Europe in flames How can we fight wildfires sweeping the continent - and is it too late to end the cycle? Europe in flames How can we fight wildfires sweeping the continent - and is it too late to end the cycle? This summer uncontrolled fires have raged across the UK and Europe as never before. What, or who, sparked them? And might we discover the danger is far from over when the flames are doused? By Joe Shute and Bruno Manteigas 3 AUGUST 2018 • 12:21 PM BST They died huddled together; 26 men, women and children entwined in each other’s arms. The Greek villa where their bodies were recovered by a Red Cross rescue team was just yards from the Aegean Sea, but so fierce and fast were the wildfires sweeping through the pine forest and olive groves surrounding the resort town of Mati, they didn’t stand a chance. At least 91 were killed and hundreds injured in the wildfires that just over 10 days ago obliterated Mati, 18 miles east of … [Read more...] about Europe in flames: how can we tackle the wildfires sweeping Britain and the continent?
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Residents in Southall say their summer has been ruined and their health is being affected by foul odours coming from the former gas works site which have kept them shut inside with their windows closed during the scorching heatwave. Berkley Group is building 480 homes on the 88-acre former gas works site on Brent Road, but it has to clean the soil of potential contaminants such as benzine and asbestos which may be in the ground because of the former industrial use. Residents say this is releasing a "noxious tarry, petrolly smell" which is making their lives a misery and has been unbearable during the recent heatwave. Single mum Angela Fonso says her children aged 9 and 10 have to cover their noses whenever they leave the car to go into the house and the family can't use the garden, and have to sit indoors with the windows shut Whilst admitting there is a smell, Berkeley Group says it is monitoring it 24/7 and they are well below unacceptable levels. It also says the odours are not … [Read more...] about There’s a horrible smell in Southall and residents are furious
Common whales, the world's second largest whale, dolphins and other cetaceans are to be found in the ocean off the Portuguese west coast but they have yet to be studied and their numbers established. “We want to clarify that there is a tremendous wealth in terms of cetaceans. Everyone knows that the Azores are an important area but almost nobody knows that the continent is also very important in terms of whales and dolphins," said marine biologist Pedro Finamore, the project manager paid for by Galp who already has stated that he considers economic activities, including oil exploration, compatible with 'the balance of the oceans.' The initiative applied for support from the Blue Fund, which finances the economy of the sea through the government run Portugal 2020 programme. The idea, explained Finamore, is to create a map of cetaceans in Portugal, which shows what species are present in Portuguese waters along the mainland coast, how they behave and which area are the most … [Read more...] about Galp funds research into whale and dolphin numbers
YEREVAN, MAY 2, ARMENPRESS. The World Health Organization called upon Member countries in its South-East Asia Region to address the double burden of household and ambient air pollution, WHO said in a press release. “The Region accounts for 34% or 2.4 million of the 7 million premature deaths caused by household and ambient air pollution together globally every year. Of the 3.8 million deaths caused by household air pollution globally, the Region accounts for 1.5 million or 40% deaths, and of the 4.2 million global deaths due to ambient (outdoor) air pollution, 1.3 million or 30% are reported from the Region, as per the latest WHO report. “Though there is progress in the Region as most countries have national action plans for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, which incorporate measures to address household air pollution, and more and more cities are now measuring air quality, we need to do much more, and with an urgent and aggressive approach,” said … [Read more...] about Household, ambient air pollution cause 7 million premature deaths yearly
The Western air strikes in Syria which took place after days of accusations and recriminations with Russia were, at the end, relatively limited in scale, focusing on sites linked to chemical weapons and carefully attempting to avoid Russian and Iranian casualties. Missiles were fired along with sorties by aeroplanes – including four RAF Tornados and four French Rafales and Mirages – in a mission lasting 68 minutes aimed at air bases, command-and-control centres and storage facilities. But crucially, despite the Twitter threat from Donald Trump of dealing with “gas killing animal” Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, there was no targeting of Mr Assad or his coterie. After the raids, Mr Trump declared that the US and its allies had “marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality”. But the US defence secretary, James Mattis, was quick to stress that the “one-off” operation was not aimed at Syria’s political leadership, … [Read more...] about Syria air strikes: US-led attack careful to avoid any Russian and Iranian casualties