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Maine passes first PFAS biosolids ban, taking stand against forever chemicals

Maine passes first PFAS biosolids ban, taking stand against forever chemicals

Science
BANGOR, Maine, May 4 (UPI) -- Maine has become the first state to ban fertilizer using sewage sludge containing "forever chemicals" -- synthetic compounds found in items from food wrappers to carpeting that fail to break down in the environment. The move, along with a ban approved last year on all PFAS-containing products, puts Maine at the forefront of the fight against per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer and high cholesterol. The chemicals accumulate over decades, filtering into soil, water, plants and animals -- and eventually into people's bloodstreams. "Maine is one of the few states that is really taking this problem seriously and taking action to address the issue," Jared Hayes, a policy analyst with the Envi...
Quest for COVID-19 vaccines: Where they stand

Quest for COVID-19 vaccines: Where they stand

Health
May 29 (UPI) -- As the worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, scientists across the globe are racing to find a vaccine. It often takes years to secure funding, research and develop a vaccine candidate, test it on humans and get regulatory approval. And that's all before pharmaceutical companies can begin the task of actually manufacturing millions of doses for distribution. Advertisement A New York Times analysis indicates that under a normal timeline, a COVID-19 vaccine wouldn't be ready for distribution until May 2036. But with more than 360,000 people dead worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, and the global economy struggling under mitigation efforts, world leaders are eager to speed up the process. U.S. President Donald Trump in May ...

Premier League and sports news LIVE: National League cancel remaining matches, Newcastle takeover latest, Phil Neville to stand down as England Women’s manager

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]We will bring you all the latest sports news, views and updates on how the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the sporting calendar. Tuesday’s headlines: National League cancel remaining 2019/20 matches amid coronavirus pandemic Phil Neville poised to step down as England Women’s manager next summer UEFA could ditch VAR in Champions League and Europa […] talkSPORT
Prince Andrew accuser asks public to ‘stand beside her’

Prince Andrew accuser asks public to ‘stand beside her’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device A US woman who says she was brought to Britain aged 17 to have sex with Prince Andrew has implored the British public to "stand beside her" and "not accept what has happened to her".Virginia Giuffre, one of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's accusers, says she was trafficked to London by Epstein in 2001.She describes how Epstein's girlfriend told her what "to do for Andrew".The prince has "categorically" denied any sexual contact with Ms Giuffre. Media playback is unsupported on your device Virginia Giuffre, formerly Virginia Roberts, has given her first interview for British television as part of a special hour-long Panorama. Her interview includes her account...