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The deadliest flower in the insect world is a lifeline to farmers—and the planet

The yellow center of the 'killer chrysanthemum' contains a natural toxin that is a powerful insecticide. Gilgil, KenyaThe deadliest flower in the insect world is soft to the touch. Each morning in the hills above Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, the white petals of the pyrethrum plant become laden with dew. To the people who pick them, the flower is utterly harmless. But bugs beware: Its yellow center contains a natural toxin that can kill them in seconds.
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New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas

Even as climate change and urbanization make floods more frequent and their consequences more severe, a higher proportion of people are living in areas that experience them. In a new study published today in Nature, researchers used satellite images to map over 900 flood events that occurred between 2000 and 2018, affecting between 255 million and 290 million people.
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Floods endanger millions more people than previously estimated

Flooding poses a grave risk to tens of millions more people than researchers previously estimated. Up to 86 million more people lived in flood-prone areas around the world in 2015 compared to 2000, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature. Thanks to satellite remote sensing, researchers...

Flood-prone populations up nearly 25% since 2000: study

The number of people exposed to floods worldwide has surged almost a quarter over the last two decades, according to satellite-based data that shows an additional 86 million now live within flood-prone regions. Flooding is by far the most common of extreme weather events made more frequent and potent by...
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US Rebuffs Call For Covid Booster Jab Moratorium As China Curbs Travel

The United States rejected an appeal from the UN health agency on Wednesday for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, while China tightened overseas travel curbs after recording its highest number of infections in six months. The World Health Organization said halting booster shots until at least the end...
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US making plans to reopen to fully vaccinated foreigners as China curbs travel

The United States, which closed its borders to much of the world as the pandemic took hold, said Wednesday it plans eventually to begin allowing fully vaccinated foreigners back in, while China tightened overseas travel curbs amid surging infection numbers. Reopening is to include the development of "a phased approach that over time will mean, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States -- from all countries -- need to be fully vaccinated," the official said.
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Delta variant is pushing Southeast Asia to the breaking point

Countries across Asia are grappling with their worst coronavirus outbreaks of the pandemic, spurred by low vaccine rates and the highly-contagious Delta variant. While nations such as China, Japan and South Korea are seeing growing outbreaks, the sharp edge of the Delta wave is being keenly felt in Southeast Asia, with countries seeing rapid rises in case numbers and deaths.

Demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the explosion in the port of Beirut

The Lebanese capital was under the spell of the anniversary of the massive explosion on Wednesday morning, which devastated the port and several parts of the city, leaving more than 200 dead and more than 6,000 injured. Government offices, banks, many businesses and stores have been closed. Street vendors, suspecting good deals, had set up stands with Lebanese flags in anticipation of the demonstrators.

Pope back to full-time work

Pope Francis returned to work full-time on Wednesday following a colon operation, urging the international community to help a struggling Lebanon. The 84-year-old took time to bless children and pose for selfies in the Vatican at the weekly general audience one month to the day after the delicate operation, which saw him hospitalised for over a week.
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Creating the conditions for a radical change in governance

The commemoration of the Beirut Port explosion on Aug. 4, 2020, comes amid an atmosphere of unprecedented decay of Lebanon’s institutions and socio-economic fabric. Amplified by the humanitarian crisis, we face the painful reality that the “Lebanon of Yesterday” is gone. Already deeply weakened, the Lebanese state has completely disintegrated following the port blast.