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John Kerry: UK climate summit is world’s ‘last best chance’

John Kerry: UK climate summit is world’s ‘last best chance’

Science
US climate envoy John Kerry has told the BBC a UN climate summit in the UK this November is "the last best chance" to avert the worst environmental consequences for the world.He said years were lost on the climate issue under President Donald Trump, "who didn't believe in any of it".Dozens of world leaders will attend the COP26 conference in Glasgow.Mr Kerry spoke as President Joe Biden signed a flurry of executive orders designed to address climate change.His latest edicts include a freeze on new oil and gas leases on public lands and set out to double offshore wind-produced energy by 2030.Mr Biden - who re-entered the US into the 2016 Paris climate accord in one of his first acts as president - said America must lead the response to the crisis.Biden's first act sets ambitious climate ton...
UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

UK faces a long winter – but there is still a chance infections spike can be stemmed

Technology
For the first time in many weeks, the official measures of the UK's coronavirus outbreak are all pointing in the wrong direction.The government says the R number in the UK is between 1.0 and 1.2, meaning it is now definitely above 1 for the first time since March. Scotland's R could be as high as 1.5. A large study from Imperial College even suggested that the R was more like 1.7, although like all these figures, there is a good deal of imprecision. The overall trend, from multiple studies, is the thing to watch: from this, we get the clear message that the virus is now spreading fast, albeit still among small numbers.This conclusion is confirmed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, which tests 10,000 households to get a representative sample of the state of the outbreak. Li...
Ridgecrest temblors increase chance of San Andreas earthquake, new study says

Ridgecrest temblors increase chance of San Andreas earthquake, new study says

Science
July 13 (UPI) -- The Ridgecrest temblors that hit California last year could make a San Andreas earthquake more likely, a new study found. The likelihood is higher because the 2019 temblors in Ridgecrest, Calif., "stressed the Garlock Fault," and the Garlock Fault links the Ridgecrest faults with the San Andreas fault, researchers said in the study, published Monday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. Advertisement The 6.4-magnitude and 7.1-magnitude Ridgecrest earthquakes caused no deaths and modest damage because they were in a remote desert area of Southern California, but they "could have far-reaching effects," according to researchers. If another big earthquake ruptures the Garlock, it could cause a chain reaction that triggers a San Andreas earthquake north of L...
Virus ‘disappearing’ so fast vaccine has ‘only 50% chance of working’

Virus ‘disappearing’ so fast vaccine has ‘only 50% chance of working’

Technology
There is only a 50% chance of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine working because cases in the UK are declining so fast, one of the scientists behind it has warned. The University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group began developing a COVID-19 vaccine in January using a virus taken from chimpanzees. But with the number of UK coronavirus cases dropping every day, there may not be enough people to test it on, according to the institute's director Professor Adrian Hill.He told The Sunday Telegraph: "It's a race against the virus disappearing, and against time. We said earlier in the year that there was an 80% chance of developing an effective vaccine by September."But at the moment, there's a 50% chance that we get no result at all. We're in the bizarre position of wanting CO...