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Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

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An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests.Green Alliance says the cash is needed for clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings.Over the past three years, it says that £9bn has been spent on projects that actually increase CO2, like roads.It comes as large UK firms make a promise to "kick-start a new approach" and "put the environment first".The Green Alliance think tank insists though that the funding issue must be solved in the prime minister’s economic recovery speech expected on Tuesday.Its calculations are based on the government’s own assessment of major projects in the pipeline released on 16 June.The government said it is determined to meet carbon targets, bu
Later school openings allow teens to get needed sleep, study finds

Later school openings allow teens to get needed sleep, study finds

Health
April 27 (UPI) -- Schools may be closed across much of the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic but, when they re-open, a later start to the day could help students get the sleep they need to perform better, according to a new study. The analysis, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found that adolescents and teens at two high schools that delayed the school day by an hour had around 40 minutes more sleep per night and needed less extra sleep on the weekends compared to those at schools that opened earlier in the morning. "Most teens require a lot of extra sleep on weekends to payback the 'sleep debt' they run up during the school week," co-author Dr. Rachel Widome, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, told UPI. "In our st...
Coronavirus: Significant social distancing needed ‘until vaccine found’

Coronavirus: Significant social distancing needed ‘until vaccine found’

Health
The UK must keep a "significant level" of social distancing until a vaccine for coronavirus is found, a scientist advising the government has said.Prof Neil Ferguson told the BBC there was "little leeway" to relax measures without "something... in their place" - such as testing and contact tracing.A three-week extension to the lockdown is expected to be announced later.It comes as the UK recorded another 861 coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of hospital deaths to 13,729.Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced strict curbs on life in the UK on 23 March, as the government sought to limit the spread of the virus.Ministers are required by law to assess whether the rules are working, based on expert advice, every three weeks.The government - led by F...
1st results in on Gilead coronavirus drug; more study needed

1st results in on Gilead coronavirus drug; more study needed

Health
The first results are in for an experimental antiviral drug against the new coronavirusBy MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical WriterApril 10, 2020, 9:58 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article More than half of a group of severely ill coronavirus patients improved after receiving an experimental antiviral drug, although there’s no way to know the odds of that happening without the drug because there was no comparison group, doctors reported Friday. The results published by the New England Journal of Medicine are the first in COVID-19 patients for remdesivir. The Gilead Sciences drug has shown promise against other coronaviruses in the past and in lab tests against the one causing the current pandemic, which now has claimed more than 100,000 lives.
THC level in most legal pot products higher than needed for pain relief

THC level in most legal pot products higher than needed for pain relief

Health
March 26 (UPI) -- Most legal marijuana products may be too strong for pain relief, according to a study published Thursday in the journal PLOS ONE. Despite research showing the benefits of marijuana for pain management, the analysis suggests that more than 90 percent of legal products offered in medical dispensaries because they contain higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than is needed for treatment. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes intoxication. "We know that high-potency products should not have a place in the medical realm because of the high risk of developing cannabis-use disorders, which are related to exposure to high THC-content products," the study's lead author, Dr. Alfonso Edgar Romero-Sandoval, associate professor of anesthesiology at...