20 May 2016

Lake Mead declines to lowest level in history

“The nation’s largest reservoir has broken a record, declining to the lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s. Lake Mead reached the new all-time low on Wednesday night, slipping below a previous record set in June 2015.” Source: Lake Mead declines to lowest level in history

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19 May 2016

UN: Risk of Zika Outbreak Across Europe Is “Low to Moderate”

“The World Health Organization says the risk of a Zika outbreak across Europe is ‘low to moderate,’ in a new risk assessment.” Source: UN: Risk of Zika Outbreak Across Europe Is “Low to Moderate” – ABC News

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18 May 2016

In Syria Talks, U.S. and Russia Propose Airdrops if Assad Forces Block Aid

“Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, said on Tuesday that if President Bashar al-Assad of Syria continues to block access of humanitarian aid to besieged cities and towns, they were prepared to help the World Food Program airdrop food and emergency supplies.” Source: In

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16 May 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics Could Lead to Worldwide Zika Outbreak, Expert Warns

“The Rio 2016 Summer Games should be postponed because of the risk of spreading the Zika virus rapidly worldwide, a Canadian scientist said. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said athletes and visitors to Rio de Janeiro should avoid poor and overcrowded parts of the city while they’re in town, because

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11 May 2016

The growing stress on the world’s water

“About 4 billion people already live in areas suffering from water stress. By 2030, ‘the world may face a shortfall in water availability of approximately 2,700 billion cubic meters,’ the bank reports, ‘with demand exceeding current sustainable water supplies by 40 percent.’ Though the bank tamps down speculation that countries will

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10 May 2016

The Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola May Become The World’s Latest Global Health Emergency

“Joining the ranks of Zika as one of the latest global health emergencies is an old illness that brings to mind images of colonial epidemics and slave trade routes: yellow fever. In recent months, Angola has seen a yellow fever outbreak that has infected nearly 2,000 people and killed 258

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09 May 2016

Yellow fever outbreak in DRC and Angola could spread: WHO warns

“In a statement, WHO indicated that the Democratic Republic of Congo had 38 cases of yellow fever exported from neighboring Angola, Kenya had two and one traveler had carried it to China ‘This highlights the risk of international spread through non-immunized travellers,’ the statement added. The current yellow fever outbreak

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08 May 2016

Kenya closing all refugee camps, displacing 600,000

“Kenya will close all refugee camps, a move that would displace more than 600,000 people living there, the government announced Friday. The decision includes Dadaab, the largest such camp in the world. It’s home to more than 300,000 people on the Kenya-Somalia border.” Source: Kenya closing all refugee camps, displacing

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08 May 2016

Afghanistan fuel tanker crash kills 52 in Ghazni province

“Two buses and a fuel tanker have collided on a major highway in Afghanistan killing 52 people. An official told the BBC that 73 people injured in the accident had been taken to hospital in Ghazni province.” Source: Afghanistan fuel tanker crash kills 52 in Ghazni province – BBC News

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03 May 2016

Venezuela’s Zika Outbreak May Be 150 Times Worse Than Reported, Study Says

” When it comes to the Zika virus’ impact on Venezuela, it’s the government’s word versus Google and Twitter. Based on data gathered in part from the search engine and social network, the watchdog health group Observatorio Venezolano de la Salud (OVS) estimates that nearly 700,000 people have been infected with

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