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Brazil’s virus outlook darkens amid vaccine supply snags

Brazil’s virus outlook darkens amid vaccine supply snags

Technology
RIO DE JANEIRO -- April is shaping up to be Brazil’s darkest month yet in the pandemic, with hospitals struggling with a crush of patients, deaths on track for record highs and few signs of a reprieve from a troubled vaccination program in Latin America's largest nation.The Health Ministry has cut its outlook for vaccine supplies in April three times already, to half their initial level, and the country’s two biggest laboratories are facing supply constraints.The delays also mean tens of thousands more deaths as the particularly contagious P.1 variant of COVID-19 sweeps Brazil. It has recorded about 350,000 of the 2.9 million virus deaths worldwide, behind only the U.S. toll of over 560,000.Brazil's seven-day rolling average has increased to 2,820 deaths per day, compared with the global a...
Climate change: ‘Bleak’ outlook as carbon emissions gap grows

Climate change: ‘Bleak’ outlook as carbon emissions gap grows

Science
Countries will have to increase their carbon-cutting ambitions five fold if the world is to avoid warming by more than 1.5C, the UN says.The annual emissions gap report shows that even if all current promises are met, the world will warm by more than double that amount by 2100.Richer countries have failed to cut emissions quickly enough, the authors say.Fifteen of the 20 wealthiest nations have no timeline for a net zero target.Hot on the heels of the World Meteorological Organization's report on greenhouse gas concentrations, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) has published its regular snapshot of how the world is doing in cutting levels of these pollutants. The emissions gap report looks at the difference between how much carb...
Outlook for Great Barrier Reef is now ‘very poor’

Outlook for Great Barrier Reef is now ‘very poor’

Science
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- In a report issued Friday, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority downgraded the outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef from "poor" to "very poor." Every five years, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority issues a report detailing the Great Barrier Reef's health, major threats and future. Climate change remains the park's gravest threat, which has caused water temperatures to rise, acidity levels to increase and exacerbated the effects of marine heat waves, triggering record-breaking coral bleaching events in recent years. Other threats include coastal development, land-based run-off and direct human use like illegal fishing. The compilation of threats are taking a toll on the health of the reef. "Anyone following the state of the Great Barrier Reef over...
Great Barrier Reef outlook very poor, Australia says

Great Barrier Reef outlook very poor, Australia says

Science
The Great Barrier Reef's outlook has been officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change.Rising sea temperatures thanks to human-driven global warming remain the biggest threat to the reef, a five-year Australian government report says.Actions to save it "have never been more time critical", the report reads. Stretching over 2,300km (1,400 miles), the reef was designated a World Heritage site in 1981 for its "enormous scientific and intrinsic importance".But in recent years the reef has been increasingly damaged by warmer seas which have killed off coral and affected its long-term health. Unesco's World Heritage Committee is due to consider adding the reef to its list of sites that are "in danger".The massive ...