Monday, March 24, 2014

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Canadian Traveller Hospitalized With Suspicious Symptoms Of Ebola - Fears Mount That The Virus May Have Crossed Continents!

March 24, 2014 - CANADA - Health officials in Guinea battled to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighbouring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveller returning to Canada was hospitalised with suspicious symptoms.


An electron micrograph image of an Ebola virus virion obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia (AFP Photo/Cynthia Goldsmith)

At least 59 people are known to have died in Guinea's southern forests and there are six suspected cases in Liberia which, if confirmed, would mark the first spread of the highly contagious pathogen into another country.

And there are fears the virus may have crossed continents, with a man returning to Canada from Liberia seriously ill in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus, health officials said.

"As of this morning six cases have been reported of which five have already died -- four female adults and one male child. One of the suspected cases, a female child, is under treatment," Liberian Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said in a statement.

"The team is already investigating the situation, tracing contacts, collecting blood samples and sensitising local health authorities on the disease," he added.

Gwenigale did not specify the victims' nationalities, but Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said they were Liberian residents who had attended funerals in the Ebola-hit area of Guinea, which has strong "family ties" with northern Liberia.
"People come to attend funerals on one side and unfortunately they unwittingly get infected and then return home," Brussels-based MSF emergency coordinator Marie-Christine Ferir told AFP.

The local health ministry in Canada's Saskatchewan province said a man had been placed in solitary confinement, with his family in quarantine, pending expected results on Tuesday of tests.


Fact file on the deadly Ebola virus (AFP Photo/John Saeki/gal)

"All we know at this point is that we have a person who is critically ill who travelled from a country where these diseases occur," Denise Werker, joint director of health in Saskatchewan, in western Canada, said.

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for the Ebola pathogen, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Officials from the Guinean health ministry and the WHO met Sunday in Conakry for urgent talks on the crisis.

"The total suspect cases recorded to date amount to 86 cases with 59 deaths," the health ministry said in a statement, indicating that most cases reported since the start of the outbreak in early February were in Guinea's south.

The first analyses of samples by the Pasteur Institute in the French city of Lyon showed that cases in southern Guinea were due to the Ebola virus.

Three cases of haemorrhagic fever, two fatal, have also been reported in Conakry, but tests for Ebola proved negative.

Transmission to humans can come from wild animals, or from direct contact from another human's blood, faeces or sweat, or by sexual contact and the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

- 'Molecular shark' -

The tropical virus -- described in some health publications as a "molecular shark" -- can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea -- in some cases shutting down organs and causing unstoppable bleeding.

It was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1976. The central African country has suffered eight outbreaks.

The most recent epidemic, also in the DRC, infected 62 people and left 34 dead between May and November 2012, according to the country's health ministry.

Although there have also been outbreaks among humans in Uganda, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, the disease had never before been detected in people in west Africa.


Officials from the World Health Organization wear protective clothing as they prepare to enter Kagadi Hospital in
Uganda to battle an outbreak of the Ebola virus, July 28, 2012 (AFP Photo/Isaac Kasamani)

The aid organisation Plan International warned that the epidemic risked spreading to neighbouring countries because of the free movement of people across borders.

Sierra Leonean aid organisation the Health For All Coalition warned of a high risk of transmission in border areas.

"People, goods and animals -- such as sheep, goats and cows used in Sierra Leone -- come from Guinea and it is these districts that they are brought into. And in these areas, people hunt for birds, monkeys and baboons for food."

Adjoining Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast have reactivated their epidemiological surveillance systems.

The head of Ivory Coast's National Public Hygiene Institute, Simplice Dagnan, said officials were worried the virus could "easily" arrive there, warning: "Animals don't recognise borders." - Yahoo.



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United Kingdom - Horse Rescued After Getting Stuck In 6 Foot Deep Sinkhole In Horsham And Lorry Falls Into Sinkhole In Gillingham, Kent!

March 24, 2014 - UNITED KINGDOM - The following stories are the latest reports of sinkholes in the United States over the last few days:


Horse Rescued After Getting Stuck In 6 Foot Deep Sinkhole In Horsham
Horse rescued after getting stuck in sink hole for hours

An elderly horse was rescued after getting stuck in a six foot ditch for several hours in Bashurst Hill near Horsham on Saturday.

Firefighters, including four specialist officers, spent four hours yesterday afternoon getting the horse out of the sink hole using winching equipment.

The horse was left in the care of its owner and vet. - The Argus.


Lorry Falls Into Sinkhole In Gillingham, Kent
The road after the lorry was removed.
Nathan Wyatt


This is the huge hole left in a road after the back of a tipper truck fell down a sinkhole in Gillingham.

The hole appeared on Medway Road as it meets Prince Arthur Road, near MidKent College, this morning at about 8.15am and all four wheels on the back of the lorry have fallen down it.


Nathan Wyatt

The vehicle, which was stuck in the gap at a 45 degree angle, is thought to be a hired vehicle being leased by the Gallagher Group, a civil engineering business based in Kent.

The driver of the truck was able to get out of his lorry without injuring himself, but police had to close the road.

A police spokesman said: "The road is thought to be unstable and has been closed to all traffic."


 WATCH: Gillingham sinkhole.




Traffic was diverted along Mill Road, to Brompton Road until the truck could be moved.

A HGV lorry with a crane on the back lifted the vehicle out from the gap while highways engineers assessed the damage.

Police said they hoped at least one carriageway of the road would reopen this afternoon. - Kent Online.



WAR DRUMS: Escalating Tensions On The Korean Peninsula - North Korea Fires 30 Rockets Into The Sea Amid United States-South Korea Drills!

March 24, 2014 - NORTH KOREA - North Korea has fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean military officials said, marking the second time in under a week that the isolated nation has done so amid ongoing joint US-South Korean military drills.


Reuters/KCNA


South Korea’s Yonhap news reported that the missiles were fired in three consecutive groups and are thought to have flown approximately 40 miles into the ocean. The exercise began at 4:00 a.m. local time from the east coast of North Korea, according to the South Korean joint chiefs of staff.

It comes just days after South Korea said the North fired 25 short-range missiles 40 miles into the Sea of Japan. The US State Department condemned the exercise, with spokeswoman Jen Psaki asking Pyongyang to reconsider its actions.

The rockets, according to Reuters, are believed to be old Soviet-developed FROG rockets that the small nation has had since the 1960s.

While United Nations sanctions against North Korea do not prohibit short-range missile tests, South Korea has called the tests a “reckless provocation.” Pyongyang did conduct its third nuclear weapons test early last year, perhaps inspired by a successful 2012 long-range rocket test that much of the international community said was intended display technology that could be used on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Both of those actions are banned under UN sanctions.

It is widely believed that the short-range tests are an armed protest against the joint military drills between the US and South Korea each year. The annual event began last month, when a combined total of 12,700 troops from both countries simulated air, ground, and naval training.

Despite Pyongyang’s concern, both nations claim the drills are purely defensive. This year’s event came at a time of uncharacteristically warm relations between the North and South.

Pyongyang and Seoul were unable for three years to agree on conditions that would allow the reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. That changed last month, when elderly Koreans traveled from throughout the peninsula to visit with their relatives.

The international conversation was less sociable earlier this week when China condemned a UN report that accused Pyongyang of committing mass killings, torture, and other crimes against humanity on a scale comparable to the Nazi-era atrocities.

Yet Chen Chuandong, a counselor at China’s mission at the UN Human Rights Council, told Reuters the allegations were “divorced from reality” because a North Korean delegation was not there to defend the country.

Retired Australian Judge Michael Kirby, the chief author of the report, said that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un should be tried in front of the International Criminal Court because of prison camps that are believed to hold up to 120,000 people.

Still, Japan is said to have agreed to formal talks with North Korea for the first time in more than a year. Formal dialogue has been suspended since the long-range rocket launch in 2012, although negotiations on a wide range of issues could continue again as soon as next month.

“Our goal is to properly settle outstanding issues of both sides,” Ryu Song-il, chief of Japanese affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said, according to North Korea’s state Kyodo News agency. “I believe it is important that relations between the two countries can be improved soon.” - RT.



FUK-U-SHIMA: "An Unprecedented Catastrophe" - The Pacific Ocean Is Under Incredible Threat From Fukushima Radiation; Americans Are Now Starting To Reap That On Their West Coast!

March 24, 2014 - JAPAN - Radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown is expected to reach the West Coast by next month, according to one recently publicized scientific model, which will be the 3rd anniversary of the catastrophe, said Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, at Beyond Nuclear, anti-nuclear group.


Photo: EPA

The Fukushima meltdown scared millions of people across the world who were afraid that the radiation would spread to their shores. How valid do you think their fears are, and how much of it is just hysteria?

It is ironic that here at the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of this nuclear catastrophe just now the scientific models are showing the liquid plume in the ocean reaching the shores of North America, but there were the atmospheric discharges that reached North America within just days actually. And probably 75% of those atmospheric discharges actually sail onto the Pacific Ocean. So, this is an unprecedented radioactive catastrophe for the world’s oceans. So, I would say, it is healthy to have fear of radioactivity because it is a hazard to substance. We do need those measurements. It is incredible that there is election of duty by the US federal government on that score and I just command folks like Buesseler and other academics to take it upon themselves to try to get the bottom of this question.

What needs to be done now?

I think it is a good idea for Americans to take their democracy seriously, contact every level of representative government that we have and if you live on the west coast, that would certainly include your local and state governments. But the federal government is supposed to be taking care of this matter on behalf of the American people, the food and drug administration, the national oceanographic and atmosphere administration, the environmental production agency, so certainly both senators and representatives and president Obama and White House need to be active on this issue.

What do politicians need to do?

They have the bottomless coffers of the US treasury to take care of this work that should have been started 3 years ago, when this catastrophe first began and any emergency radiation monitoring that was set up at that time was very quickly dismantled. I think it has more to do with the political and economic power of the nuclear power industry in the US than anything else.

Does the international community need to somehow offer help to demand that the Japanese government allow them in to see what is going on? Because there is a lot of information that hasn’t really come out until very much after the events 3 years ago. It is much bigger disaster than people thought it was.

Yes, it calls for international involvement, and something to keep in mind is that these discharges did not end on March or April 2011, in fact the discharges to the ocean are a daily occurrence. We are talking 300.000 leaders per day of radioactive ground water flowing into the ocean. So, this is an international catastrophe, the oceans do not belong to Japan of course, and so, yes, there should be the best minds and independent monitors sent to Fukushima to try to get the truth as to how bad this is, where the radioactivities are going.

Many Americans are becoming more focused on their health and what they put into their bodies. How likely is it that the radioactive plume will irradiate the Alaska and the West Coast’s fisheries and pose an invisible threat to consumers?

We knew as early as August of 2011 that tuna carrying radioactive cesium from Fukushima were swimming off the shores of North America. They had simply migrated across the ocean with this contamination in their flash. So, sea food contamination is a serious issue especially because of bio-concentration of radioactivity in the food chain and we sit at the top of food chain. So, the testing of sea food is essential. It is not happening, except on a voluntary basis by concerned citizens for the most part. So, that needs an urgent priority placed upon it at the federal level. - VOR.


 WATCH:  Fukushima Evacuee Gavin Allwright at  the meeting at the UK’s House of Commons.





GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Volcano Report For March 22-24, 2014 - Updates On Etna, Fuego, Karymsky, Sakurajima, And Dukono!

March 24, 2014 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.


Etna (Sicily, Italy): Mild strombolian activity is still continuing and ash emissions alternate with dense white vapour.


Ash emission and plume of white vapour from the eruptive vents within the crater
(Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)

A new effusive vent opened two days ago within the collapse scar alimented a lava flow but it seems no longer active today.

The tremor does not show significant variations.


Fuego (Guatemala): Strombolian explosions remain relatively frequent (6-8 per hour) and some of them have been at the higher end of the typical normal activity scale, with ash plumes rising up to 1,200 m above the crater. Incandescent material falling back from the stronger explosions cause spectacular incandescent avalanches on the upper cone.


An eruption from Fuego volcano this morning (INSIVUMEH)

Moderately strong shock waves rattled windows in villages Panimache, Morelia, Sta. Sofía, and Panimache II. Loud degassing noises resembling jet-engines accompany the explosions.


Karymsky (Kamchatka): A volcanic ash plume was see on satellite imagery this morning at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and extending SE of the volcano, VAAC Tokyo reported.

The volcano has been in a state of persistent, intermittent mild to moderate explosive activity at least since 1996.


Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been more productive again compared to most of this year so far. During the past 48 hours, VAAC Tokyo reported 8 explosions which ejected ash plumes to maximum of 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude.


Dukono (Halmahera): The volcano remains in elevated activity. Some of the (strombolian to vulcanian-type) explosions are strong enough to produce ash plumes spotted on satellite data. Yesterday evening and this morning, an ash plume could be seen drifting 50 nautical miles to the east.


Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for March 24, 2014.

- Volcano Discovery.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Ebola Outbreak Spreads In West Africa As Liberia Reports Deaths - At Least 86 Cases, 59 Deaths Across Guinea; 5 Deaths In Liberia; Biggest Outbreak In Africa In 7 Years!

March 24, 2014 - AFRICA - Africa’s biggest Ebola outbreak in seven years has probably spread from Guinea to neighboring Liberia and also threatens Sierra Leone.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected
person or wild animal, according to the WHO. Source: UIG via Getty Images

Five people are suspected to have died from the disease in Lofa county in northern Liberia, Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s chief medical officer, said at a briefing yesterday. At least 86 cases and 59 deaths have been recorded across Guinea, the west African country’s health ministry said. The capital, Conakry, hasn’t been affected, government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said, after the United Nations Children’s Fund said the outbreak had spread there.

“The forest region where Unicef delivered the emergency assistance on Saturday is located along the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia with many people doing business and moving between the three countries,” said Laurent Duvillier, a Unicef spokesman, in an e-mail yesterday. “Risk of international spread should be taken seriously.”

Unicef plans to dispatch 5 metric tons of aid, including medical supplies, to the worst-affected areas. Suspected cases of the lethal hemorrhagic disease are being investigated in Guinea’s southeast border areas, according to the World Health Organization.

“The three cases which were registered in Conakry have no link with Ebola,” Camara said. “The analyses were made abroad. The outbreak of the disease may be heavier than 59 but the health ministry will release a statement on the disease soon.”

‘Particularly Devastating’

The Geneva-based WHO hasn’t previously recorded any outbreaks of Ebola in Guinea, the world’s biggest exporter of bauxite, the ore used to make aluminum. At least eight health-care workers who were in contact with infected patients have died, hindering the response and threatening normal care in a country already lacking in medical personnel, Unicef said.

“This outbreak is particularly devastating because medical staff are among the first victims,” New York-based Unicef said. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Ebola.


Death from VHF results from blood loss, shock, or dehydration. The most common cause of death is victims bleeding to
death, however shock may occur because of falling blood pressure levels as the circulatory system would be unable to
pump blood to all vital organs. With the speed of symptoms after infection the immune system does not have enough
time to call on an antibody response to the viral infection.

Supplies delivered over the weekend are being distributed to health-care workers, said Timothy La Rose, a Unicef spokesman, in an e-mail yesterday.

“We are focusing on prevention,” La Rose said. “We are alerting the public on how to avoid contracting Ebola. Since there is no treatment, this is the best way to stop the spread.”

Isolation Units


Medecins Sans Frontieres is setting up isolation and treatment units while workers at Rio Tinto Plc’s operations have been issued with personal protection equipment. The five latest cases were in the towns of Gueckedou and Macenta, it said.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or wild animal, according to the WHO. It was first identified in 1976 in Congo and Sudan, when two different strains of the virus killed 431 of the 602 people infected.

Mali and Ivory Coast called for vigilance to prevent the disease from spreading across their borders. The countries border Guinea along with Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.

Mali’s government yesterday warned against unnecessary travel to the contaminated area, after the health ministry held a crisis meeting and called on citizens to be “vigilant.” Liberia’s New Democrat newspaper ran an editorial in which it said there was an immediate need for increased surveillance on all border posts with Guinea. Many of the goods sold in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, come from Guinea.

Ivory Coast set up a coordinating post in Man on the border with Guinea and will increase surveillance and run awareness campaigns, the country’s health ministry said.

Recent Ebola outbreaks have occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 and in Uganda in 2011, according to the WHO. - Business Week.



EXTREME WEATHER: Outbreak Of Multiple Wildfires In Central Oklahoma - About 300 Acres Of Land Burnt!

March 24, 2014 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES - Multiple fire crews in central Oklahoma are responding to wildfires, Thursday afternoon.




One fire is was burning near State Highway 105 and Indian Meridian Rd. in Logan County, Thursday afternoon. This fire was contained as of 5 p.m. Two mobile homes were destroyed.

The second was burning about seven miles to the southwest of the town of Mulhall, Okla., or to the northeast of the town of Crescent.

Authorities say about 300 acres of land has burned at this time. The second fire is the larger of the two and is headed in a northeast direction. One home is in the path of the blaze.






At around 5:30 p.m. multiple fire crews were called to assist in extinguishing at least five wildfires that sprung up along the westbound side of the Turner Turnpike, in the area of mile marker 142, near NE 150th St. and Hiwassee Rd. in Oklahoma County.

Crews tell News 9 the fire line is three miles long, from Douglass Blvd. to Hiwassee Rd.

One mobile home was badly burned by the turnpike fire and several more in the area are being threatened.

The Red Cross is providing refreshments to crews battling the fire along the turnpike. If any homes are impacted and families need assistance, the Red Cross says they will be available for relief.

The cause of the fires has not been determined. - News 9.



MASS BEES/ANIMAL/BIRD/FISH DIE-OFF: The Latest Incidents Across The Earth - 114 Sheep And 12 Cows Killed By Lightning In Achacachi, Bolivia; Thousands Of Bees Dying Due To Toxic Substance On The Flowers In Marilia, Brazil; 20,000 Animals Killed By Severe Drought In Casanare, Colombia; 220,000 Bees Found Dead In Daettwil Region, Switzerland; And Massive Die-Off Of Bees Found In Yiniang County, China!

March 24, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest incidents of mass bees, fish, bird and animal die-offs across the Earth:

114 Sheep And 12 Cows Killed By Lightning In Achacachi, Bolivia
The shepherd and cattle owner was unhurt after this event, but was stunned to see all of their dead livestock.
Photo: Excelsior.

The Bolivian Aymara village, in the Andes lightning killed 114 sheep and 12 cows, the pastor and cattle owner unharmed natural phenomenon.

The sheep were scattered and charred on the hill, so said the secretary of the mayor of Achacachi where the phenomenon occurred. The roar threw down the pastor 80 years, Angelino Ventura broke into tears when he saw all his dead cattle.

Faced with this tragedy, Indians prepared an offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth), before burying the dead animals in a pit.

Whether you hail as thunderstorms are common in the rainy season, but never lightning killed sheep and oxen, reviewed the authorities. - Sdpnoticias. [Translated]



Thousands Of Bees Dying Due To Toxic Substance On Flowers In Marilia, Brazil
Dead bees are found in plants (Photo: Playback / TV TEM)
Toxic substance in an existing flower espatódea species has caused the death of thousands of bees in Marília (SP). Only a beekeeper, more than 15,000 have died in the last six months.

Wenceslau Gomes Soares beekeeper for over 50 years. In a space behind the house he keeps bees Meliponidae of species, which are not dangerous because they have no stinger.

Beside his house there are five trees espatódea, and some flowers, even dead bees can be found. "The bee is responsible for pollinating our food and our fruits. So, in the future, will have no shortage of food for us. Once the bees have finished we will end up with the bees, "he said.

Espatódea trees are found in various parts of the city and were planted by residents for over 50 years. The zootecnista a university city confirms that the substance released by espatódea is highly toxic. In addition, bee hummingbirds can also die poisoned by eating the flower.

Dead bees are found in plants (Photo: Playback / TV TEM)
"He's probably having an imbalance due to lack of bee pasture. That is, the local flora is not suitable to feed the bees.

So it should not be assisting where bees are doing pollinating plants. Once the site plans are toxic, "said Cassia Fernanda Domingues.

Have the Secretary of Environment of Marilia, Leonardo Sanches Mascarin, recognizes that this type of plant affect the fauna of the city.

He said the trees were planted espatódeas existing for decades by the residents.

But the withdrawal can be requested from the municipality. "They are very ancient species, around 50 who are already in town. We make a substitute job. When the population finds that the tree is causing damage, a problem, it may request from the Department of the Environment, a request for tree removal and replacement of the same for a more adapted species, "he said. - Globo. [Translated]


20,000 Animals Killed By Severe Drought In Casanare, Colombia
The drought has killed fish, cattle, deer, and other animals. The greatest toll has been capybaras. Photo: WEEK


The strong wave of drought in Casanare has caused for four months death by dehydration of about 20,000 animals, mainly capybaras, deer, foxes, fish, turtles, reptiles and cattle.

The impact has been so strong that the Government of that department is considering Friday whether to declare an environmental emergency, especially in the town of Peace Ariporo, the third largest in Casanare. But for this they need legal arguments being collected.

Doing so would mean that the medium-term works as drilling deep wells with pumps would provide water.

But the problem is not lack of enough wells but a forest reserve, as explained to Semana.com Adriana Soto, former deputy environment minister and expert on climate change adaptation.


Animals have to walk miles with their pack for a water well.


"There will be more droughts and extreme rainfall. The regions have been better natural hedges (such as forests, jungles, etc.) can better withstand these impacts because they help regulate water and soil, "he said.

Soto specified that if there is a well maintained trees and forest area, rainwater does not accumulate in the wells and increasingly severe droughts are generated.

"We're betting on the wrong thing because ranching and farming activities in a clean field think of trees as productive but this country has to realize that deforestation is against his own productivity," he said.

In the Governorate of Casanare agree with this approach but they will throw the ball to his neighbor, Boyacá. "In Casanare there is little foothills. Deforestation is boyacenses municipalities as Paya, Ishbah or Aquitaine and our Boyacá department must for tourism, roads and water. Four rivers discharging to Casanare born in Laguna de Tota, "said Luis Eduardo Castro, secretary of planning Casanare.


In their long journeys, the animals die trapped by mud or thirst.


The time of intense temperatures ranging between 40 ° and 45 ° C started since December 2013 and has not stopped. Many outraged voices in social networks have said that the Government and the State have done nothing during these four months and intend to fix the situation in a day.

Castro said that there is always the savannah animal mortality by weather but this situation was exacerbated by the extension of the summer, they did not expect. "It's a natural phenomenon that we are out of hand," he said.

According to him, it is not the first act of the Government to deal with the drought. The intent of Casanare is working on watershed management in hand with Boyacá and that this be adopted as national public policy.

Castro argues that the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) grants permits to large enterprises without studying too whether or not affects the territory and the Government can not interfere in it. "The ANLA issuing the license but it does not follow, do not make a balance of the compensation of the damage and not constantly check if companies do not comply with the conservation of micro" he explained.


Fish killed by dehydration.


While Boyaca come to Casanare important water resources, it can not avoid the responsibility of this department in environmental impacts. So think Manuel Rodriguez, Prime Minister of the Environment that took the country, who says he "can not forget that Casanare has treated wetlands absolutely irresponsible and that is local." According to Rodriguez, in that department have drained wetlands to give more land to agriculture.

Some voices blame the oil to dry water wells. Planning secretary says he has no technical data on whether or not these companies interfere in this last season of drought. Rodriguez believes that the involvement of water in the oil industry but it is clear that the subject line is not how to regulate it but if not just for or extraction of this mineral.



Animals have to walk miles with their pack for a water well.


Adriana Soto, meanwhile, believes that we must look at the specific situation of Casanare very closely to ensure that drought and analyze more science and less politics. His position is clear: the only solution to the long and severe droughts and floods afflicting the country's reforestation and care of forests and jungles.
Otherwise, for more wells to be constructed will be an almost impossible task to deal with the drastic climate change as there will be sufficient water reserves in times of heat or natural hedges to observe the water during the rainy season. Thus, they will die 20,000 wild animals and thousands more. - Semana. [Translated]


220,000 Bees Found Dead In Daettwil, Switzerland
Dead bees: Beekeeper Franz Mandl shoulder she has found thousands beside his beehives. Source: TeleM1

In the hands of Franz Mandl shoulder are several bees. Do not move at all - or only very little.

Some are already dead, the others will not live long. "Yes, these two are about to die, who are there already dead," the hobby beekeeper says in a post of Tele M1.

In addition to his beehives in Daettwil are already thousands of dead bees. "A sky sad sight," says the beekeeper. And: "There does your heart hurt." That big death began on Monday. 220,000 bees are already dead.

Franz shoulder Mandl believes that on a plantation an insecticide against lice has been sprayed and that the bees have taken up the deadly poison collecting nectar. "It is obvious that this is a poisoning," the Aargau Thomas Amsler bee inspector says with Tele M1.

The dead bees are examined in the laboratory. It is intended to show what is the reason for the mass extinction. Corroborates the conjecture of Franz Mandl shoulder, he wants to take legal action against the polluter. "The next step would be against unknown," he says.

Forequarters, however sad days are before him: In the coming days are likely still many bees Busslinger hobby beekeeper die. And then he would have willy-nilly also burn all his honeycomb. As a precaution - because they could be poisoned. - Aargauerzeitung. [Translated]


Massive Die-Off Of Bees Found In Yiniang County, China.
Jin Qian line was supposed to be a bee-keeping people busy in the spring and harvest season. However, yinjiang County beekeepers Ran Guangfei these days face the embarrassment of no bees gather honey, because he raised bees suddenly massive deaths, more than 50 boxes of bees dead, more than half of them.

"You see, I am more than 50 boxes of bees, now only 15 cartons. FCL full container's death, the finish line is dead. "Dam near Weir village, highway in the County, Ran Guang to journalists about the colony. Reporters at the scene saw, swing in the yard with dozens of beehives, bees in the Beehive packed full of death, on the highway side of the grass is strewn all over the death of bees. Ran Guangfei said the morning of March 10, he found some dead bees around the hive, feel a bit unusual and immediately opens the hive inspections, he surprised dozens of boxes of bees are dying, live bees with only a dozen boxes.

"When it is ready to be harvested, suffered such a loss, this family's life won't sustain it. "Ran Guangfei told reporters he keeps bees in the 11 years, family-bashing on beekeeping, income also depends on these bees. With his years of beekeeping experience over the years and knows everything about the habits of bees, bee whenever there is the slightest problem, he can also be identified and resolved earlier, had never suffered such a great loss, there were no signs of the sudden death of so many bees, let him off guard. That day he to the local police station and animal husbandry Bureau of the actual situation in a timely manner.

But why are so many unexplained deaths of bees, at present, the relevant departments are still searching. - GZDSB. [Translated]