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U.S. beekeepers saw unsually high summertime colony losses in 2019

U.S. beekeepers saw unsually high summertime colony losses in 2019

Science
June 22 (UPI) -- Beekeepers in the United States lost 43.9 percent of honey bee colonies between April 2019 and April 2020, but surprisingly, a majority of the losses were recorded during summer months. Every April, researchers with the Bee Informed Partnership distribute flyers to beekeepers across the United States. Participants are asked to provide information about the colonies they managed over the past 12 months. Advertisement The results of the latest survey were released online Monday, showing summer was much worse than winter last year. "They give us the number of colonies they managed at different times, the number of splits they made or new colonies they bought, or sold, etc., and from all that information, we calculate the 'turnover rate,'" Nathalie Steinhauer, BIP's science c...
China’s 2020 military budget growth is 6.6 percent, a decline from 2019

China’s 2020 military budget growth is 6.6 percent, a decline from 2019

Business
May 22 (UPI) -- China announced Friday a 6.6 percent increase in its $ 178 billion defense budget, down from last year's increase of 7.5 percent. The announcement was made at the opening of the National People's Congress, the country's national legislature. Despite the slowing of the defense budget's growth, the lowest increase in years, it remains the world's second-largest defense budget, behind that of the United States at $ 738 billion. China's defense budget remains below 2 percent of its GDP, while that of the United States is 3.4 percent. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times, a publication of the Chinese Communist Party, on Friday that the budget ensures that China's military programs remain unaffected by the COVID-19 virus and can go on as scheduled...
Climate change: 2019 was Europe’s warmest year on record

Climate change: 2019 was Europe’s warmest year on record

Science
Europe is heating faster than the global average as new data indicates that last year was the warmest on record.While globally the year was the second warmest, a series of heatwaves helped push the region to a new high mark.Over the past five years, global temperatures were, on average, just over 1C warmer than at the end of the 19th century.In Europe, in the same period, temperatures were almost 2C warmer.According to the EU's Copernicus Climate Service, 11 of the 12 warmest years on record in Europe have occurred since 2000. The European State of the Climate 2019 shows that warm conditions and summer heatwaves saw drought in many parts of central Europe.While the UK sa...
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon gets a 20% raise to $27.5 million for his work in 2019

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon gets a 20% raise to $27.5 million for his work in 2019

Finance
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon got a 20% raise to $ 27.5 million for his work leading the bank in 2019.His pay package includes a $ 2 million annual salary, $ 7.65 million in a cash bonus, and $ 17.85 million in performance-linked stock units, the New York-based company disclosed Friday in a filing. The bank said that Solomon earned a raise from his 2018 compensation of $ 23 million because he "successfully executed on his priorities in his first full year" leading Goldman, including unveiling a strategic overhaul at the firm's first investor day in January."He led our development of the firm's three-year business plan and a clear long-term strategy that leverages our foundational advantages, enhances the firm's long-term mindset and instills a culture of innovation," the bank s...
Zero growth for UK economy in final three months of 2019

Zero growth for UK economy in final three months of 2019

Business
The UK economy flat-lined in the final three months of 2019, according to preliminary official figures.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded output growth of 0% in the period compared to the previous three months as the country's political parties fought and held a bitter general election on the back of sustained parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. Growth in household spending of 0.1% was at its weakest in four years, the data showed, culminating in a largely miserable Christmas for the retail sector which banished economists' hopes for a post-election 'Boris bounce'.The zero growth rate followed 0.5% growth between July and September.It meant the economy grew by 1.4% during 2019 - slightly faster than the 1.3% achieved the previous year. ...