Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Monday, 26 May 2008
About 1,800 soldiers took explosives to the newly formed "quake lake" to try to blast away debris, state media said.
The official death toll from the earthquake rose to 65,080 on Monday, with another 23,150 missing.
Look at this page showing the lakes forming.
Read the whole article here
"Hydroelectric dams have severe social impacts," Philip Fearnside, one of the world's leading rainforest scientists explains, "including flooding the lands of indigenous peoples, displacing non-indigenous residents and destroying fisheries."
Dr Fearnside said the project helps aluminium plants looking to cash in on exports but does little for local needs, and in fact increases the health risks to local populations, including malaria. Read here
The payments, intended originally to prevent the creation of grain mountains in Europe, are regarded as outdated, given the worldwide shortage of grain that is being driven by demand from China and India.
The payments were suspended this year, but the European Union has ruled that this should now be permanent. Farmers will continue receiving payments from the EU, however, if they make environmental improvements to between 3 per cent and 5 per cent of their land. They will have to agree to keep field margins next to rivers, canals and streams out of production and free from pesticide sprays.
Defra has commissioned a series of reports to help it to reach a decision. The British Trust for Ornithology has been asked to conduct scientific modelling on the impact that the loss of set-aside land has had on farmland birds.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
The official number of deaths from the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78,000, as the country's military regime (the Junta) continues to stop aid from reaching 2.5 million survivors. Mr Brown called on the ruling junta to stop blocking foreign aid. ”This is inhuman. We have an intolerable situation, created by a natural disaster.
“It is being made into a man-made catastrophe by the negligence, the neglect and the inhuman treatment of the Burmese people by a regime that is failing to act and to allow the international community to do what it wants to do.” There are reports of disease, and accounts of hungry villages gathering along roadsides in the rain and mud, begging passing vehicles for food with clasped hands. Food and clean drinking water are practically unavailable in most places. As the Burmese authorities continued to guard the disaster area like a prison camp, the Red Cross warned that what the most desperate need now is for clean drinking water, if survivors are not to fall victim to dysentery and other diseases. "If clean water isn't available, it's going to be the biggest killer in the post-disaster environment," Thomas Gurtner, the head of operations for the Red Cross, said in Geneva. "Food is urgent, but you die in three days from acute diarrhoea. You die of starvation in a period of weeks."
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Friday, 16 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
The latest official figures put the death toll at almost 38,500 with 27,838 more missing. Meanwhile, forecasters say another cyclone is forming off Burma's coast.
Watch the video here. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7400209.stm
Aid agencies fear the death toll could be far higher than official estimates.
The Red Cross said it had studied figures from 22 organisations and warned the toll could be as high as 128,000. A UN body, the International Organisation for Migration, says it may already be too late to save the many victims who are in need of aid.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
Many more have been killed and injured in other parts of the country after the 7.8-magnitude quake struck. At least 50 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a school where an estimated 900 students were buried. Nine hours after the quake, Xinhua reported, a rescue team had still not been able to get to Wenchuan. The earthquake was China's worst since 242,000 people were killed in 1976 by the Tangshan quake.
Sichuan province is the most populated part of China - home to 87 million people. The BBC as ever has excellent info on this here including a short video. There is a Guardian video here. This online newspaper also has a good interactive short introduction here. Another article here
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
The earth movement blocked a stretch of beach between Lyme Regis and Charmouth at 2031 BST on Tuesday. The area is part of 95 miles (153 km) of Dorset and east Devon known as the Jurassic Coast, with rocks recording 185 million years of the earth's history. See video here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7388310.stm and here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7388564.stm.
The coastline has seen numerous stabilisation projects in the past to stop it from crumbling into the sea.
Sorry haven't had time to blog recently -adv higher deadlines and just finished the Higher course this week. (Yes I took a paddy today because of your answers. YOU CAN DO THIS EXAM and do it well. Now work hard - not just a few hours - LOTS needed.)
A cyclone that has left more than 22,000 people dead. Burmese state media reported on Tuesday that 22,464 people had now been confirmed dead and another 41,054 people were missing as a result of Cyclone Nargis.
Neighbouring countries and the UN have dispatched planes carrying supplies. S4 should think of short and long term aid given. PREPARE FOR FRIDAY and you will get the results you deserve. A huge area of the southern Irrawaddy delta remains under water. The UN's World Food Programme has dispatched an additional four planes loaded with supplies including high-energy biscuits . Chinese media say a plane carrying 60 tonnes of aid has landed in the biggest city, Rangoon. The storm was followed by tidal waves and ships are marooned. Survivors face poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean water.
Flooding could lead to outbreaks of mosquito-borne malaria and dengue fever, while water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery are also a threat.
Follow the links from the BBC page here.
Good Luck to all S4 with all their S grade exam. Remember Geography is "In your face!"
An ash cloud from the volcano caused disruption as far away as Argentina.
Chile is one of the most volcanic countries on Earth, with more than 100 active volcanoes.
Video here http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/chile and BBC one here.
Brad Pitt has looked at the plans for Orchid House, while Kylie Minogue has stayed at the estate. It is hoped the home will produce more energy than it uses, with an underground heat pump and geothermal heating. However you can't live here all year round - and not at all in January. All rules because of the wildlife. Read the complete article here.