Weather: Tropical Depression in South West Indian Ocean

A tropical depression has formed in the South West Indian Ocean leading to a mariner’s warning for squally weather and gale force winds. The fronds of the storm are already brushing over Madagascar. The co-ordinates and particulars have been summarised from RSMC La Reunion-Tropical Cyclone Centre & Meteo-France: Position on 30th November 2010 at 1200UTC: … Read more Weather: Tropical Depression in South West Indian Ocean

France: AFSSAPS Updates Advice on Benfluorex Hydrochloride

The French pharmaceutical licencing board AFSSAPS or Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé released an update on Tuesday 16th November 2010 regarding concerns over the safety of the diet drug for diabetics “Mediator”: The Mediator ® (benfluorex hydrochloride) is a drug approved in 1976, initially classified and prescribed as a hypolipid drug. … Read more France: AFSSAPS Updates Advice on Benfluorex Hydrochloride

Locust Plague in South East Australia Threating Farmers livelyhood – PIRSA Denies Risk

Many parts of Australia, particularly South Australia and northern Victoria, are fighting one of the worst locust plagues in recorded history. Hatching north, they are migrating down to the cropping belts of southern Australia and devouring all in their path. The current cropping season has been particularly good for farmers, with record yields expected. After … Read more Locust Plague in South East Australia Threating Farmers livelyhood – PIRSA Denies Risk

Haiti: Hurricane Tomas Causes Flooding and Damage in South

The Haitian Embassy in Washington has confirmed significant damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas which struck Haiti on 5th November 2010. The Grand’Anse and South Departments saw heavy damage as well as the loss of livestock and crops. There was one confirmed death in the commune of Pestel, with more expected. The city of … Read more Haiti: Hurricane Tomas Causes Flooding and Damage in South

Benin: Niger Continues to Rise – Residents Brace for Further Floods

Continuing floods in Benin have led to around 680,000 people requiring assistance since the emergency began in September – accounting for around 9% of the population of the small West African republic. Reports have come in from Nigeria of a further 50mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on 2nd November, Ghana has … Read more Benin: Niger Continues to Rise – Residents Brace for Further Floods

Tropical Storm Tomas Expected to Hit Cuba, Haiti and Dominican Republic

Tropical Storm Tomas is travelling through the Caribbean and is expected to hit Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Saturday 6th November 2010. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, issued the following advisory: 0900 UTC Tuesday November 2nd 2010 There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Interets in Jamaica, Haiti and … Read more Tropical Storm Tomas Expected to Hit Cuba, Haiti and Dominican Republic

Indonesia: Tsunami as Mount Merapi Erupts

A 3 metre high tsunami was reported West of Sumatra Island after an earthquake linked to the eruption of Mount Merapi on Java Island, Indonesia. It hit the Mentawai Islands and Indonesian authorities are still searching for bodies. It is believed that 100 people were killed and a further 500 are missing, according to the … Read more Indonesia: Tsunami as Mount Merapi Erupts

Typhoon Chaba Expected to Pass Southern Japan on Friday 29th October 2010

Typhoon Chaba is expected to reach the Southern Islands of Japan by 6am on Friday 29th October 2010. The storm is expected to produce gusts of wind totalling 132 mph or 212 km/h. The forecasts for the Typhoon from the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre in Tokyo are as follows: ZCZC 066 WTPQ51 RJTD 260600 RSMC … Read more Typhoon Chaba Expected to Pass Southern Japan on Friday 29th October 2010

Tropical Depression Richard to Dissipate in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Depression Richard is expected to dissipate on October 27th 2010 at around 6pm according to forecasts at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida: Tropical Depression Richard 0900 UTC Tuesday October 26th 2010. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Tropical Depression centre located near 19.4N 92.5W at 26/0900Z Position accurate within … Read more Tropical Depression Richard to Dissipate in Gulf of Mexico

Weather: Typhoon Megi Update

Typhoon Megi is expected to reach the South East coast of China by Saturday 23rd October 2010, according to forecasts from Japan’s Meteorological Agency. Hong Kong is expecting to bear the brunt of the severe typhoon, which left 200,000 Philippine residents homeless and killed at least 20 people. The forecast is as follows: 20:00 HKT … Read more Weather: Typhoon Megi Update

Philippines: Typhoon Megi Expected to Reach Manila within 5 Days

Typhoon Megi is expected to reach the North Philippines within the next 5 days, reaching the capital Manila at approximately 10am on Monday 18th October 2010. Megi is predicted to become a category 4 storm meaning that disruption to daily life and destruction of property is very likely. The storm currently has top gusts of … Read more Philippines: Typhoon Megi Expected to Reach Manila within 5 Days

India: Heavy Rainfall Expected in Coastal Orissa

A deep depression is heading for Orissa coast with heavy rain and gusty winds expected. Fishermen are being advised not to venture from the coast.This is the warning from the Indian government: Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at a few places over coastal Orissa and isolated heavy falls over interior Orissa and coastal … Read more India: Heavy Rainfall Expected in Coastal Orissa

Australia: Snow and Floods in Victoria – Ocean Road Re-Opened

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has predicted for Victorians in mountain areas on Saturday morning as the state experiences an unusual late-season cold outbreak. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting snow to low levels overnight. Wind gusts up to 70km/h – 80km/h are also considered likely, particularly about coastal and elevated areas. Flood warnings have … Read more Australia: Snow and Floods in Victoria – Ocean Road Re-Opened

The Trouble with Organic Farming

The Organic Farming movement has transcended the food chain and now it’s a thriving industry worth billions of dollars around the world.  While the benefits or organic produce are well documented, if a little cloudy, the production of organic produce is still challenging. For those that only ever venture to the local shop or supermarket … Read more The Trouble with Organic Farming

Tropical Storm Otto

Tropical Cyclone Otto is travelling through the North Atlantic Ocean. Here are the co-ordinates as of Sunday October 10th: 1500 UTC Sunday October 10th 2010 There are no coastal watch or warnings in effect. Tropical Storm center located near 37.3N 41.1W at 10/1500Z Position accurate within 20NM Present movement toward the NorthEast or 55 degrees … Read more Tropical Storm Otto