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Lockdowns lead to a significant drop in asthma emergencies due to cleaner air

A study from Oxford reveals a notable decrease in asthma-related hospital admissions in 2020, linking it to the reduction of air pollution amid COVID-19 lockdowns.

Gary Fuller reports for The Guardian.

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Opinion: Another deadly pandemic seems inevitable – but there is a way to avoid it
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Opinion: Another deadly pandemic seems inevitable – but there is a way to avoid it

We need to do big things quickly to halt the disturbance of nature. And I fear that’s not happening, says former Guardian environment editor John Vidal.

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Worries mount about misinformation in science

It's diminishing public trust in science and becoming an existential threat to the planet, researchers warned this week.
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Can giant surveys of scientists fight misinformation on COVID, climate change and more?

Shocked by the COVID-19 infodemic, several efforts have launched to gather researchers’ consensus views, with the hope of improving public debate and policymaking.
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U.S. cities are fighting over keeping covid street closures

The pandemic turbocharged the push to make America's streets more pedestrian friendly. As the covid-19 emergency ends, many are fighting to make those changes permanent. Not everyone is happy about it.
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FAO: Rising prices, food insecurity add to ranks of hungry

Growing numbers of people in Asia lack enough to eat as food insecurity rises with higher prices and worsening poverty, according to a report released Tuesday by the Food and Agricultural Organization and other United Nations agencies.

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Prem Thakker: What are you doing for New Year’s Eve, Jair Bolsonaro?

Brazil's losing presidential candidate might be ditching his wife and skipping Lula’s inauguration to hang out at Trump’s resort.