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Giant inland sea created by the disastrous Mozambique cyclone

Cyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake. The powerful tropical cyclone -- which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph -- has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.The cyclone's widespread flooding -- in part overshado...
Tags: Science, Eu, Zimbabwe, Red Cross, Associated Press, Mozambique, Midwest, European Space Agency ESA, Beira, Southern Hemisphere, Jordan Peele, Beira Mozambique, Idai, Cyclone Idai, Jamie LeSueur, March 20th Mozambique Copernicus Sentinel


After Google, EU’s Antitrust Sights May Turn to Amazon and Apple

While Google just got a third, and possibly final, EU fine on Wednesday, regulators still have their eyes on Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. EU antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, told reporters earlier this month that an early-stage probe into Amazon’s potential use of data to overtake smaller shops on its Marketplace platform is "quite advanced" and she’d "like to take more decisive steps" before she leaves office later this year.
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, Eu, Margrethe Vestager, Google EU, Amazon com Inc Apple Inc, Facebook Inc EU


Google Fined $1.7 Billion in Vestager's Last Antitrust Case

It brings the total Google has been ordered to pay to 8.2 billion euros in EU antitrust probes that have run for nearly a decade and taken aim at the company’s popular software for Android phones and searches related to shopping. Google is by far the biggest internet advertising broker, setting up searches on customers’ websites, Vestager said, and that allows it to control how most consumers start shopping.
Tags: Google, Science, Eu, Vestager


EU Renews Calls to Facebook, Twitter to Fight Fake News

The European Commission requires “more systematic information” from platforms to check the placement of advertisements and “to better understand the effectiveness of the actions taken against bots and fake accounts,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. “We encourage online platforms to work with researchers and fact-checkers on access to live information on public pages, streams and other services, as well as on data on inauthentic accounts they have identified and removed,” EU Commissioners J...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Eu, European Commission, Alphabet Inc, Andrus Ansip, Vera Jourova Mariya Gabriel


Google Fined $1.7 Billion Over Advertising Market Abuse

It brings the total Google has been ordered to pay to 8.2 billion euros in EU antitrust probes that have run for nearly a decade and taken aim at the company’s popular software for Android phones and searches related to shopping. Google is by far the biggest internet advertising broker, setting up searches on customers’ websites, Vestager said, and that allows it to control how most consumers start shopping.
Tags: Google, Science, Eu, Vestager


Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU: study

The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men has dropped about six percent from 139 deaths per 100,000 males in 2014 to 131 this year, according to a paper in the Annals of Oncology medical journal. The study showed that lung cancer among women will this year claim more lives than breast cancer --...
Tags: Science, Eu, Annals Of Oncology


Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU: study

The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men has dropped about six percent from 139 deaths per 100,000 males in 2014 to 131 this year, according to a paper in the Annals of Oncology medical journal. The study showed that lung cancer among women will this year claim more lives than breast cancer --...
Tags: Science, Eu, Annals Of Oncology


Breast cancer survival improving following HRT scares, figures show

Breast cancer survival is significantly improving in the UK following scares over the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a major international study has found. The analysis reveals Britain’s survival rate has gone from the worst among Europe’s biggest countries to second best in the last five years. Improved screening for middle-aged women is partly the reason, however the authors also credit a reduction in take-up of HRT by menopausal women. The treatment is used to ease uncomfortable...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Eu, Spain, Britain, Italy, Poland, University of Milan, HRT, France Germany, Fabrice André, Baroness Delyth Morgan


Researchers predict 1.4 million deaths from all cancers in 2019 in the EU

Death rates from breast cancer are predicted to fall in all European Union (EU) countries in 2019 with the exception of Poland, according to new research published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology. In their annual predictions for cancer deaths in the EU, Carlo La Vecchia and colleagues predict there will be 1.4 million deaths from all cancers in 2019.
Tags: Science, Eu, Poland, European Union EU, EU Carlo La Vecchia


Merck's Keytruda Gets EU Approval for Difficult Lung Cancer

Merck (MRK) receives approval for Keytruda's combo therapy for first-line treatment of metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer population in Europe.
Tags: Science, Merck, Eu, KEYTRUDA, Merck MRK


German lawmakers raise hurdle for diesel bans

Lawmakers in Germany moved Friday to make bans on older diesel vehicles in city centres less likely, angering environmentalists by backing off strict EU-wide pollution thresholds. The upper house confirmed a Bundestag (lower house) vote to henceforth deem "disproportionate" driving bans in cities that only slightly exceed air pollution limits. In practice it will give cities above the European Union's upper limit of an annual average of 40 microgrammes of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per cubic metre...
Tags: Science, Germany, Eu, European Union


EU parliament votes against opening US trade talks amid fears over 'bullying' Trump policies

The European Parliament has voted against opening trade talks between the EU and the United States amid fears over Donald Trump's trade and environmental policies. The motion had been successfully amended by MEPs critical of the European Commission's proposed approach to talks. As a result, the final resolution was rejected by supporters of the Commission's approach.
Tags: Science, US, Eu, United States, Commission, European Commission, Donald Trump, European Parliament, Trump


Spring statement policies focus on Brexit and hi-tech future

Chancellor promises a global Britain and announces funds for science and digital projectsThe chancellor outlined a package of measures at the spring statement designed to prepare Britain for life outside the EU, as well as for the hi-tech digital jobs of the future.Alongside the central update on the economy, other announcements made by Philip Hammond included: Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Eu, Communities, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Digital Media, Philip Hammond, Brexit, Digital Britain, Spring statement 2019


Spotify Hits Apple With EU Antitrust Complaint

After a decade of worsening relations with Apple, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify took the extraordinary step today of filing a formal antitrust complaint with the European Commission, “after trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issues directly with Apple,” according to CEO Daniel Ek. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Science, Eu, European Commission, Antitrust, Apple Music, Streamwars, Daniel Ek Read


More nations ban Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

The EU closed its airspace to Boeing 737 MAX planes on Tuesday, joining similar action by nations across the globe following a second deadly accident in just five months. Fleets of the best-selling workhorse plane were also grounded by airlines as safety concerns swirled, sending Boeing shares tumbling another seven percent in Tuesday trading and wiping billions more off its market value.
Tags: Science, Eu, Ethiopia, Boeing


Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the modern world, from Marie Curie's discoveries about radiation, to Grace Hopper's groundbreaking work on computer programming, and Barbara McClintock's pioneering approach to genetics.But too often their stories aren't just about the difficulties they faced in cracking some of the toughest probl...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gender, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Women, Eu, Unesco, Engineering, Innovation, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark


EU food agency must release glyphosate studies: court

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) must disclose details of studies on the toxicity and carcinogenic properties of glyphosate, EU judges ruled on Thursday, cheering campaigners who want the weedkiller banned. Judges annulled two decisions by EFSA that denied access to details of the studies into the substance, which campaigners say should be banned. The two cases were brought by Green members of the European Parliament among others.
Tags: Science, Eu, European Parliament, European Food Safety Agency EFSA


EU states block blacklisting Saudi, Panama over dirty money

The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money laundering. EU states said in a statement the unanimous decision was taken because the European Commission's proposed list was not established in a transparent process that encouraged countries to take action while also respected their right to be heard. The decision will f...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Eu, European Union, European Commission, Saudi Panama


EU states reject blacklisting Saudi, others over dirty money

The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money-laundering. The Council of the EU said in a statement that the unanimous decision was taken because the European Commission's proposed list, which also included four U.S. territories, "was not established in a transparent and resilient process that actively incentivises affe...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Eu, European Union, European Commission


EU agrees on new rules to counter investment 'greenwashing'

The European Union agreed on Thursday on a new law that forces asset managers, insurers and pension funds to disclose environmental risks in their investments. The law is meant to spur green investment and to curb "greenwashing", a practice whereby companies claim to be more environmentally friendly than they really are. The agreement reached by EU governments and EU lawmakers will also introduce transparency requirements on the social consequences of investment decisions.
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union


Google, Amazon Tax Shows Need for EU Majority Vote, France Says

“Finland, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden shouldn’t be allowed to block 23 countries from imposing a tax that they think is needed and just,” Le Maire said at a press conference in Paris as he presented a French tax that would apply to about 30 Internet giants like Facebook Inc. and could raise 450 million euros ($509 million) in its first year. France’s tax, which Le Maire called, “simple, targeted, and efficient,” is a temporary measure while the EU and The Organisation for Economic Cooperation a...
Tags: Science, Sweden, France, Eu, Paris, Facebook Inc, Google Amazon, Le Maire, EU Majority Vote France Says, Finland Denmark Ireland


Poland defies green activists, EU with Baltic canal project

The Vistula Spit is a heavily wooded sandbank 55 km (34 miles) long but less than 2 km wide which encloses a coastal lagoon. Currently, the only access to the lagoon from the Baltic Sea is a channel at the Russian end of the spit. Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), deeply distrustful of Russia, says a canal is needed for both security and economic reasons.
Tags: Science, Russia, Eu, Poland, Baltic Sea, Justice Party, Vistula Spit


Poland defies green activists, EU with Baltic canal project

The Vistula Spit is a heavily wooded sandbank 55 km (34 miles) long but less than 2 km wide which encloses a coastal lagoon. Currently, the only access to the lagoon from the Baltic Sea is a channel at the Russian end of the spit. Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), deeply distrustful of Russia, says a canal is needed for both security and economic reasons.
Tags: Science, Russia, Eu, Poland, Baltic Sea, Justice Party, Vistula Spit


Head of French carmaker PSA says Europe's CO2 cuts will threaten jobs: Le Figaro

The EU's plans to slash carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles and push carmakers to go electric will threaten 13 million jobs in Europe's auto industry and benefit Asia, the head of French carmaker PSA told Le Figaro. The European Parliament and EU countries struck an agreement in December to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 percent by 2030, compared with 2021, and by 31 percent from vans. "This jeopardizes the jobs of 13 million people in the industry and could destabilize some of our E...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Eu, Psa, European Parliament, Le Figaro, Carlos Tavares, European Automobile Manufacturers Association ACEA


Massive study finds strong correlation between "early affluence" and "faster cognitive drop" in old age

A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports on new analysis of the Survey of Health, Aging, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), which tracks outcomes for 24,066 people aged 50-96 with a good balance of genders (56% female), and reports a strong correlation between "early affluence" and "faster cognitive drop" in "verbal fluency" (measured with an animal naming challenge). SHARE is the largest study of its kind, with more than double the subjects of similar proj...
Tags: Europe, Post, Science, News, Aging, Eu, Scholarship, Share, Class War, Inequality, National Academy of Science, Verbal Fluency, Stéphane Cullati PNAS, Judy George Medpagetoday


U.K. Public Services Aren’t Ready for Messy Brexit, London Mayor Says

Sadiq Khan will chair a special advisory group meeting on Friday to review contingency plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with chiefs of emergency services, Britain’s National Health Service, and other city officials expected to attend. “The threat of us leaving the EU with no deal whatsoever is still there,” Khan said in an interview on the sidelines of the London Business Awards on Thursday evening.
Tags: Science, London, Eu, Britain, National Health Service, Khan, Brexit, Sadiq Khan


After Saudi king's letter, EU states move to block dirty-money list

The adoption of a European Union money-laundering blacklist, which includes Saudi Arabia as well as Puerto Rico and three other U.S. territories, is likely to be blocked by EU states under a procedure launched on Thursday, two EU sources said. The potential blocking comes after Saudi Arabia's King Salman sent letters to all EU leaders urging them to reconsider the inclusion of Riyadh on the list, one of the letters seen by Reuters showed. For the list to be blocked, a majority of 21 states is ...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Eu, European Union, Puerto Rico, Reuters, Riyadh, Salman


Gonorrhoea: Drug resistance compromises recommended treatment in Europe

Gonorrhoea is the second most commonly notified sexually transmitted infection across the EU/EEA countries with almost 500 000 reported cases between 2007 and 2016. The infection is treatable but Neisseria gonorrhoeae keep showing high levels of azithromycin resistance according to latest results of the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme. This antibiotic agent is part of the currently recommended therapy regimen for gonorrhoea and observed resistance patterns threaten its e...
Tags: Europe, Science, Eu, Neisseria


Brexit to harm UK's cherished health service, experts say

Although a no-deal Brexit was the worst scenario, even a negotiated divorce from the European Union would also damage the National Health Service (NHS), the experts said in a review published in The Lancet journal. Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc on March 29th, and Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to secure parliament's backing for her negotiated EU withdrawal agreement. The Lancet review, led by three UK health policy specialists, found that even under this deal or potential variatio...
Tags: UK, Science, Eu, European Union, Britain, Theresa May, Lancet, Brexit, The Lancet, National Health Service NHS


Sir David Attenborough criticises plans for coal mine at beauty spot as 'shameful'

Sir David Attenborough has criticised plans to open a coal mine at a Northumberland beauty spot as ‘shameful’ as he joined environmental scientists calling for the project to be blocked by the government. Proposals for the open cast mine in Druridge Bay were originally rejected by Sajid Javid when he was Communities Secretary, but last year the High Court ruled that decision was flawed and asked for a rethink. New Communities Secretary James Brokenshire is due to rule on plans before the summer,...
Tags: UK, Science, Eu, Sajid Javid, Cbe, David Attenborough, Northumberland, Newcastle University, North East, James Brokenshire, Lawrence, County Durham, Brokenshire, Druridge Bay, Northumberland County Council, David Golding



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