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05/26/2020 - 08:00
US startup Apeel Sciences raises further $250m to help tackle supply chain disruption A Californian startup that pioneered a high-tech solution to reducing food waste has secured personal investment from Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry in its latest fundraising drive. Perishable produce such as avocados, lemons and limes stay ripe for twice as long as usual due to an edible spray-on coating on their skin made from plant materials and devised by Apeel Sciences. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 01:30
Experts warn the exploitation of endangered animals such as pangolin and tiger is tarnishing the industry Supporters and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have warned that the discipline is threatened by those who continue to trade in endangered animals. The small segment of the TCM community that insists on using endangered animal parts in the pharmaceutical side of TCM, ignoring welfare considerations and the idea of respecting biodiversity, could destroy its reputation for good, they argue. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 00:00
Open letter to G20 leaders says addressing climate breakdown key to global revival Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Doctors and medical professionals from around the globe have called on world leaders to ensure a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis that takes account of air pollution and climate breakdown. More than 200 organisations representing at least 40 million health workers – making up about half of the global medical workforce – have signed an open letter to the G20 leaders and their chief medical advisers, pointing to the 7 million premature deaths to which air pollution contributes each year around the world. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 19:33
British environmental photographer’s copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer. The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 14:00
While colour of body changes little, legs are more translucent to help amphibians to blend in The mystery of why glass frogs have see-through skin has been solved, scientists say: the unusual feature is a type of camouflage. Glass frogs are found in tropical Central and South America, and get their name from their skin. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 12:30
Angus Taylor responds to question from Labor saying Australia is not due to update target until 2025 The Australian government has told parliament it does not intend to increase its climate change commitment before the next major international meeting, and is not due to set a new target until 2025. The statement was made after the British host of the meeting, Boris Johnson, and United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, urged all countries to lift their targets to include net zero emissions by 2050, noting 121 nations had already done so. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 11:48
Carmaker must pay compensation to motorist who bought minivan fitted with emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has lost a landmark legal battle in Germany’s highest civil court over compensation for the buyer of a secondhand minivan fitted with emissions-cheating software. The world’s largest carmaker must take back the plantiff’s manipulated car and pay him €28,257.74 (£25,325), in a case that will lead to the company paying compensation to 60,000 German VW owners. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 05:25
Forecasts that turned out to be accurate were made available to governments and fire agencies in the middle of 2019 The fires that caused 33 deaths, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and burned more than 10m hectares of bushland were accurately predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology and in line with predictions Australia’s peak scientific body laid down 30 years ago. And according to evidence given in the first day of public hearings in the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements on Monday, fires of that scale will occur with greater frequency as the climate continues to heat. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 03:56
The reports that would have been the biggest in the world if Covid-19 had never emerged Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage What if it had just fizzled out? What if leading Chinese scientist Zhong Nanshan had gone on state television on 20 January and delivered news that the unusual virus detected in Wuhan was not spreading between people, instead of what he really said that night: that human-to-human transmission was certain? The infection might have been traced to animal carcasses piled in a seafood market’s lanes, and after they were destroyed – and experts issued their usual warnings that a more serious outbreak was inevitable – the coronavirus story might have ended. What would we be talking about instead? What stories would have defined 2020 so far? Even before the worst pandemic in a century, tectonic shifts were already under way. The news felt exhausting. But the world is still turning, despite the movements of half of humanity being restricted in some way. Even apart from Covid-19, it has been a year of significant developments. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 01:47
Eight chimneys at Victoria’s defunct, coal-fired Hazelwood power station have been demolished. Built in the 1960s, they operated for more than half a century before the brown coal-fuelled power station was shut down in March 2017 Hazelwood power station's eight chimneys demolished in live stream viewed by thousands Continue reading...