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Captive-bred salmon in wild may do more harm than good

Releasing captive-bred Atlantic salmon into the ocean, a long-standing practice to boost stocks for commercial fishing, reduces the rate at which wild populations reproduce and may ultimately do more harm than good, researchers cautioned on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/22 18:13:41

Public health expert throws cold water on vaccine hopes

None of the trials of COVID-19 candidate vaccines can detect a reduction in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death, a leading public health expert said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/22 17:58:40

WHO and GAVI applauds China's ramping up vaccine globalization by joining in COVAX

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), two global leading facilitators in promoting COVID-19 vaccine equal distribution around the world, recently applauded China's efforts to support vaccine accessibility to some underdeveloped countries, hailing China's decision to join the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or COVAX, which the US has spurned.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/22 1:28:04

UN says pandemic will slow already miniscule progress in women's rights

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to grind down progress toward gender equality that already was creeping along at a snail's pace, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/21 19:13:40

At least 200 mln girls, women have undergone FGM: UN report

At least 200 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) based on recent data from 31 countries, according to a UN report published on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/21 10:37:49

1 in 6 children lived in extreme poverty prior to COVID-19: analysis

One in six children, or 356 million globally, lived in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation is set to worsen significantly, according to a new analysis by the World Bank and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/21 10:35:58

Enforce quarantine to crush pandemic, says WHO

Contacts of people confirmed to have coronavirus should be properly quarantined, the World Health Organization said on Monday, as the pandemic surges in Europe and North America.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/20 17:43:40

'Bad math': Airlines' COVID-19 safety analysis challenged by expert

A campaign by coronavirus-stricken aviation giants to persuade the world it's safe to fly has been questioned by one of the scientists whose research it draws upon.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/20 17:13:40

Europe tightens virus curbs

A number of European countries took urgent new measures on Monday to combat a second wave of coronavirus infections, as the World Health Organization (WHO) blamed the surge in worldwide cases – now more than 40 million – on countries' failure to quarantine infected people properly.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/20 16:43:41

IMF chief says 'much more decisive' actions needed for debt problems

The head of the International Monetary Fund on Sunday called for significant steps to address the increasingly unsustainable debt burdens of some countries, urging creditors and debtors to start restructuring processes sooner rather than later.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/19 17:58:40

Europe virus deaths hit 250,000

Europe passed the milestone of 250,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday as Israel and Australia's second-largest city of Melbourne began to gradually ease their strict lockdowns.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/19 17:28:42

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 40 mln: Johns Hopkins University

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 40 mln: Johns Hopkins University
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/19 16:53:20

Traffickers profiting amid pandemic, UN warns

Human traffickers are capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic to target people ranging from jobless migrants to out-of-school children, two United Nations specialists said, warning that the fallout from COVID-19 had driven the crime further underground.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/18 18:18:41

Paris under nighttime curfew

Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” 44 percent rise in European cases over one week.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/18 15:28:40

Energy sector's methane leaks rise despite green plans: Kayrros study

Satellite images show the number of large methane leaks from the oil and gas industry rose by nearly a third in the first eight months of 2020 to over 5,000, despite the sector's pledges to reduce greenhouse emissions, data firm Kayrros said.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/15 19:08:40

Polyester from pollution? Fashion's next generation goes green

From using custom-made, biodegradable fabrics and "living" clothes that photosynthesize to polyester created from planet-warming carbon dioxide, European start-ups are on a quest to transform one of the world's most polluting industries: fashion.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/15 17:38:41

Famine response 'dangerously inadequate': Oxfam

The international community's response to global food insecurity is “dangerously inadequate,” the NGO Oxfam said in a new report Tuesday, published just days after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN's World Food Programme.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/14 17:28:40

Europe imposes new lockdowns

As Europe imposed new restrictions to try to stall a surging second wave of COVID-19, hopes for vaccines to rapidly provide relief suffered a blow Tuesday with the suspension of two clinical trials in the US.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/14 17:03:40