Cutting human sources of methane would be a quick win for the climate, according to a new United Nations report. Roughly halving emissions of the greenhouse gas from human activity, often with existing, cost-effective solutions, would reduce the future rise in global temperatures by around 0.3C by the 2040s, it is claimed. The analysis was carried out by the UN Environment Programme and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Scientists have hailed the strategy as a "win-win" because it would reduce global warming and simultaneously improve human health and the economy. Levels of methane in the atmosphere have doubled since pre-industrial times. Advertisement It is a potent greenhouse gas that is 10 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. According to the UN's Global Methane Assessment, human activity results in around 380 million tonnes of methane being released into the atmosphere every year. … [Read more...] about Cutting human sources of methane would reduce global warming and improve human health – scientists
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Coronavirus has killed more than double the number of people officially reported, a study has claimed. Analysts in the US estimate the disease has caused about 6.9million deaths globally – as opposed to the 3.2m declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). They warned that low testing numbers and weak healthcare systems in developing countries were partly behind the skewed statistics. But a large amount of the under-reporting has occurred in Western countries which suffered huge epidemics, including the UK, US and Italy , according to the study. It said this is mostly because of a lack of testing at the start of the pandemic, when many Covid patients died without confirmation of the disease. Washington University's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation warned the data showed the true toll of the pandemic is 'significantly worse' than meets the eye. According to the analysis, the US has the highest number of Covid deaths globally with 905,289 — far higher than … [Read more...] about Covid has killed 7MILLION people around the world — more than DOUBLE the amount officially reported, experts claim
LIVERPOOL are reportedly on the brink of signing RB Leipzig ace Ibrahima Konate after agreeing personal terms with the defender. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been scouring the market for defensive reinforcements following the injury crisis that ravaged his side this season. Konate is said to have caught the eye of the German following a string of impressive performances for Leipzig . And Italian journalist Fabricio Romano has claimed the Merseysiders have already hashed out a five-year deal with the 21-year-old, telling talkSPORT : “It is really, really close. it is just a matter of time. “The agreement with the player is done. They want to sign the player. It is just a case of the clubs negotiating. “The player wants to go. It is a five-year contract. In some weeks, it will be complete.” Defending Premier League champions Liverpool are said to be willing to meet Konate's £30million release clause. Liverpool's reported agreement with Konate comes a little … [Read more...] about Liverpool ‘agree personal terms with Ibrahima Konate and will activate £30m RB Leipzig transfer release clause’
Wang Quanzhang is a lawyer. He spent four and a half years in jail for doing his job. It says a lot about the state of the rule of law in China when even lawyers are persecuted for representing victims. He is no exception. In a nationwide operation in summer 2015, the Chinese authorities rounded up more than 200 lawyers and dissidents. For three years, Wang's wife Li Wenzu knew nothing about his fate; their son had to grow up without a father. Yet, Li Wenzu's spirit was unbroken. She herself became an activist. Watch video 03:23 Share '709 Crackdown' five years on Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3f0ix China: Freed human rights lawyer tries to rebuild his life Long-term coverage DW's China correspondent Mathias Bölinger accompanied this courageous woman's battle for four years. Their many encounters provided the … [Read more...] about DW reporters in China: Documenting the erosion of fundamental rights
"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?