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Mongolia: UN Calls for Help in Dzud Disaster


Mongolia is suffering from the effects of a natural phenomenon, termed locally as a “Dzud”. This describes harsh conditions which make it impossible for cattle to graze such as; drought, thick snow cover or ice covering grass. 17% of the country’s livestock has died as a result and the UN is calling for $18 million to help 800,000 rural people ... Read More »

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland: Ash Plume 7km High

Eyjafjallajökull from Gigjökull, 4th May 2010, 4pm. Photo: Ólafur Sigurjónsson, courtesy of Icelandic Met Office

The latest status report from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland notes that the current ash plume at Eyjafjallajökull is 7km high and earthquakes are continuing at a depth of 5-13km. There are no signs that the eruption is ending. Ash is predicted to head towards Britain over the weekend with ... Read More »

Science: Herschel Reveals What Happens When a Star is Born

The Galactic bubble RCW 120

The European Space Agency (ESA) have this week unveiled the first results from their infrared space observatory, known as Herschel, providing the above collection of images which go some way to explaining what happens during star formation. The new images, some of which are shown above, challenge several ideas about star birth and suggest new avenues for scientific research, which ... Read More »

US: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill “Could Take Months” to Stem

The US Coast Guard is currently considering whether or not to begin burning off the oil which is currently collecting in the Gulf of Mexico following the breakdown of the BP controlled Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”. Coast Guard Rear Adm Mary Landry, who is responsible for the American cleanup operation, told reporters today that the robotic submarines – widely reported ... Read More »

Volcano in Iceland Sees Flights Cancelled Across Europe

A volcano in Iceland, which has been erupting for a number of days, is now causing disruption to air travel across Europe as a cloud of ash makes flying impossible in and out of many airports. Flights have been cancelled in and out of many airports in North West Europe, including Britain and France, which has seen disruption to passenger ... Read More »

Australia: Earthquake in Adelaide

Reports are coming in of a small earthquake which was felt in Adelaide and the surrounding region of South Australia just after 11.30pm CST on Friday 16th April 2010 (2pm GMT). “I thought the house was going to slide down the hill” said Carly Hannaford, an equestrian trainer from the Adelaide Hills region. The police have received multiple calls to ... Read More »

Environment: Sting and John Legend to Perform at 40th Earth Day

The 40th annual “Earth Day” event is due to take place this month, in Washington DC, UDA, with international acts like Sting and John Legend confirmed to perform at the Climate Rally. Events, which run from 17 to 25 April 2010, focus on the 40th Anniversary Earth Day of 22 April. Confirmed guests for the week of events include Sting, ... Read More »

Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK

The new “legal high” drug, often sold as plant food online, known as Mephedrone, is widely expected to be banned this afternoon by the British Government, despite a senior Drugs Advisor quitting the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) just hours before the decision is due to be announced. Dr Polly Taylor quit the Council because she “did ... Read More »