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Attenborough: ‘Curb excess capitalism’ to save nature

Attenborough: ‘Curb excess capitalism’ to save nature

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir David Attenborough says the excesses of western countries should "be curbed" to restore the natural world and we'll all be happier for it. The veteran broadcaster said that the standard of living in wealthy nations is going to have to take a pause.Nature would flourish once again he believes when "those that have a great deal, perhaps, have a little less".Sir David was speaking to Liz Bonnin for BBC Radio 5 Live's new podcast 'What Planet Are We On?'.Listen to the podcast on BBC SoundsSpeaking personally and frankly, Sir David explained, "We are going to have to live more economically than we do. And we can do that and, I believe we will do it more happily, not less happily. And that the excesse...

Coronavirus: England ‘highest level of excess deaths’

Health
England had the highest levels of excess deaths in Europe between the end of February to the middle of June, official analysis shows.The Office for National Statistics said England saw the second highest peak rates of death in Europe, after Spain. But England had the longest period where deaths were above average, and so overall had the highest levels. The ONS analysis shows the epidemic in the UK was more widely spread than in other countries.However areas in Spain and Italy were harder hit than cities in the UK.Analyses that take account of the age of the population also show that England had the highest death rates in Europe in the weeks to the end of May. Spain was second, followed by Scotland, Belgium and Wales. An animated guide: Wha...
Sandy Ratcliff: Lung condition and excess morphine killed ex-EastEnders actress

Sandy Ratcliff: Lung condition and excess morphine killed ex-EastEnders actress

Entertainment
Former EastEnders actress Sandy Ratcliff died after taking an excessive amount of morphine while suffering from two terminal lung conditions, an inquest has heard.She was one of the BBC soap's original cast members, appearing as cafe owner Sue Osman from 1985 to 1989.Off-screen she battled a heroin addiction for 20 years, an inquest at Poplar Coroner's Court was told.Ratcliff died aged 70 in April, in sheltered housing in north-east London.The actress's first major role was in Ken Loach's Family Life in 1971, in which she played a schizophrenic teenager. Her EastEnders character Sue Osman contended with cot death and her husband's infidelity before she was sectioned and written out of the BBC soap.Ratcliff's other TV appearances after EastEnders included ...
Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

Health
There were around 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017-18 - the highest since the winter of 1975-76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.The increase is thought to be down to the flu, the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine in older people and spells of very cold weather last winter.Most excess deaths occurred in women and the over-85s.Similar peaks in excess deaths have been seen in previous years.Before the 2017-18 peak in excess winter deaths, there were peaks in 2014-15 and 1999-2000.An extra 6,000 deaths are estimated to have occurred during last winter compared with three years ago.The figures for last winter, counted as December to March, are still provisional while figures for all other previous winters have bee...
NASA engineers use gold to redirect excess heat from James Webb Telescope

NASA engineers use gold to redirect excess heat from James Webb Telescope

Science
June 5 (UPI) -- Engineers at NASA have found a way to redirect excess heat from the James Webb Telescope's most sensitive instruments. The telescope's four instruments are contained within the integrated science instrument module, or ISIM, which sits behind the array's main mirror. These sensitive instruments could be damaged or disrupted by excess heat, so scientists had to find a way to redirect thermal energy away from the ISIM. As detailed in a mission update published Tuesday by NASA, engineers are currently installing gold baffles that will channel thermal radiation away from the instruments and out into space. Gold also helps the telescope's mirrors direct infrared light toward the ISIM. "Gold has a very high reflectivity in the infrared spectrum range, so it is ideal for directin...