Focus on Belgium

March 31, 2016

Coral reefs bleaching

March 29, 2016

Evidence that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as “in-danger”.

The National Coral Bleaching Taskforce says 95% of reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea are now severely bleached.

It says only four reefs out of 520 have no evidence of bleaching.

Unesco voted not to put the reef on its World Heritage in Danger list last year, but green groups want the decision reassessed.

Coral taskforce convener Professor Terry Hughes told the BBC his team was yet to find the southern border where the bleaching ended.

“Tomorrow we will continue further south from Cairns to Townsville about 400km (250 miles) and spend the day scoring another 150 reefs,” Professor Hughes said.

Mass coral bleaching

  • Coral bleaching is caused by rising water temperatures resulting from two natural warm currents
  • It is exacerbated by man-made climate change, as the oceans are absorbing about 93% of the increase in the earth’s heat
  • Bleaching happens when corals under stress drive out the algae known as zooxanthellae that give them colour
  • If normal conditions return, the corals can recover, but it can take decades, and if the stress continues the corals can die
  • The current worldwide bleaching episode is predicted to be the worst on record

Climate change and the effects of El Nino are being blamed for the rise in sea temperatures that causes coral bleaching.

“What we’re seeing now is unequivocally to do with climate change,” Professor Justin Martin University of Queensland told the ABC.

About The Apocalypse

March 26, 2016

Convention on the Rights of the Child


Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989
entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49

Yemen- a new Syria-case

March 22, 2016

One person  becanetrapped and 2 persons got eye  irritation in an accident between a  train   and  three standing  wagons  on the rail:  bromine  container in one wagon got  leakage. Leakage is located.

This was  happened Israel  before midnight,   Israel has bromine resources and industry.


Damascus, SANA – Health Ministry launched Sunday a new polio vaccination campaign for all children under five across the country. The campaign will be carried out in cooperation with the authorities concerned, civil associations, World Health Organization (WHO),the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Ministry had already distributed 3,300,000 doses of vaccines for the campaign, in which 4399 health workers, 1133 qualified volunteers, 965 vehicles and 3788 mobile teams have been employed with the aim of reaching 2.8 million children nationwide. The campaign targets 298,000 children in Damascus, 327,000 in Damascus Countryside, 308,000 in Hama, 16,000 in Deir Ezzor, 200,000 in Homs, 52,000 in Sweida, 52,000 in Quneitra, 164,000 in Lattakia, 126,000 in Tartous, 230,000 in Hasaka, 145,000 in Daraa and 300,000 children in Aleppo. In a statement to SANA, Health Minister Nizar Yazigi asserted that the Ministry has taken all required procedures to ensure the success of the campaign, which will be carried out at the health centers and makeshift residential centers and through mobile teams with the aim to reach all targeted children regardless of their previous vaccines. The vaccines, Yazigi added, are given free of charge and are of high quality matching the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Ministry of Health conducted 17 vaccination campaigns since 2013 with the aim of having Syria freed of polio, where no new cases of polio have been detected in Syria since January 21 of 2014.

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