Monday, July 19, 2010
18 July 2010 Last updated at 19:46 ET
Antarctic cold snap kills nine in Argentina
A spell of extreme cold weather has brought ice and snow to much of Argentina, killing at least nine.
Most of the victims were homeless people in the capital Buenos Aires who died of hypothermia, a local non-governmental organisation said.
The cold front moving up from Antarctica has caused temperatures to plunge across the southern cone region of South America.
Deaths have also been reported in Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.
"The wave of cold air from the polar region continues to affect all of Argentina's territory with intense frosts" Argentina's national meteorological service reported.
It recorded minimum temperatures of minus 14C in Patagonia and central Argentina and between 0C and 3C in the north.
Argentina has stepped up electricity imports from Brazil and put restrictions on the use of natural gas by industry to ensure the increased energy demand for domestic heating can be met.
The cold snap also hit Bolivia, where local media reported at least two deaths in the tropical region of Santa Cruz.
Bolivia's education ministry ordered schools to close until 21 July because of the cold.
Low temperatures have also affected Chile, southern Brazil, and eastern Peru.
The unusually cold winter weather in South America follows one of the coldest winters for years in many parts of the northern hemisphere.
...electricity imports for argentina...?
...lowering of gas burning plants...! ! !
...this seems to ring a bell as to north america...!?
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UK water imports 'unsustainable'
The amount of water used in making goods imported to the UK is worsening water shortages in the developing world, according to a report from three engineering institutions.
They say the government has a duty to make water use more efficient, at home and abroad.
Richard Black reports.
UK water use 'worsening global crisis'
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News
The amount of water used to produce food and goods imported by developed countries is worsening water shortages in the developing world, a report says.
The report, focusing on the UK, says two-thirds of the water used to make UK imports is used outside its borders.
Forecasts suggest that when the world's population soars beyond 8bn in 20 years time, the global demand for food and energy will jump by 50%, with the need for fresh water rising by 30%.
The engineering institutions say it means nations such as the UK have a duty to help curb water use in the developing world, where about one billion people already do not have sufficient access to clean drinking water.
...one billion [1,000,000,000] already do not have potable and enough water in the World...!
...it looks like humans heart for one another is "bogus"...!
...how many are dying of hunger or going hungry daily in the World...?
IT IS MORE THAN ONE BILLION...! ! !
...IT WONT TAKE LONG FOR IT TO BE NEARLY A "FREE FOR ALL"...!
...it looks like most will have to hit the oceans for distilled water, and buy mineral/vitamin tablets...!
seven billion [7,000,000,000] populae is an important timeline...!
eight billion [8,000,000,000] populae could be the "snooked/sunken out in the 15 billiard ball game" timeline...!