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Dhaka ranks 7th worst

According to Air Quality Index WT24 Desk Bangladesh’s capital was ranked seventh worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday morning, Agencies report. Dhaka had a score of 144 at 11:35am, indicating that the quality was unhealthy. The general public and sensitive individuals in particular are at risk to experience irritation and respiratory problems when the AQI value is ...

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Air pollution particles found on foetal side of placentas – study

Research finds black carbon breathed by mothers can cross into unborn children WT24 Desk Air pollution particles have been found on the foetal side of placentas, indicating that unborn babies are directly exposed to the black carbon produced by motor traffic and fuel burning, The Guardian reports. The research is the first study to show the placental barrier can be ...

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Antibiotic resistance rising among dolphins, study reveals

Research in Florida finds 88% of samples have pathogen that resists at least one antibiotic WT24 Desk Antibiotic resistance is rising in dolphins, researchers have said, mirroring the trend seen in humans, The Guardian reports. Scientists examined disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, found in samples from the blowholes, gastric fluid and faeces of bottlenose dolphins from the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. ...

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Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Bahamas

1,300 Still Missing  WT24 Desk NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A tropical cyclone was forecast to move across the northwestern Bahamas in the coming days, potentially bringing more rain and wind to islands already devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned on Thursday, Reuters reports.  The Miami-based hurricane center issued a tropical storm warning for islands including hurricane-hit Abacos and Grand Bahama, saying the system could ...

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Britain is nation of litter louts, says Jeremy Paxman

Clean Up Britain patron criticises ‘utterly useless’ ministers and ‘even more useless’ Keep Britain Tidy WT24 Desk Britain is a nation of litter louts and government efforts to tackle “the soul-destroying problem” are “utterly useless”, according to Jeremy Paxman, patron of the Clean Up Britain group, The Guardian reports. Polluters, such as the makers of chewing gum and cigarettes, should be ...

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Badger cull in England extended to ‘unimaginable scale’

Ministers approve culling in 11 new areas, with 64,000 animals likely to be killed this autumn WT24 Desk The controversial badger cull in England has been expanded to an “unimaginable scale”, according to a leading expert who warned the government is paying far too little attention to the transmission of tuberculosis between cattle when they are traded, The Guardian reports. ...

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Heatstroke kills two in Japan post-typhoon blackout

At least 48 other people were sent to hospital for symptoms of heatstroke Tuesday. WT24 Desk Tokyo: Heatstroke has killed two people in Japan, officials said Wednesday, as nearly half a million homes struggled with electricity outages after a powerful typhoon battered Tokyo and the surrounding area. A 93-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were found unconscious at their respective ...

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No need to cut beef to tackle climate crisis, say farmers

NFU says growing fuel for power stations and capturing CO2 can slash emissions WT24 Desk Farming can become climate neutral by 2040 without cutting beef production or converting substantial areas of farmland into forest, according to a plan published by the National Farmers’ Union, The Guardian reports. Instead, the NFU says three-quarters of the UK’s agricultural emissions can be offset by ...

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