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Gold mining with mercury threatens health of communities miles downstream

Gold mining with mercury threatens health of communities miles downstream

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May 28 (UPI) -- Small-scale gold mining using mercury in the Peruvian Amazon threatens the health of communities 100 miles or more downstream, according to new research. In 2015, scientists collected hair and blood samples of mercury from more than 1,200 Peruvian households in 23 communities, some close to mining operations and others more than 100 miles away. The research team returned a year later to retest the same households. Advertisement The data, published Thursday in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, showed adults and children living in native villages were more likely to have higher mercury exposures than non-native Peruvians. The diets of many native communities in Peru feature large amounts of freshwater fish. Mercury pollution concentrates in larg...
Trump threatens to permanently cut off WHO funding

Trump threatens to permanently cut off WHO funding

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Donald Trump has threatened to permanently pull funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO) unless it commits to improvements within 30 days.The US president said he would also reconsider the country's WHO membership, previously saying the global health body did a "very sad job" in handling the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO last month, accusing it of promoting China's "disinformation" about the virus outbreak. WHO officials denied the accusation, saying at the time: "We are still in the acute phase of a pandemic so now is not the time to cut back on funding."In a letter to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, posted on Twitter on Monday, Mr Trump wrote: "If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I wi...
Volcanic time-bomb threatens nearby trees

Volcanic time-bomb threatens nearby trees

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Trees growing near to an active volcano face an uncertain future for several years after an eruption, a study has suggested.A reduced ability to absorb essential nutrients from the soil and lower rates of turning sunshine into sugar hampered the trees' growth.A team of researchers also found that toxins released by eruptions continued to limit the trees' growth.The findings appear in the journal Dendrochronologia.The team said that the widespread impact of volcanic eruptions on trees had been well documented, such as the "year without a summer" in 1816, following the massive Tambora eruption in Indonesia in the previous year, which was deemed to be the biggest volcanic eruption in human history.However, they added, there was litt...
Ongoing drought in Brazil, Argentina threatens crucial crop harvests

Ongoing drought in Brazil, Argentina threatens crucial crop harvests

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An unusually dry end to the summer season across parts of South America is expected to impact the harvests of important crops in the region. "Rainfall averaged below normal across much of southern Brazil, including [the states of] Rio Grande Do Sul, Santa Catarina, for the month of March, and in many instances the entire summer season," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls. Some major cities in these states include Porto Alegre, Santa Maria and Florianopolis, although even Curitiba in Parana had a drier-than-normal month of March. All of the above cities saw 35 percent or less of their normal rainfall for the month, which has proven significant for growing areas of corn and soybeans. Although not as extreme, parts of northern Argentina, which are also contributing produ...
New coronavirus threatens both rich, poor across Mideast

New coronavirus threatens both rich, poor across Mideast

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The new coronavirus is continuing its spread across some of the most-vulnerable nations of the Middle East and as the International Monetary Fund warns that a lack of medical supplies in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen could lead to a surge in pricesBy JON GAMBRELL Associated PressMarch 24, 2020, 10:04 AM4 min readDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The new coronavirus continued its spread across some of the most-vulnerable nations of the Mideast on Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund warned that a lack of medical supplies in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen could lead to a surge in prices. There are over 31,000 confirmed cases of the virus across the Mideast, the vast majority in the hard-hit nation of Iran. While most recover from the virus and the COVID-19 illness that it causes, bottoming crude oil pri...