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Sea level warning as Greenland darkens

Sea level warning as Greenland darkens

Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected. They say warmer conditions are encouraging algae to grow and darken the surface. Dark ice absorbs more solar radiation than clean white ice so warms up and melts more rapidly. Currently the Greenland ice sheet is adding up to 1mm a year to the rise in the global average level of the oceans. It is the largest mass of ice in the northern hemisphere covering an area about seven times the size of the United Kingdom and reaching up to 3km (2 miles) in thickness.This...

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Covid: Nurses condemn 'fundamentally flawed' PPE rules

Covid: Nurses condemn 'fundamentally flawed' PPE rules

Nurse leaders are lobbying government to update "fundamentally flawed" guidance on personal protective equipment.The Royal College of Nursing says the existing recommendations are based on out-of-date evidence.One nurse told the BBC she had not been allowed to wear a higher-grade mask, despite having to go into the homes of patients with Covid.The Department of Health said staff safety was a top priority.The nurse, who wishes to remain anonymous, wanted to use what's known as an FFP3 mask that filters out infectious aerosols. But she says her employers insisted on following national...

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Covid: Fresh air 'key to safer classrooms'

Covid: Fresh air 'key to safer classrooms'

As children across England prepare to return to school, the focus is on testing, masks and the familiar routines of social distancing and hand washing.But on top of all those measures, there's something that until recently hasn't had much attention: a good supply of fresh air.Air matters because if someone is infected they'll release tiny virus particles called aerosols, which can accumulate and then be inhaled by others. show how easily the air in a poorly ventilated room can become hazardous. But there are strategies to reduce the risks of this happening. The first and most obvious move...

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Covid-19: How England's hotel quarantine will differ from Australia's

Covid-19: How England's hotel quarantine will differ from Australia's

England's rules on quarantine hotels for travellers arriving from Covid "red list" countries are less stringent than those enforced in Australia. The BBC has seen a copy of the government's official requirements for hotel operators It spells out the rules for handling travellers for 11 nights of quarantine.The UK government said its hotel quarantine measures were "in line with those in other countries".And it promised to update guidance for hotels "imminently".Australia's system, introduced early last year, is seen as among the best internationally.But as a result of repeated outbreaks...

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Medics appeal for more to get higher level PPE

Medics appeal for more to get higher level PPE

A thousand health professionals have backed an appeal for hospital staff to be given improved personal protective equipment. In an open letter to UK political leaders, they say there is growing evidence that tiny coronavirus particles can spread through the air. The group want general ward staff to be given the type of high-quality masks usually only worn in intensive care.Nurses' leaders said higher level PPE should be provided as a "precaution".Public Health England (PHE) has issued guidance on what PPE staff in different settings require. It was last updated .Early in the pandemic, it...

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Covid Christmas: 'Avoid board games and sleepovers'

Covid Christmas: 'Avoid board games and sleepovers'

Quizzes rather than board games are one of the recommendations from scientists for a Covid-safe Christmas.Earlier this week, from 23 to 27 December.But the government's scientific advisory committee, Sage, warns coronavirus could easily spread during the festive relaxation of the rules.They say people should still weigh up if an event could be postponed.If not, meeting online or outdoors where the risks of transmission are lower, could be a better option.But if you do go ahead, they say, it's important to include everyone taking part in drawing up a plan for how to manage the event. They...

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