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J&J, other drugmakers go to trial in US in $50 bn case over opioid abuse

Health, Non-Life       Apr 20, 2021

  Four drugmakers helped cause the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing their drugs and downplaying their addictive risks, a lawyer for several California counties argued on Monday at the start of a multibillion-dollar trial. Those counties accuse Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd,...

UN warns of climate 'abyss' as 2020 confirmed as one of 3 hottest years on record

  UN: 2020 was one of the three hottest years on record, marked by wildfires, droughts, floods and melting glaciers, a United Nations report said on Monday, prompting the U.N. Secretary-General to say the world stands "on the verge of the abyss". In a "double blow"...

Hong Kong bans flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 2 weeks

Health, Non-Life       Apr 19, 2021

  Hong Kong will suspend flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines from April 20 for two weeks after the N501Y mutant COVID-19 strain was detected in the Asian financial hub for the first time, authorities said in a statement late on Sunday. The three countries...

Covid-19 will leave deep scars in world economy even after recovery

Eco/Invest/Demography, Life, Non-Life, Risk Management       Apr 18, 2021

  Enda Curran & Simon Kennedy Just as some patients recovering from Covid-19 suffer long-lasting symptoms, it’s becoming clear that the same will be true for the global economy once this year’s V-shaped rebound fades. While $26 trillion worth of crisis support and the arrival of...

IBM flags more cyber attacks on COVID vaccine infrastructure

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       Apr 17, 2021

International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday its cybersecurity unit has uncovered more digital attacks targeting the global COVID-19 vaccine supply chain since the issue was originally flagged late last year. The cloud services provider said it recently found that the phishing campaign has targeted...

The British want to clean up outer space

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life, Risk Management       Apr 16, 2021

  A defunct satellite spent early April hurtling through space toward the body of an old rocket, threatening a collision that the European Union’s Space Surveillance and Tracking Consortium estimated could generate more than 4 million pieces of debris. In the end, the two objects just...

Climate scientists swap fieldwork for high-paid finance jobs

  LONDON: Environmental scientist Laura Garcia Velez cut her teeth on projects to help Ethiopian farmers insure crops for drought and connect remote Colombian communities to the electricity grid before working for conservation campaigners WWF. Now she’s an analyst for Lombard Odier, charged with improving the...

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 139.6 mn, death toll surge past 2.99 million

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life       Apr 17, 2021

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 139.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.99 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current...

How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

  BOSTON: A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it. One big reason: Ransomware rackets are dominated by...

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