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Anti-plastic focus 'dangerous distraction' from climate change

Anti-plastic focus 'dangerous distraction' from climate change

Science
The anti-plastic "fervour" sweeping across the UK is weakening the fight against climate change, the founder of an organic food company has said.Guy Singh-Watson, a prominent green entrepreneur and campaigner, said more focus should be put on cutting carbon. PM Theresa May has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste by 2042.Environmental experts have said that the anti-plastic movement showed the public could be "mobilised" for action on green issues.There has been growing awareness of the damage caused by single-use plastics after TV series Blue Planet II highlighted the issue last year.But Mr Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford Organic Farmers, which supplies about 47,000 boxes of vegetables to homes in the UK each week, sai...
'Dangerous complacency' to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

'Dangerous complacency' to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

Health
A "dangerous complacency" in the response to the global HIV pandemic is risking a resurgence of the disease, according to a report. Experts said a stalling of HIV funding in recent years was endangering efforts to control the illness.As things stand, the world is no longer on course to end the pandemic by 2030 - a target agreed by UN member states, say experts in The Lancet. They call for urgent changes in how the disease is treated and controlled. HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial HIV life expectancy now 'near normal' 'Situation has stagnated'About 37 million people worldwide live with HIV or Aids. And there are an estimated 1.8 million new cases every year.New cases of HIV/Aids have been falling in recent years.But the Lancet Commission said the ...