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First Anniversary Memorial Report from Japan NDYS

March 28th, 2012

Jan 20, 2012 Chihuahua, Mexico Raramuri communities severely affected by drought

February 16th, 2012

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February 16th, 2012

Recent Natural Events

Disaster Alert: Severe Drought in Mexico

The country’s worst drought in more than 70 years is devastating water and food supplies throughout Mexico. Thousands of cattle have died and more than two million acres of crops have been destroyed, with northern states seeing record levels of drought. Read

Chihuahua, Mexico – Raramuri communities severely affected by drought. Watch

Durango – Worst drought in 100 years. Read

Alaska Snow Storm 2012: 18 Feet of Snow Bury Small Towns in ‘Snowicane’

January brought cold temperatures and much above average snowfall to parts of Alaska. One of the hardest hit areas was the town of Cordova. Between November, 2011 and early January, more than 18 feet (5.5 meters) of snow fell. Read

In January 6.2 earthquake shakes Peru

The number of injured by the earthquake increased to 150 people. Read

Ecuador: Floods and Landslides

Heavy rains have triggered floods and landslides in the provinces of Guayas, El Oro and Esmeraldas, affecting hundreds of people. Read

The number of casualties went up to 13. Read

29 dead in Brazil floods

January is traditionally a month with heavy rain. A year ago, more than 800 people died because of floods in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Read

Bolivia: Floods – Jan 2012

Cochabamba – Rain and hail affected 65 families and submerged 26 hectares of crops. Read

Overflowing of the Desaguadero river triggered floods in the department of Oruro, affecting 1,093 families in Toledo and Choro (Government). Read

Paraguay: Drought – Jan 2012

On 17 January 2012, the Paraguayan government decreed a state of food security emergency after several months of drought, with levels of precipitations significantly below historical averages. As a result of the weather conditions, some 263,800 families suffered losses in their crops (IFRC, 30 Jan 2012). Read

Other Disasters Related News

Carstens says Mexico’s Historic Drought may hamper inflation expectations

Mexico’s worst drought on record is pushing up food costs and may hamper the country’s efforts to keep inflation expectations in check, central bank Governor Agustin Carstens said. Read

Cloud Seeding – Uncertain Solution for Mexico’s Drought

Half of Mexico endures one of the most severe droughts in its history. Read

Economic and Climate Vulnerabilities Converge in the Caribbean

Caribbean islands are doubly exposed by the convergence of weak economies heavily dependent on foreign imports and greater vulnerability to climate change, according to ECLAC Executive Director Alicia Bárcena. Read

Jamaica must be sensitized about impact of climate change, says new minister

Pickersgill said it costs the country almost $14 billion (US$163 million) for weather related problems per year. Read

January 2012 the fourth warmest for the contiguous United States

During January, warmer-than-average conditions enveloped most of the contiguous United States, with widespread below-average precipitation. Read

Dramatic links found between Climate Change, Elk, Plants, and Birds

Climate change in the form of reduced snowfall in mountains is causing powerful and cascading shifts in mountainous plant and bird communities through the increased ability of elk to stay at high elevations over winter and consume plants. Read

Chilean prosecutor talks about the research on the event occurred in the earthquake and tsunami.

The prosecutor says that with the report, the errors will be acknowledged and responsibilities will be formalized.Read

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2011 iEARN Conference in Taiwan

September 26th, 2011

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Women Leaders as Agents of Change

August 1st, 2011

Mrs Gia Gaspard-Taylor was honoured as one of the “Women Leaders as Agents of Change” She is in this group photograph, taken at the Caribbean Regional Colloquium on Women Leaders as Agents of Change held at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad on Wednesday 29th June & Thursday 30th June, 2011.

World Environment Day Tree Planting

June 12th, 2011

The school is Caparo R.C School and two Standard Five classes are involved. The teachers are Mrs Joann Homer-Liverpool and Mr Kevin Peters. Mrs Liverpool is in one of the pictures with the children.

The Power of the Internet

June 12th, 2011

Jim Gilliam gave a moving and somewhat controversial talk at Personal Democracy Forum in which he stated that “The Internet is My Religion.” Gilliam talked about his faith in the Internet as a means of connecting and empowering humans.

View the speech and article by Nancy Scola on

Video on Environment from Students in Taiwan

May 30th, 2011

iEARN Participants – Festival of Citizenship in Italy

May 30th, 2011

Many thanks to all IEARN peoples

particular Thanks to Maria from iEARN Austria
and Stefanie for France

The Festival in Padova are a big Event with many School all around Italy

See also the Video

and the web site

Message to Japan

April 12th, 2011

Hi,my name is Olga Zdanovskaya,
I am a teacher.I’m terribly sorry for the events in Japan.I’m sad about the dead people, their families and the survivors.  The pupils and the teachers of the gymnasium 1 named after K.Kalinovski in the town of Svisloch Grodno region are shocked with the current events in Japan. They expressed their sympathy with the Japanese pupils and teachers in the action “We are with you”. The members of this action showed their attitude in their creative projects.

We are with you! Be strong!