World Health Organisation: Governments get “Highest Marks” for Handling of Flu Pandemic

The 126th World Health Organisation Executive Board session is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 18th – 23rd January 2010. On the first day, the Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, took the opportunity to praise governments around the world for their handling of the H1N1 “swine” flu pandemic which spread from Mexico in 2009. Although … Read more World Health Organisation: Governments get “Highest Marks” for Handling of Flu Pandemic

Caribbean: Earthquake and Tsunami on Tuesday 12th January 2010

This is a Tsunami warning message taken from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre which cancelled a Caribbean sea watch yesterday: AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME –  2153Z 12 JAN 2010 COORDINATES –  18.5 NORTH   72.5 WEST LOCATION    –  HAITI REGION MAGNITUDE   –  7.1 EVALUATION A TSUNAMI MEASURING 12 CM CREST-TO-TROUGH … Read more Caribbean: Earthquake and Tsunami on Tuesday 12th January 2010

China Weather: Chinese Expect Further Freeze

The UK is not the only country experiencing unusually cold conditions this Winter. China has also been weathering a particularly frosty season which is expected to get even colder this week. This forecast is available from the Chinese Government English-language portal: Strong wind and temperature dips up to 12 degrees Celsius are expected in northern … Read more China Weather: Chinese Expect Further Freeze

China: Beijing Hit by Record Snowfall

The winter which has seen record-breaking snow storms on the west coast of the USA and freezing weather causing havoc across Great Britain continues with record snowfalls recorded in Beijing over the weekend. Up to 30 centimetres of snow have fallen in some parts of the area immediately surrounding the Chinese capital, causing major disruption … Read more China: Beijing Hit by Record Snowfall

Copenhagen: Denmark Creates Climate Scolarship in Honour of Copenhagen Conference

The Danish Government has created a special Masters scolarship in lue of gifts to delegates at the Copenhagen conference. Travel and living expenses plus tuition will be paid for students attending Danish Universities to do climate studies under the COP15 Climate Scholarships. The list of recipients is as follows: Rafael Tabase Ghana AU Biosystems engineering … Read more Copenhagen: Denmark Creates Climate Scolarship in Honour of Copenhagen Conference

Cyclone Mick: Eye of the Storm Passing Over Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Mick is now a category 1 storm. The centre was located at 11am FJT (12 hours ahead of GMT) about 110km North North-West of Nadi. The cyclone was moving South East at a rate of around 15-20 km p/h. The cyclone is thought to be now past its peak and will be over … Read more Cyclone Mick: Eye of the Storm Passing Over Fiji

The Geminid Meteor Shower: The World Looks to the Skies

The futuristic sounding year 2010 is fast approaching so it is nice to reflect upon the fact that, despite all technological advancement the human race has achieved through the ages, one of the major events this week involves looking to the stars: this week sees the return of the Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids Meteor … Read more The Geminid Meteor Shower: The World Looks to the Skies

Argentina: Supreme Court Rules it “Unconstitutional” to Punish Personal Marijuana Use

In a landmark decision, the Argentinian Supreme Court has ruled that it is ‘unconstitutional’ to punish those who use the drug cannabis. The decision was reached following a case where five men were arrested in possession of marijuana cigarettes, the court ruling that “each adult is free to make lifestyle decisions without the intervention of … Read more Argentina: Supreme Court Rules it “Unconstitutional” to Punish Personal Marijuana Use

Taiwan: Typhoon Morakot

Flights have been cancelled and the financial markets remain closed as Typhoon Morakot continues to batter the island of Taiwan. Premier Tsao-Hsuian Liu has visited the damaged areas and instructed the Central Operation Center of the National Fire Agency to establish a headquarters in Pintung County. Fishermen have been reported missing and a woman is … Read more Taiwan: Typhoon Morakot

Asia: Millions Witness Century’s Longest Total Eclipse of the Sun

The longest solar eclipse in the 21st century is currently occurring in Asia. The alignment of the moon and Sun began in India and will cross through Nepal, Bangladesh, China and part of the Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon will last six minutes and 39 seconds in some areas. A Mirage-2000 fighter jet and an AN-32 … Read more Asia: Millions Witness Century’s Longest Total Eclipse of the Sun

Giant Jellyfish Swarm off Japan

Echizen kurage, or Nomura’s jellyfish are gathering in the Yellow Sea off China and the Korean peninsula. The swarm – or smack, as groups of jellyfish are properly termed – it is expected to drift into the Sea of Japan in the next few months. The creatures are around 6ft wide and weigh up to … Read more Giant Jellyfish Swarm off Japan

Whitelee: Largest UK Onshore Windfarm Comes Online Amid Turbulent Times

The Whitelee development on Eaglesham Moor, East Renfrewshire, just South of Glasgow, in Scotland, is the UK’s largest onshore windfarm which from Tuesday this week is now actively contributing enough power to the UK National Grid to power over 180,000 homes. The windfarm, however, has launched at a time when UK wind energy sits in … Read more Whitelee: Largest UK Onshore Windfarm Comes Online Amid Turbulent Times

WHO: Only 10 Confirmed Swine Flu Fatalities, Not 150

Despite mass media protestations to the contrary, the World Health Organization (WHO) last night confirmed there has been a total of only ten deaths from Swine Flu (Influenza A(H1N1)) – far fewer than the 150+ figure which is being reported. In the statement, issued at 23:30 GMT on 1st May 2009, the WHO stated that … Read more WHO: Only 10 Confirmed Swine Flu Fatalities, Not 150