Matt Hancock warns modern medicine may cease to exist without if superbugs are not tackled

[ad_1] Matt Hancock today warned the rise of deadly superbugs poses a bigger threat than Covid and should be taken as seriously as global warming. The Health Secretary said modern medicine may ‘cease to exist’ unless the ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance is urgently tackled. Drug-resistant diseases such as MRSA already kill 700,000 people around […]

Knowing how many people live and thrive at high altitude key for researchers — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] New findings detailing the world’s first-of-its-kind estimate of how many people live in high-altitude regions, will provide insight into future research of human physiology. Dr. Joshua Tremblay, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has released updated population estimates of how many people in the world live at a […]

Reduced emissions from halving drainage depths would be equivalent to 1% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gases — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Substantial cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by raising water levels in agricultural peatlands, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Peatlands occupy just three per cent of the world’s land surface area but store a similar amount of carbon to all terrestrial vegetation, as well as supporting unique […]

Wildfire smoke linked to skin disease — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Wildfire smoke can trigger a host of respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms, ranging from runny nose and cough to a potentially life-threatening heart attack or stroke. A new study suggests that the dangers posed by wildfire smoke may also extend to the largest organ in the human body, and our first line of defense against […]

Why climate change is driving some to skip having kids — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] When deciding whether to have children, there are many factors to consider: finances, support systems, personal values. For a growing number of people, climate change is also being added to the list of considerations, says a University of Arizona researcher. Sabrina Helm, an associate professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences […]

Combination of special cooling panels and natural ventilation can minimize disease transmission while saving energy — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A novel system of chilled panels that can replace air conditioning can also help reduce the risk of indoor disease transmission, suggests new analysis from the University of British Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. The researchers computed air conditioning requirements in 60 of the world’s most populous cities — with the additional […]

Highly dense urban areas are not more vulnerable to COVID-19, researchers say — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A person who owns a car or who has a college education may be less vulnerable to COVID-19, according to an analysis of cases in Tehran, Iran, one of the early epicenters of the pandemic. While such variables do not inherently lower a person’s risk, they do indicate an infrastructure of protection that persists […]

Health campaign style is as important as content, research suggests — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Most young women already know that tanning is dangerous and sunbathe anyway, so a campaign informing them of the risk should take into account their potential resistance to the message, according to a new study. Word choice and targeting a specific audience are part of messaging strategy, but there is also psychology at play, […]

Nexus of climate change, sustainable seafood — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A new study published in Elementa by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and NOAA examines traditional aspects of seafood sustainability alongside greenhouse gas emissions to better understand the “carbon footprint” of U.S. tuna fisheries. Fisheries in the United States are among the best managed in the world, thanks to ongoing efforts […]

COVID-19 pandemic may have increased mental health issues within families — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning. The study — led by Penn State researchers — found that in the first […]

Using emotion and humor to combat science misinformation — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Misinformation in public debates about scientific issues such as vaccinations and climate change can be found all over the internet, especially on social media. In a new study, Sara K. Yeo, associate professor of communication at the University of Utah, examines why it’s so difficult to detect science misinformation and suggests that using humor […]

UMD-led study warns cascading effects of salts require coordinated management and regulation to avoid contaminating natural resources — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt, spreading it liberally over highways, streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. Road salt is an important tool for safety, because many thousands of people die or are injured every year due to weather related accidents. But a new study […]

Government must invest in adequate water systems to reduce mosquito habitats — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] Dengue risk is exacerbated in highly populated areas of Brazil after extreme drought because of improvised water containers housing mosquitoes, suggests a new study in Lancet Planetary Health. The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and Centre for the Mathematical […]

We don’t know how most mammals will respond to climate change, warn scientists — ScienceDaily

[ad_1] A new scientific review has found there are significant gaps in our knowledge of how mammal populations are responding to climate change, particularly in regions most sensitive to climate change. The findings are published in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Animal Ecology. Nearly 25% of mammal species are threatened with extinction, with this […]

Opinion: Without a global vaccine plan, coronavirus variants could lead to untold number of deaths

[ad_1] Contrary to those who believe “herd immunity” — the point at which a significant percentage of a given population cluster has, either by infection or vaccination, acquired antibodies necessary to stave off the virus — is right around the corner, a new, more worrisome scenario is emerging. Epidemiologists are of the opinion that the […]

It’s the US’ deadliest avalanche season in years. Experts say Covid is partially to blame

[ad_1] Some experts say it’s also to blame for a recent spike in avalanche deaths. Seriously. So far this winter season, 32 people have died in US avalanches, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). That’s not far from the record 36 deaths set in 2008 and reached again in 2010. But a unique […]

Iceberg bigger than New York City broke off Antarctica

[ad_1] The BAS’s Halley Research Station, located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, is closed for the Antarctic winter and its 12-person staff left earlier this month. Scientists have been expecting a large iceberg to break away for years because of vast cracks that have formed in the 150-meter-thick floating ice shelf, according to the BAS. […]

Climate pledges ‘far short’ of meeting Paris Agreement goals, UN warns

[ad_1] He described 2021 as a “make or break year” following the release of a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) report analyzing the updated climate action plans submitted by 75 nations ahead of November’s COP26 climate summit which found that current policies won’t come close to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. […]

Anna Hursey: Table tennis prodigy is helping US President Biden tackle the climate crisis

[ad_1] Yet it isn’t her sporting abilities attracting attention, rather her environmental advocacy, a topic she cares passionately about. That led to the US Embassy getting in touch with Hursey’s mom and dad earlier this year, inviting the youngster to work with US President Joe Biden in his mission to tackle the climate crisis. “I […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy

[ad_1] Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power […]

Petrified tree up to 20 million years old found intact in Lesbos

[ad_1] Lesbos’ Petrified Forest was formed 20 million years ago when a volcano exploded in the island’s north, covering the entire area with ash and lava. The area, which spans 15,000 hectares, is renowned for its vivid and colorful fossilized tree trunks. Nickolas Zouros, a professor of geology at the University of the Aegean, had […]

An educator in Mexico is inspiring children to protect nature

[ad_1] Not Maritza Morales Casanova. Morales Casanova grew up in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. An area of rich and vibrant biodiversity, it’s home to more than 7,300 animal species and over 2,300 plant varieties, some of which are found only here and nowhere else. However, the Yucatán ecosystem is threatened by land clearance for farming. Having […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency

[ad_1] After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though […]

Uyghurs in China: What Biden should do about China’s atrocities (opinion)

[ad_1] This genocide — that’s what it is — poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law. The term […]

Fracking and Deb Haaland: How to view the Senate debate

[ad_1] The difficulty faced by Haaland is particularly interesting since it’s not just political — opposition or support for a fossil fuel economy — but also scientific. One party wants to actively address climate change and the other does not. What Matters went to CNN’s Drew Kann, who covers climate change for the network, to […]

Senate confirms Tom Vilsack to serve again as agriculture secretary

[ad_1] The vote was 92-7. Vilsack, 70, will now be tasked with helping farmers hard hit by former President Donald Trump’s trade wars and the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened thousands of workers at meatpacking plants. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Vilsack made clear the challenges facing the Department of Agriculture are different […]

White House works to inject stateliness into a virtual visit from Justin Trudeau

[ad_1] In-person visits from foreign leaders are still off-limits as the novel coronavirus continues to rage. So Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will beam into the West Wing from Ottawa, his bearded visage positioned next to Biden on a large screen as each man does his best to replicate the traditional choreography of a White […]

Pandemic stress is causing paranoia

[ad_1] “What do you need it for? What are you going to do with it?” my colleague asked me, Zoom eyes wide with fear. “Whoa there,” I wanted to say. There was no need to get concerned. I had simply asked a coworker for a straightforward piece of information that in normal times would have […]

Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden

[ad_1] Growing intrigue over a trio of controversial presidential picks is also underscoring the power of individual senators such as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, when the partisan balance is so evenly divided. While Biden has seen blue-chip national security selections such as Antony Blinken as secretary of […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas

[ad_1] Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to […]

Texas’ dangerous week in the dark is a wake-up call for the country’s infrastructure

[ad_1] What is not expected is a grid meltdown on the scale that occurred in Texas this week, which wiped out power across much of the state and left millions to fend for themselves in some of the coldest temperatures this part of the country has ever seen. While Texas has borne the brunt of […]

Bill Gates: Texas’ tradeoffs lead to deaths

[ad_1] Gates pushed back on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s claim that frozen wind turbines were to blame for the massive power failure. Gates said America’s dependence on renewable energy sources isn’t high enough to worry about their stability — the problem was natural gas plants that were not weatherized. “This is not because of renewable […]

Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?

[ad_1] The US was a key player in helping to deliver the Paris Agreement, with former State Secretary and current US climate envoy John Kerry playing an instrumental role in this successful process. I have been extremely encouraged by the conversations I have had with Kerry and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy — […]

What Matters: The power’s back on in Texas but the crisis continues

[ad_1] But just like mayors get in trouble when streets aren’t plowed or trash isn’t picked up, governors get blame when the state power system fails, even though the power systems operate largely on their own. Or in the case of most of Texas, entirely on its own. The government also gets the blame when […]

The real lesson of Adam Kinzinger’s angry relatives (opinion)

[ad_1] And yet, after he criticized former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 Capitol riot and called for his removal, a very conservative contingent of Kinzinger’s family declared themselves “thoroughly disgusted,” and called him a “disappointment… to us and to God.” Maybe you’ve seen news of this unseemly family feud that the Kinzinger […]

A new UN report proposes a radical shift in the way we think about nature

[ad_1] The report, “Making Peace with Nature,” spans 168 pages and distills the latest science on climate change and mankind’s “war” on the planet. It also argues that amid our pursuit of wealth and security, humans must now learn to value the fundamental “natural capital” of geology, soil, air and water — and urgently. “For […]

Norway, the UK and Canada are not climate champions. They are climate hypocrites. Here’s why

[ad_1] Many countries produce fossil fuels despite committing to combat climate change. But Canada, Norway and the UK stand out because they are doing that while positioning themselves as climate champions. “The UK is leading the world in the fight against climate change,” a spokesperson from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, […]

UK promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions two-thirds by 2030

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 00:27Modified: 04/12/2020 – 01:00 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce Friday a new target that he says would reduce the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions “faster than any major economy.” The target aims to cut the U.K.’s emissions by at least 68% from 1990 levels by 2030 and […]

UN chief slams ‘suicidal’ war on nature as 2020 on track to be one of hottest years on record

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 19:26 This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the UN chief warned the world was on the brink of “climate catastrophe”. The past six years, 2015 to 2020, are set to make up all six of the […]

Moving toward accessible healthcare for all in sub-Saharan Africa

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Achieving universal access to healthcare is a key development priority and a major target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3. The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced this urge. A rapid development and expansion of public, affordable healthcare infrastructure is particularly crucial in sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, communicable diseases […]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon reaches 12-year high under Bolsonaro

[ad_1] Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 23:39 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged again over the past year, hitting a 12-year high, according to official figures released Monday that drew a chorus of condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. A total of 11,088 square kilometres (4,281 square miles) of forest was destroyed in Brazil‘s share of […]

Blondie on her life in rock ‘n’ roll, a former CIA director on Trump and the question of French hygiene

[ad_1] FRANCE 24 spoke to former CIA director Leon Panetta, who says Trump is risking US national security; anger erupts in France over new allegations of police brutality; Blondie’s Debbie Harry on a life of rock ‘n’ roll madness; the question of French hygiene; and fans the world over mourn football great Maradona, who died of a […]

In Russia’s Vladivostok, residents recover after ‘unforgettable’ storm leaves city covered in ice

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 18:44 The Russian port city of Vladivostok was battered by a freak ice storm on November 19, felling frozen trees and power lines, and leaving at least 150,000 people without electricity and water. Although most residents have recovered power as of November 25, the city remains covered in ice, putting […]

In appointing John Kerry to top role, Biden shows he’s serious about climate

[ad_1] By appointing former senator and secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever US climate leader, President-elect Joe Biden is sending a clear message. He’s not only reversing President Donald Trump’s reversal of America’s commitments to fighting climate change – he also plans to push these commitments much further. “For the first time ever, […]

‘America is back’, says Biden as he introduces new national security team

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 23:41 President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced a seasoned national security team which he said was prepared to resume US leadership of the world once Donald Trump leaves the White House. The six women and men he has chosen to be his key diplomats and intelligence advisors said they would implement a […]

US President-elect Biden to nominate long-time adviser Blinken for secretary of state

[ad_1] President-elect Joe Biden is building out his administration with several key picks for national security and foreign policy roles. John Kerry, a former secretary of state, will lead the incoming administration’s effort to combat climate change. Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Biden also plans to […]

G20 to back ‘equitable’ access to coronavirus vaccine

[ad_1] Saudi Arabia hosts a G20 summit in a first for an Arab nation, with the virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the worst global recession in decades G20 leaders will pledge to “spare no effort” in ensuring the equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines worldwide and reaffirm support for debt-laden […]

Coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis set to dominate Saudi-hosted G20 summit

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 07:42 Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 summit Saturday in a first for an Arab nation, with the downsized virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. The two-day meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations comes as President Donald Trump refuses to concede a […]

Rescuers search for bodies as Central America counts cost of Hurricane Iota

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 07:58 Rescue workers dug through mounds of thick mud Thursday in the grim search for bodies as Central American countries began to count the cost of Hurricane Iota, which left at least 44 people dead amid a wave of destruction. Initial estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, put […]

Design-minded strategies for greener, healthier indoor spaces

[ad_1] As COVID-19 cases rise across the country, there’s evidence that the virus spreads more easily indoors than outdoors. Now, as colder weather drives more people inside, how has modern architecture influenced the creation of spaces that seem to foster an airborne virus’ spread, and can design-based strategies help create safer spaces? Credit: University of […]

Court gives France three months to fulfil climate change commitments

[ad_1] Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 12:29 In a ruling hailed by campaigners as “historic”, France’s top administrative court on Thursday gave the government a three-month deadline to show it is taking action to meet its commitments on climate change. The government of France, which brokered the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, was hauled […]

How Parents Can Tame the Stress of Climate Crises

[ad_1] Parents expect a lot from themselves normally. But when the world is in a state of upheaval, it’s no longer parenting-as-usual. How can overwhelmed parents keep their families afloat? Attend to Your Own Needs Kids take emotional cues from parents, so when parents calm themselves, they can help calm family members. Psychologists call this […]

Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua, bringing catastrophic winds

[ad_1] Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 04:05 Hurricane Iota began whipping a remote coastal area of Nicaragua with catastrophic winds, storm surges and rain on Monday evening, as the region’s leaders blamed climate change for destruction that is pushing millions closer to hunger. Iota was due to crash through northeastern Nicaragua‘s Miskito region overnight, packing maximum sustained […]

SpaceX astronauts prepare for lift-off in first ‘operational’ flight to ISS

[ad_1] Issued on: 15/11/2020 – 11:13 Four astronauts were poised to launch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, the first of what the US hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring. Three Americans — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon […]

Reduced traffic from the world’s busiest airports is a tool against future waves of COVID-19

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain COVID-19 can be fought with interventions aimed at reducing community transmission and international travel by 80% for eight weeks, according to a new report. A large team of Chinese and Norwegian researchers have analyzed the spread of the COVID-19 virus with a mathematical model. They found that global collaboration for […]

Biden wins Arizona, flipping a longtime Republican stronghold, as Trump refuses to concede

[ad_1] Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 06:02 President-elect Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Arizona, Edison Research projected on Thursday, dealing another blow to President Donald Trump’s struggling effort to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Biden‘s win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the […]

More Republicans urge Trump to allow Biden intelligence briefings

[ad_1] More Republican lawmakers said on Thursday the Trump administration should allow Joe Biden to receive intelligence briefings, in a tacit acknowledgement the Democrat may soon occupy the White House despite the president’s refusal to concede. Most Republican officials and lawmakers have publicly supported President Donald Trump‘s effort to overturn the election results via a series of […]

Biden calls Trump’s refusal to concede US election an ‘embarrassment’

[ad_1] President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government, while President Donald Trump pursued lawsuits in several states in a long-shot bid to hold on to power. Trump’s campaign said it would file a lawsuit to stop Michigan from officially certifying Biden as the winner […]

Under Biden, EU must still ‘live without US global leadership’

[ad_1] The EU will once again have a cooperative US partner when Joe Biden becomes president, but Europeans should harbour no illusions: Washington will be no globo-cop nor NATO’s big protector, leaders and analysts say. “Great day for US and Europe, we look forward to working together with new administration to rebuild our partnership,” the […]

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for election victory

[ad_1] World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump’s rejection of international alliances. While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, Western and Asian allies expressed hope for a fresh […]

Biden could face a ‘Green divide’ if he wins the US election

[ad_1] While the US election still hangs in the balance, a win by Democrat Joe Biden comes with the promise of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, as he has vowed to do on his first day in office. But doing so risks widening the divide not only between disaffected Donald Trump voters who want to protect traditional jobs in oil and gas but from progressives within […]

Election could ‘make or break’ international climate policy as US exits Paris climate accord

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 10:25 The United States left the Paris accord on Wednesday, becoming the first country to ever withdraw from an international climate change pact as the fate of its presidential election hangs in the balance. It may prove to be a temporary blip before Democrat Joe Biden’s administration rejoins the agreement. […]

Warmer world linked to poor pregnancy results: study

[ad_1] Women exposed to high temperatures and heatwaves during pregnancy are more likely to have premature or stillborn babies, research shows Women exposed to high temperatures and heatwaves during pregnancy are more likely to have premature or stillborn babies, researchers said Wednesday. Such outcomes—closely linked to poverty, especially in the tropics—will likely increase with global […]

New Zealand’s Ardern taps LGBT, Maori MPs for trailblazing cabinet

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/11/2020 – 19:34Modified: 02/11/2020 – 19:35 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled what she called an “incredibly diverse” cabinet Monday that includes New Zealand’s first openly gay deputy prime minister and a foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo. The centre-left leader revamped her ministerial line-up in the wake of a landslide election […]

Biden and Trump focus on the Midwest in the US presidential election finale

[ad_1] Issued on: 31/10/2020 – 07:02 Barack Obama will join forces with Joe Biden in Michigan as Donald Trump goes all in on the crucial state of Pennsylvania Saturday and the two candidates dig deep on the final weekend before Tuesday’s US presidential election. For the first time since the start of the campaign, Biden, […]

Future pandemics likely to be deadlier and more frequent, warns UN panel

[ad_1] Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 14:56 Future pandemics will happen more often, kill more people and wreak even worse damage to the global economy than Covid-19 without a fundamental shift in how humans treat nature, the United Nations’ biodiversity panel said Thursday.  Warning that there are up to 850,000 viruses which, like the novel coronavirus, […]

France back in coronavirus lockdown as US surges to daily record

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain France headed into a second lockdown on Friday as the resurgent coronavirus pandemic hit new heights in the United States with a daily record of more than 90,000 cases, just five days before the presidential election. From midnight, France’s 65 million population were largely confined to their homes, needing written […]

2020 set to rank among hottest years on record despite ‘La Nina’ cooling, UN says

[ad_1] Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 03:51 Global temperatures boosted by climate change will still be higher than usual despite the cooling effect of a “moderate to strong” La Nina weather phenomenon, the UN said Thursday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said La Nina “has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, […]

American voters in Paris get ready for US presidential election

[ad_1] Politically active Americans who live in France have been registering voters, making media appearances, donating to candidates and venting to their friends in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election.  In the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, votes from Americans abroad could make a difference, especially in […]

Growing wildfire forces evacuation of 60,000 people in Southern California

[ad_1] A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuations for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.  The smoky fire exploded in size to 2,000 acres within a few hours of breaking out shortly after […]

Thousands of climate activists appeal to Brussels to withdraw farm policy

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/10/2020 – 17:29Modified: 25/10/2020 – 17:38 Thousands of climate activists have added their names to a new campaign spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, asking the European Commission to retract a farming policy that they say would make it impossible to reach the EU’s climate goals.  The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has called […]

Seychelles opposition leader Ramkalawan wins presidency in landmark victory

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/10/2020 – 12:33Modified: 25/10/2020 – 12:34 The Seychelles presidential election has seen an upset, with the electoral commission on Sunday declaring longtime opposition contender Wavel Ramkalawan the winner over incumbent Danny Faure. The ruling party has been knocked from power for the first time since 1977. Opposition leader Ramkalawan, a 59-year-old priest […]

Glasgow, qyteti më i qëndrueshëm në botë për 2020 |Revista Monitor

[ad_1] Lista e qyteteve ‘green’ shtohet… Glasgow fiton çmimin prestigjioz “Global Green City” për 2020   Gjithnjë e më shumë njerëz në botë jetojnë në qytete. Përqindja është e destinuar të rritet në të ardhmen. Qendrat urbane luajnë një rol të rëndësishëm në luftën kundër ndryshimeve klimatike. Ndër të tjera, një qytet ku mund të […]

Trump gaffe demotes France’s Macron from president to prime minister

[ad_1] Issued on: 19/10/2020 – 04:05 President Donald Trump likes to make fun of his rival Joe Biden’s verbal lapses but on Saturday he made his own goof as he took a pot shot at French President Emmanuel Macron and effectively demoted him.  Trump‘s error downgrading Macron to prime minister came as he spoke at a campaign rally in […]

A close presidential race puts Michigan on edge

[ad_1] In 2016, Donald Trump’s upset victory in Michigan was key to his winning the White House. This year, Joe Biden is counting on bringing the state back into the Democratic fold. Travelling across the Midwestern battleground, FRANCE 24 met voters on both sides who are bracing for catastrophe if their candidate loses. Four years […]

In Pennsylvania, fracking might not be the winning issue US presidential candidates think it is

[ad_1] In the battle for the White House, Pennsylvania and fracking have become all but synonymous. Yet in one of the state’s largest gas-producing counties, FRANCE 24 found residents’ relationship with the industry to be far more vexed than the national debate suggests. Rose Friend’s family has a long history with natural gas. For decades, […]

Wig-Looking Poisonous Caterpillars Can Inflict Pain, Officials Warn

[ad_1] First, it was murder hornets. Now it’s stinging caterpillars. As if there wasn’t enough to worry about in 2020, foresters in Virginia are warning that if you see a caterpillar that looks like a wig on a tree, don’t touch it. The Virginia Department of Forestry said it had received reports of hairy-looking puss […]

EU and UK in choppy waters over fishing rights

[ad_1] Fishing rights have been one of the main sticking points in Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom since March. Yet neither side appears ready to concede, despite mounting fears within the fishing industry over the consequences of a “no-deal” exit. With less than a week to go before a decisive […]

Novel Brain Surgery Seeks to Reverse Epilepsy in Sea Lion

[ad_1] VALLEJO, Calif. — The adolescent patient turned sullen and withdrawn. He hadn’t eaten in 13 days. Treatment with steroids, phenobarbital and Valium failed to curb the symptoms of his epilepsy. Then, on Sept. 18, he had a terrible seizure — violently jerking his flippers and turning unconscious in the water. Cronutt, a 7-year-old sea […]

If election stress is getting to you, you’re not alone

[ad_1] (HealthDay)—For most Americans, the 2020 presidential election is a big source of stress, a new nationwide survey shows. Nearly seven in 10 adults (68%) surveyed called the election a significant source of stress, compared with 52% in 2016, the survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) showed. Former Vice President Joe Biden, a […]

Where Kamala Harris stands on the key issues

[ad_1] Republican strategists have struggled to agree on a line of attack against Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, branding her both a “radical leftist” and not progressive enough. We take a look at where she stands on the key issues as she prepares to square off with Vice President […]

Nearly half of Amazon rainforest risks tipping into savanna, study says

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/10/2020 – 05:57 As much as 40 percent of the Amazon risks crossing a tipping point from rainforest to savanna as greenhouse gas emissions reduce the rainfall needed to sustain its unique ecosystem, scientists said Monday. Forests are particularly sensitive to changes that affect rainfall for extended periods, and trees may die […]

California wildfires burn record 4 million acres, more than twice previous high

[ad_1] Issued on: 05/10/2020 – 01:56 Wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) in 2020, over twice the previous record for any year and an area larger than Connecticut, the state’s fire agency reported on Sunday. The most-populous US state has suffered five of its six largest wildfires in […]

Connection to ‘āina critical to health among native Hawaiians

[ad_1] The Waimānalo Limu Hui and other volunteers have worked to restore limu in Waimānalo. Here, pōhaku (rocks/stones) from the beach have been wrapped in lei limu. Credit: LeShay Keliiholokai Holistic cultural practices that foster a connection to ʻāina (land) are important in improving the health of Kānaka Maoli (Indigenous Peoples of Hawai’i), according to […]

Bacteria infection blamed for further elephant deaths in Zimbabwe

[ad_1] Issued on: 29/09/2020 – 09:16 Twelve more elephants have died in Zimbabwe, taking the total death toll from a suspected bacterial infection outbreak to 34, wildlife authorities have said, days after scientists blamed water toxins for hundreds of elephant deaths in neighbouring Botswana. “A total of 34 carcasses have been found… but some others […]

Wildfires scorch California wine country, forcing thousands to evacuate

[ad_1] Issued on: 29/09/2020 – 03:32 A wind-driven wildfire raged for a second day through northern California wine country on Monday, burning homes, forcing thousands of residents to flee and threatening some of the world-renowned vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, officials said. As of Monday morning, a blaze dubbed the Glass Fire had spread […]

India’s vaccine capacity will help ‘all humanity’: Modi

[ad_1] This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient, emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML India as the world’s biggest vaccine maker will use its resources “for all humanity” in the battle against coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra […]

Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks

[ad_1] Several food-safety and health advocates who have been participating in the antimicrobial task force over the past four years said the agency had never directly solicited their input, nor given them the chance to modify the government’s official position. They also noted that Washington’s efforts to keep antifungal drugs out of the task force’s […]

United Nations, Britain to co-host climate summit in December

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/09/2020 – 02:07 The United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement, the world body said Wednesday. The announcement came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter would peak emissions […]

China pledges to go carbon neutral by 2060

[ad_1] Issued on: 23/09/2020 – 00:08 Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter will peak emissions in 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060, in what climate activists hailed as a major step forward. The goals were the most concrete yet announced by China, which accounts for one quarter […]

California firefighters race to tame wildfires before hot, windy weather returns

[ad_1] Issued on: 22/09/2020 – 10:12 Five weeks after California erupted in deadly wildfires supercharged by record heat and howling winds, crews battling flames pushed on Monday to consolidate their gains as forecasts called for a return of blistering, gusty weather. California already has lost far more landscape to wildfires this summer than during any […]

Warmer temperatures shrink Arctic sea ice to 2nd lowest-level ever

[ad_1] Issued on: 22/09/2020 – 07:21 Arctic summer sea ice melted in 2020 to the second smallest size since records began 42 years ago, US scientists announced Monday, offering further stark evidence of the impact of global warming. Arctic sea ice melts in summer and reforms in winter, but precise satellite imagery taken regularly since […]

Botswana identifies likely culprit of mass elephant die-off

[ad_1] Issued on: 22/09/2020 – 05:51 Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year, officials said on Monday, announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists. Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil. Not all produce […]

Wildfires’ toxic air leaves damage long after the smoke clears

[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by relentless smoke. […]