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  • Vietnamese Supermarkets go Back to Leaves, Leaving Plastic Bags

     

    Source: e.vnexpress.netSeveral Vietnamese supermarkets have started using banana leaves to wrap vegetables in an effort to reduce plastic waste.Shoppers at Lotte Mart in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 were recently surprised to see scallions, okra and other vegetables produce wrapped in banana leaves.A representative of the supermarket chain said that the company is experimenting with using leaves to wrap veggies in one outlet, and plans to expand this later to the entire chain in the country.Th

  • Great Barrier Reef suffers 89% Collapse in New Coral

     

    Source: theguardian.comThe number of new corals on the Great Barrier Reef crashed by 89% after the climate change-induced mass bleaching of 2016 and 2017.Scientists have measured how many adult corals survived along the length of the world’s largest reef system and how many new corals they produced in 2018 in the aftermath of severe heat stress and coral mortality.The results, published in Nature, show not only a dramatic reduction in new coral recruitment compared with historic levels, but als

  • Bad Diets Killing More People Globally Than Tobacco

     

    Source: theguardian.comUnhealthy diets are responsible for 11m preventable deaths globally per year, more even than smoking tobacco, according to a major study.But the biggest problem is not the junk we eat but the nutritious food we don’t eat, say researchers, calling for a global shift in policy to promote vegetables, fruit, nuts and legumes.While sugar and trans-fats are harmful, more deaths are caused by the absence of healthy foods in our diet, the study found.The research is part of the G

  • Lori Lightfoot First Openly Gay Black Female Mayor

     

    Source:chicagotribune.comJust 14 hours after her landslide victory to become Chicago’s next mayor, Lori Lightfoot held hands Wednesday morning with her vanquished opponent, Toni Preckwinkle, and prayed for the city’s future.“We stand on another mountaintop with mayor-elect, and we pray that you will allow her to govern with fairness, with equity for the South and the West Side and the North Side and all over this city, will be one, even playing field,” the Rev. Marshall Hatch prayed as Light

  • Yemen War: US House Votes to End Support for Saudi-led Campaign

     

    Source:bbc.comThe House of Representatives has voted to end US involvement in Yemen's civil war, rejecting President Donald Trump's support of a Saudi-led campaign there.Lawmakers voted 247 to 175 in favour of the bipartisan resolution, which was passed by the Senate last month.The text will now head to Mr Trump, who is expected to veto it.Opposition in Congress to his policy on Yemen grew last year after Saudi agents killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanb

  • Neo-Nazi Said Homosexuality Was Unnatural Revealed as Paedophil

     

    A neo-Nazi who plotted to murder a Labour MP with a machete is a convicted paedophile who groomed underage boys, it can be revealed.Jack Renshaw’s past offences could not be reported during his trial for alleged membership of the terrorist group National Action,which was banned over its “racist, antisemitic and homophobic” ideology in 2016.But restrictions lifted when the jury failed to reach a verdict on charges that Renshaw and two other defendants remained members of the group after it was

  • Sign of Life on Mars Confirmed: Methane Spotted by Spacecraft

     

    Scientists have independently confirmed methane on Mars, in a possible sign of life on the planet.The gas was first spotted on the Martian surface more than a decade ago. But debate has raged about whether the detection was legitimate, as well as about where it could have come from if it is.Now it has been independently confirmed for the first time, marking a major step forward in the hunt for the mysterious source of the gas.On Earth, methane is a key sign of life, and is emitted from biologica

  • Patagonia Refusing to Sell Vests to Corporate Clients

     

    Outdoor retailer Patagonia will no longer sell its corporate logo vests to companiesit viewsas ecologically damaging, a move that comes as part of the corporation's push to work with organizations that prioritize the planet.Patagonia is turning its focus to corporate sales clients with B-corporation designations —businesses that have shown a commitmentto causes such as community or the environment, according to BuzzFeed News. The policy change gained attention earlier this week afterBinna K

  • Yemeni Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi-UAE Coalition

     

    Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that proves the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting in Yemen.The children, desperately poor, are being recruited to fight along the Saudi border to defend it from the Houthis, a rebel group that overran the capital, Sanaa, and large swaths of Yemen's northwest in 2014.In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed a coalition to overthrow the Houthis - plunging Yemen into a ruin

  • Google Shuts Failed Social Network Google+

     

    Google+, the search giant's failed social network, will finally be laid to rest on Tuesday morning.Launched in 2011 and competing with Facebook and Twitter, it was Google's fourth attempt at a social network.But the platform failed to win people over, even after Google pushed it upon the thriving YouTube community.By the end of 2011, analysts were already writing obituaries. But Google decided to close the site only after discovering a data breach, in 2018.What was Google+?Google+ was la

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