The ruling, a victory for the Native American and environmentalist groups who oppose the pipeline, said that it must be emptied of oil by Aug. 5.
These leaps often happen at the edges of the world’s tropical forests, where deforestation is increasingly bringing people into contact with animals’ natural habitats. Yellow fever, malaria, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Ebola – all of these pathogens have spilled over from one species to another at the margins of forests.
“The record warming in Siberia is a warning sign of major proportions,” the climate scientist warned. “And it is another sign that the Arctic amplifies global warming even more than we thought.” Lead scientist at the Moscow-based Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, Andrei Kiselyov, said in the Arctic the temperature increased by 0.69C every decade. “In that respect, we’re ahead of the whole planet,” Mr Kiselyov said.
Throughout the entire site the E.P.A. found volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and high concentrations of metals and cyanide. The creek, groundwater and the marsh were also contaminated. Arsenic, nickel, iron and manganese were discovered in plumes that flowed into the marsh and, eventually, into Country Pond, where residents in the 1970s reported fish kills.
Now, decades later, there are fresh worries that water near the site is contaminated by PFAS, a ubiquitous family of chemicals that can be found in nonstick cookware, stain-resistant rugs, firefighting foams and other common products. PFAS have been linked to a litany of serious health problems, including autoimmune diseases (like ulcerative colitis) and some cancers.
DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone’s dinner plate.
Habitat destruction forces wildlife into human environments, where new diseases flourish
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— Read on ensia.com/features/consumer-habits-pandemic-risk/
WASHINGTON (AP) — US intel agencies: COVID-19 virus not man-made or altered, but still studying if outbreak began in China lab accident.
SARS-CoV-2 is very closely related to the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which fanned across the globe nearly 20 years ago. Scientists have studied how SARS-CoV differs from SARS-CoV-2 — with several key letter changes in the genetic code. Yet in computer simulations, the mutations in SARS-CoV-2 don’t seem to work very well at helping the virus bind to human cells. If scientists had deliberately engineered this virus, they wouldn’t have chosen mutations that computer models suggest won’t work. But it turns out, nature is smarter than scientists, and the novel coronavirus found a way to mutate that was better — and completely different— from anything scientists could have created, the study found.
Another nail in the “escaped from evil lab” theory? The overall molecular structure of this virus is distinct from the known coronaviruses and instead most closely resembles viruses found in bats and pangolins that had been little studied and never known to cause humans any harm.
The Group of 20 (G20) planned to hold a second virtual leaders’ summit on Friday to discuss the global response to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Read on www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3081505/coronavirus-who-row-between-us-china-sees-g20-leaders-summit
Let’s hope people take a deep breath and work together for all of us.
The attack at Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in eastern Congo, was among the deadliest in its recent history.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/04/25/world/africa/congo-virunga-national-park-attack.html
So sad – find killers and lock them up