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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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