Mamadou Diagouraga, who lost his 71-year-old father Boubou Diagouraga in March 2020 after being infected by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), stands next to his grave during an interview with Reuters, in the Muslim section of the cemetery in Valenton, near Paris, France, May 6, 2021. Picture taken May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann VALENTON, France — Every week, Mamadou Diagouraga comes to the Muslim section of a cemetery near Paris to stand vigil at the grave of his father, one of the many French Muslims to have died from COVID-19. Diagouraga looks up from his father’s plot at the freshly-dug graves alongside. “My father was the first one in this row, and in a year, it’s filled up,” he said. “It’s unbelievable.” While France is estimated to have the European Union’s largest Muslim population, it does not know how hard that group has been hit: French law forbids the gathering of data based on ethnic or religious affiliations. But evidence collated by Reuters – ... » Learn More about French Muslims pay heavy price in COVID pandemic
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TEL AVIV: With nearly no restrictions, and close to no enforcement of those that remain, Israel has raced out of the pandemic. Parties have spilled out on to the streets, children giggle in school playgrounds and beaches heave with families. With the vast majority of its elderly population already inoculated, and millions more already under the protection of their first jab, the country has made an educated bet to trust in the vaccine. New infections are down to 3 per cent of those tested, hospitals are emptying and epidemiologists are cautiously optimistic. If new vaccine-defying variants can be kept at bay, Israel may be the first nation to tame the pandemic and open up its economy for good. READ: Commentary: Blood clot fears of the AstraZeneca vaccine will only deepen vaccine hesitancy READ: Israel reopens restaurants, bars with 40% of country fully vaccinated A month after my second jab, I embraced this new normal and invited 30 of my vaccinated friends to a ... » Learn More about Commentary: With millions vaccinated, Israel is test case for life after COVID-19
MELBOURNE: Which organisations would you look to as allies in the fight against climate change? Climate activist groups, foundations and even a smattering of corporates involved in sustainability might come to mind. But here’s some real food for thought: How about militaries? The ongoing fight against COVID-19 has made it seem like a lifetime ago that Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen unveiled a slew of green measures that the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be adopting to do its bit for climate change in Parliament in March. But these bold plans augur well for a green future for these men in green. The initiatives announced range from simple waste-reduction measures including recycling food waste into energy to larger, ambitious plans that seek to replace the SAF’s 400 administrative vehicles with hybrid and eventually electric models to reduce carbon emissions. The Republic of Singapore Navy is also looking at hybrid propulsion for its ... » Learn More about Commentary: Militaries, the surprising allies – when men in green fight for a greener world
A crayfish crosses a pedestrian walkway close to the Kemnader See lake in Bochum, western Germany WASHINGTON - Crayfish exposed to antidepressants via contaminated water behave more "boldly," emerging from hiding quicker and spending longer looking for food, a study said Tuesday. The paper, published in the journal Ecosphere, highlights the unintended impacts human medicines can have in aquatic environments, as they alter food web dynamics and ecosystem processes. Previous research on the subject involved injecting the animals with antidepressants -- but the dose would have likely been higher than what they would have encountered naturally. "Our work shows that even at environmentally realistic concentrations, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (antidepressant) can change the behavior of crayfish," lead author Alexander "AJ" Reisinger of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences told AFP. Antidepressants that are flushed directly or ... » Learn More about Crayfish take more risks while on antidepressants, study shows
“New normal” was definitely one of the buzzwords of the year 2020. While it took us about a year to adapt to the disruptions caused by Covid-19 and going back to normalcy is now within sight, let us not forget about the other “new normal” that we have been grappling with in recent years – climate change.” Extreme weather: the new normal with climate change Extreme weather patterns have become more pronounced in recent years due to climate change, as Singapore residents have experienced it in the past few months. February 2019 was the third warmest February recorded in 90 years, based on the mean monthly temperature, since temperature records began in 1929. Last year was one of the hottest years on record with an exceptional low annual amount of rainfall -- we had the eighth-lowest annual total rainfall in the past 30 years. Despite being a relatively dry year overall, we have also experienced more occurrences of intense heavy rainfall in 2020. And we experienced more ... » Learn More about There’s no vaccine for climate change. Are we prepared for extreme weather to be our new normal?