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Covid-19 news: Italy, Spain, Belgium limit use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Covid-19 news: Italy, Spain, Belgium limit use of AstraZeneca vaccine

×By,,,,,,andSeveral European countries have now restricted use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger peopleAdvertisementOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deathsUK committee advises under-30s be offered alternative to AstraZeneca jab, while EU review finds no evidence age or gender are risk factors for side effectsOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deathsThe EU’s drugs regulator has been investigating reports of rare blood clots in a small number of people who received the vaccineOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deathsLong-lasting symptoms after covid-19 reported by 13.7 per cent of people...

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Apr 9
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Climate change expected to make European hay fever seasons much worse

Climate change expected to make European hay fever seasons much worse

×ByCoping with the in north-west Europe is set to get harder, with climate change projected to potentially increase the severity of the pollen season by more than half.Pollen seasons are already expected to start earlier and last longer as temperatures warm and carbon dioxide concentrations rise, affecting the trees and grasses that release the pollen. However, efforts to predict the difference climate change might bring at a local level are still at an early stage.AdvertisementTo find out more, a European team gathered 22 years of pollen data from 34 monitoring sites across Belgium,...

Apr 4
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Wildfires could become a big threat in the UK due to climate change

Wildfires could become a big threat in the UK due to climate change

×ByClimate change is projected to drive a very large increase in fire danger across the whole of the UK, leading researchers to warn that planning rules may need to block the building of new homes in fire-prone areas.Flooding is considered the UK’s biggest threat from climate change, but even can cause disruption, from the toxic smoke created by  massive recent fires on to large blazes in west Scotland and Cornwall last month. There is that warming has already increased the number of fires in the UK in recent years. Now, a new analysis has found that if the world continues to have high...

Mar 26
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Ten conservation success stories when species came back from the brink

Ten conservation success stories when species came back from the brink

×LOOK at how we , or shocking graphs of animals threatened with extinction, and it is easy to be disheartened about the fate of the natural world. “There’s lots of doom and gloom stories around about ,” says Stuart Butchart at the conservation body BirdLife International. “It would be easy to feel conservation was a pointless exercise and there’s nothing we can do to slow the juggernaut down.”Butchart’s work suggests that isn’t the full picture, however. He was part of a team that recently estimated that since 1993. Given that 10 bird and five mammal species are known to have gone extinct...

Feb 23
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Covid-19 news: 95 per cent of over 70s in Great Britain given vaccine

Covid-19 news: 95 per cent of over 70s in Great Britain given vaccine

×95 per cent of people over 70 in Great Britain have had a vaccine doseAdvertisementOther coronavirus newCoronavirus deathsLife expectancy fell by one year in 2020, helped by theOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deathsUK government plans to send 400,000 tests a day to homes and workplacesOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deaths:Will the new variants scupper efforts to get life back to normal?Nearly two million more people will be added to England’s shielding listOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deaths Coronavirus variants carrying similar mutations detected in the US Other coronavirus...

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Feb 20
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Is it true climate change will cause the end of civilisation by 2050?

Is it true climate change will cause the end of civilisation by 2050?

×Climate change could bring about the end of civilisation as we know it within three decades, an Australian think tank has warned. by Breakthrough, endorsed by a retired Australian admiral, says a war-time response is needed to avoid the doomsday scenario. “The report speaks, in our opinion, a harsh but necessary truth,” says co-author David Spratt.What does the report say we are in for?The authors sketch a scenario where by 2050 more than half of the world’s population faces 20 days a year of lethal heat, crop yields globally drop by a fifth, the Amazon ecosystem collapses, the Arctic is...

Dec 17
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UK takes step towards world's first nuclear fusion power station

UK takes step towards world's first nuclear fusion power station

×The UK today embarked on a step toward building the world’s first nuclear fusion power station, by launching a search for a 100-plus hectare site where it can be plugged into the electricity grid. However, there are still major hurdles to overcome before it could start generating power.Prime minister Boris Johnson last year an extra £200 million to flesh out the possibility of building the project, known as the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the government body overseeing STEP, hopes construction could begin around 2030, with the...

Dec 2
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Air pollution linked to greater risk of dying from covid-19 in the US

Air pollution linked to greater risk of dying from covid-19 in the US

×Living in a part of the United States with dirty air has been linked to a significantly greater risk of dying from covid-19, raising the prospect of air pollution data being used to forecast which areas may need the most help treating people with the illness.As long-term exposure to air pollution weakens the lungs, and covid-19 attacks them, researchers worldwide have been racing to establish whether poor air quality makes the disease more severe. Links have been drawn, but , such as population density.Francesca Dominici at Harvard University and her colleagues have now found that each...

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European weather services hit by storm of malicious email attacks

European weather services hit by storm of malicious email attacks

×Weather services across Europe have been caught in a storm of malicious email attacks in the past week, forcing groups to upgrade security measures and creating challenges for staff.The Met Office and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in the UK, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency and the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) are among the European services that were affected, New Scientist has confirmed.People at meteorological services have received a mass of emails purporting to come from trusted contacts, with some of the senders spoofing European Commission...

Nov 9
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Superwhite paint can cool buildings even in hot sunlight

Superwhite paint can cool buildings even in hot sunlight

×A new superwhite paint is so reflective that it can cool a surface to below the surrounding air temperature, even under sunlight. It could help reduce the use of energy-intensive air conditioning in hot countries.With , ways to passively keep cool without using energy will be vital in coming decades. While “cool roofs” painted white are a common sight in hot climates, materials experts think they can do one better.Xiulin Ruan at Purdue University and his colleagues developed a white paint that was so reflective and good at radiating heat that it cooled a surface to 1.7°C below the...

Oct 23
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