Pandemics, climate change 'intensify' global health threats
Paris (AFP) - From small island states to urbanised powerhouses, every country on Earth faces "multiplying and intensifying" threats to human health as climate change renders future pandemics and system collapses ever more likely, a major study concluded on Thursday. A deadly mix of extreme heat, air pollution and intense farming are combining to produce the "worst outlook for public health our generation has seen", according to the Lancet's fifth annual report on the links between health and climate. The assessment showed that the last two decades have seen a 54 percent increase in heat-rela...
Decaying infrastructure at risk from effects of climate change
For more than a decade, infrastructure has been beginning to decay. Part of that infrastructure — transport — is important for logistics. Water and associated reservoirs are also impacted; especially the dams that regulate water flow. Large wildfires from Russia to California and Australia also cut across the globe, while flash flooding due to shifting rain patterns and the obvious melting of the polar ice caps are other obvious signs of what is happening. But how does climate change exasperate the current decline? The impact on climate change of transport focuses on road and air travel as con...
Perfect winter storm puts UK at risk of post-Brexit meltdown
New OECD data on Tuesday showed that the UK has been hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, economically speaking, of any G20 state apart from Argentina. Yet, amid the nation’s deepest recession in more than 300 years, worse could still be to come thanks to Brexit. As traumatic as the pandemic has been for the country, with an economic contraction of 11.3 percent expected in 2020, leaked government papers last month pointed to a potentially deeper political and economic “systemic crisis” in the coming weeks. The UK Office for Budget Responsibility estimated that the economy ...
Covid-19 vaccine will be free of charge, 1 million inoculations set for January, French PM says
After the vaccination of an initial 1 million people in January an additional 14 million at high risk for coronavirus infection will be inoculated beginning in February. Castex said the vaccination campaign would begin in a matter of weeks, pending regulatory approval by the European Medicines Agency. The inoculation programme would be staggered over three categories of people, he said, commencing with the most vulnerable in nursing homes in January. "The vaccination will be free for all," Castex told a press conference. France will ensure free Covid-19 vaccinations for all who are in its soci...
Mark Dice and Bill Still: Conservative YouTube channels at risk
WASHINGTON – Today, we continue our series of reviews highlighting neglected and / or up-and-coming news and information sites that provide reliable conservative-to-libertarian reporting and analysis on current sociopolitical events in the US and elsewhere. (Previous articles here, here and here.) Our first pair of video sites today, currently on YouTube, come from Mark Dice and Bill Still. Not all the channels noted in this and our next two reviews would be happy to be termed “conservative.” But they likely have no problem being identified as some flavor of “libertarian.” Which, in turn, is s...
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Afreximbank tackles risk of doing business in Africa with digital repository
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Monday in Cairo officially launched the operations of ‘MANSA’, a pan-African customer due diligence repository for financial institutions, corporate entities, and SMEs, developed to address the perceived risk of doing business in Africa and with Africans.MANSA is a single source of the primary data required for Customer Due Diligence (CDD) and Know Your Customer (KYC) checks on African entities, including financial institutions, corporates, and SMEs, in accordance with best practices. The Platform will also serve to address key trade-related challeng...
Dow 30,000: In Case The Next Stop Is Down
Rising debt defaults put financial stability at risk: analysts
Workers make ambulance at the manufacturing base of the Brilliance Auto company in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Feb. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)From halting Ant Group's IPO to announcing penalties for deliberate debt defaults by some companies, China has taken a firm attitude in preventing financial risks after irregularities emerged amid the country's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Economists applauded such cautious management, saying that it is in line with the government's focus on financial stability, and the precautions will nip systemic financial risks in the bud....
'I won't take the risk': France leads the world in Covid-19 vaccine scepticism
Promising trial results have led to hopes that a Covid-19 vaccine is soon to be on the way. But will the vaccine prove effective if many refuse to take it? The question is worrying authorities in France where rates of 'vaccine hesitancy' are among the highest in the world.A recent Ipos study found that just 54 percent of French people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if one were available, the lowest rate of any country surveyed."The acceptance of vaccination in general is lower in France than abroad, and even lower for Covid," Antoine Bristielle, a social sciences professor who has resea...
Watchdog on its toes over pandemic-induced financial risk contagion
Watchdog on its toes over pandemic-induced financial risk contagionMANILA, Philippines — The financial industry watchdog is watchful of potential spread of financing risks from one sector to another that can make fixing the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic tougher and more complicated.Known as “slow-burn contagion,” focus is now on financial deterioration occurring at firm level that can inevitably spell the failure of others because, in one way or another, companies and their operations have become increasingly interrelated.“There is also that component where the damage may amplify becau...