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Climate change risk is complex: here is a way to assess it

May 09, 2021 08:59 am UTC| Nature

A key feature of climate change is that it doesnt pose one single risk. Rather, it presents multiple, interacting risks that can compound and cascade. Importantly, responses to climate change can also affect risk. In...

The government has pledged over $800m to fight natural disasters. It could be revolutionary — if done right

May 09, 2021 08:51 am UTC| Nature

To help Australia adapt to climate change and manage the disasters that come with it, the federal government this week pledged A$600 million towards establishing the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, and $210...

The 1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible – but without political action it soon will be

May 03, 2021 05:47 am UTC| Nature

Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ this century is a central goal of the Paris Agreement. In recent months, climate experts and others, including in Australia, have suggested the target is now impossible. Whether Earth can...

Nuclear power: how might radioactive waste water affect the environment?

May 02, 2021 08:03 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Its been just over a decade since the fourth most powerful earthquake of the modern era triggered a tsunami that struck Fukushima on the eastern coastline of Japan, causing thousands of deaths and leaving hundreds of...

Climate Change Series

UK target to cut emissions 78% by 2035 is world-leading – but to hit it, policies must be rolled out now

Apr 23, 2021 11:51 am UTC| Nature

Everyday Im inundated with fresh news of businesses and governments declaring new deadlines for when theyll reach net zero emissions. The announcement of one climate target in particular caught my attention recently, for...

Climate Change Series

New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen?

Apr 23, 2021 11:45 am UTC| Nature

President Joe Biden announced an ambitious new national climate target at a livestreamed summit of world leaders on April 22, 2021: He pledged to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by the end of this decade and aim for net...

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Satellites reveal ocean currents are getting stronger, with potentially significant implications for climate change

Apr 23, 2021 11:29 am UTC| Nature

Scientists already know the oceans are rapidly warming and sea levels are rising. But thats not all. Now, thanks to satellite observations, we have three decades worth of data on how the speeds of ocean surface currents...

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Economy

KFC rolling out new packaging for a makeover

KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken will be unveiling its new packaging to give itself a bit of makeover. The world-famous fried chicken restaurant chain stated that the packing is an upgrade to modernize the companys...

Samsung Biologics contradicts claims of Pfizer vaccine production

Samsung Biologics contradicted reports that it will be producing Pfizers coronavirus vaccine. There were news going around saying the South Korean biotechnology company headquartered in Incheon is set to start the...

Xiaomi: US reverses Trump's order and removed the Chinese electronics company from blacklist

Xiaomi was included in the U.S. governments blacklist last year during Donald Trumps leadership. The Chinese electronics company suffered big losses after it was banned in the country. Trumps administration cited...

Amazon emerged victorious in its $303M EU tax case

Amazon was declared the winner in a tax legal battle where the EU ordered it to pay Luxembourg the amount of 250 million or around $303 million in back taxes. The win for the American retail giant is said to be a big blow...

Politics

Donald Trump accuses Joe Biden of lack of support for Israel amid ongoing violence in region

During his presidency, Donald Trump was known to have good relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Amidst the ongoing violence happening in Israel and Palestine, Trump accused his successor Joe Biden of...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US relations with Tunisia in phone call with President Kais Saied

Vice President Kamala Harris got in touch with another world leader this week. Harris spoke with Tunisian President Kais Saied, reaffirming the ties between the two countries. The White House released a readout of...

Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats want child tax credit expansion permanent

One of the provisions found in President Joe Bidens American Families Plan was to expand the child tax credit until 2025. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently revealed that House Democrats are looking to make this provision...

Liz Cheney voted out of House GOP leadership position

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is among the Republicans that have or still are drawing the ire of former President Donald Trump including his allies in Congress. This week, Cheney was voted out of her leadership position by her...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

In Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel Brave New World, people arent born from a mothers womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis. In the novel,...

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Antimatter is believed to play a huge part in the story of our universe. Its the counterpart to matter: identical in every way with protons, neutrons and electrons but with an opposite electric charge. According to our...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

Technology

Sega wants Atlus to aim for simultaneous worldwide release dates

It is not strange for video games developed in Japan to have staggered release dates in different parts of the world. However, Sega recently said one of the factors that made Yakuza 6: The Song of Life very successful was...

‘Overwatch 2’ livestream and developer AMA planned in May

New details about Overwatch 2 is about the flood the internet in the coming weeks. Blizzard Entertainment has recently confirmed there will be two separate events later in May where video game fans will hear more about the...

HTC Vive Pro 2 launches with 5K resolution on June 4

The new VR headsets from HTC Vive have been recently announced, but they will not launch for a few weeks. As expected, the company unveiled two devices, one for consumer-level use and another for business purposes but...

Android 12 beta 1 could be launched during Google I/O 2021

Google has released the Android 12 developer preview 3 in late April, and that means the first public beta of the operating system update is next to launch. While a specific date is not yet known, there are speculations...

WhatsApp defies German agency’s ban on its new privacy policy

A German data protection agency ruled it is blocking WhatsApps highly controversial privacy policy changes. However, the Facebook-owned messaging app says the update will still roll out. WhatsApp defies German data...
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