Beijing International Book Fair 2021 opens with exhibitors from 105 countries, regions

The Beijing International Book Fair, one of the largest book publishing trade fairs in the world and the biggest event in Asia’s literary calendar, opened on September 14 as a hybrid event of diverse digital and physical activities. The annual event, now in its 28th edition, ran until September 18 at the main venue, the new China International Exhibition Center …

Animal-based food generates nearly twice the emissions as plants

Animal farming accounts for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as plants grown for consumption, according to a study published that mapped agricultural activities worldwide. From transportation and deforestation to cold storage and the digestive systems of cattle, what humans eat accounts for a major chunk of the emissions behind climate change. Researchers looked at carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous …

Is Delta more transmissible than other COVID-19 variants – or is it just human behavior?

The Delta variant’s spread led to a surge in COVID-19 cases as countries like the UK, the US and India relaxed restrictions. But was it because it is more transmissible than other variants, or is it more to do with human behavior? US virologist Vincent Racaniello said the latter is far more important in shaping the course of the pandemic. …

COA: No overpricing in Pharmally mask deal

Contrary to opposition senators’ claims, there was no overpricing in the Department of Budget and Management’s procurement of face masks at the height of the pandemic last year, the Commission on Audit declared. At the hearing of the House committee on good government, COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo said, “There is nowhere in the COA report on DBM that there was …

No takers on PGH’s call for new doctors

The spokesperson of the Philippine General Hospital sounded the call for new doctors to apply and help the country’s premier COVID-19 referral center. Dr. Jonas del Rosario lamented that their call for doctors to apply went unnoticed despite the rising number of patients. Del Rosario said, “We’re ready to hire new ones. So far, no takers.” Twenty of the 25 …

Apple’s next iPhone mirrors last year’s, adds more storage

Apple unveiled its new iPhone line-up, including a model with one terabyte of storage, double that of earlier versions. That’s enough for 250,000 photos or 500 hours of high definition video. As usual, the latest iPhones are supposed to have longer-lasting batteries, too.Last week’s pre-recorded video event gave Apple a chance to present a polished story following a turbulent few …

UN chief warns Afghanistan in ‘most perilous hour,’ appeals for $600m

The United Nations warned that Afghanistan is on the precipice of a major humanitarian crisis and appealed for more than 600 million dollars in fresh aid to help millions of people on the ground. In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the country faced a “looming catastrophe” and that many Afghans were in “perhaps their most perilous hour” …

Climate change could force 216 million people out of their homes

Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank has warned. The estimate from the Washington-based lender updates a 2018 report with new figures. Internal migrants due to climate change could hit …

Dubious of Trump’s sanity, US general secretly called China: book

In January, a top US general was so worried Donald Trump was out of control that he took secret action to prevent the outgoing president from sparking a war with China, according to a new book. Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley ordered aides to not act immediately on any move by Trump to use US nuclear forces, and he …