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Drugs in Our Drinking Water

A variety of pharmaceuticals, September 25, 2019 (Photo by Marco Verch) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A single pharmaceutical manufacturing facility is changing the water quality of one of Europe’s most important rivers, the Rhine, Swiss researchers report. Compounds in the water may be biologically active, toxic or persistent, but treatment plants cannot remove them before the treated water is discharged into waterways that serve as drinking water sources.

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Syria at ‘High Risk’ for Virus Outbreak

Wracked by civil war for nine years, Syria is at “high risk” of being unable to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Special Envoy for the country said Monday. In a video conference with UN Security Council members, Geir Pedersen called for a “complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire” to enable an all-out-effort to counter the virus.

Wracked by civil war for nine years, Syria is at “high risk” of being unable to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Special Envoy for the country said Monday. In a video conference with UN Security Council members, Geir Pedersen called for a “complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire” to enable an all-out-effort to counter the virus.

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Millions of Refugees at Risk as Virus Spreads

This Syrian refugee girl lives in one of 5,000 tents among 31,500 refugees at Arsal on the Lebanese-Syrian border. March 25, 2019 (Photo by Fundacja PCPM) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The UN Refugee Agency has airlifted 4.4 tonnes of urgently-needed medical supplies to Tehran to support the COVID-19 response in Iran. The Airbus A330-200 arrived at Imam Khomeini Airport from Frankfurt, Germany Monday afternoon with masks, gloves, essential medicines, soap, and thermometers aboard to help address critical shortages in Iran’s health care system.

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Bringing the Classroom Home

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As schools throughout the world close their doors to slow the spread of coronavirus, the demand for online classes is growing exponentially. In the UK, after the last class on Friday afternoon is over, schools will remain closed until further notice as part of the country’s response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Online Learning Turns Crisis Into Opportunity

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“With colleges and universities making the difficult decision to move to online learning in the wake of the global pandemic, we join the community in a shared commitment to help provide students access to the immediate resources they need to adapt to a new way of learning,” says Kent Freeman, president of VitalSource, an innovator in the digital course materials market.

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Coronavirus: School Closures Elevate Online Learning

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It began just 11 weeks ago. A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in the city of Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province, was first reported to the country office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China on December 31, 2019. Just 11 weeks later, on March 11, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the disease now known as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 “a pandemic.”

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Europe Plans Hydrogen Production to Meet Demand

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French electric utility giant EDF, largely owned by the French state, is planning for large-scale production of hydrogen to be powered by its fleet of UK nuclear plants, including the giant Hinkley Point C project in Somerset, England. Clean hydrogen is expected to play a vital role in the transition to low-carbon energy.

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Purifying Clay to Relieve Thirsty Pakistan

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An abundant supply of fresh, clean water soon will be a reality in Pakistan’s semi-arid South Punjab region, following the announcement of a new international partnership agreement based on clay, spearheaded by the Government of Pakistan and driven by the UK’s University of Huddersfield.

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‘Humanity’s Highest Aspiration’ Under Attack

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Basic human rights, the birthright of every person on Earth, are “under assault,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned delegates from Member States Monday on the opening day of the UN Human Rights Council’s current session in Geneva. “Human rights are our ultimate tool to help societies grow in freedom.”

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New Nanoparticle Converts CO2 Emissions Into Fuel

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Futuristic power plants could function not as destructive sources of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2), but as a carbon-neutral closed loops. Instead of smokestacks that pump carbon emissions into the atmosphere, power plants of the future could capture all their waste CO2, converting it into fuel to power each plant.

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Helping Syrian refugees build new lives in the UK

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Language learning makes a difference. Language learning breaks down barriers, builds communities and offers opportunity to people around the world. Nowhere is this clearer than in the work we have been doing with Maximpact to support Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland since May 2018.

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Urban Water Crisis Grips Global South

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Roughly half of all households in 15 large cities in the global south lack access to piped utility water, affecting more than 50 million people, finds a report by University of Manchester researchers. Access is lowest in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa, where only 22 percent of households receive piped water.

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Displaced Syrians Sleep Rough in Bitter Storm

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Um Rami, 25, fled her hometown of Ma’rat al-Numan, Syria after attacks last week killed her husband. Along with many others from her home town, she has been forced to stay on the outskirts of a refugee camp in the mountains of northwest Syria along the Turkish border. “I am petrified of the dark, my heart trembles whenever I hear any sound at night or I hear anyone passing by my tent,” she said.

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Efficient Solar Still Makes Seawater Drinkable

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A new level of efficiency in using sunlight to turn seawater into fresh drinking water has been achieved. The completely passive solar-powered desalination system could provide more than 5.6 liters (1.5 gallons) of potable water an hour for every square meter of solar collecting area.

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