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Reduction of air pollutants in the UK, a progress

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:02 AM

UK environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries.

Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.

However, the UK remains in breach of European limits for nitrogen oxides in 16 cities.

Nonetheless, environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries.

The UK has been given a final warning from Brussels about its failure to bring down nitrogen oxide levels in cities to acceptable levels.

The government has registered significant progress though in reductions of another gas, the sulfur dioxide.

The report said sulfur dioxide emissions decreased by 29% from 2015 to 2016, dropping to a new low.

This is mainly thanks to the steady closure of coal-fired power stations in the country.  — Reuters

 

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WHO says migrants risk illness in host countries, lack access to health care

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:32 AM

Female migrants standing in line to get their temperatures checked by a Red Cross worker in Malaga, Spain on January 15, 2018 | Reuters

Migrants and refugees arriving in Europe are likely to be healthy but risk falling sick due to poor living conditions in their host countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a first-ever report on migrants’ health.

WHO regional director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, said on Monday (January 21) that refugees and migrants in Europe do not bring “exotic” diseases but are in higher risk to of getting sick because they lack access to health care.

Poor living conditions also increase their risk for cardiovascular diseases, stroke and cancer, though they are less affected than their host populations on arrival, WHO said.

The report said that a significant proportion of migrants and refugees who are HIV positive acquired the infection after they arrived in Europe. Despite a widespread assumption to the contrary, there is only a very low risk of refugees and migrants transmitting communicable diseases to their host population.

Jakab said that in some European countries “citizens estimate that there are three or four times more migrants than they are in reality”. — Reuters

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UK’s Prince Philip, 97, escapes unhurt after road crash near royal estate

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 18 January 2019 09:45 AM

FILE PHOTO: Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburg | Reuters

Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was involved in a traffic accident on Thursday (January 17) near the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Buckingham Palace said. He was not hurt.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” it said in a statement. “The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate.”

Local police attended the scene, it added. — Reuters

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Lawmakers criticize Facebook’s Zuckerberg for UK no-show, ‘Fake Zuckerberg’ demonstrates

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 09:26 AM

 

Still of empty Zuckerberg chair and international lawyers | REUTERS

Facebook came under fire on Tuesday (November 27) from lawmakers from several countries who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and lambasted chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for not answering questions on the matter.

Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britain after consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher, drawing attention to the use of data analytics in politics.

Concerns over the social media giant’s practices, the role of political adverts and possible interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. elections are among the topics being investigated by British and European regulators.

While Facebook says it complies with EU data protection laws, a special hearing of lawmakers from several countries around the world in London criticized Zuckerberg for declining to appear himself to answer questions on the topic.

Richard Allan, the vice president of policy solutions at Facebook who appeared in Zuckerberg’s stead, admitted Facebook had made mistakes but said it had accepted the need to comply with data rules.

Facebook has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said last year that Russian agents used its platform to spread disinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

Campaign group Avaaz held a stunt outside parliament, where a campaigner posed for photographs wearing a large fake head depicting Zuckerberg. — Reuters

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