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PM to warn climate change will risk worsening global conflict and insecurity

PM to warn climate change will risk worsening global conflict and insecurity

World
Boris Johnson will warn the United Nations Security Council that unless urgent action is taken to tackle climate change, the world risks worsening conflict, displacement and insecurity.In a virtual address, the prime minister will call on all members to help the most vulnerable countries adapt to the impact of climate change and cut emissions. He will say the issues of security needs to be considered alongside the environmental impacts of global warming. Image: Boris Johnson will be addressing the UN Security Council The UK has pledged to reduce its emissions by 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.In November, Britain will host the landmark COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. ...
‘Hedge trimmer’ fish facing global extinction

‘Hedge trimmer’ fish facing global extinction

Science
Peter KyneThey are the most extraordinary of fish, resembling "hedge trimmers with fins".The sawfish, which is a kind of ray, is also among the most endangered of the fish living in the oceans.Once found along the coastlines of 90 countries, the animals are now presumed extinct in more than half of these, according to a new study. They are vanishing due to habitat loss and entanglement in fishing nets, experts have said.Their "saws", which evolved to sense and attack prey, have now become a liability, making them prone to being caught up in fishing gear."Through the plight of sawfish, we are documenting the first cases of a wide-ranging marine fish being driven to local extinction by overfishing," said Prof Nick Dulvy of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, Canada.'Time is ru...
Global warming triggers earlier pollen

Global warming triggers earlier pollen

Technology
When Dr. Stanley Fineman started as an allergist in Atlanta, he told patients they should start taking their medications and prepare for the drippy, sneezy onslaught of pollen season around St. Patrick’s Day. That was about 40 years ago. Now he tells them to start around St. Valentine’s Day.Across the United States and Canada, pollen season is starting 20 days earlier and pollen loads are 21% higher since 1990 and a huge chunk of that is because of global warming, a new study found in Monday’s journal the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.While other studies have shown North America’s allergy season getting longer and worse, this is the most comprehensive data with 60 reporting stations and the first to make the required and detailed calculations that could attribut
The Latest: Africa CDC says fatality rate higher than global

The Latest: Africa CDC says fatality rate higher than global

Health
NAIROBI, Kenya — The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the COVID-19 case fatality rate on the continent “is becoming very troubling” as it creeps ever higher than the global one.John Nkengasong told reporters that the fatality rate on the 54-nation continent is now 2.6% while the global one is 2.2%.Twenty African countries including South Africa, Sudan and Congo have rates higher than the global average as a resurgence of cases in parts of the continent has a far deadlier toll than the initial wave of infections last year.Africa’s confirmed deaths in the pandemic are approaching 100,000, with more than 3.6 million cases overall.Nkengasong says “it would be a tragedy if we begin to normalize these deaths.”As COVID-19 vaccines finally begin to arrive on the c
Google workers announce new global union alliance

Google workers announce new global union alliance

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Google workers announced Monday a new global union alliance to hold the company accountable. The new alliance called Alpha Global, in recognition of Google's parent company Alphabet, was formed in coordination with Union Network International Global Union, a global union that brings together 20 million workers from various sectors in the service economy, according to a UNI Global Union post. Advertisement Alpha Global comprises 13 different unions representing workers in 10 countries, with the United States, Britain and Switzerland, being among them, The Verge reported. It seeks to make Google live up to its ideals. "[Google] is a place where many workers came to change the world -- to make it more democratic -- only to find Alphabet suppressing speech and cracking down ...