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CITMA: The contamination caused by the fire in Matanzas does not compromise human health

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On August 5, a fire broke out at the Supertanker Base in the city of Matanzas, caused by an electrical discharge in one of the tanks that stored national crude oil. From that moment on, the cloud of smoke and the fuel spill were warning signs for the environment and human beings. Matanzas is recognized for its natural values. Precisely, the sinister described as the first of this magnitude in the history of Cuba occurred very close to the bay, in an area close to different towns that were seen under the smoke coming from the place of the disaster.

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They find a simple way to degrade ‘eternal chemicals’

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An international team of scientists has discovered a simple, low-energy way to break down so-called “everlasting chemicals,” perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) of anthropogenic origin, which are widely dispersed in water sources around the world. and have been linked to multiple human health problems, including everything from learning disabilities to cancer, infertility, increased cholesterol and immune system problems. PFAS molecules possess carbon-fluorine bonds so strong that they were considered virtually impossible to break.

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Elsa moves north, but rain persists

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Dr. Miriam Teresita Llanes, head of the Forecasting Center at Cuba’s Institute of Meteorology, told Granma that cloud bands associated with the system will contribute to the probability of heavy and locally intense rains in the island’s western region, principally from Artemisa to Matanzas. Party First Secretary and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, posted a tweet noting that the government response to the storm was reviewed in a meeting of the National Defense Council’s socio-economic authority.

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Cuba prepared for Elsa and ready to begin recovery

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As tropical storm Elsa makes landfall this morning, Cuba’s western provinces, including Havana, are prepared, while Party First Secretary and President Miguel Diaz-Canel notes that recovery efforts in central and eastern regions have begun. Cuba is ready to confront tropical storm Elsa, under the special conditions created by the epidemic, and prepared to rapidly begin recovery work, stated First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Republic Miguel Diaz-Canel yesterday.

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Cuba registers first perceptible earthquake in 2021

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Cuba registers first perceptible earthquake in 2021Santiago de Cuba, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s network of stations of the National Seismological Service on Saturday registered the first perceptible earthquake in 2021, with a magnitude of 3.9 and 35.5 kilometers southwest of Caimanera, province of Guantanamo. The telluric movement, located in the coordinates 19.712 of north latitude and 75.285 of west longitude, occurred at 08:19 in the evening and 24 kilometers deep, with reports of perceptibility in Santiago de Cuba city and in Niceto Perez, Caimanera and Guantanamo municipalities.

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Cuba for international cooperation on climate change

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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel urged today the promotion of international cooperation to face the climate change that specially affects the islands and those with low level of development. Speaking at the Virtual Summit on Climate Ambition, the Cuban head of state insisted on the need for the countries of the so-called First World to assume a leadership of solidarity in reducing emissions and providing the necessary means of implementation to poor nations.

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Cuba participates at the highest level in climate Summit

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The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, heads the delegation of the Caribbean island to the Climate Ambition Summit that will take place virtually, five years after the adoption of the Paris Accords. The appointment is scheduled prior to the Conference of the Parties number 26 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), to be held in November 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Tornado in El Berrinche, San Cristóbal, Artemisa

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During the afternoon of today between 07: 20-07: 45 pm (23: 20-23: 45UTC), a strong storm affected areas of the municipality of San Cristóbal and a tune was observed in the town of El Berrinche. According to information provided by local residents, the tornado moved to the north and traveled approximately 900m. Until the moment this note is prepared, there have been reports of damage to the electrical service and homes with partial and total roof damage. Taking into account the affectations it is classified as an F1.

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Traveling to Cuba will remain attractive and safe, despite U.S. aggression

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The Cuban tourism industry is working to guarantee a successful high season, which will benefit from the incorporation of 3,768 rooms in 25 new hotels this year and the expansion of another four, as reported at a meeting led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel, to evaluate progress on investment in the sector.

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Evo Morales, providing leadership in times of adversity

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While other South American leaders stood idly by, and delayed operations to fight fires days after the flames began to spread across the Brazilian Amazon, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, personally led efforts to confront the tragedy in the area of Chiquitanía, located in the country’s southeast, between Gran Chaco and Amazonía.