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Brazil: Amazon sees worst deforestation levels in 15 years

Brazil: Amazon sees worst deforestation levels in 15 years

Science
AFPDeforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has hit its highest level in over 15 years, official data shows. A report by Brazil's space research agency (Inpe) found that deforestation increased by 22% in a year. Brazil was among a number of nations who promised to end and reverse deforestation by 2030 during the COP26 climate summit. The Amazon is home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people. It is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. According to the latest data, some 13,235 sq km (5110 sq miles) was lost during the 2020-21 period, the highest amount since 2006. Environment Minister Joaquim Leite said the data represents a "challenge" and said: "We have to be more forceful in relation to these crimes." He added...
The Latest: Germany sees drop in new cases levelling off

The Latest: Germany sees drop in new cases levelling off

Health
HONG KONG— China's Sinovac delivered 1 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac to Hong Kong on Friday evening.Government officials approved Sinovac’s two-dose vaccine on Thursday. The semi-autonomous city is relying on three vaccines and has purchased 22.5 million doses in total.Priority groups include health care workers and those above the age of 60, as well as essential workers. Online appointments will begin on Tuesday.The city is also expecting 1 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine by the end of February. It has also purchased Astrazeneca’s shots.Sinovac has yet to publicly release clinical trial data from its last stage of testing, drawing criticism for lack of transparency.The Hong Kong government says the Sinovac vaccine has received unanimous approval from an expert...
PNB expects Rs 3,800 cr recovery from Bhushan Power resolution; sees good amount from DHFL too

PNB expects Rs 3,800 cr recovery from Bhushan Power resolution; sees good amount from DHFL too

Finance
NEW DELHI: State-owned (PNB) is expecting to recover a substantial Rs 3,800 crore from Bhushan Power and Steel under debt resolution in NCLT, which will help it achieve the target of Rs 8,000 crore cash recoveries during this fiscal, its managing director and CEO S S Mallikarjuna Rao said. Besides, the city-based lender also hopes to make good recovery of its exposure in crisis-hit , which is undergoing a resolution process currently. Sticking to the bank's previous guidance on restricting the gross NPAs below 14 per cent and net NPAs lower than 5 per cent by the end of the current fiscal, Rao said there has been an improvement in collection efficiency as well in January after a dampened December. Across the banking industry, the collections were much better in October and November, befor...
WHO team investigating COVID in Wuhan sees data ‘no one has seen’ – and does not rule out virus escaped from a lab

WHO team investigating COVID in Wuhan sees data ‘no one has seen’ – and does not rule out virus escaped from a lab

World
The World Health Organisation team in Wuhan investigating the origins of COVID-19 say they are getting data "which no one has seen before" and are "really getting somewhere" - and have not ruled out the possibility that the virus had escaped from a lab.Dr Peter Daszak, part of the ongoing WHO mission, told Sky News: "We are seeing new information and it's good, it's very valuable stuff that is beginning to help us look at the right directions for this virus." In his first interview with a British broadcaster since arriving in China, Dr Daszak, who is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO, said that site visits were offering valuable information - especially the Huanan seafood market, where the first ever cases of COVID-19 were clustered.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the w...
Watch as Chorley bench laugh in face of Adama Traore during confrontation as Vitinha screamer sees Wolves through to FA Cup fifth round

Watch as Chorley bench laugh in face of Adama Traore during confrontation as Vitinha screamer sees Wolves through to FA Cup fifth round

Sports
Adama Traore failed to intimidate the Chorley bench as they laughed off his confrontation during their FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday night. Vitinha’s early screamer proved the difference in the match as the Premier League side won 1-0 away at the National League North part-timers. Midway through the second half, Traore made a late challenge and barged over a Chorley man in front of the home bench. They all jumped up and a free kick was given, prompting a response from the famously muscular Premier League star. He exchanged words with members of the Chorley coaching staff, though they simply laughed off his confrontation and so he walked away. As for the game itself, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo may have made six changes from the side beaten by West Brom last time out, but the ch...