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How Europe could be affected by dengue because of changing climate to Tanzania launching a clean-up of Mount Kilimanjaro—a quick look at the news you may have missed

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Friday 22 April 2016

Dengue could spread to Europe, warns new study

A new study has warned that climate change could help the dengue virus spread to dengue-free areas including Europe. Researchers said that key drivers influencing this change included warming temperatures in much of the northern hemisphere and increasing passenger inter-connectivity between areas endemic for dengue, such as countries in Southeast Asia and South America, and dengue free areas, like Europe and Japan.

BP's oil spill is worse than thought before: Study

Six years after the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank, spilling barrels of oil for 87 days into the Gulf of Mexico, a new study has revealed that the negative impact of the largest accidental marine oil spill is worse than scientists originally thought. With the report published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, the new findings showed a 19-per cent increase of affected shorelines from previously published estimates, as reported by National Geographic.

Bengaluru has one tree for every seven people: IISc Study

A new study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has revealed that the city of Bengaluru now has 14,78,000 trees and a population of 9.5 million, which means, for every 7 persons in the city, there is one tree. The study also revealed that over the last four decades (1973 to 2014), Bengaluru has seen a 925 per cent increase in concrete area and has lost 78 per cent of its vegetation and depletion of 79 per cent of its water bodies. The increase in the city's average temperature is directly attributed to the loss of vegetation and water bodies.

Volkswagen to buy back or repair nearly 600,000 vehicles in emissions scandal

German automaker Volkswagen has agreed to fix or buy back nearly half a million diesel cars sold in the US but fitted with illegal emissions software. The settlement between Volkswagen and US Environmental Protection Agency, the state of California and consumers was recently announced. The deal would allow consumers to sell their cars back to Volkswagen or get them repaired to meet the legally required emissions levels. It also includes "substantial compensations" for consumers and investment on clean technologies to offset excess emissions.

Tanzania launches clean-up campaign on Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzanian authorities recently launched a nationwide special campaign to clean up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which attracts more than 50,000 tourists annually. The campaign dubbed 'leave the mountain clean, conserve environment so that they can protect you' came at the time when the peak is overwhelmed with a number of challenges such as land degradation, non availability of good water, loss of biodiversity, frequent forest fires and pollution.

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