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Nov 5, 2020

Sweden increasing its contribution to climate action in developing countries

Sweden has committed to supporting the efforts of developing countries on emission reductions, climate adaptation, capacity-building and technology transfer. Since 2014, the Government has more than tripled its climate aid to developing countries. Climate financing in 2019 was 20 per cent higher than in 2018. In total, Swedish climate financing in 2019 amounted

Nov 3, 2020

Height of farce as China and Nepal squabble over size of Everest

Ever since Everest was identified as the world’s highest peak in the th century its height has been a subject of debate. China and Nepal appear to be locked in a squabble over who has correctly determined the latest official height of the mountain, which straddles the border of both countries. A Chinese

Nov 2, 2020

IOC gets official look at simplification for Tokyo Olympics

The IOC and local organizers are trying to “simplify” the postponed Tokyo Olympics, promising to save money in what one study says is already the most expensive Summer Olympics on record. The executive board of the International Olympic Committee is expected to review the proposed cuts on Wednesday. They include about 50 changes

Oct 30, 2020

Contact Tracing during Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020

Abstract We analyzed reports for 59,073 contacts of 5,706 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) index patients reported in South Korea during January 20–March 27, 2020. Of 10,592 household contacts, 11.8% had COVID-19. Of 48,481 nonhousehold contacts, 1.9% had COVID-19. Use of personal protective measures and social distancing reduces the likelihood of transmission. Effective contact tracing

Oct 28, 2020

Environment is not a partisan challenge

As recently as 2008 the platform of the Republican Party mentioned climate change 13 times. The GOP acknowledged that the Earth’s warming was caused by human activity, and a commitment was made to reducing the nation’s long-term use of fossil fuels. By the end of President Barack Obama’s first term, however, the GOP

Oct 19, 2020

Biology: Elections have major consequences for environment

Elections have consequences. Some of those consequences affect our health and that of the biosphere, the thin, living shell covering Earth. Those impacts increased after our last presidential election. The next election will likely cause even more impacts. Early this year, President Donald Trump claimed “nobody could have predicted something like (COVID-19).” Yet