First cases of Zika-related microcephaly confirmed in Thailand

October 3, 2016 by  
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Health officials just confirmed the first two cases of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in Southeast Asia . The cases were both in Thailand , although officials haven’t said exactly where in the country. Zika outbreaks across Southeast Asia prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to warn people, especially pregnant women, against traveling to the area. Out of three cases tested, laboratory tests linked two to the Zika virus in Thailand. Statistics collected by health officials reveal that since the start of 2016, there have been 349 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the nation; 33 of those cases were pregnant women. Some experts have said Thailand has not been forthcoming about the presence of the Zika virus in the country to protect tourism, but Department of Disease Control adviser Prasert Thongcharoen said “Thailand is not hiding anything and is ready to disclose everything.” Related: Zika outbreak declared in Miami Beach The World Health Organization said governments and locals should work to control mosquitoes , said to transmit the Zika virus as well as other illnesses Thailand faces such as dengue , chikungunya, and malaria. Other health officials in the region said they would be monitoring, but they think the number of people who have the Zika virus is likely higher than they know. Philippines health secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubia told Reuters, “We do not test everybody, we test only those who are symptomatic. Yes, we are positive that the number is higher because we are not testing everyone.” Around 80 percent of infected people don’t have any symptoms of the Zika virus. In Singapore , there have been 393 cases of Zika, including 16 pregnant women. The CDC said tourists should think about postponing trips to Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Laos, Philippines, Brunei, Timor-Leste, and Myanmar. There is already an Alert Level 2 travel notice in place for Singapore. Via The Los Angeles Times and Reuters Images via Pixabay and screenshot

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Total solar eclipse will sweep across Southeast Asia and Pacific today

March 8, 2016 by  
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Get your glasses ready, because in the wee  hours of March 8th , the moon is set to pass in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse . Sadly, if you’re not located in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, or the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you’re going to miss out on the full effect. Bu other areas of Southeast and East Asia will still be treated to a partial eclipse, along with some parts of Australia and even Hawaii. If you’re located elsewhere in the world, not to worry – the Exploratorium will be live-streaming the eclipse on their website. Read the rest of Total solar eclipse will sweep across Southeast Asia and Pacific today

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To build resilience, empower women

October 9, 2015 by  
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The Global Resilience Partnership awards a self-employed women’s finance cooperative in Southeast Asia so they can expand into financing housing and self-sufficiency.

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Sea Slug Can Throw Away Penis and Grow a New One

February 13, 2013 by  
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Image ©shutterstock Red and white sea slugs that roam the warm waters of Southeast Asia just may be the envy of the animal world given their ability to discard and re-grow a penis again and again. The Chromodoris reticulata is a hermaphroditic slug that, once mating is complete, can cast off its penis into the water. And then twenty-four hours later, a new, fledgling penis unfurls from inside the slug, replacing the discarded one. Read the rest of Sea Slug Can Throw Away Penis and Grow a New One Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biology , Chromodoris reticulata , conservation , disposable penis , eco design , green design , hermaphrodite organisms , Nature , regenerative penis , science , sea slug , sustainable design , throw away penis

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Shape-Shifting Octopuses Endangered by Blog Stardom? (Video)

October 28, 2010 by  
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Photo: Stephen Childs Flickr, Creative Commons Today, a link soared to the top of the popular news aggregator Reddit , with the text ” This is, by far, the world’s coolest animal.

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Toyota is Turning Old NiMH Batteries Into New Batteries

October 28, 2010 by  
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Image: Toyota The Circle of Battery-Life The more hybrid cars and battery electric cars are on the road, the more battery pack we’ll eventually have to deal with. It’s still a better problem to have than to have to deal with vehicles that burn significantly more non-renewable fossil fuels, with the waste products going straight in the atmosphere. At least the batteries are recycled, and consumers are being paid for their old batteries (which usually can still hold a lot of charge, so some might be

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World Growth International Slammed by Scientists For Being Front Group For Big Timber

October 28, 2010 by  
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This one’s probably a bit insider-info for most TreeHugger readers, and I admit I’m partially to blame for it, but bear with me because it’s if you care about rampant greenwashing and deforestation it’s important: A group of prominent scientists has issued an open letter challenging the objectivity of World Growth International , challenging the group’s and its leader Alan Oxley ‘s, objectivity in addressing the environmental and social impact of

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give flowers a break.

July 15, 2010 by  
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Cut flowers are kind of like crushes: they’re fun, fleeting and usually end up nowhere. While flowers are pretty, the flower industry is not. Most cut flowers are grown in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia in large greenhouses where underpaid, non-unionized workers spray them heavily with pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, including those that are banned in the US, like DDT and methyl-bromide.

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Southeast Asia Exports 35 Million Wild Animals in a Decade

December 24, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Between 1998 and 2007, a recent study reports, more than 35 million rare species were exported out of Southeast Asia legally. Of this, at least 30 million were taken from the wild rather than from captive breeding programs

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