WHO declares emergency over virus

WHO declares emergency over virus

Kathryn Long, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016

A “public health emergency of international concern” is how the World Health Organization recently classified the Zika virus.

At this point, the Zika virus has infected over 20 countries in Central and South America. Although Zika itself has yet to spread within the U.S., there have been reported cases of the virus from individuals who have traveled to infected countries and returned.

The Zika virus is transferred mainly through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It may result in symptoms such as a rash, a fever or, for 80 percent of those infected, no symptoms at all.

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Teen leads charge against climate change

Nicole Zelniker, World & Nation Editor

December 4, 2015

After experiencing a disappointing defeat for climate justice, 13-year-old Hallie Turner has decided to keep fighting.

“It’s an issue that I’m always going to continue trying to make a difference in,” said Turner in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. “There’s lots of next steps that can be taken.”

On Nov. 25, North Carolina ruled against Turner’s petition, which demanded North Carolina cut emissions by at least 4 percent yearly.

“We’ve created so many of the emissions,” said sophomore Students for Climate Justice Co-President Anna Lichtiger. “At the current trajectory we’re (following) we’re going to increase temperatures by five degrees Celsius by 2100.”

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Indonesian fires rage on

Caleb Amstuz, Staff Writer

November 13, 2015

While the sky above Indonesia fills with hazardous black smoke, the rest of the world has lowered its gaze.

Approximately 127,000 forest fires, spurred by illicit farming practices, have covered the country in a perilous cloud of environmental and public health problems.

For years, local impoverished farmers have regularly practiced illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear forests and peat lands for growing palm oil. Now, larger palm oil plantations are cleaning immense expanses of land using the same techniques.

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The cost of global climate change: dollars and natural disasters

June Park, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

$1.2 trillion this year. $369 trillion by the end of the next century.

The price-tag on climate change is enormous.

This May, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration reached a global record of 400 parts per million, the highest it has ever been in history. This summer, Arctic sea ice reached a new record minimum. Yet our modern lifestyles remained largely unchanged.

You would wonder what the environment has to do with economics, yet they are interconnected more deeply than most would expect.

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