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Farmers call for green trade policy to help tackle climate change

Farmers call for green trade policy to help tackle climate change

Technology
The government should be pursuing a green trade policy in the wake of COVID-19 and Brexit, if it is serious about tackling climate change, according to the National Farmers' Union.The union's deputy president Stuart Roberts told Sky News that the green recovery being called for must include trade deals with countries pursuing similar net zero goals. Farmers have pledged to be net zero by 2040 and the UK has said it wants the country as a whole to reach the same target by 2050. Image: Mr Roberts, deputy president of the NFU, at his Hertfordshire farm "The biggest thing for me is what trade deals we end up doing... we still don't know," said Mr Roberts, who is a cattle, sheep and cereal farmer."We have some of the highest standards and ...
Study ties blood type to COVID-19 risk; O may help, A hurt

Study ties blood type to COVID-19 risk; O may help, A hurt

Technology
A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe diseaseBy BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical WriterJune 18, 2020, 6:26 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease. Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found that those who had Type A blood were more likely to have severe disease while those with Type O were less likely. Wednesday’s report in the New England Journal of Medicine does not prove a blood type connection, but it does confirm a previous report from China of such a link. “Most of us discounted it because it was a very crude st
Personal mobility machine needs no help at Tokyo airport

Personal mobility machine needs no help at Tokyo airport

Technology
An autonomous mobility system that works like a wheelchair without anyone pushing it is scuttling around a Tokyo airport to help with social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemicBy YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business WriterJune 8, 2020, 7:30 AM2 min read2 min readTOKYO -- An autonomous mobility system that works like a wheelchair without anyone pushing it is scuttling around a Tokyo airport to help with social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The personal mobility machine seats one person and runs on its own without crashing, even when people jump out unexpectedly, for about 600 meters (660 yards) on a pre-programmed route at Haneda International Airport, WHILL, the company behind the technology, said Monday. WHILL Chief Executive Satoshi Sugie said robotics and autonomous driving tech...
Grooming bees help boost colony immunity

Grooming bees help boost colony immunity

Science
June 2 (UPI) -- New research suggests designated bee groomers, or allogroomers, are essential to the health of their colony. Varroa mites and other ectoparasites, parasites that reside on the outside of a host's body, are a major threat to the health of honeybees and their colonies all over the world. Advertisement Fortunately, bees have allogroomers to keep them clean. Allogroomers are worker bees that help remove bits of debris, including parasites and pathogens, from their peers. It's a dangerous job, but new research suggests allogroomers are equipped with especially powerful immune systems. "Here, we found worker bees that specialize in allogrooming are highly connected within their colonies, and have developed stronger immune systems," Alessandro Cini, researcher at the University ...
Nuclear plant will help kick-start post-pandemic economy, says EDF

Nuclear plant will help kick-start post-pandemic economy, says EDF

Business
A planned new nuclear power station will help kick-start the economy following the coronavirus crisis, energy giant EDF has said.The power supplier has submitted an application to build the Sizewell C plant on the Suffolk coast, which it says will generate enough electricity to power six million homes and bolster the UK's energy resilience by reducing the need for imports. EDF also says it will create 25,000 jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships during construction, as well as providing 900 skilled jobs over its lifetime.The application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate was delayed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.But campaigners opposed to the project have criticised the move, arguing that coronavirus social distancing restrictions are likely to continue in the...