Daily Archives: July 26, 2013

The Monsanto Challenge — Northampton, Massachusetts


Published on Jul 26, 2013

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UN Designates November 19 as World Toilet Day – ABC News


NITED NATIONS July 24, 2013 (AP)

The U.N. General Assembly has designated November 19 as World Toilet Day to spotlight the plight of 2.5 billion people who don’t have basic toilets.

According to the U.N., six billion of the world’s seven billion people have mobile phones — but only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines.

The General Assembly resolution approved by consensus Wednesday urges the U.N.’s 193 member states to promote behavioral changes and adopt policies to increase access to sanitation and end open defecation, a key cause of diarrhea.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the annual observance of World Toilet Day “will go a long way toward raising awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.”

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BBC News – ‘Rivers’ in air could boost flooding

25 July 2013 Last updated at 10:16 ET

By David Shukman Science editor, BBC News

The flooding in Cockermouth in 2009 was caused by one such atmospheric river

Winter floods could intensify in Britain, according to new research into powerful weather systems called “atmospheric rivers”.

Only identified about 20 years ago, atmospheric rivers are intense bands of moisture that flow through the air.

Known to be responsible for heavy rainfall, they have been blamed for severe flooding in California and the UK.

The new study suggests that warmer conditions could create more rivers – and make them more severe.

The paper is published by the Institute of Physics in Environmental Research Letters.

Atmospheric rivers are up to 300km wide and can stretch in length for over 1,000-2,000km. They flow invisibly between 1-2.5km above the surface of the ocean.

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