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Rivers in Alaska are turning orange. The reason surprised even scientists

30 May 2024

The passage discusses how rivers and streams in Alaska are changing color due to the release of toxic metals from thawing permafrost as a result of climate change. This discoloration and increase in metal concentrations is causing declines in aquatic life and raising concerns for communities that rely on these waterways. Similar changes have also been observed in other regions like Colorado and the Chilean Andes, highlighting the broader impact of climate change on mountain water sources.

These animals are mostly likely to 'win' climate change
These animals are mostly likely to 'win' climate change

These animals are mostly likely to 'win' climate change

29 May 2024

Several animal "winners" of climate change are discussed, including jellyfish, bullfrogs, feral swine, spotted lanternflies, and mosquitoes. These species are expected to thrive and expand their ranges due to their adaptability, lack of specific habitat needs, and ability to reproduce quickly. The passage suggests these climate "winners" could dramatically disrupt ecosystems and cause significant economic and environmental damage as their populations grow.

Deadly pathogen identified as global threat to coral reefs

26 May 2024

Tel Aviv University researchers have identified a water-borne pathogen responsible for mass sea urchin mortalities in the Red Sea, posing a severe threat to global coral reefs. The epidemic has spread to the Indian Ocean, raising concerns of a potential global pandemic. Sea urchins are vital for maintaining ecological balance by feeding on algae that compete with corals for sunlight. Their disappearance can disrupt the delicate ecosystem, leading to widespread coral reef degradation. Urgent action is needed to protect and understand the outbreak's causes.

Hongkongers should avoid touching wild birds amid possible mutation in deadly H5 avian flu virus, expert says
Hongkongers should avoid touching wild birds amid possible mutation in deadly H5 avian flu virus, expert says

Hongkongers should avoid touching wild birds amid possible mutation in deadly H5 avian flu virus, expert says

25 May 2024

Hongkongers are being advised to avoid contact with wild birds as the H5 avian flu virus shows signs of mutating and becoming more infectious to mammals, including humans. Recent outbreaks among US dairy cows, previously unaffected by the virus, have raised concerns. Ivan Hung Fan-ngai, an infectious diseases expert, warns that the mutation could lead to human-to-human transmission, potentially surpassing the severity and transmissibility of Covid-19. Two dairy farm workers have already been infected. Hung recommends reporting dead birds and avoiding feeding pigeons, as they may carry the virus. Hong Kong will ban pigeon feeding from August 1. Hung also suggests genetic mutations in bacteria may explain the global rise in whooping cough cases, calling for revised vaccines. Hong Kong has seen a significant increase in whooping cough cases, with 28 reported this year compared to 15 in 2023.

Revised Draft of Global Digital Compact Streamlines Commitments

22 May 2024

The intergovernmental process on the Global Digital Compact, led by co-facilitators, has released a revised draft of the Compact as part of the preparations for the Summit of the Future (SoF). The draft highlights the immense potential benefits of digital technologies and emphasizes the need for international cooperation to bridge digital divides. It outlines objectives, principles, and actions to address connectivity, digital literacy, inclusion in the digital economy, internet governance, data governance, and responsible use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). Section-by-section readings of the draft are scheduled, with meetings planned for further discussions.

WHO reports major increase in sexually transmitted infections
WHO reports major increase in sexually transmitted infections

WHO reports major increase in sexually transmitted infections

21 May 2024

HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs remain major public health challenges, causing 2.5 million deaths yearly. In 2022, syphilis cases rose by over one million, mainly in the Americas and Africa. This, along with limited progress in reducing HIV and viral hepatitis infections, threatens health targets. Multi-resistant gonorrhea and persistent hepatitis B and C cases are also concerning. However, efforts to expand services and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis show promise, with Namibia leading in triple elimination progress.

Extreme Heatwaves in South and Southeast Asia are a Sign of Disasters to Come

18 May 2024

Since April 2024, extensive regions of south and south-east Asia have been experiencing prolonged extreme heat, impacting densely populated areas. The heatwaves have led to school closures and health risks, with temperatures exceeding the core human body temperature. The combination of high temperatures and increasing humidity amplifies the danger, hindering the body's cooling mechanisms. This extreme heat poses a greater threat than similar temperatures in desert regions. Millions of people in south and south-east Asia have faced health risks and reduced labor productivity due to these conditions during April and May.

‘Untold harm to nature’ from wildlife trafficking, warns UN crime agency
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‘Untold harm to nature’ from wildlife trafficking, warns UN crime agency
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‘Untold harm to nature’ from wildlife trafficking, warns UN crime agency
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13 May 2024

Wildlife crime inflicts significant harm on nature, livelihoods, public health, and the fight against climate change. While progress has been made in countering poaching for some iconic species, such as elephants and rhinoceroses, the overall situation remains bleak for numerous protected plants and animals. Illegal trade affects thousands of species, with millions of items seized globally. Wildlife trafficking often goes unnoticed, despite its role in species extinction and disease risks. Powerful organized crime groups exploit ecosystems, necessitating targeted interventions and investment in monitoring. Comprehensive strategies, including policy focus, market regulations, and law enforcement, have yielded positive results but require sustained efforts.

US’ First National Nature Assessment Gets Underway, NCA5 Issued in Spanish

9 May 2024

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has announced the selection of authors for the country's first National Nature Assessment (NNA1). This assessment aims to evaluate the status of US lands, waters, and wildlife, and its authors bring expertise in various fields. The assessment will provide insights into the benefits of nature and potential future changes, helping guide decision-making processes. Additionally, the USGCRP has made the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) available in Spanish, promoting accessibility.

Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa
Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa

Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa

8 May 2024

Severe flooding and mudslides caused by torrential rains have resulted in extensive damage and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights the urgent need for sustainable efforts to address climate-induced human mobility in the face of this ongoing crisis.

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