Ebola Outbreak: Zombie Apocalypse or Boon for Vaccines?
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. As early as 1995, researchers at the University of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, discovered that extremely sick Ebola-infected patients, including ones who had been comatose, could be saved by transfusions of blood from individuals who had recovered from the same Ebola infection.

Antarctica’s Accelerating Melt: Massive Sea Level Rise in Decades
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. “With regard to climate change, again and again, exponential processes have been treated as if they would develop linearly, despite scientists knowing quite well that they would not…. The sea-level rise of 10 to 16 feet will come in decades, rather than 200 years. It will submerge essentially every port city in the world….”

How Might We Honor Aaron Swartz? An Interview
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Interview of Carlos Gomez with Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. “SOPA/PIPA was meant to protect rights that corporations should not be allowed to have. Copyright laws were developed to protect the livelihood of authors — not the corporations that buy the right to an author’s work…. There is no sense to a copyright outliving its author, since no amount of incentive would entice that author to further efforts.” – C. Gomez

Dying By Degrees From Climate Change
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. The End Age for humanity is not a date known to man, but a point of no return from climate change. Are we there now, as the Hopi and Mayans have predicted? Is there time left to us and, if so, how long?

Bees’ Disappearing Act
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Scientists are calling a rapid decline of the bees “colony collapse disorder”, or CCD; however, a more appropriate name would be CCC, for colony collapse catastrophe because this entails the disappearance of a hive’s 30,000 or so individuals within days and without any trace of their bodies.

Biodiversity and Sustainability Closely Linked to Language and Culture
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. As linguistic and culturally diversity disappear, so too does biological diversity. This is because the world’s indigenous cultures know best how to create the conditions to maintain species and keep ecosystems functioning in areas where humans also live.

MIT Climate Change Study: Tropical Rains to Become More Extreme


By Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office. According to a study by the Department of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with every 1 degree Celsius rise in Earth’s surface temperature, tropical regions will see 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes, with possible flooding in populous regions.

Will Namibia’s Newfound Wealth of Groundwater Serve People or Mining?


By James Anderson, Alertnet. About 0.66 million cubic kilometer (0.16 cubic mile) of groundwater — at least 100 times the amount of renewable freshwater in Africa — lies below the continent’s driest country: Namibia. The battle is on for access to the newfound water by the population versus water utilities and Namibia’s growing mining industry.

Cuba’s Cholera Outbreak Over in Two Months


Press Release from Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Granma, Cuba Debate. With epidemiological vigilance, public education, and appropriate treatment, Cuban public health workers completely ended in two months what might have become a major cholera epidemic and limited a cholera outbreak to three deaths and 417 cases. (English|Spanish)

Isaac, Gener and Katrina: Climate Change in Action
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Like a hulking giant, Isaac has stomped across the Caribbean at practically human speed, for days. Ten miles per hour, 14 mph, and Isaac continues its march northwest and west-northwest, for nearly one week, as if for a rendez-vous. Isaac appears set to revisit Katrina’s old haunts. The timing is identical: midweek, near the end of August.

Tropical Oceans: Beating Heart of Climate Change


By University of Plymouth Scientists, Phys.org. The tropical regions of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans appear to be “acting like a heart”, accumulating heat and then pulsing it in bursts across the Earth.

Hurricanes and Climate Change


By Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists | NOAA | Haiti Chery. Scientific evidence links the destructive power of hurricanes to higher ocean temperatures driven by global warming. Expansion of the oceans due to warming, combined with the inflow of water from melting land ice, have raised global sea levels more than one inch over the last decade. In addition, the water vapor content of the atmosphere over the oceans has increased four percent since 1970.

Haitian Government Does Nothing About IsaacLe gouvernement haïtien ne fait rien pour Isaac
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, a hurricane warning is in effect for Haiti — including the populous cities of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, and the Ile de la Gonave — and the Dominican Republic’s southern coast. Hurricane Isaac should hit the island of Hispaniola the night of Thursday August 23-24 with rainfall of 8 to 12 inches, dangerous waves, and storm surges that might raise the coastal waters 3 to 5 feet above normal. With less than 24 hours left for preparations to save lives and property, the Haitian government had done nothing except issue general safety warnings. Regular UPDATES. (English | French)

Documentary Film Declares War on Belo Monte Dam


By Glen H. Shephard, Notes from the Ethnoground. Brazilian film maker André D’Elia has declared war on the controversial hydroelectric dam along the Xingu river in the new film “Belo Monte: Anúncio de uma Guerra” (Belo Monte: Declaration of War).