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The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19 - quartz

The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19

No, Google, I want Corvid-19—not Covid-19.
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Waitrose workers ‘told they must pay back time taken off sick if they self-isolate’ - metro

Waitrose workers ‘told they must pay back time taken off sick if they self-isolate’

The whistleblower warned that staff who could not afford to stay at home might come in and spread the virus to members of the public.
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New York Might Be Very Near or at Coronavirus Peak, Governor Says - vice

New York Might Be Very Near or at Coronavirus Peak, Governor Says

Deaths and new infections decreased slightly for the first time since the crisis began. That doesn't mean you should outside.
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Why Covid-19 has resulted in New Jersey desperately needing COBOL programmers

Of course, they're likely to be well over 60 years old.
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Some good news! Number of people who’ve RECOVERED from Covid-19 passes quarter of a million

Perhaps the most under-reported statistic in the entire coronavirus pandemic passed an important milestone on Sunday as 250,000 were marked as having recovered from the illness.
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Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for ‘living with the virus’ once peak has passed - rt

Covid-19 hotspot Italy rolls out plan for ‘living with the virus’ once peak has passed

Rome is set to cautiously relax some of its lockdown restrictions when the pandemic slows down or stops its spread, while at the same time boosting health services to keep coronavirus at bay.
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Woman arrested for ‘punching nurse in stomach and spitting at security guards’ - metro

Woman arrested for ‘punching nurse in stomach and spitting at security guards’

The 58-year-old has been charged with three assaults on emergency service workers.
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Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’ - metro

Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’

A study found the drug Ivermectin - which is usually used to treat head lice - stops coronavirus growing in cell culture.
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Mars Perseverance rover kitted out with new wheels & brakes as mission looms (PHOTOS)

With its scheduled launch date now looming large, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has been kitted out with slick new wheels and brakes to help it cope with the Red Planet’s rough terrain.
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What is Palm Sunday and is it linked to Easter?

It is comes towards the end of the Lenten period.
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Man, 20, arrested for wiping his spit on goods at Lidl

The man wore a face mask and gloves but removed them to lick his fingers and 'purposefully' touch items, police said.
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Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe’s most infected nation - rt

Spanish PM says EU survival is at stake in war against coronavirus as Spain becomes Europe’s most infected nation

As Spain becomes Europe’s most infected country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has sent a forceful message to Brussels, warning that the European Union will fail if it gets its handling of the Covid-19 crisis wrong.
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Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing - rt

Spain registers fewer than 700 new coronavirus-related deaths as daily fatalities show signs of slowing

Spain's death toll from Covid-19 has risen by 674 in the last 24-hours, the country’s health ministry reported, marking few deaths than previous days. The amount of newly-confirmed cases has also fallen by around 1,000.
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‘Low-risk’ businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says - rt

‘Low-risk’ businesses in Iran will start operating within a week, Rouhani says

Some commerce and industries in Iran will likely be able to resume activities in a week’s time, President Hassan Rouhani has announced, signaling that the Islamic Republic has survived the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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‘Profound lack of human decency’: Oliver Stone tears into US govt over Iran & Venezuela sanctions amid Covid-19 crisis

The United States government has revealed its contempt for human compassion and global solidarity by refusing to lift draconian sanctions on Iran and Venezuela during the Covid-19 crisis, director Oliver Stone has argued.
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‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure

Touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19 and saying he would take it himself despite the risks, US President Donald Trump has urged PM Narendra Modi to lift a ban on its exports from India.
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Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia - quartz

Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia

A two-week internet blackout in 2019 under prime minister Abiy is estimated to have cost the country $66.9 million.
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Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor - rt

Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor

The man who killed two people and injured five in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère had the aim of “seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror,” the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said.
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Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March - quartz

Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March

They are the hardest hit of the hard-hit "leisure and hospitality" category.
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Lottery jackpots are being reduced as the coronavirus crisis hits ticket sales

Powerball and Mega Millions will use ticket sales and interest rates to determine future jackpots.
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The UK’s Busiest Airport Can’t Build a New Runway Because of Climate Change

The UK’s Busiest Airport Can’t Build a New Runway Because of Climate Change

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Heathrow Airport in London was about to become the world’s busiest airport. But it won’t, because of climate change concerns.

For the first time, the Paris Agreement, the world’s first comprehensive international climate change pact, was cited as the reason to halt the expansion of a project. Plans were underway to build a third runway at Heathrow, which would’ve allowed about 700 more flights to pass through the airport every year — and would have emitted huge amounts of climate-heating greenhouse gases.

But the British courts on Thursday blocked the expansion and ruled the proposal didn’t adequately take climate change concerns into account.

“For the first time, a court has confirmed that the Paris agreement temperature goal has a binding effect,” Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, an international public law expert at Leiden University, in the Netherlands told the Guardian.

The UK has pledged to zero out its carbon emissions by 2050. But the judges didn’t rule that any new runway would violate the country’s commitments made under the Paris Agreement. They ruled that the proposal simply ignored the country’s climate goals.

Climate activists and prominent UK politicians alike had argued the project was incompatible with the spirit of the Paris Agreement and celebrated the ruling as a win.

“We won!” London’s mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted. “Today’s judgment is a major victory for all Londoners who are passionate about tackling the climate emergency and cleaning up our air.”

Now, whether the project moves forward lies with the British government, which has said it won’t contest the ruling. The airport will appeal the decision, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t back the appeal.

Johnson hasn’t exactly been a champion of the climate crisis: His statements have been all over the place. He claimed in 2013 the melting of the Arctic was causing the North Atlantic to be chilled “like a Martini refrigerated by ice cubes.” But he’s also vowed to confront the crisis head on and recently said, “The evidence is overwhelming, and this phenomenon of global warming is taking its toll on the most vulnerable populations around the planet.”

The prime minister did, however, vow to “lie down in front of those bulldozers” to stop the construction. So did climate activists with Extinction Rebellion.

About 1,300 flights already take off and land from Heathrow every day, and 80 million people fly through the airport every year. Had the new runway been built, 110 million people were expected to pass through Heathrow annually by 2030, which would’ve made it the world’s busiest airport by 2030. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia holds the title now, with 107 million passengers that fly through every year.

Climate heating emissions from air travel are ballooning. Flights currently contribute 2.5% of global carbon emissions, and they’re rising more than 1.5 times as quickly as they were expected to.

Cover: File photo dated 07/02/20 of a British Airways 747 plane taking off at Heathrow Airport. Steve Parsons/PA Wire URN:50302995 (Press Association via AP Images)

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