| ON CLOUD NEO
Amateur cloud watchers in the UK first spotted this unusual cloud and named it Asperatus, which means rough in Latin. Meteorologists said this is a new variety; its choppy undersides could be due to strong winds disturbing previously stable layers of warm and cold air. UK's Royal Meteorological Society is working on a plan to add it to the world cloud atlas. No new cloud has been classified since 1951.
Zimbabwe's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, got US $73 million from the US on
the first leg of his international tour aimed at mobilizing funds
to aid health, education and governance. The country faces
hyper-inflation. Washington said not a dollar will go to the government directly.
Nigeria lost US $1.87 billion during 2004-2007 due to manipulation
crude oil prices by the country's state oil corporation, said a parliamentary committee.
An invasion of desert locusts
has destroyed 3,000 hectares of farmland in
Somaliland in the past one month, said the self-declared republic's agriculture ministry. fao
said the outbreak will
continue till September as they have already laid eggs along the western coast.
Africa's second largest rubber producer Firestone is under fire for polluting
in Liberia and ruining people's health. Liberia's legislators chided the environmental protection agency for not making public probe
reports of the allegations.
A coal mine exploded
due to a build-up of methane gas in Indonesia's
West Sumatra province, killing at least 27 people and injuring a dozen. The blast sent flames 50 metres into the air and left a huge crater on the
China announced US $87 million in subsidies to promote energy-saving lighting
products. This will save 6.2 billion kilowatts and offset 6.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (ghg)
the government said.
The Maldives has appealed the UN space agency to help the island country plan its
defences against rising sea levels.
Soon after Japan set its new target to cut ghg
emissions by 15 per cent of 2005 levels by 2020, environmentalists called it appalling and unambitious. Japan is committed to cut 6 per cent of
emissions on 1990 levels by 2012 under the Kyoto Protocol, but its emissions have risen 7 per
with wind speed of 80 km an hour hit Kuwait forcing closure of
three ports and bringing oil exports to a halt. This winter the country received no rain, for the third time in a row, making the desert sand loose and
dust storms intense.
Twenty German blue-chip companies are pooling in resources to harness solar
in Africa's deserts and transport it to Europe. The US $555-billion Desertec project aims to build solar power plants in Morocco,
Libya and Algeria.
Sweden will build the world's first permanent nuclear waste storage
that can house radioactive waste for over 100,000 years. The waste, packed in copper-coated containers, will be buried in tunnels drilled 500
metres underground in the bedrock. Construction will begin in 2016.
UK-based company Riversimple unveiled the prototype of a new hydrogen-fuelled
vehicle, Urban Car
. The company plans to post its design on the web for free use by entrepreneurs to manufacture the car.
Cuba reduced the quotas
of grain and salt that its people get against a
ration card. The government said the exceptional measures are to ease the impact of the global financial meltdown on the island nation's badly
Venezuela banned sales
of Coca Cola Zero saying the no-calorie soft
drink uses artificial sweetener sodium cyclamate, which is a suspected carcinogen.
Drug traffickers dump 15 million litres of 27 harmful chemicals
produce cocaine into rivers of Peru's Amazon region every year, the country's counter-narcotics agency said. Peru is the world's second-largest
Chile approved a law to close the wage gap
between men and women.
According to the country's National Institute of Statistics, women workers earn 31.1 per cent less than men.
Farmers in Bolivia's Tarija province staged protests demanding the government
spend a larger share of natural gas revenue
on development of rural areas. Tarija sits on 85 per cent of Bolivia's 48 trillion cubic feet
of natural gas. Its people's income is the lowest in the continent.
Australia's Murray Darling river system recorded its third lowest inflow in 118 years
due to a prolonged drought
. Between June 2008 and May 2009, the river system received 1,860 gigalitres of water against an inflow of
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