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Brazil wildfires killed an estimated 17 million animals

Brazil wildfires killed an estimated 17 million animals

Science
CENAP-ICMBioAmid the bleakness of 2020, scientists in Brazil concluded a particularly grim conservation study - attempting to count the animals killed by huge wildfires in the Pantanal wetlands. They estimate that as many as 17 million vertebrates - including reptiles, birds and primates - died. Wildfires burned between January and November, destroying 30% of the world's largest tropical wetland.This estimate of the loss is published in the journal Scientific Reports. AFPDr Mariana Napolitano Ferreira, head of science at WWF-Brazil explained that there were 22,000 separate fires recorded during that year. This new research highlights, the researchers say, the importance of preventing such disasters in the future. Body countThe Pantanal does burn naturally, but the 2020 wildfires were "apoc...
‘Horrifying’ violence has killed at least 43 children in Myanmar, report says

‘Horrifying’ violence has killed at least 43 children in Myanmar, report says

World
At least 43 children have died in violence during Myanmar's coup, according to reports described as "horrifying".The death toll of children has more than doubled in the past 12 days and the total number of people killed now stands at 521, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) says. The youngest victim was a girl aged just seven years old.A total of 15 children under the age of 16 are among the casualties, including children aged nine and 11.Among those killed were a 13-year-old boy who was reportedly shot in the head while trying to run away from armed forces, and a 14-year-old Mandalay boy who was reportedly shot dead while he was inside or around his home. ...
Peloton: Child killed in ‘tragic’ treadmill accident

Peloton: Child killed in ‘tragic’ treadmill accident

Business
Getty ImagesPeloton has warned parents to keep children away from its treadmills after the death of a child.Boss John Foley called it "tragic accident" - one of a "small handful" of incidents in which children have been hurt on the firm's exercise equipment.He did not disclose further details about what happened.In February, a 3-year-old suffered severe head injuries after getting trapped under a Peloton treadmill, but will make a full recovery.The latest incident report into that accident, disclosed on Wednesday, said the child "was found to have tread marks on his back matching the slats of the treadmill".Mr Foley, Peloton's founder, said children should stay away from the firm's machines, which have surged in popularity during the pandemic."We design and build all of our products with s...
Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

Atlanta shootings: Asian women among eight killed at three spas

World
EPAEight people, many of them women of Asian descent, have been killed in shootings at spas in the US state of Georgia.Police said the shootings took place at a massage parlour in Acworth, a suburb north of Atlanta, and two spas in the city itself.South Korea later confirmed that four of the victims were of Korean descent.Officials said a 21-year-old man had been arrested and was believed to be the suspect in all of the attacks.No motive has yet been established.However, hate crimes against Asian-Americans have spiked in recent months, fuelled by rhetoric that blames them for the spread of Covid-19.In an address last week, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated."From insults to murder - anti-Asian ...
UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

World
YANGON, Myanmar -- Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that at least 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded.That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. About 1,000 people are believed to have been detained Sunday.“Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement referring to several cities, adding that the forces also used tear gas, flash-bang...