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News round up June 2015

A selection of geographical stories that have made the headlines this month.


  1. Mediterranean migrants: EU leaders agree voluntary intake after heated talks
  2. A meeting between the national leaders in Europe has resulted in an agreement to share between them an intake of 60,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum seekers over the next two years. The agreement aims to deal more humanely and fairly with the thousands of refugees fleely the region.

  3. Pakistan heatwave death toll edges towards 800
  4. Unseasonably high temperatures continue to cause elevated cases of heatstroke and dehydration in Southern Pakistan. Mortuaries and hospitals are struggling to cope with the high number of people they are seeing. concerns grow as the holy month of Ramadan begins and Pakistani Muslims fast during daylight hours

  5. Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study
  6. Three American universities have conducted a study that suggests that vertebrates are becoming extinct 114 times faster today than they ever have in history. Labelling this the 'sixth extinction phase', the scientists suggests a myriad of threats are causing this, such as pollution and climate change, and warn that human beings could be amongst the species to die out.

  7. Global humanitarian aid hits record high but needs remain unmet finds study
  8. 2014 saw a record US$24.5 billion being donated in the form of humanitarian assistance - an increase of nineteen percent on 2013 figures. However there still existed a shortfall in aid to meet countries' needs and thirty eight percent of humanitarian requirements were not met last year.

  9. Nepal reopens UNESCO heritage sites
  10. Nepalese authorities are keen for tourists to return to Kathmandu, bringing much needed attention and tourism dollars to the country as a whole. While some buildings remain closed due to safety fears, Dunbar Square, which as a UNESCO site housed many temples before the earthquake in April, has now reopened.

  11. Zoo animals on the loose and deaths feared after Georgia floods
  12. At least twelve people have died following flash flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Vere River, which runs through the capital burst its banks as a result of heavy rainfall, leaving residents stranded and the city's zoo animals roaming the streets. The army was called on both to rescue people left stranded and to round up the zoo's animals.