Covid: Chemicals found in everyday products could hinder vaccine

The successful uptake of any vaccine for Covid-19, a crucial step in returning a sense of normalcy after a year ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, could be hindered by widespread contamination from a range of chemicals used in everyday products.

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Protecting nature is vital to escape 'era of pandemics’

The world is in an "era of pandemics" and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to a report from some of the world's leading scientists.


Deadly bacteria lurk in coastal waters. Climate change increases the risks

Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.

Virus that causes Covid-19 can survive up to 28 days on surfaces, scientists find

Researchers find Sars-CoV-2 survives longer at lower temperatures and lasts 10 days longer than influenza on some surfaces.

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Sick livestock up emissions and vice versa

Climate change affects the spread and severity of infectious diseases around the world—and infectious diseases may in turn contribute to climate change, according to new research.


Mario Molina, Mexico chemistry Nobel winner, dies at 77

Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 for his work on how industrial chemicals caused the ozone hole, threatening all life on Earth and the only Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, has died in his native Mexico City.

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Rarely have so many Californians been exposed to such gloomy, unhealthy air

As fires rage up and down the West Coast, the skies over California have taken an apocalyptic turn - choking the air with ash and smoke in some regions, while snuffing out sunlight in others. Rarely have so many Californians breathed such unhealthy air.


Harold Varmus, Rajiv ShahIt: It has come to this -- ignore the C.D.C.

The agency’s new guidelines are wrong, so states have to step up on their own to suppress the coronavirus.

A new COVID documentary explores who is to blame for the pandemic

“How to Stop the Next Pandemic,” a Times documentary, reveals how your choices make future pandemics more likely.

U.S. will revive global virus-hunting effort ended last year

A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.

Heat could kill as many as infectious diseases by 2100, study finds

Climate change is bringing heat waves that are longer, more intense and more frequent, and some researchers predict that heat will take a worsening toll in human lives as temperatures continue to rise.


Shannon Bennett: Pandemics of our own making

While it's critical that we devote our scientific ingenuity to beating back the current pandemic, we must also address our broken relationship with nature in a concerted effort to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

Cost of preventing next pandemic 'equal to just 2% of Covid-19 economic damage'

The cost of preventing further pandemics over the next decade by protecting wildlife and forests would equate to just 2% of the estimated financial damage caused by Covid-19, according to a new analysis.


COVID-19 impact on ethnic minorities linked to housing and air pollution

The severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups has been linked to air pollution and overcrowded and poor-standard homes by a study of 400 hospital patients.


Coronavirus: World treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

The number of "zoonotic" epidemics is rising, with the root cause being the destruction of nature by humans and the growing demand for meat, according to the authors of a UN report.

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