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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Solar power Brings Hope to Uganda| News24


 In this electricity-starved rural part of Uganda, men ride bicycles several kilometres to the nearest market town simply to charge their phones.
That should change with the construction nearby of one of the largest solar plants in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the population is without electricity and countries increasingly explore alternative sources of power.

Louisiana receives $19.5 million FEMA disaster recovery grant


CIWARS Analysis
The United States is playing a catch up game.  It is easier to fund repair money than adaptation strategy.  This is not a solution it is simply a patch on a much larger problem. Extreme storms will increase in the South as the people of Houston are discovering and the United States needs to move to infrastructure adaptation strategies.


BATON ROUGE, La (La. Dept. of Health News Release) The Louisiana Department of Health announced it has received a federal grant of more than $19.5 million to assist local communities throughout Louisiana that are still recovering from the devastating floods this past spring. This Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and is administered by the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit.

$81 billion mobilized in 2015 to tackle climate change


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Nearly 20 percent of these funds are focussed on Africa. It is targeted at both mitigation and adaptation strategies.  The adaptation strategies will include water systems, energy and transport systems and new crop or food production strategies. Mitigation will largely go to renewable energy and improved transportation strategies.



Climate change blamed vanishing fish Lake Tanganyika | News24


CIWARS Analysis
This problem is longstanding and complex. It can solely be blamed on climate change because it has been an ongoing problem for nearly 100 years.  It is a combination of over fishing and yes rising water temperatures in the lake.  None of this changes the reality that Lake Tanganyika is a major source of food and income in the region and is the heart of the economy of Burundi and the Eastern Congo.


Miami - Fish are becoming more scarce in Africa's oldest and deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika, because of climate warming, not just overfishing, US researchers said this week.
The study on Lake Tanganyika, which covers parts of Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, relied on sediment samples drilled from the lake bed and going back 1 500 years to analyse the changing biodiversity.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Climate change brings tainted shellfish to northern seas - UPI.com


CIWARS Analysis

A toxic mix of increased bacteria and increased water temperature is poisoning our oceans and the shellfish we eat because they are largely bottom feeders that filter the mud/sand on the ocean flow.  This is also combined with increased bacteria in the water from human waste and then nitrogen from fertilizers.  This is not a temporary problem that will go away since water temperatures will continue to rise, which activates the bacteria and nitrogen mix.



"From long-term data, it is apparent that the level of these pathogens is rising in the ocean as a result of global warming," said study author Luigi Vezzulli. He is an associate professor with the department of earth, environmental and life sciences at the University of Genoa, in Italy.

New Heat Record Set Time Connect Climate Change Dots


CIWARS Analysis

It is obvious we have lost the war to stop climate change it is time to start connecting the dots on how bad the disaster is going to be.  Increased heat will cause the following:

  • Loss of work productivity because of extreme heat
  • Increased use of electricity to cool
  • Increased food insecurity because of drought and bad growing conditions
  • Increased Migration as people move to cooler climates
  • Fish stocks moving north to cooler water and affecting food security patterns
This is just a short list.  Climate Change is not a future event and we need a government to handle and prepare now.

Climate Change Worsen Colorado's Air Quality, Experts Say | CPR


CIWARS Analysis
Recent studies clearly show that air pollution EVEN AT LOWEST  LEVELS causes cancer growth to increase.  There is no such thing as safe levels of pollution.  Look at asthma rates in the Central Valley California with some of the worst air in the nation.  The primary cause is hotter weather which heats the ground ozone.  Do people have to die in the street before we change?


Global climate change is likely to worsen Colorado's air quality, with higher temperatures, more pollution and an increase in pollen. And Denver currently ranks 8th in a list of 20 cities with the most ozone, according to the American Lung Association. 

Climate Change Turns Ocean/Lakes Toxic


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One body of water from one continent to another our Ocean and Lake water is turning toxic from growing bacteria and algae blooms.  It is the storm of warmer air, warmer water, more nutrients like nitrogen from pollution in the water and other factors.  Piece by piece our planet is dying and humans to die with it.  Without water there is no life.

Rising ocean temperatures may be making us ill and it's only getting worse.
Warmth-loving marine bacteria is growing in abundance and posing an increased risk to human health as waters heat up, according to a study published this week.
Vibrio bacteria causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the U.S. every year. Typically found in warm and salty coastal waters or river estuaries, the bacteria is usually picked up through the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood, like oysters, or cuts in the skin when swimming.

Climate Change Destroying Wheat Production Globally


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Climate Change has only one face with many personalities when it comes to wheat production which is vital to human survival.  Drought in African has destroyed grain and caused massive food security. This article is about France and the excessive rain caused by the other end of Climate Change that causes wheat to mold in the field. All over the world our food supply are under attack. Go to our site and research the other articles about food security and drought to see the full picture.



En moyenne, le rendement ne devrait pas dépasser 5,5 tonnes de blé à l'hectare, selon les estimations présentées mardi 9 août par le cabinet Agritel. Soit une chute de plus de 30 % par rapport à la récolte 2015, plutôt bonne, et de 26 % par rapport à la moyenne des cinq dernières années. « Il faut remonter à 1983 pour trouver un rendement aussi bas », précise Michel Portier, céréalier dans l'Oise et directeur d'Agritel. La production hexagonale devrait tomber autour de 29 millions de tonnes seulement, contre 40,9 millions de tonnes en 2015.

En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2016/08/09/ble-la-moisson-catastrophique-plonge-les-cerealiers-dans-la-crise_4980081_3244.html#GGZKxK2K2IuBIZej.99


Global Bird Flu Problm Un nouveau cas de grippe aviaire en Aveyron


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11,000 ducks have been slaughtered to stop the spread of bird flu in France.  Though Bird Flu has been off the headlines it is slowly making a strong come back as a highly destructive economic force. Last year in the USA bird flu caused a drastic shortage of eggs in retail stores and price increases that affected bakery products.




Un nouveau cas de grippe aviaire en Aveyron

Un nouveau cas de grippe aviaire a été détecté dans un élevage de canards en Aveyron, en plein redémarrage de la production après le vide sanitaire.
Onze mille animaux vont être abattus dans cet élevage de Cruéjouls, dans la commune de Palmas. Un « foyer secondaire » de l'épizootie y a été détecté, qui présente un « lien épidémiologique » avec un premier cas mis au jour le 15 juillet à Vaureilles, toujours en Aveyron, a déclaré à l'Agence France-Presse Yves Coche, directeur départemental de la cohésion sociale et de la protection des populations de l'Aveyron. Les deux localités sont situées à environ 70 km de distance par la route. La découverte de ce cas porte à 81 le nombre de foyers infectieux identifiés en France depuis le début de l'épizootie, en novembre.

Climate Change Destroying Farming in America's Bread Basket


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California's Central Valley produces 50 percent of the nation's food yet it is a Climate Change and Ecological Disaster.  Read our detail assessment of the Central Valley and the potential disaster coming to California.


Fresno County's overall crop value fell to $6.61 billion last year from a high of $7 billion in 2014 as the region battled drought, lower commodity prices and production issues.
The drop was a disappointment, but not a surprise, as the 2015 Fresno County Crop Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.


ZIKA Virus: The Perfect Storm in USA


CIWARS Analysis
La Nina is bring heavy rain fall to Florida and higher humidity which are perfect conditions for the mosquitoes that bear the Zika virus. More and more as the temperatures rise tropical diseases spread into the United States and move north.In many ways this is the perfect storm and America is ill prepared to face as Congress refuses to fund a special Zika program. Perfect storm of weather, ineffective government, and a new virus.

La Niña is characterized by the cooling of ocean surface waters in the equatorial Pacific and affects many of the same regions as El Niño. Based on previous years, this means above-average rainfall and potential flooding in southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and northern South America, and drier than average conditions in eastern Africa and the west coast of South America. There's a 55 to 60 percent chance La Niña will develop during the upcoming months, according to an August forecast from NOAA.

America's Toxic Coal Ash Ponds Problems


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Very few things drive home the consequences of the cost of development that the haunting residue of a society's rush to development.  America has been left with thousands of toxic ponds full of coal ash from coal-fired electricity plants.  Many of these ponds have been declared as a critical danger because of the lack of maintenance of the dam holding back the water. Yet, America's regulators can not find a solution. Every few years a dam breaks and contaminates a river, or the slow leakage of the ash into the soil is discovered to have ruined a town's drinking water.
Duke Energy has been ordered to drain the ponds and remove the coal ash, but then what? Another solution is to cap the pond but then the coal ash seeps into the ground water and there is still the risk of the dam breaking.

Years go by without a solution!



In May, when the state Department of Environmental Quality called for all coal ash sites to be excavated in North Carolina, Duke Energy, the state's largest utility, called it "the most extreme" option. A new law, passed in July, allows for the ash to stay put if the company establishes permanent drinking water solutions for affected residents by 2018 and repairs the earthen dams holding the impoundments in place.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Scores killed as Tropical Storm Earl triggers landslides in Mexico - France 24

The death toll rose late on Sunday after state governors in the two most affected states confirmed two more deaths from a series of mudslides that struck hillside communities.
The head of national emergency services previously put the death toll at 38, the vast majority of whom were found in Puebla state, while the remainder died in neighboring Veracruz.


UN deeply disturbed’ erosion of media freedom in Venezuela – UN human rights office


CIWARS Analysis

Venezuela has in essence been taken over by the military. It is facing food shortage, drastic affects of Climate Change, loss of economic production and a drastic future.  It is an example of what happens when an climate change drought hits a country already suffering from other problems and the government has lost control of internal security.  The military has taken over the ports, food distribution, taken over food stores and forced shop owners to sell at a loss, and also nationalized factories.  Venezuela is a country is complete disarray. 


4 August 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Inter-American Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, expressed concern at the eroding media freedom in Venezuela, citing a number of reported incidents of harassments of journalists and media groups.
"We are deeply disturbed by the recent reports of attacks against journalists and independent media groups, escalating the pressure over the Venezuelan media," they said in a news release issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Macedonian Tragedy Triggers Flood Of Criticism


CIWARS Analysis

Case after case governments are coming under fire because of their lack of response to climate change extreme weather flooding.  The point is that these floods whether in USA Houston Florida Nigeria or Egypt are predictable and can be managed.  This mismanagement will cause the lack of trust in governments.


Activists, citizens, and online media are expressing outrage at what they view as the government's slow response, failure to issue warnings as torrential rains battered Skopje and its environs on the night of August 5-6, and neglect of a storm-drain system that could have prevented the flooding that killed at least 21 people.

Nigeria: Threat of Impending Floods - allAfrica.com

The Director-General of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA), Moses Beckley, recently predicted an overflow of the Niger-Benue River Basins and other sub-basins, in the ongoing rainy season, stating that flooding is likely to affect states in the surrounding the basins. He made the prediction at the official presentation of the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja on July 25, 2016.
The states at the risk of flooding, according to NHSA, include Niger, Benue, Sokoto, Anambra, Imo, Kogi, Cross River, Yobe, Ogun, Kebbi and Osun. Others are Zamfara, Katsina, Kwara, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Plateau and Nasarawa. The rest are Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Ebonyi, Abia, Jigawa and Kano. The agency added that Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo particularly might experience coastal flooding due to rise in sea level and tidal surge. Already, states like Kano, Kebbi, Cross River, and Jigawa states have suffered from flooding this year.

Iran Lake Urmia Another Lake Dies Algae Bloom

CIWARS Analysis
The Handwriting is on the Wall. Algae blooms caused by human use and climate change are taking over large bodies of water world wide. Rising temperatures from Climate Change add to the already present high nitrogen levels from pollution. Florida, Utah, California, Iran the list grows daily. Fish die, food supply die, humans die.

Like the famous Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the Salton Seain California, the salty expanse of Lake Urmia in Iran has been drying up and shrinking for decades. Now the lake, once one of the largest in the Middle East, looks more like a gigantic crime scene.
In late April, NASA's Aqua satellite captured Lake Urmia with a deep green hue. But as of mid-July, the body of water was filled with algae and bacteria that turned it into a stained red pool.

Cairo alleged Nile flooding coverup

CIWARS Analysis
This is a difficult story to unpack so let me try. The Nile River is a shared resource for Africa so its proper management is crucial. What people are alleging in Egypt is that the Nile is flooding at a higher rate than the amount of rain fall in the highlights of Sudan which is to the south and water flows to Egypt. This is crucial because it means Egypt while calling for water conservation is not managing their supply well it is also important because Egypt is concerned about the impact of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia.


The ministry had declared a state of emergency from May to August of this year due to drought, the worst to hit the Nile Basin in the past 100 years. Cairo was relying on this crisis to ensure the success of its new campaign to rationalize water usage, demanding that the citizens and farmers reduce their water consumption as much as possible.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/08/egypt-nile-flooding-rates-hiding-public-controversy.html#ixzz4GZdyfC2x



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Singapore Foils Islamic State Rocket Attack Plan


BATAM - Singapore called for heightened vigilance on Saturday, a day after Indonesian police arrested a group of men they believed were plotting a rocket attack on the wealthy city-state with the help of a Syrian-based Islamic State militant.
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African refugees rush Italian French Border

Tens of refugees caught Italian and French police "by surprise" on Friday after rushing to the rocky shore in Ventimiglia near Italy's border with France, according to an RT report.
The refugees, mostly Sudanese, Eritreans and Ethiopians, had arrived in Ventimiglia from the Italian island of Sicily with the hope of continuing their journey to France and northern Europe.
http://217.218.67.231/Detail/2016/08/06/478692/Italy France Ventimiglia African refugees Italy-France border Menton


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Agrimoney.com | Chinese chicken demand to hit 10-year low


Rising prices will send chicken consumption in China, the world's second biggest poultry market, to a ten-year low next year, US officials forecast.
The US Department of Agriculture's Beijing Bureau forecast broiler meat consumption next year at just 11.6m tonnes, the lowest level since 2007.
This would leave consumption down 13% between 2015 and 2017.

NY Times Editorial Countries Will Need Help Adapting to Climate Change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week that global temperatures last year were the highest on record — and that this year is likely to be hotter still. That is a powerful reason for rich countries to begin making good on their promises to help low-lying island nations, some of the poorest countries in the world, build their defenses against the disastrous effects of climate change, which some are already experiencing.

Data centre water use has investors on high alert - Business - NZ Herald News


Data centres, used by governments and large corporations to house their computer systems, have one big environmental problem: They get hot.
To keep them from overheating, large data centres can pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water a year through the facilities, according to company reports. That high demand for water has some investors concerned, especially in places where natural water resources are becoming ever more precious, like tech-heavy California.

Climate change 160,000 deaths a year in India by 2050 - India Climate Dialogue

As many as 160,000 people will die every year in India by 2050 due to decreased food production because of climate change, an Oxford University study has predicted. India ranks second in the mortality forecast after China, where as many as 248,000 are expected to die for this reason. Surprisingly, the US ranks fifth, after Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Macedonia storm: Deadly freak floods hit Skopje - BBC News

CIWARS comment:

The is not a FREAK storm. It is extreme weather caused by Climate Change and is happening EVERYWHERE. We need to look and redo our drainage systems, and water management systems. This is the new normal. It is a total failure of government not to adapt to these problems.


The victims' bodies were found on Sunday morning after the storm passed. Several people are still missing.
Some of the victims drowned in their cars. Parts of the city's ring road were swept away in the floods, dragging cars into nearby fields.
Three-and-a-half inches (93mm) of rain fell in Skopje in the storm - more than the average for the whole of August.

900,000 Florida homes underwater from sea level rise,

CIWARS Comment

Read our investigation into this from May.  Despite these warning people continue to not demand a solution from their government.

Freddie Mac Warns of Mortgage collapse
http://ciwarsclimateconflict.blogspot.com/p/ciwars-migrationconflict-alert-6-june.html



One in eight Florida homes could be underwater by 2100 due to sea level rise, according to a study by Zillow, one of the most widely used real estate valuation sites.
The company's analysis is based on new research in the scientific journal Nature that said sea levels could rise six feet by 2100, mostly due to melting Antarctic ice sheets. This more severe prediction puts even more homes in low-lying Florida at risk.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Florida Military Installations


Florida's military installations face more flooding and hurricane damage as the seas rise.
That's the finding of a new study out Wednesday analyzing the risks at 18 military installations on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
The Union of Concerned Scientists study focused on these military installations as representative installations nationwide.
In Florida it looked at installations in Key West, Jacksonville and the Panhandle. Kristina Dahl, the study's lead scientist, says the Key West installation is most at risk.
"At that installation, at Naval Air Station Key West, we found that between 70 and 95 percent of the base's land could be lost to sea level rise by the end of the century."
The study found by 2050 half of the military installations analyzed along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts face at least 270 flood events annually, up from 10 today. And that puts vital infrastructure at risk.
The Department of Defense did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Monday, August 8, 2016

175,000 lose jobs from drought Morocco – Middle East Monitor

As many as 175,000 people have lost their jobs in the farming sector this year due to the severe drought which has led to a four per cent decline in the sector's operating capacity, the Moroccan planning authority said.
In a report released on Friday the authority said 21,000 jobs had been lost in urban areas while a further 154,000 had been lost in rural regions which operate in the farming, forestry and fishing sectors.

Ground Breaking Huge Solar Farm with Innovating Storage Las Vegas



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Delta Computer System Down Flights Halted


Tens of thousands of people were stranded Monday after Delta Air Lines flights were grounded around the globe due to a system outage.
Delta said that systems were back online by 8:40 a.m. ET, but warned disruptions would continue amid a "limited" resumption of departures.

Toronto blaming #ClimateChange on water main breaks CBC News

Toronto blaming Climate Change on broken water mains




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Saturday, August 6, 2016

China Flooding Caused $33 Billion in Economic Damage Last Month

--> Bloomberg Flooding in China last month caused about $33 billion in economic losses, with less than 2 percent of the sum covered by insurers, Aon Plc said.
Flooding in China last month caused about $33 billion in economic losses, with less than 2 percent of the sum covered by insurers, Aon Plc said.
The "Mei-Yu" rainfall drenched the Yangtze River basin and northeastern China, leaving more than 760 people dead or missing and damaging or destroying more than 800,000 homes and other structures, the London-based insurance broker said Thursday in a report. Most of the claims made to insurers were for agriculture, Aon said.


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Florida cleared to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Zika fight | World news | The Guardian

On Thursday, Florida officials said the same species of mosquito had transmitted 15 Zika infections in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, the first cases to be caused by mosquitoes in the mainland US
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/05/florida-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-zika


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Pollution shorten lung cancer patients' lives, research shows | Society | The Guardian

The findings, which add to growing evidence about the health impact of airborne toxins, show that those diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer are most at risk of an early death. That applies in particular to people with adenocarcinoma, the commonest form on non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 80% of cases of the disease.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/05/pollution-shorten-lung-cancer-lives-research-air


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Britain shouts about immigration but is silent on climate change migration| Andrew Simms | Environment | The Guardian

The campaign for Britain to leave the EU was related to those sceptical of action on global warming and in favour of financial deregulation. It's a paradoxical package, on the one hand creating the conditions for human displacement and migration through environmental damage and inequality, and on the other washing its hands of the inevitable consequences.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/03/britain-shouts-about-immigration-but-is-silent-on-one-of-the-root-causes-climate-change


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Internet Slowdown Disrupt Bahrain Cleric


The Internet slowdown in the Bahraini village of Diraz, home to a leading Shia cleric, appears to have been ordered by Manama in a bid to disrupt anti-regime protests there, says a monitoring and advocacy group.


http://217.218.67.231/Detail/2016/08/04/478434/Bahrain Diraz Sheikh Isa Qassim


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Government Agencies Must Consider The Climate, White House Says | ThinkProgress

The White House on Tuesday released new guidance that directs federal agencies to consider climate change during environmental reviews. 
The announcement from the Council for Environmental Quality does not create a new rule or regulation for agencies. Rather, the 34-page document explains "how to consider the impacts of [agencies] actions on climate change" while undertaking National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

Lake Chad 'forgotten' as world focuses on Boko Haram-hit Nigeria | Reuters


DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world must not forget about the impact of the Boko Haram insurgency on West Africa's Lake Chad region where 100,000 people are uprooted, as fears of famine rise in northeast Nigeria, aid agencies said on Thursday.

Nearly 250,000 children in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, where food is in short supply, suffer from life-threatening malnourishment and many are dying, the United Nations and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said last month.

Yet hunger and malnutrition rates across the border in Chad, where poverty and desertification have been compounded by Boko Haram violence, are troubling, said Pascal Nshimirimana, Chad program manager for the International Medical Corps (IMC).

"There is a lot of focus on the Nigerian side of the border, but the Chadian side is being forgotten," Nshimirimana said.

The region is the world's most neglected humanitarian crisis, the U.N. aid chief said earlier this year.


Cyber security firms vulnerable to M&A attacks — FT.com



Thursday, August 4, 2016

USA 2.7K Gallon Sewage Spill Michigan

August 3, WOOD 8 Grand Rapids– (Michigan) Kzoo road reopens after 2.7K gallon sewage spill. Officials from the Kalamazoo Health and Community Services Department announced August 2 that approximately 2,700 gallons of wastewater spilled from a broken water main, prompting the shut-down of North Avenue between Sprinkle Road and 26th street while crews completed repairs. Officials advised anyone who came in contact with the spill to thoroughly clean and disinfect shoes, clothing, and skin.

$110K stolen from ATM Rhode Island

  1. August 2, WPRI 12 Providence – (Rhode Island) Police: ATM skimming device used to steal $110k. Rhode Island police are investigating August 2 after a card-skimming device was found on an ATM at the Navigant Credit Union in Cumberland August 1 and the skimmed payment information was used to steal more than $110,000 from ATMs across the State.

Niger: la région d'Agadez une nouvelle fois sous les eaux - RFI


La saison des pluies a provoqué d'importantes inondations ces jours-ci dans le nord du Niger particulièrement dans la région d'Agadez. Et les dégâts occasionnés sont déjà assez importants.

Tabalo habite au quartier Toudou à Agadez juste en bordure de la vallée Telwa. En cette saison de pluie, elle ne dort plus pratiquement la nuit de peur d'une inondation : « Nous avons été inondés partout ici. Nous avons même commencé à évacuer nos biens. Nous avons eu une de ces peurs ! Désormais, dès que le ciel menace on monte la garde pour éviter d'être envahi par les eaux ».

Les indicateurs clés du changement climatique ont atteint des niveaux record en 2015


L’Afrique de l’Est se lance dans de grands projets énergétiques



Quantifying Cyberattacks

Last week, the Obama administration announced a new measure of cyberattack severity. Sources have stated that this has been in the works for several months. Reports are that this measure will assist the U.S. in determining what the appropriate response should be.

Eight Militants, Security Officer Killed In Daghestan Clashes


Eight members of an armed group and one law enforcement officer have been killed in clashes in the volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan, Russian officials say. 
The National Counterterrorism Committee said that three officers of the Federal Security Service were also injured in the ongoing clashes in a rural area south of the regional capital, Makhachkala.

Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse: report - News from Al Jazeera

Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two rights groups have said.
Under Canberra's immigration policy, people intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat are sent to a prison on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea, or one in Nauru, both of which have been criticised for their harsh conditions and reports of abuse.

Ethnic Tensions High In Southern Kazakhstan

Police in the South Kazakhstan region have detained more than 30 local residents to prevent possible ethnic clashes amid ongoing tension between local Tajiks and Kazakhs over an unconfirmed rape case.

Ethiopia promises New Dam No Problems to Egypt - Daily News Egypt


Ethiopian water minister Ato Motuma Mekassa said that his country is willing to work to limit the negative effect of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Egypt and Sudan.
In an interview with state-run newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm, Mekassa revealed that Ethiopia has not yet begun to store water in the GERD reservoir as the timeline for this still hasn't been set.

5,200 MW solar capacity to be added in 2016-17: CARE - The Economic Times

MUMBAI: The country is set to add 5,200 MW solar capacity this fiscal with various states coming out with policies for the sector, CARE Ratings said.  

According to a study conducted by the ratings agency, out of total installed renewable energy capacity of 42,750 MW as on March 31, the share of solar energy increased to 15.82 per cent, as against 13.8 per cent in 2014-15.  


Australia Has Climate Change of Heart - WSJ

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has directed the country's main science body to again focus on climate research, a policy U-turn after his conservative government almost lost power in last month's national elections, which saw voter backlash in environmentally-sensitive regions.

U.S. Broker Climate-Change Initiative Central Asia - Morning Consult

The State Department announced Wednesday the U.S. will contribute $15 million to an agreement between five Central Asian countries including measures to combat climate change, part of a broader attempt to forge relationships between rivalrous former Soviet territories.

Climate change increase turbulence difficult for flights to take off, UN warns | Environment | The Independent

Climate change will have "severe consequences" for planes trying to take off and increase the chance of in-flight turbulence, icing up incidents and engine-threatening dust storms – but there is no reason to "panic" just now, the United Nations' air travel agency has said.