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Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

Business
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from "foreign adversaries".The president signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose a security risk to the country.Mr Trump does not name any company specifically in the order.However, analysts suggest it is mainly directed at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.A number of countries - including the US - have raised concerns that the company's products could be used by China for surveillance. Huawei has said its work does not pose any threat.According to a White House statement, Mr Trump's order aims to "protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasing...
Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

World
May 14 (UPI) -- Mexico City's environmental officials issued an emergency alert Tuesday as nearly two dozen fires worsened poor air quality in the region. The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis urged residents to avoid outdoor activities, and infants, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to stay indoors entirely. The city's IMECA air quality index increased from 144 to 158. The index includes five levels on a scale from zero to more than 200. Zero to 50 is "good," 51 to 100 is "regular," 101 to 150 is "bad," 151 to 200 is "very bad" and more than 200 is "extremely bad." Firefighters are attempting to contain the wildfires, but to help reduce pollution in the city, officials asked residents to reduce emissions from vehicle use and notify authorities of any activities t...
Nature’s emergency: Where we are in five graphics

Nature’s emergency: Where we are in five graphics

Science
The felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing the natural world to the brink.That's the warning more than 500 experts in 50 countries are expected to give in a major UN-backed report, due to be published on Monday.The assessment will highlight the losses that have hit the natural world over the past 50 years and how the future is looking bleak for tens to hundreds of thousands of species.The document, from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), is also expected to set out an urgent rescue plan for nature.So what do we know about the health of the planet in terms of biodiversity (the variety of living things o...
Nature loss: Major report to highlight ‘natural and human emergency’

Nature loss: Major report to highlight ‘natural and human emergency’

Science
Scientists and government officials meet this week in Paris to finalise a key assessment on humanity's relationship with nature. The Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, will issue the first report of this type since 2005.It will detail the past losses and future prospects for nature and humans. One author says the report will highlight the "social and ecological emergency" the world is now facing.From Monday some of the world's leading researchers in the field of biodiversity will meet in the French capital to work through the details of their report with representatives from 132 governments. Their conclusions, known as a Summary for Policymakers, will then be published on 6 May. "I would say that this is the most co...
NYC declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations

NYC declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations

Health
April 9 (UPI) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in response to a measles outbreak in a Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The declaration requires people living in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to receive the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine to help curb the spread of the virus. The city's health department will check vaccination records of people suspected of making contact with infected patients. Anyone without a vaccination or proof of immunity from the virus could receive a $ 1,000 fine. Since last October, the community has seen 285 cases of measles, prompting the city to order child care centers and yeshivas in Jewish communities throughout Williamsburg to keep non-vaccinated children from attending until the outbreak...