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Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

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Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon Basin on November 5, 2010 in Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Rodrigo Baleia/LatinContent/Getty Images

Deforestation and climate change appear to be amplifying droughts in the Amazon

August 3, 2017 — If you are like me, you picture the Amazon region as an ever lush, wet, tropical region filled with numerous plant and animal species. Who would imagine the Amazon experiencing Continue reading Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says

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Aerial view of homes submerged in floodwaters along the Pearl and Leaf Rivers after record breaking storms dumped rain across the deep south, 13/03/2016, St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Credit: US Army Photo/Alamy Stock Photo.

The El Niño event of 2015-16 was one of the strongest on record, bringing flooding to much of South America, southern US and East Africa, and severe drought to Australia and southeast Asia

July 24, 2017 — Now a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, suggests that similar “extreme” El Niño events could become more frequent as global temperatures rise. Continue reading ‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says

Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

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Bolivians in La Paz fetch water from a tanker truck provided by officials of the Bolivian public water company, Epsas. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

Three main dams supplying water to La Paz and El Alto are no longer fed by Andean glaciers and have nearly run dry

November 28, 2016 — The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought for at least 25 years.  Continue reading Shrinking glaciers cause state-of-emergency drought in Bolivia

Strong 6.1 quake shakes northern Peru

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There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The USGS measures the earthquake at magnitude 6.0.

LIMA, Peru (Sept. 10, 2016) — A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck the jungle region of northern Peru on Saturday, authorities said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.  Continue reading Strong 6.1 quake shakes northern Peru

Colombia’s illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

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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

South American floods kill 12, force mass evacuations

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AFTER THE TORNADO. People walk past a car turned upside down by a tornado in Dolores, Uruguay on April 16, 2016. Nicolas Garcia/AFP

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have all been hit by the deluge, which has inundated towns, taken out bridges, blocked roads and cut off water supplies in recent days

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Apr. 21, 2016) — Severe storms and flooding across South America’s “southern cone” have killed at least 12 people and forced thousands to evacuate, with more bad weather on the way.

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New study ‘strongest’ proof Zika causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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ZIKA VIRUS. Ana Beatriz is held by her father Alipio Martin during a medical appointment at the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, Brazil, January 29, 2016. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA
Zika is usually no more harmful than a bad cold or mild flu, but global anxiety about the mosquito-borne virus has been driven by its probable link to microcephaly and GBS

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 5, 2016) — A study published this week was the strongest piece of evidence yet that that the Zika virus causes the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but more research was needed, the UN said Friday, March 4.

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South America holds crisis meeting as Zika ‘nightmare’ spreads

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A Mexican Health Ministry worker fumigates a house in Oaxaca, Mexico, 02 February 2016. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA
Ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis, with fears the virus could spread worldwide

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Feb. 4, 2016) — South American health ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday, February 3, on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a “nightmare” by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

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France’s Sanofi launches Zika virus vaccine research

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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
This comes a day after the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the mosquito-borne Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies

PARIS, France (Feb. 2, 2016) — French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced Tuesday, February 2, that it had begun research and development into a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies.

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WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

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Dominican Air Force personnel fumigate various locations in Santo Domingo against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, on January 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/Erika Santelices)
The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was “strongly suspected” of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency

Geneva (Feb. 2, 2016) — The UN health body said that a surge in cases of microcephaly — a devastating condition in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and brain — was likely caused by Continue reading WHO declares international health emergency over Zika