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WHO Warns Of Increased Risk Of Vector-borne Diseases In Tsunami-affected Areas

...eas in Southeast Asia. Nearly four weeks after the disaster struck the region on 26 December, the organization is strengthening its disease surveillance, stagnant water conditions creating conditions for mosquito vectors to multiply to sufficient levels, to potentially cause severe public health problems. Mo...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...l media attention after the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami disaster in Asia, following reports that trained elephants in Thailand had become agitated and fled to higher ground before the devastating wave struck, thus saving their own lives and those of the tourists riding on their backs. Because earthquakes and tsuna...

Insects, viruses could hold key for better human teamwork in disasters

... -- for ways to improve human collaboration during disaster relief efforts. At the center of the scientists' ...lief that civil engineers should be key players in disaster relief operations involving critical physical infrastructures -- a fourth group of "first-responders...

Environmental lessons from tsunami as world's coastal population doubles

...astal environments and communities when setting up disaster management policies to cope with cyclones, hurrica...rb the shock and provide protection from a coastal disaster than man-made structures such as sea walls or artificial reefs. Globally 23 per cent of the world's...

NIEHS launches website with information for assessing environmental hazards from Hurricane Katrina

...g effects of Katrina on the Gulf region. "With a disaster of this magnitude, people need many things, including easy access to science based information so they can make informed decisions to further reduce their risk of harm," said NIEHS Director Dr. David Schwartz. "Consolidating information in this new ...

FDA approves child-friendly AIDS medicine

...g effects of Katrina on the Gulf region. "With a disaster of this magnitude, people need many things, including easy access to science based information so they can make informed decisions to further reduce their risk of harm," said NIEHS Director Dr. David Schwartz. "Consolidating information in this new ...

DOE's Office of Science sets up program to aid scientists displaced by Hurricane Katrina

... ensure that faculty and students displaced by the disaster may continue their research and studies at other institutions," Orbach said. The Office of Science program will match interested students and faculty researchers with research programs that currently receive Office of Science grants whose researcher...

Chernobyl: The true scale of the accident

...as been involved with Chernobyl recovery since the disaster occurred. Recommendations Recommendations call for focusing assistance efforts on highly contaminated areas and redesigning government programs to help those genuinely in need. Suggested changes would shift programs away from those that foster "dep...

Oil spills and climate change double the mortality rate of British seabirds

...n southern Europe, such as the Prestige oil tanker disaster off the coast of Galicia, Spain, in November 2002, have far-reaching consequences on seabirds breeding far from the scene of the initial pollution. The study has also found that consistently high values of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index...

Pulp mill devastates swans' sanctuary in Chile

.... Words really can't describe the magnitude of the disaster here." The investigators, who made two visits to the area, in August and October, affirmed earlier findings by the Austral University of Chile that pulp waste from the plant owned by CELCO, Chile's largest timber conglomerate, is most likely respons...

Marine conservation organizations team up to conduct Indonesia coral reefs assessment

...ill be coordinating the two-week expedition. "This disaster presents a great opportunity to reinforce the concepts of marine management in Indonesia and to ensure that sufficient reef areas are protected such that fish and shellfish can prosper and reproduce." Shipboard expedition participants include: Briti...

Tsunami + 1 year: Reviving exhausted fisheries should trump replacing boats, gear, experts say

...in Aceh Province, Sumatra, perished in the Dec. 26 disaster and more than 9,600 boats of all kinds were destroyed. On Nias Island, a further 15-20% of fishers died in the catastrophe. Impacts on fishing capacity and infrastructure were also profound. In Aceh, for example, 83 fish landing facilities and 20 ...

Georgia Tech accelerates drug discovery with new IBM supercomputing cluster

...e the large volumes of research data and provide a disaster recovery backup. Force10 TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers are also integrated into the IBM BladeCenter cluster to provide resilient interconnectivity enabling predictable cluster performance and scalability that will allow Georgia Tech to ...

World Trade Center identifications pushed forensic DNA technology

...numental effort of identifying the victims of this disaster were the problems inherent with the remains. While about 2,749 people died in the disaster, there were 19,915 individual samples to analyze, identify and return to victims' families. Of these, forensic scientists identified 54 percent. DNA analysi...

Indonesia - disaster relief aid in action

...an 3,000 people, with thousands more injured. The disaster relief team left from Brussels 19:00, Sunday 28 May, reaching Jakarta the following day. Their immediate mission includes assessing the availability of both dialysis hardware and medical and paramedic staff in the area, as well as organizing screenin...

Researchers develop flood-tolerant California rice

...es." Flooding of croplands is a frequent natural disaster in many regions of the world, reducing crop productivity. While rice, the primary food for more than 3 billion people, thrives in standing water, it dies if it is completely submerged for more than four days. Water covering the rice plant reduces the...

Five surprising facts about starvation that could change the international agenda

...of a famine. The authors note that a public health disaster is generally declared if more than 15% of the children in a country suffer from wasting. Gross and Webb analyzed countries with the highest child mortality rates and child wasting rates. Based on their assessment of the data, the authors present five...

New roles for growth factors: Enticing nerve cells to muscles

...rons know where to go," says Pfaff. "It would be a disaster if you wanted to move your arm and instead bent your back." Earlier studies suggested that muscles lining the spine sent out chemical cues as a siren song for specific motor neurons known as MMCm cells. But when attempts to identify the enticing sub...

Stormy days ahead for coral reefs

...imate the potential damage on a reef for different disaster scenarios could help managers plan for economic losses as well as promote strategies that help the reef recover." The researchers' model uses mathematical models borrowed from engineering theory to translate the movement of storm waves into mech...

Coral reefs are increasingly vulnerable to angry oceans

...imate the potential damage on a reef for different disaster scenarios could help managers plan for economic losses as well as promote strategies to help the reef recover." The researchers used mathematical models borrowed from engineering theory to translate the movement of storm waves into mechanical stre...

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