Evolving laws put Brazil’s environment in danger whilst eyes are on the pandemic

Evolving laws put Brazil’s environment in danger whilst eyes are on the pandemic

The Brazilian government has been accused of loosening environmental protections under the cover of the COVID pandemic, according to a new study by Biological Conservation. From January 2019, the Brazilian government approved 57 parts of legislation that weaken national environmental laws. 27 of these were passed between March and September...

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“Democracy Has Prevailed” – The Inauguration of Joe Biden

“Democracy Has Prevailed” – The Inauguration of Joe Biden

On January 20th Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, after one of the most fiery and controversial transitions in American history. His predecessor Donald Trump, who has still not formally conceded his loss to Biden over claims of electoral tampering, was only the fourth...

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: History written in blood

Armenia and Azerbaijan: History written in blood

As September 2020 shuddered to a close, the news cycle slalomed between Donald Trump’s pre-election belligerence and the ever-present spectre of COVID in a frenzy. As the global press corps breathlessly reported on every bit of mangled syntax the 45th president of the USA splattered across the political discourse, you’d...

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Make America Wait Again: a maddening Presidential Election

Make America Wait Again: a maddening Presidential Election

In the end, Joe Biden came through at the last to become the President-elect of the USA despite the antics of President Trump who threw even more toys out of his pram. He simply couldn’t believe he hadn’t won. His behaviour was frankly shocking. He would be remembered for the...

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Life post Brexit

Life post Brexit

With the transition period drawing to a close, with or without a trade deal, the Government has issued some information regarding how life will change from next year. This includes alterations to how UK citizens will travel in and out of the EU, what will change if you are an...

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1000-year-old smallpox found in Viking skeleton

1000-year-old smallpox found in Viking skeleton

Scientists have found extinct strains of smallpox in the teeth of Viking skeletons, proving that the disease has plagued humanity for over a millennium. Smallpox is spread from one person to another through infectious droplets.It can kill as many as a third of those who contract it and leave another...

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Mississippi and the Lost Cause

Mississippi and the Lost Cause

Many southern states have a saying: “Thank god for Mississippi.” However badly their state may rank, whether it’s in education, employment, or even life expectancy, they can often count on Mississippi to rank lower than they do.. And one particular source of embarrassment for the Magnolia state is its flag....

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Arctic Circle swelters as temperatures break records

Arctic Circle swelters as temperatures break records

The Arctic heatwave shows no signs of cooling, as temperatures around the Arctic Ocean continue to break records. The region recorded its hottest day ever in June (up to 18 degrees Celsius above average), with the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hitting 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). Forest fires can...

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Long-Haul Travel During Covid-19

Long-Haul Travel During Covid-19

Until recently, long-haul travel was the norm for many. Any given journey began with often-frustrating queues to check-in, drop baggage or pass through security. Only once these administrative hurdles had been overcome could passengers enter into the bustling departures terminal where shops, restaurants and lounges hummed with other eager holiday...

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