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Brazil facing worst drought in nearly 100 years as officials issue
Conrad Duncan, The Independent via Carbon Brief
The Independent reports that Brazil is "facing its worst drought in
more than 90 years", driving worries of increased fires in the Amazon rainforest and energy shortages from the hydroelectric
industry. According to the outlet, hydropower made up 70% of Brazil's electricity output in 2018. It adds that Brazil's National
Meteorological System issued a "water emergency alert" last week to "acknowledge an expected shortage of rain from June to Sept this
year." Reuters adds that the nation's electricity sector monitoring
committee recommended last week that Brazil's water regulator
recognise a state of "water scarcity," after a "prolonged drought" hit
central and southern parts of the country. Meanwhile, the Financial
Times reports that in April, Amazon, Boston Consulting, McKinsey,
Unilever, Salesforce, Airbnb, GSK and Nestlé supported a $1bn scheme
to tackle deforestation. Under the scheme, countries including Brazil
and Indonesia would be "paid for carbon credits linked to avoidance of
WHO: Virus Strains to Use Greek Alphabets For Names
Bloomberg, 01 Jun 2021 10:37Z
With coronavirus variants sweeping the globe, the World Health Organization
has devised a less technical way of describing them than their scientific, ...
Record highs toppled amid intense western heat wave
AccuWeather | Local, National, & Global Weather, 01 Jun 2021 12:36Z
A heat wave is smashing record highs and making it feel more like the middle
of summer across the West this week. But for those looking to catch a break from ...
New Zealand latest nation to sign space agreement with NASA
Yahoo News, 01 Jun 2021 06:57Z
New Zealand announced Tue it was the latest country to sign a space
agreement with NASA, just as New Zealand's nascent space industry begins to take ...
Victorian govt in talks about extending the seven-day lockdown
ABC News, 01 Jun 2021 09:25Z
Concerns about the rapid transmission of COVID-19 through casual contact
prompt Victorian health officials and senior govt ministers to hold
talks on extending the seven-day lockdown.
Melbourne COVID-19 case went on camping trip in NSW, several areas on alert
ABC News, 01 Jun 2021 11:24Z
NSW Health issues a COVID-19 alert after discovering a COVID-19 case from
Melbourne visited several areas of the state while potentially infectious.
Close encounters: Democrats and Republicans unified in taking UFOs seriously The Washington Post on MSN.com, 01 Jun 2021 03:45Z
The sightings - also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs, in official parlance - are having their moment in ...
Malaysia starts total lockdown
PerthNow, 01 Jun 2021 01:39Z
[The lock-down was announced after new covid cases started to spike,
reaching around 8k in the past 24 hrs. ICU beds are unavailable and
hospitals are near breaking point].
Tesla battery scheme rolled out to homes without solar to build virtual
power plant in SA
ABC News, 01 Jun 2021 05:18Z
South Australia's love affair with Tesla technology is about to begin
another phase, with a home battery scheme to be expanded to households not suited for solar installations.
Singapore among first countries to begin vaccinating under 18s as neighbours battle COVID-19 outbreaks
ABC News, 01 Jun 2021 07:17Z
As Singapore moves to inoculate younger people, a sharp rise in coronavirus cases blamed on new variants in other South-East Asian countries prompts new restrictions, factory closures and attempts to rapidly scale up vaccination programs across the region.
Fresh COVID breach in WA hotel quarantine system after guest is infected by
man in adjoining room
ABC News, 01 Jun 2021 07:55Z
A man in his 50s acquires coronavirus in a hotel in Perth in yet another
breach of WA's hotel quarantine system.
Vaccines 2.0: Next-generation COVID-19 shots will be cheaper, easier to
deliver and protect against more viruses, industry leaders say
Yahoo News, 31 May 2021 17:11Z
Drug companies work to improve COVID-19 vaccines to fight variants of the coronavirus and other viruses and make them easier to distribute.
Could a simple pill beat COVID-19? Pfizer is giving it a go
The Conversation AU, 31 May 2021 21:10Z
While the focus has been largely on vaccines, you might have also heard
Pfizer is trialling a pill to treat COVID-19. It almost sounds too good to
be true. Indeed ...
Americans begin transition into post-pandemic life as more are vaccinated
CBS News, 31 May 2021 23:09Z
The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases has fallen to about 12000 per
day, numbers not seen since March 2020.
Turning Coal Waste Into Rare Earth Metals For Renewable Energy
CleanTechnica, 31 May 2021 19:06Z
In recent years, the US Dept of Energy has been funding a number of
pilot plants, where scientists experiment with the best ways to remove
valuable rare ...
Peru Revises Covid-19 Death Total to Triple Official Figures
The New York Times, 01 Jun 2021 07:48Z
Peru says that its Covid-19 death toll is almost 3 times as high as it
had officially counted until now, making it one of the hardest-hit nations relative to its ...
Victorian authorities concerned about COVID transmission through 'fleeting' encounters
ABC News, 31 May 2021 at 10:57pm
Victorian authorities say they are concerned about transmission of
COVID-19 through "fleeting" encounters, as the state records 3 new
locally acquired cases of the virus.
[There were another 9 covid cases detected in the past 24 hrs bringing
the total in the community to 54. Another 5000 people are in
isolation awaiting test results. Officials say unlike other spikes
this time covid is being passed on by very fleeting contacts with
strangers. The govt says it still hasn't decided whether the Victoria lock-down will need to be extended past Thu].