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Toxic impact of pesticides on bees has doubled, study shows

Analysis contradicts claims that the environmental impact of pesticides is falling, say scientistsThe toxic impact of pesticides on bees and other pollinators has doubled in a decade, new research shows, despite a fall in the amount of pesticide used.Modern pesticides have much lower toxicity to people, wild mammals and birds and are applied in lower amounts, but they are even more toxic to invertebrates. The study shows the higher toxicity outweighs the lower volumes, leading to a more deadly overall impact on pollinators and waterborne insects such as dragonflies and mayflies. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/01/toxic-impact-of-pesticides-on-bees-has-doubled-study-shows

Tenth Circuit Misses Opportunity to Affirm the First Amendment Right to Record the Police

We are disappointed that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit this week dodged a critical constitutional question: whether individuals have a First Amendment right to record on-duty police officers. EFF had filed an amicus brief in the case, Frasier v. Evans, asking the court to affirm the existence of the right to record the police in the states under the court’s jurisdiction (Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Utah, and those portions of the Yellowstone National Park extending into Montana and Idaho). Frasier had used his tablet to record Denver police officers engaging in what he…

REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO. LES ACTIVISTES CHRIST DONGUI ET ALEXANDRE IBACKA DZABANA DOIVENT ETRE IMMEDIATEMENT LIBERES

Les autorités congolaises doivent immédiatement et de manière inconditionnelle libérer les activistes Christ Dongui et Alexandre Ibacka Dzabana, détenus arbitrairement depuis respectivement les 25 et 11 mars 2021. Elles doivent par ailleurs impérativement veiller à la protection de leur intégrité physique et psychologique, a déclaré Amnesty International. Source / Read More: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr22/3931/2021/fr/

Suez Canal blockage: how cargo ships like Ever Given became so huge, and why they’re causing problems

The six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by a megaship named Ever Given came to an end on March 29 after salvage teams used dredging and tug boats to heave the vessel back into operation. The capacity of a single vessel to block one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors, creating a traffic jam of hundreds of boats, has sparked a debate about the ever-growing size of megaships, with the Ever Given’s accident taken as evidence that they’ve simply become too large. At 400 metres long, the Ever Given is indeed among the largest 1% of the world’s fleet. Its…

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines appear to cut coronavirus spread

Several vaccines against COVID-19 are good at keeping people from getting sick with COVID-19. But it wasn’t known if these vaccines could also stop people from being infected in the first place. That’s because previous studies had looked only at whether people got symptoms. Now several studies have also examined whether vaccinated people with no symptoms carry the virus. New data from these studies suggest some vaccines indeed can prevent the virus from infecting most immunized people. Explainer: What is a vaccine? The encouraging finding comes from real-world studies. They involved health-care workers, firefighters, police, teachers and other essential workers.…

The US Just Set Ambitious Offshore Wind Power Targets. What Will It Take to Meet Them?

The US Just Set Ambitious Offshore Wind Power Targets. What Will It Take to Meet Them? The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change. The Biden administration announced on March 29, 2021, that it would accelerate the federal review process for offshore wind projects and provide more funding. It also set a goal: Develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity this decade—enough to power 10 million homes…

COVID vaccine weekly: encouraging results for children and pregnant women

After being safely administered to millions of adults around the world, new data shows that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is effective in teenagers as well. A US trial of more than 2,000 12-15 year olds found that the vaccine had an efficacy rate of 100% and produced a strong antibody response, according to a press release from Pfizer. That’s good news, as children will eventually need to be vaccinated to prevent infection, says paediatrician James B Wood. These results follow earlier positive results relating to the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines during and after pregnancy. A small study of pregnant and breastfeeding…

COVID vaccine weekly: encouraging results for children and pregnant women

After being safely administered to millions of adults around the world, new data shows that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is effective in teenagers as well. A US trial of more than 2,000 12-15 year olds found that the vaccine had an efficacy rate of 100% and produced a strong antibody response, according to a press release from Pfizer. That’s good news, as children will eventually need to be vaccinated to prevent infection, says paediatrician James B Wood. These results follow earlier positive results relating to the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines during and after pregnancy. A small study of pregnant and breastfeeding…

COVID vaccine weekly: encouraging results for children and pregnant women

COVID vaccine weekly: encouraging results for children and pregnant women After being safely administered to millions of adults around the world, new data shows that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is effective in teenagers as well. A US trial of more than 2,000 12-15 year olds found that the vaccine had an efficacy rate of 100% and produced a strong antibody response, according to a press release from Pfizer. That’s good news, as children will eventually need to be vaccinated to prevent infection, says paediatrician James B Wood. These results follow earlier positive results relating to the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines during…

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint George Chairborn/Shutterstock How much would you be willing to pay for a one-of-a-kind work of art? For some collectors, the limit lies somewhere in the region of hundreds of millions of dollars. What about a work of art that has no tangible form, and exists only as a digital token that’s no more “real” than a JPEG file? Welcome to the strange world of crypto art collectibles, also known as NFTs. Like Bitcoin, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are cryptocurrencies. But whereas individual bitcoins all have the same value, NFTs are more…

Britain’s betting on buses – but how far will boosting services reduce carbon emissions?

Britain’s betting on buses – but how far will boosting services reduce carbon emissions? A move to “make buses the transport of choice, reducing the number of car journeys and improving quality of life for millions” has been launched as part of a national bus strategy in the UK. It seeks to make bus services more reliable and affordable to get people out of the cars that still dominate transport in the country. But to what degree can such changes convince people to ditch their cars and rely on a sector that in many parts of the country has been…

Relationship Orientation, Justice Perception, and Opportunistic Behavior in PPP Projects: An Empirical Study From China

An equal and high-quality partnership between public and private sectors is essential to the sustainable development of public–private partnership (PPP) projects. However, in the special social circumstance in China, the public sector has a strong voice in PPP projects. According to the existing research on PPP project failure, the government’s dishonest performance and negative cooperative attitude and the private sector’s speculative behavior of concealing information will lead to termination or even failure of project. The attitude and behavior that reflect the relationship orientation of public sector may determine whether the private sector adopts an opportunistic behavior. However, few studies have…

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