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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...
Natural world at severe risk, Attenborough tells Prince William

Natural world at severe risk, Attenborough tells Prince William

Technology
Sir David Attenborough warned of the "echoes and implications" in the natural world of everything humans do in the urban world as he took questions from old friend Prince William. In front of a packed audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Duke of Cambridge spoke to the 92-year-old broadcaster and naturalist for half an hour, talking about their shared passions for conservation, tackling climate change and Sir David's long broadcasting career.After William asked what advice Sir David would give to people of his age, the broadcaster said: "We have to recognise that every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food that we take comes from the natural world, and that if we damage the natural world we damage ourselves."We are one coherent eco-system, it's not just...
Bullish on natural gas, Shell announces new North Sea investment

Bullish on natural gas, Shell announces new North Sea investment

Business
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Shell United Kingdom Ltd. announced on Wednesday an investment decision in the North Sea to develop a gas field, just a day after Royal Dutch Shell CEO said the group was bullish regarding expectations of natural gas demand growth. The company announced a "final investment decision for the Arran gas and condensate field" and said that it will become the operator of the project, in partnership with Rockrose Energy and Dyas U.K. Ltd. This is the fourth investment announcement by the company in the North Sea in 2018 "which will result in further production growth for Shell following the decision to redevelop the Penguins field in the northern North Sea, the Alligin field West of Shetland and the Fram field in the Central North Sea." At peak production, the area will produce ...
Natural lipid could lead to powerful anti-inflammatory

Natural lipid could lead to powerful anti-inflammatory

Health
July 6 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Natural Institutes of Health have identified a naturally occurring lipid that disease-causing bacterium use to damage a host's immune response and increase the chance of infection. The discovery may also mean a new potent inflammation therapy against bacterial and viral diseases. Lipids, which are waxy, fatty acids, are known to help the bacteria that causes the disease tularemia. The bacteria, Francisella tularensis, uses the lipid to suppress host inflammation when infecting mouse and human cells. In a new study, published in the Journal of Innate Immunity, researchers from NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found a form of the lipid phosphatidylethanoloamine, or PE, present in the bacterium. The scientists considered its pote...