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Climate change: Spain offers to host COP25 in Madrid

Climate change: Spain offers to host COP25 in Madrid

Science
Just a day after the President of Chile said his country could no longer hold the world's annual climate conference, Spain has offered to host it in Madrid.The critical meeting, called COP25, was due to take place in Santiago for two weeks from 3 December.Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said his government needed "to prioritise re-establishing public order" after serious anti-government protests.Spain's offer will be considered by the UN's climate body next week.The Spanish government said it considered multilateral action on climate change to be a priority for the UN.The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is usually an important moment for taking stock of where the world stands on climate change. For a quarter of a century, negotiators from almost
Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process

Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process

Science
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The newly sequenced pineapple genome has offered researchers fresh insights into the plant domestication process. Pineapple varieties are grown for a variety of purposes: for fiber, as an ornamental and, most famously, as a delicious fruit. Scientists at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois sequenced the genome of the red pineapple and compared it to the genomes of several other cultivars. Their efforts -- detailed Monday in the journal Nature Genetics -- revealed evidence supporting their hypothesis, that pineapples can be domesticated in a single step, sans seeds, using cuttings and other methods. "We have chosen major pineapple cultivars worldwide ... to test our hypothesis of 'one-step operation' in domestication of clonally ...
Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases

Purdue Pharma ‘offers up to $12bn’ to settle opioid cases

Business
Purdue Pharma, the opioid drug-maker owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is reported to be offering between $ 10bn and $ 12bn to settle thousands of lawsuits against it.The firm is facing over 2,000 lawsuits linked to its painkiller OxyContin.Purdue told the BBC it was "actively working" towards a "global resolution" but would not comment on the amount.NBC, which first reported the news, said the settlement would involve the Sacklers giving up ownership of Purdue.The firm said in a statement: "While Purdue Pharma is prepared to defend itself vigorously in the opioid litigation, the company has made clear that it sees little good coming from years of wasteful litigation and appeals. "Purdue believes a constructive global resolution is the best path fo...
Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet’s reefs

Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet’s reefs

Science
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A new survey of coral communities -- the largest of its kind, according to the research team -- has offered a roadmap for protecting Earth's reefs. The international team of scientists, including researchers with conservation groups, government agencies, and universities, identified three main strategies that can be quickly enacted to save reefs from climate change and human impacts. To identify where and how to save reefs, researchers measured coral abundance on more than 2,500 reefs along the coasts of 44 countries in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Their analysis proved a majority of reefs host functioning coral communities with a diverse and architecturally complex cover of species. After the El Niño event that lasted from 2014 to 2017, which triggered the largest cor
Air India’s Alliance Air offers fares ‘lower than train’ tickets

Air India’s Alliance Air offers fares ‘lower than train’ tickets

Finance
Mumbai: Flag carrier Air India's regional arm Alliance Air on Friday announced discounted fares starting as low as Rs 990 for flights across its network under a limited period sale offer. The fares offered under the 'Independence Day sale carnival' are lower than the train fares so that train commuters can experience the luxury of flying, Alliance Air said in a statement. The seven-day sale period starts from August 3 and ends on August 9 for a travel period between August 3 and September 30, the airline said. Alliance Air currently operates 110 flights per day to 53 destinations such as Kullu, Cochin, Mysuru, Diu and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh besides Shimla, Kohlapur, Pantnagar, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Gwalior, Bikaner, which are operated under government's regional connectivity scheme...