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Living Through the Pandemic Stress Free: Here’s How

Young girl in France, saddened by the COVID-19 pandemic, wears a facemask to protect herself and others from the deadly virus. April 5, 2020 (Photo by Nik Anderson) Creative Commons license via Flickr

COVID-19 has caused changes to people’s wellbeing around the world ever since the World Health Organization declared the viral outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. As the virus surged and receded and surged again in country after country throughout 2020, prompting lockdowns, school and business closures, people around the world have reported changes in their physical activity levels, mental health, wellbeing, and eating habits.

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Global Vaccine Telethon Supports Coronavirus Community Solutions

Mother and daughter maintain social distancing and wear protective masks as they share time in the spring sunshine, May 3, 2020, Barcelona, Spain (Photo by Fotomovimiento) Creative Commons license via Flickr

To help fight the coronavirus, six countries, the European Commission and the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation Monday pledged billions in new funding to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The money will be used to support universal access to a future COVID-19 vaccine and also to support the vaccination of hundreds of millions of children against pneumonia, measles and polio.

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The Race for Rare Earths

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The European Union is aiming for a reliable supply of rare earth minerals and so is everyone else in Brussels this week for the EU’s fourth annual Raw Materials Week. Adding to the urgency of securing supplies, across the Atlantic, the United States and Australia Monday signed their own rare earth mining and supply agreement.

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World’s Large Rivers Drying Up

River red gum trees in a dry river bed at Silverton, population 89, New South Wales, Australia, April 19, 2016 (Photo by Nina Matthews Photography) Creative Commons license via Flickr

It’s a paradox: our water supplies are shrinking at the same time as climate change is generating more intense rain. The large rivers of the world are drying up, and the culprit is the drying of soils, say scientists in a new study.

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Bees With Backpacks

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Thousands of honey bees are flying around Australia and Brazil with mini sensors on their backs as part of a world-first research program to monitor their movements. The point is to capture and analyze swarm sensing data …

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First Flight ‘On Wings of Waste’

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Pilot Jeremy Rowsell made history this week by flying a light plane across Australia from Sydney to Melbourne, using blended fuel – 10 percent derived from plastic waste blended with 90 percent conventional fuel.

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Pristine Ross Sea Wilderness Protected

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The European Union and 24 national governments have agreed to safeguard an expansive area in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, to take effect December 1, 2017. The new marine protected area is now the world’s largest.

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Wood Pulp Waste Transformed Into Biocrude Oil

Wood Pulp Waste Transformed Into Biocrude Oil

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. has formed a joint venture with an Australian energy startup to convert biomass from its kraft pulping processes into biocrude oil that can be blended into petrochemical refinery streams to generate renewable fuels.

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Jury Still Out on Carbon Capture & Storage

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Since the Paris Climate Agreement was reached in December, preventing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere has become a top priority for many governments, utilities and private individuals who believe climate change to be the major problem of this generation.

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Happy Employees Attract SRI Fund Investments

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Google employees enjoy free rides to work at the California company’s headquarters campus, plus breakfast, lunch, and even dinner if they stay late – for free. New dads receive six weeks of paid leave, and moms can take 18 weeks. And Googlers can even bring their pets to work.

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TPP Unites Old Enemies, Makes New Ones

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“We expect this historic agreement to promote economic growth, support higher-paying jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness …and to promote transparency, good governance, and strong labor and environmental protections,” declared the ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries.

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