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Study: Plastic debris widespread on ocean surface

Source : News Daily / 01 Jul 2014

Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says.

Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife.


Pollution threatens 66% of Gulf coral reefs

Source : Arab News / 03 Jun 2014

Pollution caused by chemicals from the petroleum industry, toxic human waste, overfishing and spillage from oil tankers are threatening two-thirds of the Gulf region's coral reefs and its marine life, according to an environmental researcher.


Study: Tropical Storms Migrating Away from Equator

Source : VOA News / 17 May 2014

A study published in the science journal Nature says tropical cyclones are reaching maximum intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles. 

Over the last 30 years, the peak of these powerful and destructive storms has migrated poleward at the rate of about 56 kilometers per decade.


​Climate change reducing nutrition in staple foods - study

Source : RT / 09 May 2014

Increased levels of carbon dioxide emissions related to a warming planet will weaken nutrition levels in some of the world’s staple foods like corn and wheat, new research has found, impacting the poorest and most at risk of malnutrition.


Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities

Source : / 08 May 2014

Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.


Preventative measures for natural disasters needed in Afghanistan

Source : UN Multimedia / 06 May 2014

Long-term preventive measures are needed to fight natural disasters in Afghanistan, according to top United Nations humanitarian officials.

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-Wha Kang and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden visited the location of a deadly landslide which killed hundreds in north-eastern Afghanistan last Friday.


Middle East’s first Eco- Club Summit

Source : Gulf News / 02 May 2014

Kelvin Doe, a 15 year-old from Sierra Leone, amazed the world when he built his own radio station at the age of 13.

He is one of the speakers at the Eco Club Summit, the first summit of its kind in the Middle East, organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

Source : Voice of Russia / 02 May 2014

The quake struck at 4:43 pm local time (0843 GMT), 70 kilometres (43 miles) south-southeast of Namela in the Maluku chain of islands at a depth of 54 kilometres, the USGS said.

"The quake's epicentre was in the sea and was mildly felt in the cities of Ambon, Namlea and Namrole," Tri Handayani, an official from Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told AFP, adding that there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.


Asian pollution fueling storms across Northern Hemisphere – study

Source : RT / 16 Apr 2014

Increasing levels of pollution in Asia are strengthening storms over the Pacific Ocean, a study has revealed. Scientists warned these changes could have a radical knock-on effect on climate systems around the world if left unchecked.


Ethiopia to build geothermal power plant in July

Source : World Bulletin / 08 Apr 2014

Ethiopia will build a 1000-megawatt geothermal power plant in July, Alemayehu Tegenu, minister of water, irrigation and energy, said Monday.

The Korbete Power Plant, to be built in the Afar Regional State at a cost of some $2 billion, is expected to be fully operational within six years.


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