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New Zealand declares a climate change emergency

New Zealand declares a climate change emergency

World
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- New Zealand declared a climate emergency on Wednesday as it launched a plan to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025. The motion to declare the emergency was introduced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and was passed 76-43 by Parliament in recognition of New Zealanders who have been calling "for action to protect the environment and reduce the impact of human activity on the climate," the document read. Advertisement Ardern told lawmakers that the motion was based on scientists' warnings that immediate action is necessary in order to avoid a disastrous 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature -- which she said would cause a risk to human health, livelihood and civil unrest among other negative consequences. "This is a declaration grounded in a deep sense of re...
UK’s Johnson in quarantine but declares himself fit, working

UK’s Johnson in quarantine but declares himself fit, working

Health
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is as “fit as a butcher’s dog” after being instructed to self-isolate for 14 days because he recently came in contact with someone who has since contracted coronavirusBy PAN PYLAS Associated PressNovember 16, 2020, 10:02 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is as “fit as a butcher’s dog” after being instructed to self-isolate for 14 days because he recently came in contact with someone who has since contracted coronavirus.In a video message posted Monday on Twitter from his London apartment at Downing Street, Johnson said it didn’t matter that he has already endured COVID-19 and is “bursting with antibodies.”The quarantine requirement comes at the start of a cruci...
MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil

MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil

Science
The island nation of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a vessel offshore began leaking oil into the ocean.MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July and its crew was evacuated.But the large bulk carrier has since begun leaking tons of fuel into the surrounding waters.France has pledged support and the ship's owner said it was working to combat the spill.Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared the state of emergency late on Friday.He said the nation did not have "the skills and expertise to refloat stranded ships" as he appealed to France for help.The French island of Reunion lies near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is home to world-renowned c...
Russia declares state of emergency in Siberia after power plant spills 20,000 tons of oil

Russia declares state of emergency in Siberia after power plant spills 20,000 tons of oil

World
June 4 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency for a region in northern Siberia after oil spilled from a power plant into a river. A fuel tank at the plant in Norilsk ruptured on Friday, leaking 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the nearby Ambarnaya River, contaminating portions of the waterway as far as 7 miles away from the site. Advertisement The plant's parent company, Norilsk Nickel, said it believes thawing permafrost caused one of the tank's pillars to collapse. Permafrost thawing is linked to climate change and has caused issues including damage to roads and homes as well as disruptions to herding and agriculture throughout Siberia. Greenpeace Russia issued a statement describing the incident as the largest oil spill in the history of the Russian Arct...
George Floyd death homicide, official post-mortem declares

George Floyd death homicide, official post-mortem declares

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The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in police custody, has been declared a homicide following an official post-mortem.He suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on 25 May, the report found.It listed Mr Floyd's cause of death as "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression".The examination also showed he had heart disease and recent drug use.The findings of the official post-mortem were released shortly after those of a private examination carried out by medical examiners hired by the Floyd family.That report said Floyd died from asphyxia (lack of oxygen) due to compression on his neck and back. It also found the death was a homicide, a statemen...