WORLD April 19, 2011 | 4:37 PM
Al Jazeera’s English news service has launched The Stream, a television show and online community that tells stories driven by social media.
On the Al Jazeera English website, it says the show “taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news. The Stream is an aggregator of online sources and discussions, seeking out unheard voices, new perspectives from people on the ground and untold angles related to the most compelling stories of the day.”Read more »
WORLD April 16, 2011 | 11:43 AM
Heavy beer drinkers may have an increased risk of gastric cancer, especially if they possess a certain genetic variant, new reports suggest.
The variants that appear to significantly increase gastric cancer risk are known as rs283411 and rs1230025. Statistics showed that people with the rs230025 variant who were heavy beer drinkers, consuming two or three beers per day for many years, increased their risk of gastric cancer by 30%.Read more »
WORLD April 15, 2011 | 4:48 PM
Treating vascular conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report from the American Academy of Neurology.
With financial support from the Chinese Science and Technology Committee of Chongqing, researchers studied 837 people with signs of mild memory impairment that have been known to develop into Alzheimer’s. The participants underwent a series of physical and medial examinations including blood tests, blood pressure readings and memory exercises.Read more »
WORLD April 15, 2011 | 11:49 AM
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a list of the most energy efficient metropolitan areas in the United States for 2010.
Twenty-five cities were recognized for having a high number of ultra-low energy consumption buildings, which were all awarded the EPA Energy Star.Read more »
WORLD April 11, 2011 | 12:17 PM
The United Kingdom and the Netherlands are preparing a lawsuit against Iceland over the repayment of €4 billion ($5 billion) lost in the country's 2008 banking collapse. The money was lost when Icesave bank collapsed, wiping out the deposits of some 340,000 UK and Dutch citizens.
In a referendum held on April 9, Iceland voted against a repayment plan put forward by the UK and Dutch governments. Earlier in the week, the deal had been approved by Iceland's parliament, who also narrowly voted against putting the issue to a referendum.Read more »
WORLD April 8, 2011 | 11:30 AM
Calgary produces more smog per person than New York City. With production at nearly 18 tons of carbon dioxide per capita, Calgary ranked as the 5th highest city in the world for emission generation, according to a recent study by the United Nations (UN).
The report ranked cities using new guidelines that evaluate the level of carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming. The world’s four leading emitters above Calgary were Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Denver, Washington (D.C.) and Minneapolis in the United States.Read more »
WORLD March 25, 2011 | 10:11 AM
The Japanese nuclear crisis has taught China an important lesson about safety, prompting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to meet with the nation’s State Council to stress that strict security measures must be integrated in its ambitious nuclear power development plans.
China currently has 13 operational nuclear power reactors with 25 more under construction, according to the World Nuclear Association. Additional reactors are scheduled for construction to provide a ten-fold boost to nuclear capacity, reaching at least 80 GWe by 2020, 200 GWe by 2030 and 400 GWe by 2050.Read more »
WORLD March 25, 2011 | 10:07 AM
Today European Union leaders encouraged worldwide nuclear plant stress testing and agreed to launch a tough safety review of their 143 reactors in 14 EU countries. France – one of the world’s most nuclear-reliant nations with 58 reactors – promised to close any plant that did not successfully pass the test.
This initiative comes amid the nuclear crisis in Japan, which has the future of nuclear hanging in the balance as world leaders scramble to calm citizens and reassure investors with strict new security guidelines.Read more »
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