Likouala-aux-Herbes river near in Congo-Brazzaville. The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest tropical forest. Photograph: Hope Productions/Yann Arthus Bertrand / Getty Images/Getty Images At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them
January 24, 2017 — If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, southeast Asia
Continue reading We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years Brazilian president Michel Temer (second left) and ministers ratify the Paris agreement on climate change. Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA Move by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases is further boost to climate deal after ratification by US and China
September 13, 2016 — The Brazilian government has ratified its participation in the Paris agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to follow suit.
Continue reading Brazil ratifies Paris agreement with pledge to sharply reduce emissions 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’ 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 MINING AND MALARIA. Critics point to stagnant water buildups near mining sites to the malaria outbreak in Colombia Critics point to stagnant water buildups at the clandestine sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers’ camps for an increase in mosquitos spreading the disease
BOGOTA, Colombia (Apr. 31, 2016) — Colombia’s widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions – and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak.
Continue reading Colombia’s illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, a 30-minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the World Food Program, 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after 3 consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA The funding includes 12.2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400,000 Haitians
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The European Union said Friday, April 29, it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with neighboring Dominican Republic.
Continue reading EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti 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 ZIKA RESEARCH. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP The experts will also review progress in the development of Zika diagnostics and vaccines
PARIS, France (Apr. 24, 2016) — Some 600 disease experts from 43 nations will gather in Paris on Monday, April 25, to pour over scant but increasingly worrisome data emerging about the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and threatening the world.
Continue reading Disease experts to compare Zika notes in Paris AFTERMATH. A man passes by debris from a collapsed house in Manta, Manabi, Ecuador, April 22, 2016. Photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA The official toll from the quake now stands at 602 dead and 130 missing
PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 23, 2016) — New aftershocks rattled Ecuador on Friday, April 22, and hopes of finding survivors in the rubble all but evaporated, nearly a week after a huge earthquake that killed more than 600 people and injured thousands.
Continue reading New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake Image by Rappler.com Health authorities project that more than 600,000 people will be infected with the Zika virus this year in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (Mar. 6, 2016) — Colombia has seen more than 47,700 cases of Zika, including thousands of pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, the country’s National Health Institute reported on Saturday, March 5.
Continue reading Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases