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Liver Disease Killing 7,500 Australians Each Year

Posted by feww on March 27, 2013

More than 6 million Australians have liver disease, mostly self-inflicted

More than a quarter of Australians suffer from liver disease, according to a report commissioned by the Australian Liver Association.

The most common form of the disease in Australia is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, affecting 5.5 million across the country. The next most common form is viral hepatitis, including B and C, which affects another 500,000 people.

  • The cost to the economy is a “staggering” $51 billion a year.
  • Obesity, drug and alcohol abuse are major risk factors.
  • ”The majority of patients are also part of the obesity epidemic that we’re seeing in Australia,” said Australian Liver Association Chairwoman.
  • ”While liver disease caused by the virus hepatitis C is the No.1 cause for a liver transplant, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease accounts for a much higher proportion of people with liver disease.”

Other Global Disaster/ Significant Events

Peru declares state of emergency in its rainforest

Government of Peru has declared a state of emergency in a part of its northern Amazon rainforest, after discovering high levels of barium, lead, chrome and petroleum-related compounds in the region, which is home to one of its biggest oil fields, said a report.

‘Abnormal heat’ sets record March temps in Australia

Australia’s 2013 summer was the hottest on record, said a report, and the period from October onwards is forecast to be the hottest since records began more than a century ago.

Blistering temperatures were reported across eastern Australia this week.

  • Birdsville, Queensland broke a 101-year-old record, posting a high of 42.9ºC  and beating a previous high of 42.1ºC set at Longreach on 28 March 1912, the report said.
  • Swan Hill, Victoria set a new late-season record at 38.8ºC and Fowlers Gap, NSW recorded 40.9ºC  ( Both records were previously set on March 29, 1986).
  • Melbourne reported peak of 35.6ºC, the hottest this late in the season since the extreme heat of March 1940.

Massive bushfire in Australia destroys many homes

Australian authorities have issued two emergency warnings after a massive bushfire, which consumed 1,300 hectares and many homes,  descended on the 700-strong community of Dereel, west of Melbourne, prompting many residents fleeing for safety, said a report.

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1,081 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,081 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


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Peru tribes file complaint over oil company

Posted by feww on April 8, 2010

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Peru tribes have filed IFC complaint over Maple Energy oil pollution

A year after about 40 tribal men were killed and 100s more injured in clashes with police over President Alan Garcia’s investor-friendly policies, a Peruvian tribe has filed a complaint with the ombudsman of the World Bank’s International Finance Corp (IFC) against Maple Energy Plc. They oil company stands accused of polluting the tribe’s ancestral land and rivers in the Amazon.

Indigenous protesters fighting logging and drilling blocked a road in northern Peru on Friday as police tear gas hung in the air. (June 5, 2009). Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Shipibo-Konibo indigenous communities in Canaan de Cachicuyo and Nuevo Sucre have cited in their complaint five oil spills over the last 15 months, which has contaminated their food and water.

“Our kids are drinking this water and getting sick. And while Maple is working in our territory and getting rich we’re suffering. The issue has never been resolved; that’s why we’ve launched this demand.” Joaquin Sanancino Rodriguez, a community leader in Canaan, told Reuters.

The IFC may not be the best body to complain to, however. It promotes private sector investment in developing countries and has made substantial loans to Maple Energy Plc, a UK-based oil and gas exploration company.

“The tribe has requested help from the International Accountability Project, a U.S.-based environmental nongovernmental organization, to negotiate an agreement with Maple so that the company would accept responsibility and be monitored by the IFC.” The report said.

A senior manager for IFC Oil & Gas, Lance Crist, dismissed the claims made by the tribes

“We believe that Maple is committed to all of the steps that would be expected on an international best practice basis,” he said.

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