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Amazon deforestation: Record high destruction of trees in January

Amazon deforestation: Record high destruction of trees in January

Science
ReutersThe number of trees cut down in the Brazilian Amazon in January far exceeded deforestation for the same month last year, according to government satellite data.The area destroyed was five times larger than 2021, the highest January total since records began in 2015.Environmentalists accuse Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro of allowing deforestation to accelerate.Protecting the Amazon is essential if we are to tackle climate change. Trees are felled for their wood as well as to clear spaces to plant crops to supply global food companies.At the climate change summit COP26 in Glasgow last year, more than 100 governments promised to stop and reverse deforestation by 2030.The latest satellite data from Brazil's space agency Inpe again calls into question the Brazilian government's commit...
Arizona State University to design weapons of mass destruction detector for DARPA

Arizona State University to design weapons of mass destruction detector for DARPA

Business
July 23 (UPI) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has contracted Arizona State University to develop a deployable device to determine if a person has been exposed to weapons of mass destruction or their precursors. ASU was awarded a $ 9.1 million contract to start work on a device that can detect WMD-related chemicals on a person within 30 minutes or less. The device is expected to be capable of detecting a wide number of substances, including biological agents, radiation, chemicals and explosives. The initial contract, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, includes $ 5.2 million in obligated funds and runs through July 21, 2021. The full contract carries a potential value of $ 38.8 million over four years when including all phases and options. The project, called "...
Typhoon Jebi leaves trail of destruction across Japan

Typhoon Jebi leaves trail of destruction across Japan

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 10 people have been killed by Typhoon Jebi, the worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years. Jebi left a trail of destruction across the west of the country, hitting major cities like Kyoto and Osaka.Flights, trains and ferries were cancelled but thousands of passengers stranded at Osaka's international airport have since been evacuated.As the winds slow down and move north, people are being urged to stay alert for landslides and floods. Images showing how Jebi wreaked havocAt least 300 people have been injured as a result of the typhoon, according to government spokesman Yoshihide Suga. Have you been affected by Typhoon Jebi? If safe to do so, email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk or contact yourpics@bbc.c...