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New Strain of Coronavirus Behind Lung Infections in China

New Strain of Coronavirus Behind Lung Infections in China

On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) country office in China was informed of 27 patients with pneumonia of unclear cause in Wuhan — a metropolis with 19 million inhabitants in Hubei province. The municipal health commission reported that many of the infections could be attributed to visits to the fish market, which […]

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    Black Death Is Back! Two Cases of Plague Confirmed in China

    Black Death Is Back! Two Cases of Plague Confirmed in China

    A middle-aged married couple in China was diagnosed with pneumonic plague, a highly infectious disease similar to bubonic plague, which ravaged Europe in the middle ages, as CNN reported. This is the second time the disease has been confirmed in the region this year. The first time was in May when a Mongolian couple died […]

    China’s First Fridays for Future Sees Teen Planting Trees

    China’s First Fridays for Future Sees Teen Planting Trees

    Howey Ou strode across the flower market of her home city of Guilin on a hazy October afternoon. But she had no consideration for the rhododendrons, anemones and bougainvilleas the shopkeepers had lined up along the market aisles. She was headed to a small stand at the very end of the market where she picked […]

    UN Climate Action Summit Falls ‘Woefully Short’ of Expectations

    UN Climate Action Summit Falls ‘Woefully Short’ of Expectations

    The promises made by major economies at the UN Climate Action Summit fell “woefully short” of what is needed to address the climate crisis, The New York Times reported Monday. China did not increase its commitments under the Paris agreement, India made no pledge to reduce its use of coal and the U.S. did not […]

    What to Expect From Today’s UN Climate Action Summit

    What to Expect From Today’s UN Climate Action Summit

    Today is the United Nations Climate Action Summit, a gathering called by UN Secretary General António Guterres to encourage climate action ahead of 2020, the year when countries are due to up their pledges under the Paris agreement. Guterres has asked countries to announce “concrete, realistic” steps that will reduce global emissions by 45 percent […]

    Are My Denim Jeans Bad for the Environment?

    Are My Denim Jeans Bad for the Environment?

    By Courtney Lindwall Question: I’ve heard that producing denim is particularly bad for the environment. Do I need to give up my blue jeans? Answer: Throwaway plastics and gas-guzzling cars are the typical consumer no-nos, but clothing also has oversize impacts on the planet and our health. And it’s true — denim is one of […]

    Solar Now ‘Cheaper Than Grid Electricity’ in Every Chinese City, Study Finds

    Solar Now ‘Cheaper Than Grid Electricity’ in Every Chinese City, Study Finds

    By Josh Gabbatiss Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a new study. Projects in every city analyzed by the researchers could be built today without subsidy, at lower prices than those supplied by the grid, and around […]

    Rare White Panda Photographed for First Time Ever

    Rare White Panda Photographed for First Time Ever

    An all-white panda has been documented and photographed for the first time ever, The New York Times reported Monday. The animal was recorded in April by an infrared wildlife camera in Wolong National Nature Reserve in China‘s southwestern Sichuan province, local authorities said. “You are looking at the first-ever photo of a WHITE giant panda […]