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The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- According to a new survey of the Amazon, the planet's largest forest is shifting its composition in response to climate change. Unfortunately, the research suggests the Amazon isn't evolving fast enough. The climate is changing faster than the Amazon can adapt. Most noticeably, scientists found moisture-loving tree species are dying off faster than they can be replaced by species that can withstand drier conditions. Droughts during the last decades have damaged large portions of the Amazon. "The ecosystem's response is lagging behind the rate of climate change," Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, geographer at the University of Leeds, said in a news release. "The data showed us that the droughts that hit the Amazon basin in the last decades had serious consequences for the makeup ...
Amazon creates 1,000 'highly skilled' jobs in three UK cities

Amazon creates 1,000 'highly skilled' jobs in three UK cities

Business
Amazon has revealed plans to create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.At least 600 "highly skilled" roles will be added in Manchester working on software, machine learning and AWS, its cloud computing business.The company will also create 250 and 180 jobs at its development centres in Edinburgh and Cambridge respectively. Doug Gurr, Amazon's UK country manager, described the new roles as "Silicon Valley jobs in Britain".Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said the new positions were an "enormous vote of confidence in the UK".Amazon will have about 27,500 employees in the UK by the end of this year, with 6,500 people in its corporate, AWS and R&D divisions. That means more than 20,0...
Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Technology
Dozens of UK Amazon warehouse workers have sent emails directly to Jeff Bezos urging him to restore their employee share and incentive schemes, which they say have been cut in order to fund a promised pay rise. Sky News has seen some of the emails, which mainly come from longer-term workers, who say they have been hit hard by the changes.In one, a worker at a fulfilment centre in Dunfermline warns Mr Bezos that the move "may receive major backlash and some disappointed workers".The email continues: "We take great pleasure in receiving our shares as that is what makes Amazon unique and for people that have children it is a delight to have that extra bonus."In another, a worker who says they have worked for seven years in Amazon's fulfilment centre at Doncaster, tells Mr Bezo...
Amazon jumps out ahead of its rivals and raises wages to $15

Amazon jumps out ahead of its rivals and raises wages to $15

Technology
Amazon, the business that upended the retailing industry and transformed the way we shop for just about everything, is jumping out ahead of the pack again, announcing a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour for its U.S. employees that could force other big companies to raise their pay. The online giant also said it will push Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, now at $ 7.25. Given Amazon's size and clout, the move Tuesday is a major victory for the $ 15-an-hour movement, which has organized protests of fast-food, gas station and other low-paid workers. Already, several states and cities have raised their minimum wages above the federal one. Amazon, whose value topped an awesome $ 1 trillion in September, has been under political and economic pressure to pay its employees more. "We list...
The Amazon is flooding five times more often than it used to

The Amazon is flooding five times more often than it used to

Science
Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Amazon, the world's largest river, is flooding five times more frequently than it did 100 years ago. Scientists in England, Chile and Brazil analyzed river level records dating back more than a century. The data showed extreme floods -- when water levels rise at least 95 feet, triggering an emergency declaration in the city of Manaus -- occurred approximately once every 20 years during the first half of the 20th century. Today, extreme floods occur every four years. "Increases of severe droughts in the Amazon have received a lot of attention by researchers," Jonathan Barichivich, researcher at the Austral University of Chile, said in a news release. "However, what really stands out from this long-term river record is the increase in the frequency and severity of the ...