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The state government of Veracruz, in Mexico, unveiled a statue in honour of Edgar Hernandez, the four-year-old boy believed to be the first person in the world infected with H1N1 virus. He survived. The 1.3 metre bronze sculpture, erected in the town of La Gloria on the slopes of Cofre de Perote mountain, symbolized the victory of the boy over the virus, said the government.
Authorities in Chile said a flu outbreak on two turkey farms was identical to the
virus and was transmitted by humans. The strain was not a mutated form, but health officials said it is the first case of
transmission of the virus from humans to turkey.
About 7,000 farmers in Peru's Paucartambo province seized a hydel plant and held
police officers captive. They were demanding fertilizers. The company by law must provide fertilizer
to farmers in nearby
A US court blocked an attempt by the Obama administration to overturn a Bush
administration rule that allowed coal mining
companies to dump mountaintop debris into valley streams.
Exxon agreed to pay US $600,000 in penalty for violating a US law designed to
protect migratory birds
. At least 85 birds died after exposure to hydrocarbons in its facilities in Colorado in the past five years.
in Zimbabwe are on an indefinite strike demanding a pay hike,
from US $220 to US $3,000 a month. The country's health care system has been reeling under hyperinflation. Unicef has, meanwhile, warned of a
fresh cholera outbreak.
Nigeria's peace process in oil-rich
Niger Delta--an amnesty deal with
militants--suffered a setback after a recent bombing of the Utorogu gas plant operated by Shell. The plant supplied 1,000 mw
of the 2,400 mw
power generated in Nigeria.
The World Bank is buying 500,000 carbon credits
from a reforestation
project in Congo. The project will reforest 4,200 ha of degraded land, which will trap an estimated 2.4 million tonnes of CO2
the next 30 years.
Kenya could lose its 2,000 lions
in the next 20 years, said the country's
wildlife service. About 100 animals are dying a year since 2002 primarily because of habitat destruction and poisoning from animal carcasses
laced with carbofuran pesticide.
Taiwan's defence minister and several officials offered to quit over criticism that the
government was too slow in its response to flood and mudslides
, the worst in 50 years, triggered by Typhoon Morakot. At least 500
people are feared killed.
China levelled fresh allegations
against Rio Tinto. The mining giant
overcharged Chinese steel mills by US $100 million over six years, an official website stated. China arrested four Rio Tinto employees in July
on suspicion of stealing state secrets.
The Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed would not attend the climate change
meet at Copenhagen, Denmark, in December due to a budget crisis in the country. Nasheed has been leading low-lying islands
vulnerable to global warming, to bargain a secure future from rich countries.
At least 70 people are feared dead in an accident
at Russia's largest
hydel plant, built in 1978, in southern Siberia. The accident also released insulating oil from the plant's transformers, contaminating Yenisei river.
Supermarket giant Tesco has become the first UK retailer to display the carbon
footprint of milk
--a top-selling product in its stores. Tesco said it will not apply to organic milk, sourced from cows that have not been
treated with bovine growth hormone.
Archaelogists discovered a small Neolithic sandstone
measuring 3.5 cm x 3 cm, on the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The figurine, dating back 5,000 years, is the country's earliest human face.
The western Australian town of Broome severed its historial ties with a southern
Japanese village, Taiji, to protest the annual dolphin
slaughter. Japan slaughters 2,000 dolphins every year in waters near Taiji.
In a rush to promote biofuel, the invasive traits
of the crops are being
ignored, said iucn.
It has prepared guidelines suggesting firms to include measures like quarantining and
minimizing movement of the crop from fields till factories.
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