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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...
Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space

Science
Sixty years ago, a man went into space for the very first time. For the USSR, Yuri Gagarin’s single orbit of the Earth was a huge achievement and propaganda coup. There will be celebrations across Russia to mark the anniversary. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on the day a new Russian hero was born, and meets the little girl who witnessed it.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
Banks sanctions Rs 25,586 cr to 1.14 lakh Stand-Up India accounts in 5 years

Banks sanctions Rs 25,586 cr to 1.14 lakh Stand-Up India accounts in 5 years

Finance
The Finance Ministry on Sunday said banks have sanctioned Rs 25,586 crore to about 1,14,322 beneficiaries under the Stand Up India Scheme in the last five years for promoting entrepreneurship among women and SC & STs. The objective of Stand-Up India is to promote entrepreneurship amongst women, Scheduled Castes (SC) & Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories, to help them in starting a greenfield enterprise in trading, manufacturing and services sector, by both ready and trainee borrowers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Under the scheme, bank loans between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore are provided to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks. Started in April 5, 2016, the scheme has benefit...
Don Cheadle named narrator of ‘Wonder Years’ reboot

Don Cheadle named narrator of ‘Wonder Years’ reboot

Entertainment
March 27 (UPI) -- Avengers franchise and Black Monday actor Don Cheadle will play the narrator on ABC's upcoming Wonder Years reboot. Cheadle will lend his voice to the grownup version of Dean, played by Elisha Williams in the dramedy. Advertisement Co-starring Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, and Saycon Sengbloh, the reboot will follow a middle-class Black family in 1960s Alabama. In the original series, which ran 1988-93, Daniel Stern played adult Kevin as he looked back on his childhood. Fred Savage played young Kevin in the old show, which was about a White suburban family in the 1960s. Savage is directing and executive producing the pilot for the new series. The Last O.G. showrunner Saladin Patterson is writing and producing it. "You'll never go wrong by surrounding yourself with people sm...