October 18, 2011

Jean Beliveau walking in 2006     Photo: Viajar24h.com

Man Finishes 11-Year Walk Around World

Canadian lost business, started walking

A Canadian man finished walking around the world on Sunday, 11 years after his business failed and he decided he needed a change. Jean Beliveau, 56, arrived in Montreal having trekked through 46,000 miles through 64 countries. He says he is the first man to complete the circuit without interruption. Beliveau's mother, girlfriend, and two children greeted him when he finished. He now plans to write a book and promote world peace. 

Read more at the AFP

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Mosquito     Photo: Enrique Dans/Flickr

World Malaria Rates Drop 20 Percent

29 countries could see disease eradicated

The World Health Organization released data on Monday showing that world malaria rates have dropped 20 percent in the last 10 years. Of 108 countries where malaria is endemic, up to a third could see the disease eradicated in the next ten years. Those countries, however, will likely be the ones where the problem is less intense. The disease shows little sign of slowing in sub-Saharan Africa, where 20 percent of all childhood deaths are malaria related. 

Read more at Reuters Africa

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Polar Bear in Zoo. Gotta little crooked face.     Photo: xrayspx/flickr

Polar Bear Protections to Be Reevaluated

Emissions could be controlled under ESA

A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration must complete a review of environmental protections for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. A Bush-era decision not to regulate greenhouse gases under the ESA was not sufficient, according to Judge Emmett Sullivan. The Endangered Species Act legally binds the government to protect endangered species. Global warming, which scientists increasingly believe is caused by greenhouse-gas emissions, has reduced polar bear habitats. Judge Sullivan did not rule the government's failure to limit emissions was illegal, however.

Read more at Time

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Nuku Hiva     Photo: Steve Berardi/Flickr

Sailor Feared Eaten on Polynesian Island

Man's charred bones found in campfire

A German yachstman who disappeared on the Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva may have been eaten by a cannibal, authorities say. Stefan Ramin, 40, disappeared while goat hunting with a local guide, Henri Haiti. Haiti later returned alone, and, after telling Ramin's girlfriend Heike Dorsch that Ramin had had an "accident," tied her to a tree and sexually assaulted her before fleeing. After a week of searching, police found burned human remains in a campfire in the jungle on Saturday, including teeth they believe are Ramin's. Military officials and police are now searching for Haiti.

Read more at The Telegraph

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