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Typhoon Haiyan: In Hard-Hit Tacloban

submitted by Nguyen Huu Ninh - by Andrew Stevens and Paula Hancocks - November 10, 2013

Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) -- No building in this coastal city of 200,000 residents appears to have escaped damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Syria crisis: 40% of population need humanitarian assistance, says UN

The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably, Amos told the UN. Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP

Image: The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably, Amos told the UN. Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP - November 4th, 2013

Around 9.3 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance due to the country's conflict, the UN was told on Monday .

"The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably," UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the security council behind closed doors, according to her spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt. Around 6.5 million people are displaced from their homes, Amos said. Syria's population is around 23 million.


Vietnam - Typhoon Haiyan Information

Cây đổ ở Hà Nội sau bão Haiyan
Ảnh hưởng của cơn bão Haiyan, Hà Nội từ đêm qua có mưa to và gió thổi mạnh

Trực tiếp: Bão số 14 đã làm 13 người thiệt mạng
VOV.VN- Tại các địa phương ảnh hưởng của bão số 14 đã có 13 người chết và 81 người bị thương...

Tâm bão Haiyan đang ở địa đầu Móng Cái (Quảng Ninh)

Haiyan makes landfall, weakens into depression

China - Typhoon Haiyan Information

Cây cối, biển quảng cáo đổ, xe tải lật... là những cảnh tượng diễn ra ở đảo Hải Nam, phần lãnh thổ đầu tiên của Trung Quốc hứng siêu bão Haiyan gây ra sau khi đổi hướng đột ngột.

CNN Reports: Super Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps strongest ever, plows across Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan -- perhaps the strongest storm ever -- plowed Friday across the central Philippines, leaving widespread devastation in its wake.

It roared onto Samar at 4:30 a.m., flooding streets and knocking out power and communications networks in many areas of the hilly island in the region of Eastern Visayas, and then continued its march, barreling into four other Philippine islands as it moved across the archipelago.

GDACS Red Alert - Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Laos, Viet Nam, Philippines, Palau - November 7, 2013


Tropical Cyclone HAIYAN-13 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Updated: this report is based on advisory number 20.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hurricane/Typhoon > 150 mph (maximum wind speed of 315 km/h)
  • from 04/11/2013 00:00 UTC to 08/11/2013 00:00 UTC
  • Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 17.7 million
  • Vulnerability: High




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2013 WHO Global Tuberculosis Report launched

The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled 5 priority actions to strengthen the fight against one of the world’s leading infectious killers - tuberculosis (TB) - at the 23 October launch of a new report on the epidemic. The 2013 TB report calls for more attention to multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and reaching those who are being missed by the system.



Gaps persist despite doubling of new products for neglected diseases

A rigorous assessment of drug and vaccine development for neglected diseases that shows some improvement over the last decade but still major gaps has been published in the Lancet today. Only 4% of the new therapeutic products registered between 2000-11 were for 11% of the global disease burden, and only 4 new chemical entities that can lead to truly new products were approved. 


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Research discussion at the World Health Summit in Berlin

A call for action in 4 areas was put out at the World Health Summit in Berlin, held 20-22 October. The 1000 decision makers and representatives of health-related fields from more than 80 countries were there to address pressing issues of medicine and health care systems. The M8 Alliance released a joint statement on what was needed in research and innovation; education and leadership; evidence to policy; and global health for development. 

Gray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash

November 5,2013, RealNews24

By: Brian,

Live Free Live Natural.


Image Credit: Geograph / Richard Humphrey

July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington. The sperm whale had plastic in its stomach, an increasing common phenomenon say researchers at the Biodiversity Centre Naturalis. In  March of this year, a 10 meter long sperm whale washed up on Spain’s South Coast. This whale had swallowed 59 different plastic items totaling over 37 pounds. Most of this plastic consisted of transparent sheeting used to build greenhouses in Almeria and Grenada for the purpose of tomatoes for the European market. The rest was plastic bags, nine meters of rope, two stretches of hosepipe, two small flower pots, and a plastic spray canister. Cause of death was intestinal blockage....


BP profit falls 34% on lower refining margins - October 29th, 2013 - Justin Schenk

 BP PLC Tuesday reported a 33.6% decline in third-quarter net profit from a year earlier, largely on lower refining margins, but also announced a series of measures aimed at pleasing investors.

The British oil giant set a dividend boost and announced a plan to sell $10 billion in assets by the end of 2015, saying it would use the proceeds for “additional distributions to shareholders,” including share buybacks.

BP said net profit was $3.5 billion, or $1.01 per American depositary share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30.


Oceans Warming Faster Than They Have Over Past 10,000 Years


A new study finds that the oceans could be holding the missing heat from global warming.  Photo by Alexis DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Greenhouse gas emissions have been rising, but warming has plateaued in recent years. It turns out the heat is likely being absorbed by the ocean depths. - by Bryan Walsh - November 1, 2013

. . . the oceans depths seem to be soaking up the excess heat energy created by the accumulation of greenhouse gases. Researchers led by Yair Rosenthal at Rutgers University reconstructed temperatures in one part of the Pacific Ocean and found that its middle depths have been warming some 15 times faster over the past 60 years than at any other time over the past 10,000 years. It’s as if the oceans have been acting as a battery, absorbing the excess charge created by the greenhouse effect, which leaves less to warm the surface of the planet, where we’d notice it.


Report: Warming likely to make bad things worse

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many of the ills of the modern world -- starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease -- are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.

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Home> U.S. Major Pension Funds Ask for Climate Change Study - October 24th, 2013 - Kevin Begos

Some of the largest pension funds in the U.S. and the world are worried that major fossil fuel companies may not be as profitable in the future because of efforts to limit climate change, and they want details on how the firms will manage a long-term shift to cleaner energy sources.

In a statement released Thursday, leaders of 70 funds said they're asking 45 of the world's top oil, gas, coal and electric power companies to do detailed assessments of how efforts to control climate change could impact their businesses.

"Institutional investors must think over the long term, which means that we must take environmental risks into consideration when we make investments," New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told The Associated Press in a statement.



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