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UN warns world ‘way off track’ as greenhouse gases soar

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Carbon dioxide levels hit new record in 2020 Rate of increase exceeds 2011-2020 average WMO report flags concerns about carbon sinks GENEVA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record in 2020, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday, warning that the world was “way off track”......

Saudi energy ministry building AI team with multi-billion riyal budget -official

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DUBAI, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry is building an artificial intelligence (AI) team with a multi-billion riyal budget, Yehia Khoja, an adviser at the ministry, said on Sunday at the Youth Green Summit. ($1 = 3.7507 riyals) Reporting by Yousef Saba; writing by Shakeel Ahmad; Editing by......

UK plans 8 billion pounds of extra health and education spending

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Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak meets U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (not pictured), in London, Britain June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo Health ministry to receive 5 bln stg over 3 years for R&D Further education to get 3 billion pound boost Billions more for foreign investors, regional......

Snam CEO hopeful COP26 will provide definition for ‘blue hydrogen’

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Italian gas group Snam logo is seen outside their office in Rome, Italy, June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Italian gas infrastructure group Snam (SRG.MI) said that he hopes the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will provide an agreed definition for “blue......

Saudi Arabia, world’s biggest oil exporter, to unveil green goals

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General view of Aramco tanks and oil pipe at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018. Picture taken May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah/File Photo RIYADH, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest polluters, will detail......

U.S. CDC advisers back Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell Oct 21 (Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday unanimously recommended use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters for......

Shipwrecks of World War I are a seabed museum in Turkey

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SEDDULBAHIR, Turkey, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s newest park is an underwater museum of fourteen shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves of the Dardanelles Strait, a glimpse into the fierce battles between Ottoman and Allied forces in World War I. Turkish photographer Savas Karakas was one of the first to......

La Palma volcano eruption forces stay-home order for some residents

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LA PALMA, Spain, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Authorities told several thousand residents of La Palma to stay home because of worsening air quality as the erupting volcano on the Spanish island spewed red-hot lava and thick clouds of black smoke. Emergency services issued a lockdown order on Friday night for......

Merck pill seen as ‘a huge advance’, raises hope of preventing COVID-19 deaths

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Co will seek U.S. approval for......

Bitcoin rises 5.2% to $43,717

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A representation of cryptocurrency Bitcoin is seen in this illustration taken August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Sept 30 (Reuters) – Bitcoin was up 5.23% at $43,716.97 as of 22:08 GMT on Thursday, adding $2,174.07 to its previous close. The world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency has gained 57.6% from the......

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts for first time in nearly a year

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Sept 30 (Reuters) – Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, in its first eruption in nearly a year, was filling the crater at its summit with hot red lavaand clouding the skies with volcanic smog on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The latest eruption of Hawaii’s youngest and most active volcano......

U.S. to declare 23 species, including ivory-billed woodpecker, officially extinct

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Sept 29 (Reuters) – The ivory-billed woodpecker, whose last confirmed sighting was nearly 80 years ago, is one of 23 federally protected species that would be officially declared extinct – the most ever at one time – under a U.S. government proposal announced on Wednesday. Although the woodpecker and some......

Besieged by seaweed, Caribbean scrambles to make use of the stuff

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PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico Sept 29 (Reuters) – As the sun rises in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, home to the white sandy beaches of Cancun and Tulum, Rear Admiral Alejandro Lopez Zenteno readies his sailors for another day of dragging rafts of brown seaweed to shore and out of view of......

North Korea says it test-fired new hypersonic missile

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SEOUL, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The projectile North Korea fired off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed hypersonic missile, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, the latest in a series of new weapons tested by the reclusive state. North Korea fired the missile towards the sea......

COVID-19 pill developers aim to top Merck, Pfizer efforts

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – As Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be more potent and convenient oral treatments of their own. Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA.O), Pardes Biosciences,......

Spain pledges aid to La Palma as erratic eruption keeps island guessing

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LA PALMA, Spain, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Spain classified La Palma as a disaster zone on Tuesday, a move that will trigger financial support for the island where a volcanic eruption has wrecked buildings and destroyed crops over the past nine days. The government announced a first package of 10.5......

Little fluffy clouds may help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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SYDNEY, Sept 28 (Reuters) – To slow the speed at which high temperatures and warm waters bleach the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists are spraying droplets of ocean water into the sky to form clouds to protect the environmental treasure. Researchers working on the so-called Cloud Brightening......

Sanofi ditches mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after rivals’ success

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To focus on more conventional COVID-19 vaccine with GSK To pursue mRNA technology in influenza, other vaccines Started testing mRNA flu shot in humans in June PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sanofi (SASY.PA) is dropping plans for its own mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine because of the dominance achieved by BioNTech-Pfizer and......

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

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WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first. In getting the booster, Biden......

Facebook invests $50 mln to build the ‘metaverse’ in responsible manner

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A 3D printed Facebook logo is pictured on a keyboard in front of binary code in this illustration taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Sept 27 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will invest $50 million to partner with organizations to responsibly build the so-called metaverse – a digital world where......

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