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Pollution: ‘Forever chemicals’ in rainwater exceed safe levels

Pollution: ‘Forever chemicals’ in rainwater exceed safe levels

Science
Getty ImagesNew research shows that rainwater in most locations on Earth contains levels of chemicals that "greatly exceed" safety levels.These synthetic substances called PFAS are used in non-stick pans, fire-fighting foam and water-repellent clothes. Dubbed 'forever chemicals', they persist for years in the environment.Such is their prevalence now that scientists say there is no safe space on Earth to avoid them.The researchers from Stockholm University say it is "vitally important" that the use of these substances is rapidly restricted. More research needed on climate extinction threatThe race to replace persistent chemicals in our homesDriest July in England since 1935 - Met OfficeScientists fear PFAS may pose health risks including cancer, though research has so far been inconclusive....
Hospital costs for substance use patients exceed $13B annually, study finds

Hospital costs for substance use patients exceed $13B annually, study finds

Health
March 5 (UPI) -- The diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorder, as well as the management of related health complications, including overdoses, results in more than $ 13 billion in medical costs annually, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. More than half of these costs -- $ 7.6 billion -- were tied to caring for patients with alcohol-related disorders, the data showed. Advertisement Just over $ 2.2 billion was spent on treating patients with health issues related to opioid use, the researchers said. Examples of opioids include "street" drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription pain medications used illegally or inappropriately, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "U.S. hospitals are seeing a big increase in patients seeking acute treatment...
Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon boss as Christmas quarter sales exceed $100bn

Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon boss as Christmas quarter sales exceed $100bn

Business
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is to step down from running the business as it reported record revenues for its core Christmas quarter, topping $ 100bn for the first time with help from the coronavirus pandemic.The e-commerce, cloud data storage and entertainment giant said Bezos would become executive chair during the summer, with Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy assuming the top job. Bezos said the shift would give him more time to concentrate on his other passions, including the fight against climate change, and that the company's latest results demonstrated it was the right time to make the transition. Image: Amazon has benefited from lockdown restrictions in key global markets Amazon recorded total sales of $ 125.6bn (£92b...
Airfare between Delhi-Mumbai not to exceed Rs 10,000 one way

Airfare between Delhi-Mumbai not to exceed Rs 10,000 one way

Finance
The government today announced to regulate fares for three months till the end of August in an attempt to ensure that passengers are not overcharged for flights. “We have decided on fares based on flight duration. We have divided fares under seven flight durations,” aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced at the press conference today. Government sources said that the fare structure would be released by the aviation regulator by this evening. Aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola explained that minimum fare for a Delhi-Mumbai flight ticket will be Rs 3,500 and maximum can go up to Rs 10,000. He added that rules mandate airlines will have to sell 40% of their total seats for a fare, which will be the median of the lowest and highest slabs. “So for a Delhi-Mumbai flight ticket,...