS, France (Apr. 25, 2016) — The UN’s health agency warned Monday, April 25, of the potential for a “marked increase” in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil. Continue reading WHO warns of risk of ‘marked increase’ in Zika cases

Sharp rise of dengue on Chile’s Easter Island

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Authorities say they are also monitoring the population for Zika virus, and that about a dozen people suspected of having the disease are under observation

SANTIAGO, Chile (Feb. 21, 2016) — Chile’s remote Easter Island over the past two weeks has seen a dramatic increase in dengue, with a total now of 16 confirmed cases, including one serious enough to require hospitalization.

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Irradiated mosquitoes to help zap Zika’s power

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IRRADIATE. Scientists use a radiation to render male mosquitos sterile as a possible technique to combat the Zika virus. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA
Scientists say that by zapping male mosquitoes’ private parts with a radioactive source, they can reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti

SEIBERSDORF, Austria (Feb. 20, 21016) — The atmosphere inside the laboratory on the outskirts of Vienna is literally buzzing with armies of male mosquitoes locked up inside net-covered boxes. Their sole mission in life: stop females from breeding.

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Zika outbreak won’t compromise Olympics

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff. AFP file photo
Meanwhile, a health official warns that Zika is likely to spread to densely populated areas of the country

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Feb. 14, 2016) — The presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won’t compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed on Saturday, February 13, as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak.

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US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

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ZIKA VIRUS. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA
‘Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and therefore could not be identified during the screening process,’ says the Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 12, 2016) — The United States will not specifically screen those entering the country for the Zika virus because so many of those infected do not have symptoms, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, February 11.

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