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El Ni?o cycles linked to cholera outbreaks

...ons, precipitation and river discharge. Floods and drought can affect not only human interactions with water resources and therefore exposure to the pathogen, but also sanitary conditions and disease susceptibility. The discovery of a remote link between El Ni?o events and cholera outbreaks comes at a time...

Withering related to impotence

A new research into plants' response to drought has shown there is a chemical link between the process of drooping in plants and impotence in humans.Dr Steven J. Neill and colleagues, from the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, have found that nitric oxide — which facilitates erec...

Benzene Slick In China Highlights Water Pollution

...saying. The pollution increases the risk of both drought and flood in different areas, as well as the shortage of drinking water, he said. "Last year, water from half the tested sections of China's seven major rivers was undrinkable because of pollution," the official China Daily quoted Sheng Huaren, a l...

Eating Contaminated Food Leads To Cholera Outbreak In Malawi

...b of Eastern Africa) are the worst affected. The drought that occurred previous year and the subsequent food shortage has been accounted for the situation now prevalent in Malawi. More than 12 million people in Malawi, especially those in the Southern Province are believed to suffer from this food scarcity...

Bio-Technology Initiatives to Feed Research On Sorghum Crop

... responsible role of being able to brave odds like drought and also give out a rich yield of vitamins and minerals. This would indeed be a boon to the prevailing problems of hunger and malnutrition in Africa. Luke Mehlo, a molecular biotechnologist who came to Iowa from South Africa, and is keenly involved ...

West Nile Virus Can Be Tackled By New Strategy

...y from the University of Florida found that spring drought followed by continual summer rainfall is critical ...ouis Encephalitis Virus, in southern Florida. When drought occurs early in the year, the limited water resources confine mosquito populations to selected habit...

Assam Heat Wave Claims Five.

...e just two occasions a century ago when a moderate drought was recorded in Assam. Worry of drought is not there," a met official said. More than 75 percent of Assam's 26 million people eke out a liv...

A Timely Reminder Of Devastating Health Impact Of Climate Change

...changes and we are already seeing the effects with drought in Australia and rising sea levels in the Pacific. “The effects of climate change will hit poor and developing countries the hardest. “As a wealthy nation and a prolific per capita greenhouse polluter, Australia must take heed of the Stern Review...

Ice Cream made of Camel Milk Launched in Rajasthan

...ol for supporting livelihoods of the owners in the drought hit and impoverished far western part of Rajasthan. Camel milk is different from cow and buffalo milk. It is considered very healthy as it contains enzymes with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help to fight diseases. The milk also con...

Impact of Climate Change in Africa

...cology, Dr Lindsey Gillson uncovers evidence for a drought that coincided with the harrowing period of Maasai history at the end of the 19th century termed 'Emutai' meaning to wipe out. 'Severe disturbance events and rapid environmental change tend to occur infrequently, but can have a lasting effect on bo...

Climate Sceptics Issued With Challenge by a U.K Scientist

...s of Australia, which are in the grip of the worst drought in memory, have sparked an intense debate about global warming. Alan Thorpe, Chief Executive of Natural Environment Research Council in U.K., and one of the world's leading climate scientists has challenged those questioning on the impact of the hu...

New Study Links Western Wildfires to Atlantic Ocean Surface Temperatures

... in the North Atlantic correspond with episodes of drought and subsequent fires in the West as shown by fire ...s in different regions of western North America to drought associated with the warm El Ni?o phase or cool La Ni?a phase of the Southern El-Ni?o Southern Oscill...

Australian City Fights Global Warming in a Unique Way

...warming of the earth's atmosphere. A long-standing drought and serious water shortages in Australia have focused much attention in recent times on climate change. Environmental worries have moved centre stage and they will be key issues in a federal election due later this year. Sydney Morning Herald, a pr...

Force-feeding a Scourge Among Mauritanian Nomads

...d Mounina. 'The country has been hit by years of drought and we simply don't have that kind of quantity of milk now, or the time it takes,' she added. In the market in the capital Nouakchott, Mounina pointed to all the women working in the stalls selling everything from brightly coloured veils to fake Ch...

The Long Wait ... Dying for Lack of Kidneys

...rt of the personality or soul. One answer to organ drought would be to get people to opt out of donorship rather than to opt in - or register as a donor. Under this system, body parts required for transplant would automatically be lifted from all deceased bar those "opting out" of the system -- or specific...

World may Get Much Wetter With Global Warming Than Believed

...hwest, which has withered under varying degrees of drought since the turn of the century. But for other regions already prone to heavy rains, more precipitation could spell disaster. Brian Soden, a professor at the University of Miami who was not involved with the study, said the new paper is likely to be ...

Tobacco Menace and What can Be Done About It

...loyment, want of better alternatives to farmers in drought prone areas, addiction and a singular lack of motivation among those charged with the task of combating the evil. Unless each one of these problems is addressed with earnestness, thousands will keep falling victims to a range of tobacco related di...

Climate Change Threatening to Wipe Out Wild Relatives of Key Crops

...ained genes for traits such as pest resistance and drought tolerance, which plant breeders use to improve the performance of cultivated varieties. Wild crops are a valuable source of genes that are necessary to boost the ability of cultivated crops to resist pests and tolerate drought, he said. The reli...

Massive Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Hundreds of Home in Florida

...ne reason for the burst of wildfires: a persistent drought this spring. To mitigate the risks posed by wildfires, residents should clear property of brush, dead trees, and especially unkempt foliage growing close to their homes, says Jim Harrell, spokesman for the Florida Division of Forestry. "Conditio...

Australian Grape Glut Dries Up as Drought Bites

...stralia was awash in wine. But thanks to the worst drought in a century, the 2007 vintage will be one of the ...ould be useless to plant vines while in others the drought has left plants stunted and fruitless. "If the drought just continues as is, we are going to see v...

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