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Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- Investigative field work began on contaminants in the groundwater of the former Reese Air Base, Texas, the U.S. Air Force said. The base near Lubbock was closed in 1997 after a 50-year history. Like most U.S. air bases, it had relied since 1970 on foam, to put out fires, containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] regarded as hazardous materials. Repeated use of the foam led to contaminants seeping into groundwater. Advertisement Research has linked PFAS to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and endocrine disruption. Unusual clusters of serious medical effects in communities with heavily PFAS-contaminated water, many near military bases, have been discovered. The investigation was announced by the Air Force in a statement on Thursday. "We didn't do this in negle...
UK’s first e-scooter trial starts in Middlesbrough

UK’s first e-scooter trial starts in Middlesbrough

Technology
Middlesbrough has become the first place in the country to trial e-scooters in a bid to ease pressure on public transport amid the coronavirus crisis.Fifty rentable electric scooters are available from around the town and can be hired by anyone over the age of 18 with a full or provisional driving licence.The vehicles, which are banned on pavements, are limited to 11.5mph and cost £2 to hire for 20 minutes.The pilot, which will run for a year, will be rolled out across all five boroughs of the Tees Valley later this month.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Boohoo starts review after Next and Asos desert it

Boohoo starts review after Next and Asos desert it

Business
Fast fashion brand Boohoo has ordered an independent review of its UK supply chain following reports of poor working conditions at a factory in Leicester.It comes after retailers Next and Asos dropped Boohoo goods from their stores amid claims workers were underpaid and not socially distancing.Boohoo, which said it was "shocked and appalled" by the allegations, has asked a senior barrister to lead the review.Shares in the firm have dropped by almost half this week.It comes after a Sunday Times report claimed workers at a Leicester factory that supplied clothes to Boohoo were paid just £3.50 an hour, while being offered no protection from coronavirus. Big problem at Leicester factories, say workers Boohoo dropped by Next, Asos and Zalando The factory was a
Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid

Science
A critical 12 months in the battle against rising temperatures begins in Madrid this week, as UN delegates gather for key talks. The 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP, will see negotiators from almost 200 countries in attendance. Ahead of the meeting the UN secretary general has warned that the world is at the point of no return. António Guterres said the global response to date has been "utterly inadequate". The conference takes place amid a welter of bad news on climate change in recent days. The World Meteorological Organisation announced that greenhouse gas concentrations reached their highest recorded level in 2018.The UN Environment Programme showed that there's a huge gap between the plans that governments currently h
Three new deaths reported as flu season starts to get serious

Three new deaths reported as flu season starts to get serious

Health
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Officials in Connecticut confirmed Thursday that two adults -- both over the age of 65 -- died as a result of influenza-related complications as virus activity continues in the early part of flu season. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly FluView report, released Friday, 2.3 percent of visits to healthcare providers across the country this week were related to "influenza-like illness," down from 2.4 percent this week. The report lists case information through November 9. To date, three children have died nationally of flu-related causes so far during the 2019-2020 season, with one added this week. Louisiana was the only state to report high flu activity. It was the third consecutive week the Bayou State did so. In all, 14 states rep...