Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear events: The humanitarian response framework of the International Committee of the Red Cross

By Dr Gregor Malich, Robin Coupland, Steve Donnelly, Dr Johnny Nehme published on 5/7/2016 Mounting an effective international humanitarian response to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event, especially if the response is undertaken on an ad hoc basis, would be extremely difficult and would pose many risks to the responders. The International Committee […]

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Preventing disease outbreaks with computational biology, how far can we go?

By Portal Team published on 5/6/2018 Introduction Microorganisms are present in our daily life. While most of the time they cause minimal to no harm, they also have the potential of becoming pathogenic; triggering diseases that eventually lead to outbreaks. Critical questions in the epidemiological field are when, where, and why new microorganisms are going […]

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Reunion dengue outbreak continues with 368 additional cases

By Robert Herriman on 7/6/2018 French health officials are reporting 368 additional dengue fever cases during the most recent week, bringing the outbreak total on the island of Reunion to 4292 laboratory confirmed or probable cases since the beginning of the year. Eighty-two people required hospitalization and 10 people were diagnosed with severe dengue. The average age […]

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Tight security for shipment of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to France

By Sian Powell published on 12/4/2018 A top-secret security operation to send spent radioactive fuel rods from Australia’s nuclear reactor to France for reprocessing is planned for the coming months. Potentially involving hundreds of state and federal police, the details of the transport operation will remain confidential until after the shipment arrives at La Hague, […]

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What are the challenges of decontamination of chemical warfare agents?

By Steven Pike published on 27/4/2018 The environmental impact of incidents involving Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) can be long-lasting and requires meticulous and expert decontamination by chemical operations specialists. The clean-up process also takes considerable time, as has been evidenced in the case of the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, UK in March 2018. […]

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Global incident and emergency management market growth to be driven by increasing threat levels

By Louise Porter published on April 2018 The incident and emergency market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Major factors driving the growth of the market is increasing threat levels such as terrorist attacks and government spending to deal with such threats. In addition, enhanced simulation, social media along with multi-jurisdictional training […]

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Emerging technologies: implications for CBRN terrorism

By Mauro Lubrano published on 4/2/2018 Emergent technologies are likely to have major implications with regards to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism. While the CBRN overall threat level is still low, developments in technology could leverage its impact in the future. Concerns about CBRN terrorism are not a novelty, and starting from the […]

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An early-warning system for WMDs

By Matt Leonard published on 26/2/2018 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to create a real-time detection system to sniff out “minute traces” of chemical, biological, nuclear or other potential threats, according to an agency announcement. DARPA expects rapid advancements in sensing technology and analytical abilities will help make the effort, called SIGMA+, a […]

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Hawaii’s false alarm: we’re right to question our safety from nuclear annihilation

By Smriti Keshari published on 28/1/2018 Hawaiians recently experienced the most unimaginable nightmare when an accidental alert went out a statewide warning of a “ballistic missile system” heading to the island. It happened at 8.07am on a Saturday. Distraught residents did their best to find safety, parents drove miles to see their children one last […]

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Cyberattack could lead to inadvertent nuclear strike, think tank warns

By Alastair Jamieson published on 11/1/2018 Nuclear strikes could be launched by mistake because aging or unsophisticated weapons systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks, an international relations think tank warned Thursday. A hack could lead to false information being passed to decision makers during a crisis, the think tank, Chatham House, based in London, said in […]

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