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Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste
Dumpster diving. The term alone is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - whether it is one of actual enjoyment or disbelief, I am not sure.  Dumpster Diving: Food Perfectly Good Thrown Away Yet this phenomenon, where people sometimes quite literally ‘dive’ in the dumpsters in their neighborhood to hunt for thrown-away treasures, is seeing an uptake after some of its most famous proponents recently made headlines again. When was the dumpster invented? The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents of standardized containers onto garbage trucks, which was patented by Dempster Brothers in 1935. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power With the loot varying from hundreds of left-over desserts to household equipment and sometimes even cash, it is not hard to see why some have turned this somewhat peculiar hobby into a way of life. A fact is that we, as the collective world population, are throwing away too many perfectly good things. From food to clothes and from electronics to toys: consumerism has taken a turn for the worse, now that we discard items once we are ‘done’ with them, rather than after they have been used thoroughly. {youtube}                                                    Dumpster diving: free food, free flowers, free fun  Take the issue of food waste. Every year, an average of one-third of the food that is produced in the world for human consumption is wasted. Simply thrown away. I don’t want to risk sounding too condescending, but the old mom-trick is painfully relevant here: "You should eat your dinner, poor children in Africa would kill for it."   And while it is a cliche of the worst kind, it, unfortunately, rings true. While some of us are having the luxury of discarding perfectly good food items, others are starving. The world’s wealth has always been distributed unequally - but so has the food supply. The billions and billions worth of food thrown out in the western world, simply because it is a day past the expiration date, is inexcusable.   Recommended:  Super Food Designed To Match Your Genome: Star Trek Reality Dumpsters? Can you take stuff from it? Is Dumpster Diving Illegal? It is generally considered legal for people to rummage through trash that has been left in a public area such as a curb for pickup. Once the garbage is placed in such a place, the person has basically forfeited their ownership rights to the items, as the property is now in the public domain Dumpster Diving: 'So Many People Are Struggling To Get By' Coming back to dumpster diving. A lot of people are claiming that they are doing it as a way of showing their outrage with consumerism and waste. Others just say that it is fun and addictive. There’s this Dutch guy, Theo Vreugdenhill, who claims that he merely tries to ' save perfectly good food from the trash.'  As he says, “I simply cannot stand by idly if good food is thrown away, only because there is a tiny dent in it, happens to be slightly damaged, or is nearing its expiration date. Especially when I look around and see how many people are struggling to get by. ” He is not doing it for himself, quite the contrary. He is a preacher in a local church and takes two full crates with him to service on Sunday, for those who are unable to provide in their own needs. The products that he finds? Quite diverse, actually: from cheese to beer, butter, yogurt, fruit drinks, feta cheese, salads, and fruit. Although he has also come across perfectly good vacuum cleaners and laptops in the past, which just goes to show how careless we are in what we throw away. Not everything can be found in the dumpster: most divers will agree that it is mostly perishable items, such as vegetables, fruit, and bread. So you probably should not entirely be ready to give up the day job and spent your days as a full-time dumpster diver: products like rice, peanut butter, soda, dish soap, and detergent are pretty hard to come by.   Would you still want to try and find your inner dumpster diver and fill your fridge with leftovers? Then you can quite literally take the dive and plunge in the bins headfirst, although you could also try to talk to some shop owners yourself. Especially if your good cause stretches beyond feeding your immediate family, they might be very willing to hold on to that day’s excess for you and hand it to you in a bag instead of making you scour for it. What is a freegan lifestyle? Freeganism is a practice and ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food through dumpster diving. The word 'freegan' is a portmanteau of 'free' and 'vegan'. Dumpster Diving. Hints, Shared By Experienced Dumpster Divers: Do not wear your Sunday’s best for the dumpster diving part - while it is not nearly as gross as many people suspect, it is not something that you want to do in your favorite shirt and jeans either. Only go dumpster diving at night, preferably after the shops are closed. This way, you avoid awkward situations with shoppers walking out of the store while you are digging around in the trash. Do not climb any fences or force open gates when dumpster diving. Trespassing is not appreciated nor legal, so stay off private property. Stick to the curb-side. Always clean up after yourself. Leaving behind a mess of torn apart bags and scattered trash is bad taste and will most likely set some bad blood. Be a good neighbor and make sure that the people whose trash you are raiding do not mind. Be open about what it is that you are doing: you might get some funny looks from passerby's, who might even think of you as some homeless person. Talk to people who spotted you and explain what you are doing and what you have found.   Very practical: use a headlight when dumpster diving, so that you can freely use your hands while digging; and make sure to bring plenty of bags and boxes and, preferably, a way of transporting your newfound treasures. Recommended:  Superfood! Murnong Gets Back To Our Plates: Australia Not quite ready to go out and dig in your community’s trash bins yet? Then you can do other things to cut back on your food waste. To actively encourage you to do so, you will be happy to find that there are quite a few apps that remind you to do so and give helpful hints. One of those apps is Too Good To Go , designed explicitly for bargain hunters: businesses can post their leftovers in the app at steep discounts (adding up to at least 50-75%), after which shoppers can come in to collect the relatively fresh food at a great price.   Recommended:  Helpful tools and supplies for Dumpster Divers Combat Food Waste: Apps Another popular app is Olio , which allows you to share food with your local community. Handy if you are going on holiday, for instance. Your leftover food can be listed, along with a preferred pick-up point and pick-up time, and people in your community will be able to take it off your hands.   Unsung kind of does the same as Olio, except that it works with volunteers, in a charitable set-up. After posting your ‘offer,’ one of the Unsung volunteers will come to pick it up and deliver it to a local food bank or homeless shelter. The volunteers are the delivery guys who pick up your food and drop it off with people who need it the most. Finally, Eat Me prevents your food from going bad: it creates a timer for all the food that you have in your fridge. Scan the food as you put it in the refrigerator, after which it will alert you if it is about to go bad. A fun fact: this app was the idea of two teenage girls, who are still involved in the company. Look, I don’t care if you are digging through trashcans or donating your leftovers through one of the apps listed above. The essence remains the same: avoiding a situation where you have to throw away food while someone else in your community might be going hungry. And that is something worth fighting - or dumpster diving - for. By: Metro/Sharai Hoekema Original article in Dutch  Before you go! Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Dumpster diving. The term alone is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - whether it is one of actual enjoyment or disbelief, I am not sure.  Dumpster Diving: Food Perfectly Good Thrown Away Yet this phenomenon, where people sometimes quite literally ‘dive’ in the dumpsters in their neighborhood to hunt for thrown-away treasures, is seeing an uptake after some of its most famous proponents recently made headlines again. When was the dumpster invented? The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents of standardized containers onto garbage trucks, which was patented by Dempster Brothers in 1935. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power With the loot varying from hundreds of left-over desserts to household equipment and sometimes even cash, it is not hard to see why some have turned this somewhat peculiar hobby into a way of life. A fact is that we, as the collective world population, are throwing away too many perfectly good things. From food to clothes and from electronics to toys: consumerism has taken a turn for the worse, now that we discard items once we are ‘done’ with them, rather than after they have been used thoroughly. {youtube}                                                    Dumpster diving: free food, free flowers, free fun  Take the issue of food waste. Every year, an average of one-third of the food that is produced in the world for human consumption is wasted. Simply thrown away. I don’t want to risk sounding too condescending, but the old mom-trick is painfully relevant here: "You should eat your dinner, poor children in Africa would kill for it."   And while it is a cliche of the worst kind, it, unfortunately, rings true. While some of us are having the luxury of discarding perfectly good food items, others are starving. The world’s wealth has always been distributed unequally - but so has the food supply. The billions and billions worth of food thrown out in the western world, simply because it is a day past the expiration date, is inexcusable.   Recommended:  Super Food Designed To Match Your Genome: Star Trek Reality Dumpsters? Can you take stuff from it? Is Dumpster Diving Illegal? It is generally considered legal for people to rummage through trash that has been left in a public area such as a curb for pickup. Once the garbage is placed in such a place, the person has basically forfeited their ownership rights to the items, as the property is now in the public domain Dumpster Diving: 'So Many People Are Struggling To Get By' Coming back to dumpster diving. A lot of people are claiming that they are doing it as a way of showing their outrage with consumerism and waste. Others just say that it is fun and addictive. There’s this Dutch guy, Theo Vreugdenhill, who claims that he merely tries to ' save perfectly good food from the trash.'  As he says, “I simply cannot stand by idly if good food is thrown away, only because there is a tiny dent in it, happens to be slightly damaged, or is nearing its expiration date. Especially when I look around and see how many people are struggling to get by. ” He is not doing it for himself, quite the contrary. He is a preacher in a local church and takes two full crates with him to service on Sunday, for those who are unable to provide in their own needs. The products that he finds? Quite diverse, actually: from cheese to beer, butter, yogurt, fruit drinks, feta cheese, salads, and fruit. Although he has also come across perfectly good vacuum cleaners and laptops in the past, which just goes to show how careless we are in what we throw away. Not everything can be found in the dumpster: most divers will agree that it is mostly perishable items, such as vegetables, fruit, and bread. So you probably should not entirely be ready to give up the day job and spent your days as a full-time dumpster diver: products like rice, peanut butter, soda, dish soap, and detergent are pretty hard to come by.   Would you still want to try and find your inner dumpster diver and fill your fridge with leftovers? Then you can quite literally take the dive and plunge in the bins headfirst, although you could also try to talk to some shop owners yourself. Especially if your good cause stretches beyond feeding your immediate family, they might be very willing to hold on to that day’s excess for you and hand it to you in a bag instead of making you scour for it. What is a freegan lifestyle? Freeganism is a practice and ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food through dumpster diving. The word 'freegan' is a portmanteau of 'free' and 'vegan'. Dumpster Diving. Hints, Shared By Experienced Dumpster Divers: Do not wear your Sunday’s best for the dumpster diving part - while it is not nearly as gross as many people suspect, it is not something that you want to do in your favorite shirt and jeans either. Only go dumpster diving at night, preferably after the shops are closed. This way, you avoid awkward situations with shoppers walking out of the store while you are digging around in the trash. Do not climb any fences or force open gates when dumpster diving. Trespassing is not appreciated nor legal, so stay off private property. Stick to the curb-side. Always clean up after yourself. Leaving behind a mess of torn apart bags and scattered trash is bad taste and will most likely set some bad blood. Be a good neighbor and make sure that the people whose trash you are raiding do not mind. Be open about what it is that you are doing: you might get some funny looks from passerby's, who might even think of you as some homeless person. Talk to people who spotted you and explain what you are doing and what you have found.   Very practical: use a headlight when dumpster diving, so that you can freely use your hands while digging; and make sure to bring plenty of bags and boxes and, preferably, a way of transporting your newfound treasures. Recommended:  Superfood! Murnong Gets Back To Our Plates: Australia Not quite ready to go out and dig in your community’s trash bins yet? Then you can do other things to cut back on your food waste. To actively encourage you to do so, you will be happy to find that there are quite a few apps that remind you to do so and give helpful hints. One of those apps is Too Good To Go , designed explicitly for bargain hunters: businesses can post their leftovers in the app at steep discounts (adding up to at least 50-75%), after which shoppers can come in to collect the relatively fresh food at a great price.   Recommended:  Helpful tools and supplies for Dumpster Divers Combat Food Waste: Apps Another popular app is Olio , which allows you to share food with your local community. Handy if you are going on holiday, for instance. Your leftover food can be listed, along with a preferred pick-up point and pick-up time, and people in your community will be able to take it off your hands.   Unsung kind of does the same as Olio, except that it works with volunteers, in a charitable set-up. After posting your ‘offer,’ one of the Unsung volunteers will come to pick it up and deliver it to a local food bank or homeless shelter. The volunteers are the delivery guys who pick up your food and drop it off with people who need it the most. Finally, Eat Me prevents your food from going bad: it creates a timer for all the food that you have in your fridge. Scan the food as you put it in the refrigerator, after which it will alert you if it is about to go bad. A fun fact: this app was the idea of two teenage girls, who are still involved in the company. Look, I don’t care if you are digging through trashcans or donating your leftovers through one of the apps listed above. The essence remains the same: avoiding a situation where you have to throw away food while someone else in your community might be going hungry. And that is something worth fighting - or dumpster diving - for. By: Metro/Sharai Hoekema Original article in Dutch  Before you go! Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste
Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste
Electric Car Conversion Kits: Electrified Class
If you are a ‘real’ car lover, you may have found yourselves in quite a bind since the electric car movement started taking off. You might enjoy your oldtimers and fancy classic vehicles, but are well aware that those rank amongst some of the highest polluting cars on our roads. If only there would be a way of greening up those classics… Electric Car Conversion You are in luck. Those who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle know there is a way! Electric car conversion kits can turn pretty much any old gas guzzler into a hypermodern electric drive. When Harry drove his bride in a Jaguar E-Type Zero, the classic E-body housing a modern electric drive, people jumped on the idea. Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro And if you think that this would only be reserved for the wealthiest of wealthy, you are once again in luck. The estimated cost of converting the Jag to an electric vehicle is somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000, much less than what the car originally cost. This means that there will be a decent market for it. Hence, the number of car conversion shops is growing steadily, especially in the United States. All kinds of iconic cars have already undergone the conversion procedure, including Dodge A100 vans, Dowsett's Comets, and your typical BMW classics. Photo by Electrek. The prototype e-Beetle Recommended:  Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV Car Conversion Is Nothing New These specialty garages typically focus on one thing: converting the heavy, polluting vehicles into something offering a smooth, classy electric drive. The concept of car conversion has been around since the 1970s oil crisis when people would adapt their cars to house electric forklift motors. This way, they no longer had to rely on the somewhat unsteady market of oil back then. After the end of the crisis, interest in electric vehicles once again waned, up unto rather recently.   Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Now, fuelled by growing concerns for the environment and the appeal and exuberance of people like Elon Musk, the electric car industry is once again on the rise. Technology has improved significantly and keeps getting better with each passing day. While this is great for the electric car industry and conversion shops, it does leave the latter scrambling to catch up. They know that the motor that they put in today could be outdated by tomorrow, which means that they have to stay on top of the game. Some are now even offering bolt-on car conversion kits for hobbyists. It makes for a fun afternoon in your garage.   Electric GT has created an electric ‘crate motor’, that gives car enthusiasts the ability to turn any classic car eco-friendly and electric. This is ideal for both conversion shops and weekend gear heads that love working on cars. Converting Existing Cars Is Better Their struggle to keep up is worth it. After all, they are invaluable in taking some of the most polluting vehicles off the road and converting them into something green. As one owner of such a conversion shop put it, “ No one buys a car to save the environment. I was like, ‘How come there are no electric speed shops? ” This guy was definitely on to something. He went on to convert an E36 BMW M3 and a classic Porsche. This was when he got more and more calls, and he decided, like others did, to do a business out of it. Some have decided to focus on specific car types, like Zelectric, a San Diego based conversion shop. It exclusively converts the 1950s and 1960s Beetles and Porsches, which are some of the easiest to convert thanks to their rear-engine layout.   Zelectric’s owner David Benardo is another example of someone who stumbled upon this business. He worked in advertising when he wanted to try and build his own electric Beetle. “ I documented it on social media, and people asked me, ‘Can you make me one? ” He started taking orders, priced anywhere in the range from $62,000 to $170,000, depending on the exact features demanded. Zelectric, a conversion shop in San Diego, specializes in the 1950s and ’60s Beetles and Porsches Niche Market With Growth Potential While these are not excessive amounts in the world of cars, it is undoubtedly no loose change either. Paying upward of $60,000 to have your Volkswagen Beetle (retailing at ~ $20,000 to $30,000) converted just seems silly especially if there are second-hand electric vehicles like the Leaf, Prius or RAV4 available for only a couple thousand dollars.   {youtube}                                                                                   Karmann Ghia Conversion to Electric (The Process) It means that the market is pretty niche, focusing on people who can’t do without their classic cars but want to do better by the environment. There are often one-of-a-kind parts involved, driving up costs. There is an upside, though. When those parts can be produced in bulk, it would bring prices down significantly. This is why the person who came up with the conversion kits is such a genius, as he did manage to bring down costs by employing the economies of scale theory. Similarly, do-it-yourself kits eliminate the installation costs, which can run up to some $15,000 as well.   Converted a VW Karmann Ghia to fully electric battery powered. While the availability of those kits is still somewhat limited, it is expected to grow in years to come. In the ideal world, there would be a conversion kit for pretty much every classic car out there. Or perhaps even your not-so-classic vehicle that you are just not ready to part ways with. If it can be turned into an electric drive for less than the price of a new vehicle, it is undoubtedly worth it. Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Electric Cybertruck: Explorer’s Best Friend Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
If you are a ‘real’ car lover, you may have found yourselves in quite a bind since the electric car movement started taking off. You might enjoy your oldtimers and fancy classic vehicles, but are well aware that those rank amongst some of the highest polluting cars on our roads. If only there would be a way of greening up those classics… Electric Car Conversion You are in luck. Those who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle know there is a way! Electric car conversion kits can turn pretty much any old gas guzzler into a hypermodern electric drive. When Harry drove his bride in a Jaguar E-Type Zero, the classic E-body housing a modern electric drive, people jumped on the idea. Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro And if you think that this would only be reserved for the wealthiest of wealthy, you are once again in luck. The estimated cost of converting the Jag to an electric vehicle is somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000, much less than what the car originally cost. This means that there will be a decent market for it. Hence, the number of car conversion shops is growing steadily, especially in the United States. All kinds of iconic cars have already undergone the conversion procedure, including Dodge A100 vans, Dowsett's Comets, and your typical BMW classics. Photo by Electrek. The prototype e-Beetle Recommended:  Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV Car Conversion Is Nothing New These specialty garages typically focus on one thing: converting the heavy, polluting vehicles into something offering a smooth, classy electric drive. The concept of car conversion has been around since the 1970s oil crisis when people would adapt their cars to house electric forklift motors. This way, they no longer had to rely on the somewhat unsteady market of oil back then. After the end of the crisis, interest in electric vehicles once again waned, up unto rather recently.   Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Now, fuelled by growing concerns for the environment and the appeal and exuberance of people like Elon Musk, the electric car industry is once again on the rise. Technology has improved significantly and keeps getting better with each passing day. While this is great for the electric car industry and conversion shops, it does leave the latter scrambling to catch up. They know that the motor that they put in today could be outdated by tomorrow, which means that they have to stay on top of the game. Some are now even offering bolt-on car conversion kits for hobbyists. It makes for a fun afternoon in your garage.   Electric GT has created an electric ‘crate motor’, that gives car enthusiasts the ability to turn any classic car eco-friendly and electric. This is ideal for both conversion shops and weekend gear heads that love working on cars. Converting Existing Cars Is Better Their struggle to keep up is worth it. After all, they are invaluable in taking some of the most polluting vehicles off the road and converting them into something green. As one owner of such a conversion shop put it, “ No one buys a car to save the environment. I was like, ‘How come there are no electric speed shops? ” This guy was definitely on to something. He went on to convert an E36 BMW M3 and a classic Porsche. This was when he got more and more calls, and he decided, like others did, to do a business out of it. Some have decided to focus on specific car types, like Zelectric, a San Diego based conversion shop. It exclusively converts the 1950s and 1960s Beetles and Porsches, which are some of the easiest to convert thanks to their rear-engine layout.   Zelectric’s owner David Benardo is another example of someone who stumbled upon this business. He worked in advertising when he wanted to try and build his own electric Beetle. “ I documented it on social media, and people asked me, ‘Can you make me one? ” He started taking orders, priced anywhere in the range from $62,000 to $170,000, depending on the exact features demanded. Zelectric, a conversion shop in San Diego, specializes in the 1950s and ’60s Beetles and Porsches Niche Market With Growth Potential While these are not excessive amounts in the world of cars, it is undoubtedly no loose change either. Paying upward of $60,000 to have your Volkswagen Beetle (retailing at ~ $20,000 to $30,000) converted just seems silly especially if there are second-hand electric vehicles like the Leaf, Prius or RAV4 available for only a couple thousand dollars.   {youtube}                                                                                   Karmann Ghia Conversion to Electric (The Process) It means that the market is pretty niche, focusing on people who can’t do without their classic cars but want to do better by the environment. There are often one-of-a-kind parts involved, driving up costs. There is an upside, though. When those parts can be produced in bulk, it would bring prices down significantly. This is why the person who came up with the conversion kits is such a genius, as he did manage to bring down costs by employing the economies of scale theory. Similarly, do-it-yourself kits eliminate the installation costs, which can run up to some $15,000 as well.   Converted a VW Karmann Ghia to fully electric battery powered. While the availability of those kits is still somewhat limited, it is expected to grow in years to come. In the ideal world, there would be a conversion kit for pretty much every classic car out there. Or perhaps even your not-so-classic vehicle that you are just not ready to part ways with. If it can be turned into an electric drive for less than the price of a new vehicle, it is undoubtedly worth it. Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Electric Cybertruck: Explorer’s Best Friend Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Electric Car Conversion Kits: Electrified Class
Electric Car Conversion Kits: Electrified Class
Hydrogen VS Electric Cars: A Beginner’s Guide
Just like so many concepts in sustainability, the terms ‘hydrogen’ and ‘electric’ in cars are often confused as being one and the same. Perhaps the similarity of ‘hybrid’ and ‘hydrogen’ does it, I honestly do not know. What I do know is this: they are definitely and decisively not the same.   Hydrogen As Chemical Reaction Let’s start with a quick look at hydrogen cars. These run on fuel cells that store hydrogen and oxygen. As these two ‘meet’, chemical reactions occur that result in the creation of water and energy. This chemical reaction is what powers the car. And the only by-product is water, let out through the exhaust pipes. While they need fuel, you might be happy to learn that this is hydrogen, a clean, renewable resource. No drop of petrol or diesel fuel is needed here. The range is not too bad either: on a single tank of hydrogen, the car can run some 320 to 400 kilometers. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Electric Drives On Batteries Then, we move on to electric cars. These run on batteries, not fuel cells. Most of the ‘green’ cars driving down our highways are of this type: the Nissan Leaf, Teslas, or the BMW i3, just to name a few popular ones. Anyhow, these cars are equipped with a powerful battery that holds a charge in a way that closely resembles the way our smartphones store their power. Basically, you charge it and all activities from there on out will use some of the battery. BMW i3 A small side-note, this comparison does not always hold true. There are some electric cars that are capable of (slightly) re-charging while driving, for instance, while braking, when the produced heat is converted back into electricity. Either way, these cars will eventually need to be charged as well, doing so at a mains electricity points. This needs to be done after anywhere between 160 and 500 kilometers - the range varies pretty heavily per car.   Recommended:  Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs Instant Fuelling Vs Slow Charging While the hydrogen-fuel stations are pretty much like the petrol stations today, fuel up and instant go, electric-fuel stations are not as accommodating. Getting the car fully charged can take up to 12 hours. No problem if you are at home for the night, but rather inconvenient if you are on a road trip and eager to make long stretches. There are some so-called rapid charge stations, however, these still require some 30 minutes to add 160 kilometers to your electric car’s range. So, hydrogen cars would in this aspect effectively be a better substitute for petrol or diesel-powered cars, as they provide the convenience of instant fuel-up. Then why are there not more of them? Why are people continuously moving to electric cars instead? One of the main issues is that the development has quite literally taken a backseat to the gigantic success of electric cars. The audience at large is not aware of the benefits offered by hydrogen: lighter cars that will not let you experience any real ‘down-time’. It definitely sounds like the better option for public transport and transportation businesses, to name a few.   Deciding Factors Deciding Purchase Purchase decisions are not made on the benefit of instant fuelling alone, though. There are more things to consider when comparing the two types. Like range, performance, convenience (availability) of refueling stations, and - probably most important - price. {youtube}                                             Hydrogen Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Cars – Which is Better? Electric vehicles would arguably win 3 of those 4 criteria. Although the range is slightly better for hydrogen cars; the performance, availability of refueling stations and price will definitely have to go the electric car’s way. In particular the convenience of refueling, so the availability of hydrogen fuel stations is a problem. Hydrogen fuel stations are few and far between, while the costs of building more are pretty exorbitant. Compare this to the electric car’s quite literal ‘plug into the electricity net’ approach, and you can see why many people prefer those. Recommended:  Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Hydrogen Still Using Fossil Fuels The ‘dream’ as provided by electric cars is real. You do not have to provide any sort of fuel, just plug it in. At your home, at your office, anywhere you like. This has drawn many people to the technology. Then, looking at the climate impact, there are more emissions associated with hydrogen cars as well. Hydrogen is largely generated using fossil fuels. So, we are not really solving the issue for good here. If all of those downsides to hydrogen aren’t enough, the price point is sure to chase the last of those interested away. The cars themselves are pretty pricey, while refueling is equally detrimental to your bank account. The cost may fall as the technology becomes more wide-spread, but with several tens of thousands of hydrogen cars out there, it is not likely to happen anytime soon. Not like it has happened for electric cars, at least, that are driving around by the millions. Recommended:  Buzz-Greening The World’s Fleets: Hydrogen Taking Bets On The Future This is not to say that we should not continue to invest in this technology, though. Some companies, like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai are certainly trying. Perhaps they can foster a breakthrough, although the odds seem to be against them at this time. Electric vehicles appear more sustainable, responsible, scalable, and ecological. As technology progresses, charging time is sure to go down over the next decades, effectively eliminating its only weakness. Hydrogen cars, on the other hand, still have a rather long and complicated way to go. For now, my money is on electric cars.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Model S Converted: Meet The Hydrogen Hesla Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric car conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Just like so many concepts in sustainability, the terms ‘hydrogen’ and ‘electric’ in cars are often confused as being one and the same. Perhaps the similarity of ‘hybrid’ and ‘hydrogen’ does it, I honestly do not know. What I do know is this: they are definitely and decisively not the same.   Hydrogen As Chemical Reaction Let’s start with a quick look at hydrogen cars. These run on fuel cells that store hydrogen and oxygen. As these two ‘meet’, chemical reactions occur that result in the creation of water and energy. This chemical reaction is what powers the car. And the only by-product is water, let out through the exhaust pipes. While they need fuel, you might be happy to learn that this is hydrogen, a clean, renewable resource. No drop of petrol or diesel fuel is needed here. The range is not too bad either: on a single tank of hydrogen, the car can run some 320 to 400 kilometers. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Electric Drives On Batteries Then, we move on to electric cars. These run on batteries, not fuel cells. Most of the ‘green’ cars driving down our highways are of this type: the Nissan Leaf, Teslas, or the BMW i3, just to name a few popular ones. Anyhow, these cars are equipped with a powerful battery that holds a charge in a way that closely resembles the way our smartphones store their power. Basically, you charge it and all activities from there on out will use some of the battery. BMW i3 A small side-note, this comparison does not always hold true. There are some electric cars that are capable of (slightly) re-charging while driving, for instance, while braking, when the produced heat is converted back into electricity. Either way, these cars will eventually need to be charged as well, doing so at a mains electricity points. This needs to be done after anywhere between 160 and 500 kilometers - the range varies pretty heavily per car.   Recommended:  Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs Instant Fuelling Vs Slow Charging While the hydrogen-fuel stations are pretty much like the petrol stations today, fuel up and instant go, electric-fuel stations are not as accommodating. Getting the car fully charged can take up to 12 hours. No problem if you are at home for the night, but rather inconvenient if you are on a road trip and eager to make long stretches. There are some so-called rapid charge stations, however, these still require some 30 minutes to add 160 kilometers to your electric car’s range. So, hydrogen cars would in this aspect effectively be a better substitute for petrol or diesel-powered cars, as they provide the convenience of instant fuel-up. Then why are there not more of them? Why are people continuously moving to electric cars instead? One of the main issues is that the development has quite literally taken a backseat to the gigantic success of electric cars. The audience at large is not aware of the benefits offered by hydrogen: lighter cars that will not let you experience any real ‘down-time’. It definitely sounds like the better option for public transport and transportation businesses, to name a few.   Deciding Factors Deciding Purchase Purchase decisions are not made on the benefit of instant fuelling alone, though. There are more things to consider when comparing the two types. Like range, performance, convenience (availability) of refueling stations, and - probably most important - price. {youtube}                                             Hydrogen Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Cars – Which is Better? Electric vehicles would arguably win 3 of those 4 criteria. Although the range is slightly better for hydrogen cars; the performance, availability of refueling stations and price will definitely have to go the electric car’s way. In particular the convenience of refueling, so the availability of hydrogen fuel stations is a problem. Hydrogen fuel stations are few and far between, while the costs of building more are pretty exorbitant. Compare this to the electric car’s quite literal ‘plug into the electricity net’ approach, and you can see why many people prefer those. Recommended:  Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Hydrogen Still Using Fossil Fuels The ‘dream’ as provided by electric cars is real. You do not have to provide any sort of fuel, just plug it in. At your home, at your office, anywhere you like. This has drawn many people to the technology. Then, looking at the climate impact, there are more emissions associated with hydrogen cars as well. Hydrogen is largely generated using fossil fuels. So, we are not really solving the issue for good here. If all of those downsides to hydrogen aren’t enough, the price point is sure to chase the last of those interested away. The cars themselves are pretty pricey, while refueling is equally detrimental to your bank account. The cost may fall as the technology becomes more wide-spread, but with several tens of thousands of hydrogen cars out there, it is not likely to happen anytime soon. Not like it has happened for electric cars, at least, that are driving around by the millions. Recommended:  Buzz-Greening The World’s Fleets: Hydrogen Taking Bets On The Future This is not to say that we should not continue to invest in this technology, though. Some companies, like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai are certainly trying. Perhaps they can foster a breakthrough, although the odds seem to be against them at this time. Electric vehicles appear more sustainable, responsible, scalable, and ecological. As technology progresses, charging time is sure to go down over the next decades, effectively eliminating its only weakness. Hydrogen cars, on the other hand, still have a rather long and complicated way to go. For now, my money is on electric cars.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tesla Model S Converted: Meet The Hydrogen Hesla Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric car conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Hydrogen VS Electric Cars: A Beginner’s Guide
Hydrogen VS Electric Cars: A Beginner’s Guide
Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV
In the Czech Republic, the small manufacturer MW Motors is based, a company that recently unveiled its first electric car. The first entry of the Czech MW Motors has been christened Luka EV, a fully electric car that has taken the form of a classic looking coupe on which front BMW influences from yesteryear can be observed.  Electric Car Battery Technology: The Luka EV The Luka EV has 4 electric motors that each have been given a place in the wheels. The total power is at a modest 68 hp. The battery pack has a capacity of 21.9 kWh and with that, the Luka EV has to be able to reach a range of 300 kilometers. In 9,6 seconds, the 815 kilo-weighing and 4-meter-long coupe sprints to a speed of 100 km / h. The top speed is 146 km/h. Recommended:  Can Toyota’s Solar Electric Car 'Run Forever'? Hypermodern Electric Car Technology In A Retro Jacket. Fortunately, the MW Motors Luka MV only puts 815 kilograms on the scale, otherwise, the performance would be even worse. A sprint from zero to one hundred in 9.6 seconds is no longer something to stomp up today, nor a top of 146 km / h. The car will cost about 20,000 euros. For that price, you will receive standard electric windows, air conditioning, central door locking, a leather interior, infotainment, and servo steering. The manufacturer reports that the car is ready to go into production. {youtube}                                              MW Motors Luka EV is a modern electric car in retro classic form   Before you go! Recommended:  Volkswagen Type 20 EV Microbus Concept Is The Hippie Classic Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric car conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
In the Czech Republic, the small manufacturer MW Motors is based, a company that recently unveiled its first electric car. The first entry of the Czech MW Motors has been christened Luka EV, a fully electric car that has taken the form of a classic looking coupe on which front BMW influences from yesteryear can be observed.  Electric Car Battery Technology: The Luka EV The Luka EV has 4 electric motors that each have been given a place in the wheels. The total power is at a modest 68 hp. The battery pack has a capacity of 21.9 kWh and with that, the Luka EV has to be able to reach a range of 300 kilometers. In 9,6 seconds, the 815 kilo-weighing and 4-meter-long coupe sprints to a speed of 100 km / h. The top speed is 146 km/h. Recommended:  Can Toyota’s Solar Electric Car 'Run Forever'? Hypermodern Electric Car Technology In A Retro Jacket. Fortunately, the MW Motors Luka MV only puts 815 kilograms on the scale, otherwise, the performance would be even worse. A sprint from zero to one hundred in 9.6 seconds is no longer something to stomp up today, nor a top of 146 km / h. The car will cost about 20,000 euros. For that price, you will receive standard electric windows, air conditioning, central door locking, a leather interior, infotainment, and servo steering. The manufacturer reports that the car is ready to go into production. {youtube}                                              MW Motors Luka EV is a modern electric car in retro classic form   Before you go! Recommended:  Volkswagen Type 20 EV Microbus Concept Is The Hippie Classic Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric car conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV
Electric Car Technology In The Retro Luka EV
Our Food With Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up
The world population keeps growing, the climate changing, and sea-levels rising. Make floating housing for coastal communities, and the future looks already much brighter. Our Food: What About Building Shelter, Generating Energy, And Producing Clean Water. In the Philippines, the architecture firm Dada set their ideas on paper for waterfront areas. But there are more companies like Seasteading, Architecture studio Goldsmith, Peter, Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specializes in waterborne architecture in the Netherlands and. Researchers at Nottingham University. The Jellyfish Barge project and the Italian Studiomobile. Worldwide there are many coastal communities. Once started for the immense amount of resources, trade, and the refreshing water can provide. Of course, there was always a fragile balance between what the climate could cause, like storms and high seas, and the resistance people could come up with to endure these stressful events.  Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up: The Coronavirus The coronavirus pandemic has given fringe libertarian groups around the world renewed vigor to pursue their dreams of building autonomous new societies. Government-enforced lockdowns and increased digital surveillance have added fuel to their suspicions of state control. In contrast, the suspension of day-to-day norms and the specter of an economic meltdown have amplified their calls to rethink society. When you’re not sure which virus is more contagious, says the slogan of a recent meme made by Americans for Liberty. 'Covid-19, or those fine with complete government control.' Photo by Dada. Blue as the new green as a design philosophy. Dada floating houses Our Food With Rising Sea Levels: Save Shelters There was always the quest for save shelters. Now with the given of a dense population, dwindling resources, and a fast-changing climate, the stakes for saving shelters were never higher. So with the techniques, we have nowadays, and centuries of experience of living in coastal areas, floating villages, and houses on steels, It’s time to prepare for the future sustainably. Dada came up with futuristic structures that are fully adaptable to their environment. The design is mainly focussed on the circumstances in the Philippines. {youtube}                                                       Jacques Rougerie Foundation's: ‘Curunts for Currents’   The houses are powered by solar and tidal energy. This way of energy creating can also be used to earn money. Not only creates solar and tidal energy more than enough power for the floating community, but the surplus can also be sold. Recommended:  Blue Floating Energy: Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Waves The heart of the project lies in its design, which utilizes the unique at-sea context to the structures’ operational advantage. The houses are powered by both tidal and solar energy, harvested by technological systems incorporated within the units themselves, rendering the entire community to be wholly off-the-grid and self-sufficient. Graph by Dada: floating house adapting to the wind and a tidal energy installation Another advantage is the space in these shelters where food can be grown with aquaponics techniques. These systems not only provide each unit with a sustainable primary source of power but also a means of livelihood and source of income in electricity farming for nearby inland communities. Although initially created for the Philippines environment, the modular design of these houses, as well as the use of universally available material for its main structural frame, are molded plastic, which allows for their ease in construction in practically any coastal site around the world. Recommended:  Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation Graph by Dada: Floating house with a tidal energy installation Our Food: A Floating Cow Farm In The Netherlands No country has more experience with coping with water than the Netherlands. Almost two-thirds of the country is situated below sea-level. For this reason alone, The Dutch had to build dikes construct pumping stations, build bridges, and locks. One of the positive outcomes of this process was not only be protected from the sea but also gained land by dry pumping low areas. Photo by Goldsmith: floating cow-farm, the Netherlands. Now Minke van Wingerden, a partner in the Rotterdam-based property development firm Beladon designed a floating cow farm. If we want to live in floating cities soon, we also have to find a way to produce food. Not only it produces milk, cheese and meat ‘next doors it also saves transport time and pollution. The cows will be kept on the second floor from a garden-like enclosure. One level up the greenhouse will produce grass, and other food will come as used grain from local breweries. On the ‘ground’ floor, there will be equipped to process and package the milk and yogurt. Robots will scoop the manure, which will be sold as fertilizer. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation? Our Food: A Floating Chicken Farm Goldsmith Architecture Studio Came Up With A Floating Chicken Farm. It is the follow up from the floating cow farm. The Floating farm will not only housing chickens but also have the equipment to produce eggs and other food products. Graph by Goldsmith. The exterior of the floating chicken farm. The well-being of the chickens is one of the most critical assumptions. They will have much more space in comparison with the industrial chicken farms. The chicken farm has natural light, and the solar panels used to generate electricity also produce shade. Recommended:  The First Floating Wind-farm Is Operating In Scotland Floating Deep Farms: Growing Food Underwater At Nottingham University, researchers have developed the idea of floating deep farms. It is large vertical containers that are submerged underwater close to coastal areas. It will be possible to grow a variety of crops. The containers also can act as a ‘sink’ for CO2 capture from the local government. Prof Saffa Riffat came up with the concept. He works in the field of sustainable energy. Graph floating, submurged farm. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming At Sea In Italy Greenhouse Floating In Rivers And At Sea: Future Of Our Food The Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse consisting of a plastic dome and a base made from recycled plastic drums. The greenhouse can desalinate seawater to water the plants. A solar panel at the bottom of the barge generates the energy needed to heat the salted water and or polluted water to make it evaporate. I this way, about 150 liters of clean, sweet water is produced. This water gets many times recycled and used in the hydroponic system. The substrate where the plants grow in is from clay enriched by mineral nutrients. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  With this technique, 70% of clean water is saved in comparison with traditional cultivation. The project got executed by Studiomobile, an Italian architect duo existing out of Cristiana Favretto and professor Stefano Mancuso, a botanist from the University of Florance. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  Our Food: Our Future Soon, many coastal areas will be affected by rising sea levels. Above shows that many organizations are preparing and testing housing and facilities to live and grow food. Not only because of rising sea levels but also when seawater submerges fertile soil, which makes the farmland useless, the above solutions could give a relive and provide shelter and food. Another solution is to start urban farming projects in and on highrise buildings, which are realized already in many countries. Having – autonomous – communities that can produce their food, clean water, and energy on a small scale is crucial to survive future challenges. Photo by Dada. Floating houses The area of building large structures has come to an end. Future buildings and communities will be small, self-reliant, and modular. Cover photo. All residential units are modular and accompanied by co-working spaces, fab labs, recycling plants, science labs, educational hotels, sports fields, and aquaponic farms. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about green architecture?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink!
The world population keeps growing, the climate changing, and sea-levels rising. Make floating housing for coastal communities, and the future looks already much brighter. Our Food: What About Building Shelter, Generating Energy, And Producing Clean Water. In the Philippines, the architecture firm Dada set their ideas on paper for waterfront areas. But there are more companies like Seasteading, Architecture studio Goldsmith, Peter, Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specializes in waterborne architecture in the Netherlands and. Researchers at Nottingham University. The Jellyfish Barge project and the Italian Studiomobile. Worldwide there are many coastal communities. Once started for the immense amount of resources, trade, and the refreshing water can provide. Of course, there was always a fragile balance between what the climate could cause, like storms and high seas, and the resistance people could come up with to endure these stressful events.  Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up: The Coronavirus The coronavirus pandemic has given fringe libertarian groups around the world renewed vigor to pursue their dreams of building autonomous new societies. Government-enforced lockdowns and increased digital surveillance have added fuel to their suspicions of state control. In contrast, the suspension of day-to-day norms and the specter of an economic meltdown have amplified their calls to rethink society. When you’re not sure which virus is more contagious, says the slogan of a recent meme made by Americans for Liberty. 'Covid-19, or those fine with complete government control.' Photo by Dada. Blue as the new green as a design philosophy. Dada floating houses Our Food With Rising Sea Levels: Save Shelters There was always the quest for save shelters. Now with the given of a dense population, dwindling resources, and a fast-changing climate, the stakes for saving shelters were never higher. So with the techniques, we have nowadays, and centuries of experience of living in coastal areas, floating villages, and houses on steels, It’s time to prepare for the future sustainably. Dada came up with futuristic structures that are fully adaptable to their environment. The design is mainly focussed on the circumstances in the Philippines. {youtube}                                                       Jacques Rougerie Foundation's: ‘Curunts for Currents’   The houses are powered by solar and tidal energy. This way of energy creating can also be used to earn money. Not only creates solar and tidal energy more than enough power for the floating community, but the surplus can also be sold. Recommended:  Blue Floating Energy: Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Waves The heart of the project lies in its design, which utilizes the unique at-sea context to the structures’ operational advantage. The houses are powered by both tidal and solar energy, harvested by technological systems incorporated within the units themselves, rendering the entire community to be wholly off-the-grid and self-sufficient. Graph by Dada: floating house adapting to the wind and a tidal energy installation Another advantage is the space in these shelters where food can be grown with aquaponics techniques. These systems not only provide each unit with a sustainable primary source of power but also a means of livelihood and source of income in electricity farming for nearby inland communities. Although initially created for the Philippines environment, the modular design of these houses, as well as the use of universally available material for its main structural frame, are molded plastic, which allows for their ease in construction in practically any coastal site around the world. Recommended:  Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation Graph by Dada: Floating house with a tidal energy installation Our Food: A Floating Cow Farm In The Netherlands No country has more experience with coping with water than the Netherlands. Almost two-thirds of the country is situated below sea-level. For this reason alone, The Dutch had to build dikes construct pumping stations, build bridges, and locks. One of the positive outcomes of this process was not only be protected from the sea but also gained land by dry pumping low areas. Photo by Goldsmith: floating cow-farm, the Netherlands. Now Minke van Wingerden, a partner in the Rotterdam-based property development firm Beladon designed a floating cow farm. If we want to live in floating cities soon, we also have to find a way to produce food. Not only it produces milk, cheese and meat ‘next doors it also saves transport time and pollution. The cows will be kept on the second floor from a garden-like enclosure. One level up the greenhouse will produce grass, and other food will come as used grain from local breweries. On the ‘ground’ floor, there will be equipped to process and package the milk and yogurt. Robots will scoop the manure, which will be sold as fertilizer. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation? Our Food: A Floating Chicken Farm Goldsmith Architecture Studio Came Up With A Floating Chicken Farm. It is the follow up from the floating cow farm. The Floating farm will not only housing chickens but also have the equipment to produce eggs and other food products. Graph by Goldsmith. The exterior of the floating chicken farm. The well-being of the chickens is one of the most critical assumptions. They will have much more space in comparison with the industrial chicken farms. The chicken farm has natural light, and the solar panels used to generate electricity also produce shade. Recommended:  The First Floating Wind-farm Is Operating In Scotland Floating Deep Farms: Growing Food Underwater At Nottingham University, researchers have developed the idea of floating deep farms. It is large vertical containers that are submerged underwater close to coastal areas. It will be possible to grow a variety of crops. The containers also can act as a ‘sink’ for CO2 capture from the local government. Prof Saffa Riffat came up with the concept. He works in the field of sustainable energy. Graph floating, submurged farm. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming At Sea In Italy Greenhouse Floating In Rivers And At Sea: Future Of Our Food The Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse consisting of a plastic dome and a base made from recycled plastic drums. The greenhouse can desalinate seawater to water the plants. A solar panel at the bottom of the barge generates the energy needed to heat the salted water and or polluted water to make it evaporate. I this way, about 150 liters of clean, sweet water is produced. This water gets many times recycled and used in the hydroponic system. The substrate where the plants grow in is from clay enriched by mineral nutrients. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  With this technique, 70% of clean water is saved in comparison with traditional cultivation. The project got executed by Studiomobile, an Italian architect duo existing out of Cristiana Favretto and professor Stefano Mancuso, a botanist from the University of Florance. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  Our Food: Our Future Soon, many coastal areas will be affected by rising sea levels. Above shows that many organizations are preparing and testing housing and facilities to live and grow food. Not only because of rising sea levels but also when seawater submerges fertile soil, which makes the farmland useless, the above solutions could give a relive and provide shelter and food. Another solution is to start urban farming projects in and on highrise buildings, which are realized already in many countries. Having – autonomous – communities that can produce their food, clean water, and energy on a small scale is crucial to survive future challenges. Photo by Dada. Floating houses The area of building large structures has come to an end. Future buildings and communities will be small, self-reliant, and modular. Cover photo. All residential units are modular and accompanied by co-working spaces, fab labs, recycling plants, science labs, educational hotels, sports fields, and aquaponic farms. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about green architecture?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink!
Our Food With Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up
Our Food With Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
In  these crazy Corona times, people are eagerly Googling ways of boosting their immune system. All kinds of weird therapies - including eating spoonfuls of crushed silver or rinsing with bleach - have popped up, all meant to provide resistance against Covid-19. There are two things to be said about this. First, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself against the virus. Second, Google is your worst enemy at times like these.   Your Immune System Running? Avoid Comfort Foods There are, however, some ways of naturally boosting your immune system to at least get your body in better shape and give you and those around you more of a fighting chance if you do happen to get a whiff of the infamous Corona.   We are hooked on all kinds of processed food, including fast food, cookies, and ice-cream. That stuff our bodies with sugar and starch, which are known natural immune-suppressants. Hence, they will make your body weaker if you do have to fight the virus. And yes, you might be on the lookout for those kinds of comfort food in these rough times, but it is not advisable. Photo by: Call me Hangry Fr Protective foods, on the other hand, will boost our immune system and make us more resilient. Not just the better option for us, but also for society at large - the more healthy people, the less of a burden they will prove to be for the healthcare system. And most of it starts in your gut. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Sustainable Food: Keep Your Gut Healthy A whopping sixty percent of our immune system is holed up in our gut. Thus, keeping your stomach healthy is vital. This can be done by eating lots of probiotic and prebiotic foods. There is a difference: prebiotic foods are a fertilizer, allowing the ‘good guys’ in your gut to grow and multiply. Safe options include asparagus, artichokes, jicama, bananas, and plantains. Photo by: Martin Adams Probiotic foods, on the other hand, help you in keeping your gut bacteria thriving, healthy, and happy, preventing inflammation. You should be looking at sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, yogurt, and kefir. Recommended:  Sustainable Food. How Is Environmental Friendly Your Diet? Your Immune System Running: Protein And Vitamins Besides these gut-friendly options, you might also want to include lots of protein in your diet. This is another crucial player in boosting your immune system: all of our natural antibodies are made of protein. Great options include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, cottage cheese, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, and quinoa.   {youtube}                                          10 Foods to boost your immunity - How to boost immunity naturally   Much has been said about viruses going away in summertime. This has a lot to do with the amount of vitamin D in our bodies, another natural immune system booster. If you are not yet lucky enough to find yourself in a sunny place (even 20 minutes spent outdoors between 10 am, and 2 pm will get you enough vitamin D for the day!), supplements will do.   Recommended:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change When taking multivitamins, make sure that it includes vitamin C, this highly coveted vitamin D, and some zinc. Would you like to ‘naturally’ increase your vitamin levels? Vitamin C can be found in chili peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, lychees, strawberries, and oranges. You can look for vitamin D in fatty fish, including tuna, mackerel and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.   Photo by: Johnny Martínez Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? The Pillars Of Health Eating your daily dose of broccoli will not get you there. Your total diet has to be rich in nutrients, while you should not forget about the other three pillars of health: sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. Your immune system will thank you later.   Cover photo: Henry Jager Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
In  these crazy Corona times, people are eagerly Googling ways of boosting their immune system. All kinds of weird therapies - including eating spoonfuls of crushed silver or rinsing with bleach - have popped up, all meant to provide resistance against Covid-19. There are two things to be said about this. First, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself against the virus. Second, Google is your worst enemy at times like these.   Your Immune System Running? Avoid Comfort Foods There are, however, some ways of naturally boosting your immune system to at least get your body in better shape and give you and those around you more of a fighting chance if you do happen to get a whiff of the infamous Corona.   We are hooked on all kinds of processed food, including fast food, cookies, and ice-cream. That stuff our bodies with sugar and starch, which are known natural immune-suppressants. Hence, they will make your body weaker if you do have to fight the virus. And yes, you might be on the lookout for those kinds of comfort food in these rough times, but it is not advisable. Photo by: Call me Hangry Fr Protective foods, on the other hand, will boost our immune system and make us more resilient. Not just the better option for us, but also for society at large - the more healthy people, the less of a burden they will prove to be for the healthcare system. And most of it starts in your gut. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Sustainable Food: Keep Your Gut Healthy A whopping sixty percent of our immune system is holed up in our gut. Thus, keeping your stomach healthy is vital. This can be done by eating lots of probiotic and prebiotic foods. There is a difference: prebiotic foods are a fertilizer, allowing the ‘good guys’ in your gut to grow and multiply. Safe options include asparagus, artichokes, jicama, bananas, and plantains. Photo by: Martin Adams Probiotic foods, on the other hand, help you in keeping your gut bacteria thriving, healthy, and happy, preventing inflammation. You should be looking at sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, yogurt, and kefir. Recommended:  Sustainable Food. How Is Environmental Friendly Your Diet? Your Immune System Running: Protein And Vitamins Besides these gut-friendly options, you might also want to include lots of protein in your diet. This is another crucial player in boosting your immune system: all of our natural antibodies are made of protein. Great options include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, cottage cheese, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, and quinoa.   {youtube}                                          10 Foods to boost your immunity - How to boost immunity naturally   Much has been said about viruses going away in summertime. This has a lot to do with the amount of vitamin D in our bodies, another natural immune system booster. If you are not yet lucky enough to find yourself in a sunny place (even 20 minutes spent outdoors between 10 am, and 2 pm will get you enough vitamin D for the day!), supplements will do.   Recommended:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change When taking multivitamins, make sure that it includes vitamin C, this highly coveted vitamin D, and some zinc. Would you like to ‘naturally’ increase your vitamin levels? Vitamin C can be found in chili peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, lychees, strawberries, and oranges. You can look for vitamin D in fatty fish, including tuna, mackerel and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.   Photo by: Johnny Martínez Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? The Pillars Of Health Eating your daily dose of broccoli will not get you there. Your total diet has to be rich in nutrients, while you should not forget about the other three pillars of health: sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. Your immune system will thank you later.   Cover photo: Henry Jager Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
Circular Economy: The Project Polar Permaculture
We've heard about how holistic and nature-inspired permaculture design techniques can green a desert and transform ordinary gardens into ultra-productive 'food forests.' But what about practicing permaculture principles to help grow food in the cold Arctic region is it possible?  The Circular Economy Created With The Project: Polar Permaculture That's something that American-born professional chef and foodie Benjamin Vidmar is exploring with his project, 'Polar Permaculture.' Based out of Longyearbyen, a town of 2,500 that's located on Svalbard, Norway's archipelago of islands (yes, the same place with the so-called doomsday seed vault), Vidmar is experimenting with innovative ways to grow fresh food and creating a 'circular economy' in a rugged, cold place that is dark for three months out of the year, and where most supplies have to be shipped in.  Benjamin Vidmar, founder of Polar Permaculture Solutions Vidmar is trained as a professional chef and has worked in hotels and cruise ships around the world. Years ago, he landed a job in one of Longyearbyen's hotels and has stayed there since, raising his family. However, since childhood, Vidmar has always been interested in sustainable agriculture, and a few years ago, he got turned into permaculture, recently getting trained in permaculture design practices. {youtube}                                                          Longyearbyen - Polar Permaculture Dome He's since brought these skills back to Longyearbyen, setting up a geodesic greenhouse, and bringing in red worms to help with composting the locally produced organic waste, which can then be used to grow food here. This is an important point that's not to be taken for granted; on Svalbard, the soil is impoverished and unsuited for growing food, so if it were not for the worms and compost, the soil would have to be shipped in. Recommended:  Sustainable Arctic Architecture: A Geodesic Dome On an island where everything is transported in, and waste is either dumped into the ocean or shipped back to the mainland for disposal, Vidmar aims to look for ways to close the loop, reusing and recycling outputs back into inputs whenever possible. Recommended:  Copenhagen's Sustainable Experimental Greenhouse Biotope I had initially wanted to do a permaculture project in Florida, where I presently spend a month each year, but something told me to do it here in Longyearbyen. There was a massive need for it is as we currently dump all sewage directly into the sea without any treatment facility. We also mine and burn coal. All produce is shipped and flown in, so I believe the place chose me to complete this mission, to help make this place more sustainable. Surprisingly, one of the biggest obstacles has been local politics: the island is socially conservative and has no agricultural zoning regulations in place. It took Vidmar a year and a half to get permission to import his worms. "So with our permaculture project, we are rewriting all of the history books, looking to change the laws and grow food here once again," says Vidmar. Currently, Polar Permaculture is the only supplier of fresh, locally produced food on the island, serving all the major hotels and restaurants. The greenhouse is used only when the sun is out, otherwise, they grow their veggies - mostly microgreens, chilies, tomatoes, onions, peas, herbs, and so on - inside their lab, basically a converted room in one of the local hotels. They've also recently set up a small quail farm, and are producing eggs to eat. The future goal is to scale things up, and to increase food security and reduce waste on this remote island, says Vidmar. Inside the hydroponics lab Before we started this project, there was no one speaking about composting or having locally grown food. All around the Arctic, many people are farming and growing food, but here we were only relying on shipments. After starting this, we now have much more support to expand and increase what we can produce. We want to install a biogas digester and also set up a system that can process most of the city’s sewage and turn it into biogas that we can use to heat our greenhouses. Growing food in one of the planet's harshest regions seems like an impossible task, but it appears that through the principles of permaculture, and a lot of dedication, it can be done. Besides growing food, Polar Permaculture offers courses, tours, and gourmet cooking classes.  Cover photo by Francisco, Mattos Before you go! Recommended:  New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Lots Of Attention In The Netherlands Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about growing your own food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'.
We've heard about how holistic and nature-inspired permaculture design techniques can green a desert and transform ordinary gardens into ultra-productive 'food forests.' But what about practicing permaculture principles to help grow food in the cold Arctic region is it possible?  The Circular Economy Created With The Project: Polar Permaculture That's something that American-born professional chef and foodie Benjamin Vidmar is exploring with his project, 'Polar Permaculture.' Based out of Longyearbyen, a town of 2,500 that's located on Svalbard, Norway's archipelago of islands (yes, the same place with the so-called doomsday seed vault), Vidmar is experimenting with innovative ways to grow fresh food and creating a 'circular economy' in a rugged, cold place that is dark for three months out of the year, and where most supplies have to be shipped in.  Benjamin Vidmar, founder of Polar Permaculture Solutions Vidmar is trained as a professional chef and has worked in hotels and cruise ships around the world. Years ago, he landed a job in one of Longyearbyen's hotels and has stayed there since, raising his family. However, since childhood, Vidmar has always been interested in sustainable agriculture, and a few years ago, he got turned into permaculture, recently getting trained in permaculture design practices. {youtube}                                                          Longyearbyen - Polar Permaculture Dome He's since brought these skills back to Longyearbyen, setting up a geodesic greenhouse, and bringing in red worms to help with composting the locally produced organic waste, which can then be used to grow food here. This is an important point that's not to be taken for granted; on Svalbard, the soil is impoverished and unsuited for growing food, so if it were not for the worms and compost, the soil would have to be shipped in. Recommended:  Sustainable Arctic Architecture: A Geodesic Dome On an island where everything is transported in, and waste is either dumped into the ocean or shipped back to the mainland for disposal, Vidmar aims to look for ways to close the loop, reusing and recycling outputs back into inputs whenever possible. Recommended:  Copenhagen's Sustainable Experimental Greenhouse Biotope I had initially wanted to do a permaculture project in Florida, where I presently spend a month each year, but something told me to do it here in Longyearbyen. There was a massive need for it is as we currently dump all sewage directly into the sea without any treatment facility. We also mine and burn coal. All produce is shipped and flown in, so I believe the place chose me to complete this mission, to help make this place more sustainable. Surprisingly, one of the biggest obstacles has been local politics: the island is socially conservative and has no agricultural zoning regulations in place. It took Vidmar a year and a half to get permission to import his worms. "So with our permaculture project, we are rewriting all of the history books, looking to change the laws and grow food here once again," says Vidmar. Currently, Polar Permaculture is the only supplier of fresh, locally produced food on the island, serving all the major hotels and restaurants. The greenhouse is used only when the sun is out, otherwise, they grow their veggies - mostly microgreens, chilies, tomatoes, onions, peas, herbs, and so on - inside their lab, basically a converted room in one of the local hotels. They've also recently set up a small quail farm, and are producing eggs to eat. The future goal is to scale things up, and to increase food security and reduce waste on this remote island, says Vidmar. Inside the hydroponics lab Before we started this project, there was no one speaking about composting or having locally grown food. All around the Arctic, many people are farming and growing food, but here we were only relying on shipments. After starting this, we now have much more support to expand and increase what we can produce. We want to install a biogas digester and also set up a system that can process most of the city’s sewage and turn it into biogas that we can use to heat our greenhouses. Growing food in one of the planet's harshest regions seems like an impossible task, but it appears that through the principles of permaculture, and a lot of dedication, it can be done. Besides growing food, Polar Permaculture offers courses, tours, and gourmet cooking classes.  Cover photo by Francisco, Mattos Before you go! Recommended:  New Foodscape Alternatives Gets Lots Of Attention In The Netherlands Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about growing your own food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'.
Circular Economy: The Project Polar Permaculture
Circular Economy: The Project Polar Permaculture
Climate Cascade: The World According To WhatsOrb
Just as quickly as we once rose to civilization, we now find ourselves breaking it down at a similarly impressive pace. All around the world, scientists agree on one thing; that we are well underway to destroying this place that we call home. The World According To WhatsOrb: Chapter Two The second and third chapters discuss the current state of affairs, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, a decline of insect populations, the use of pesticides, and the dying oceans. These will not be for the faint of heart, as they will highlight the inexcusable predatory behavior as displayed by humanity. Below, chapter two. ( Chapter 1, Collapse ) Climate Tipping Cascade: Collapse The world is headed for its inevitable collapse. That is the message that is consistently being put out by the world’s brightest minds. The road we are speeding down is leading us down the inevitable cliff, and we already passed 9 of the 15 road signs warning us of the imminent danger up ahead. The known global climate tipping points, crucial for regulating the state of our planet, have been mainly activated.   Photo by: Hans van der Broek. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam 2014 Does this mean that we already passed the point of no return? According to the Australian professor Will Steffen, it seems so. We now triggered a global climate cascade; in doing so, set in motion a process that will be impossible to reverse. We will be making our way to some kind of ‘Hothouse Earth’ climate. Only the extent to which this will affect our daily lives depend on the action we take today. Climate Tipping Cascade: The Nine Tipping Points So, 9 of the 15 road signs were passed while we disregarded all warnings. These nine roadsigns each represented a tipping point for different regions of the world: being (1) The Amazon rainforest, (2) The West Antarctic ice sheet, (3) The Greenland ice sheet, (4) The shutdown of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, (5) West African monsoon shift, (6) Permafrost and methane hydrates, (7) Coral reef die-off, (8) Indian monsoon shift and (9) Boreal forest shift. Infographic by: Rosamund Pearce/Tom Prater The global climate systems are working overtime, continuously decreasing the gap between the time we would need to intervene and the actual time left before it is too late. “ The fact that many of the features of the Earth System that are being damaged or lost constitute ‘tipping points’ that could well link to form a ‘tipping cascade’ raises the ultimate question: Have we already lost control of the system? Is collapse now inevitable? ” Steffen says.   Leading experts in the field seem to agree with the possibility of an imminent and irreversible process leading to collapse. Stanford University biologists recently revealed that we are already experiencing the sixth mass extinction event, with a staggering number of species facing extinction today. As we are all connected, this may trigger a sequence that will eventually be our demise. The way we are acting today bears a striking resemblance to the way the Titanic’s captain acted back in 1912. According to Steffen, " If the Titanic realizes that it’s in trouble and it has about 5km that it needs to slow and steer the ship, but it’s only 3km away from the iceberg, it’s already doomed .”   {youtube}                          A tipping point is playing out right now’ says climate scientist Michael Mann | ABC News Climate Change Cascade: Threat To Our Civilisation Steffen published his dark thoughts at the end of 2019 in an article in the journal Nature, together with some other prominent climate scientists. This is where they showed that 9 out of the 15 tipping points have been triggered, which could indicate that there is no way back. The nine regions determinant for the state of our planet were affected to such an extent that they can no longer recover, which will, in turn, make life on the earth a lot harder. Recommended:  CO2 At Current Levels Will Cause A High Sea Rise: 16 Meters By triggering any of these 15 tipping points, carbon gets released back in the atmosphere. Think about the release of carbon dioxide and methane as a result of the thawing of the Arctic permafrost. If this happens, it does not matter how much we push back our emissions. The Earth may be forced to a point where she will start to release more and more, pushing us towards the doomed ‘Hothouse Earth’ scenario. Or so the authors of this article claim. Photo by Shutterstock: the soil degradation due to the melting of the permafrost It is not the first time Steffen has made such grim predictions. In his well-known 2018 paper, Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene, he concluded: “ even if the Paris Accord target of a 1.5°C to 2°C rise in temperature is met, we cannot exclude the risk that a cascade of feedbacks could push the Earth System irreversibly onto a ‘Hothouse Earth’ pathway. ” All of this made Steffen a household name on the topic of tipping points of the Earth’s climate, as he made it his lifework to study the point at which the Earth’s warming would get out of our control but instead become self-sustaining because of the feedback in the system. It is much like a row of dominoes, where knocking over the first dominoes might lead to the entire row being knocked over. We might have already knocked over the beginning, which means that it will be near impossible to stop the process now. " Some of these we think are vulnerable in the temperature range we’re entering into now. If we get those starting to the tip we could get the whole row of dominos tipping and take us to a much hotter climate even if we get our emissions down ,” says Steffen about this. Even the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, regulated by the United Nations) agrees that we might find ourselves triggering more tipping points at the 1.1 degrees Celsius increase in temperature that we are experiencing today. Recommended:  Nature Damaged Nature Hits Back: CCC The good news? For now, it is still a ‘might.’ Not all tipping points have been activated yet, although we could do so any day now at the current temperature increase. Unfortunately, we are too far along to stop a temperature increase until we find ourselves at temperatures of at least 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than today.   At least is the imperative word here, as it relies on large-scale deployment of harmful emission solutions - that are no longer feasible today. So, we are more likely to go up in the range between 1.5 degrees Celsius and 2 degrees Celsius. And with each point in temperature increase, will we see an increase in the chances of each of those individual dominoes starting to fall. Tipping Cascade: +4°C World Would Support < 1 Billion People Just as a more significant increase in temperature would lead to a higher chance of the dominoes starting the fall, we would also see a near exponential acceleration in the speed of the dominoes falling as temperature skyrockets. For instance, professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, claimed that if we go above an increase of 2°C, we will get to 4°C in no time as the result of the cascading effect. Photo by: David McNew. Bushfire Australia, 2019. And unfortunately, 4°C happens to be the number at which civilization will be threatened and finding itself at risk for extinction as well. In a world that is 4°C warmer, we cannot sustain a billion people or even half of that. This means that only a certain elite will survive, at the highest cost imaginable - probably a lot of violence and injustice. According to Schnellnhuber, “ there is a considerable risk that we will just end our civilization. The human species will survive somehow, but we will destroy almost everything we have built up over the last two thousand years .” We are not yet at an increase of 4°C, and if we will ever get there depends on one thing - our actions today. If we want to stay within the ‘safe’ 2°C bounds, we have to cut emissions between 2020 and 2030 drastically. This means that we start today.   Today, we have to get rid of the neoliberal economic system, which encourages high production high consumption lifestyles. It is the illness that exhibits all the symptoms that we face today: climate change, biosphere degradation, and growing inequality between and within countries. We are looking at radical politicians, growing unrest, and violence in the streets. And we need to get our act together right now, as systems on Earth are failing - both societal and natural. Recommended:  Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord? No Climate Change With Eternal Growth: Impossible The main takeaway is that if we continue to grow without limits, we will ultimately be headed for our demise. The Club of Rome released The Limits to a Growth model in 1972, which concludes, apologies for my disrespectful summary, that we cannot grow our system indefinitely without risking environmental and natural disasters. Ultimately, so they said, the system will collapse, which happens to be the exact scenario that we find ourselves in today. Although slightly outdated, no one questions the validity of the Limits to the Growth model. It has been run various times since, with scientists now concluding that we are already in the midst of the anticipated collapse - while we continue our ‘business as usual.’   Climate Collapse: Fossil Fuel Emissions Continue Rising So, in the best-case scenario, we have until 2030 to get our act together. By then, scientists believe it is ‘very likely’ that we will know what path we have chosen and are now committed to: take the exit to a new track, leading to a more sustainable world, or continue down our current way of business, as usual, that will lead to a total collapse. For now, we seem eager to do the latter. The collapse will not be an end-of-the-world event, but rather a sequence of events that each change some part of our lives for good. These will continue to worsen and intensify, much like the crises we are looking at in today’s world already. And while politicians and business people are still doing a pretty good job of covering up and using quick fixes to get through those, capitalism as we know it will ultimately come to an end.   As leading scientist Samuel Alexander aptly put it, " the future will arrive in part by design and in part by a disaster. Our challenge is to try to constitute the future through planning and community action, not have the future constitute us .” And although it might be too late to avert all effects of global warming, the first of which we are looking at today, we can still make it better for future generations. An increase of 3°C will, after all, be better than 4°C. Both not good, but better. Photo by Veeterzy.  Recommended:  Fossil Fuel Will Dominate Energy Use Through 2050: Globally Climate Change, Funding And Inconvenient Truths Keeping global warming under control should, therefore, be our priority. It should be at the top of the list of topics discussed internationally and be the thing that draws lots of funding. After all, we should pay up if we are to save our behinds.   But entirely in line with our illogical minds, this is not the case. Any research related to global warming is struggling to get funded, while industry actions are being pushed back, citing costs. Even politicians, those who we elect to guide us and do the right thing, have more than a vested interest in fudging up the truth and finding ways of clearing themselves of any blame. It seems that what is asked of us is so enormous. It is simply too big to comprehend. We cannot wrap our minds around it, and so we just ‘leave it.’ Recommended:  Climate Change, The Environment, Having Children: Mad Max We have to halve the birth rate. Use renewable energy only. Cut down on production and slow down life as we know it. In effect, we would end up having a lifestyle like those living in the 1950s and 1960s: one car and one television per household, limited electricity, and calling a halt to consumerism. Not entirely living in a cage, but still pretty darn complicated for some. Climate Change Cascade: Governments Fail If we cannot trust on our own to do the right thing, who can we trust? Politicians are easily swayed to the ‘dark side,’ citing all kinds of ‘important’ economic reasons for their failure to take action.   Remember the massive wildfires in Australia? Thirty-five million hectares were burnt, while 1 billion animals died, and Australia’s CO2 emissions doubled. Would you guess that this was the event that was needed to shake up the government and force them to take action? Try again. They are refusing to commit to even the most modest emissions reduction targets and are nowhere near meeting their Paris Climate Agreement targets. Combine this with the rapidly deteriorating nature, with a massive number of animal and plant species facing extinction and land becoming barren. Water is running scarce, as is fertile soil and healthy, good bacteria and microbes.   Recommended:  COP25: Can Paris Accord Signatories Beat The Fossil Industry Governments are failing, while the roadmap to preventing the worst effects is obvious. No new fossil fuel development of any kind, starting today. A cut of 50% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. And they are aiming for 100% renewable energy for net-zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.   It seems easy, but unfortunately, politicians are still looking for another way. Like the much-hyped recapturing of CO2 after releasing it - which would effectively force you to fight the second law of thermodynamics.   Climate Cascade: We’re Possibly Gone Already Some scientists have argued that we are currently using resources and energy as if there were 4 Earths. While some have called this an exaggeration, it is frightening that the assumption can even be made. We only have one Earth, and if saving it means having to cut down on our production and consumption, there is no doubt that we should.   Photo by: Boudewijn Live: we are currently using resources and energy as if there were 4 Earths We should de-grow and re-grow. In that order, with a lot of emphasis on the former. If we ever get to the latter, it should be in a sustainable, durable manner. It is no longer about completely reversing global warming and getting back that balance with nature. We are too far gone. It is now about saving what can be saved. Things will continue to get worse, we have to accept that - and at the same time, find a way of preventing the worst.   This may include rather unpleasant methods, including population control through birth restrictions, maximum income levels, and restrictions on global economies to favor local economies. These are heavy and impactful and might boggle your mind at this time. This is why I will highlight the ‘why’ even more in the third chapter to convince you why we should. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the effect of climate change in your neighborhood? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage' .
Just as quickly as we once rose to civilization, we now find ourselves breaking it down at a similarly impressive pace. All around the world, scientists agree on one thing; that we are well underway to destroying this place that we call home. The World According To WhatsOrb: Chapter Two The second and third chapters discuss the current state of affairs, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, a decline of insect populations, the use of pesticides, and the dying oceans. These will not be for the faint of heart, as they will highlight the inexcusable predatory behavior as displayed by humanity. Below, chapter two. ( Chapter 1, Collapse ) Climate Tipping Cascade: Collapse The world is headed for its inevitable collapse. That is the message that is consistently being put out by the world’s brightest minds. The road we are speeding down is leading us down the inevitable cliff, and we already passed 9 of the 15 road signs warning us of the imminent danger up ahead. The known global climate tipping points, crucial for regulating the state of our planet, have been mainly activated.   Photo by: Hans van der Broek. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam 2014 Does this mean that we already passed the point of no return? According to the Australian professor Will Steffen, it seems so. We now triggered a global climate cascade; in doing so, set in motion a process that will be impossible to reverse. We will be making our way to some kind of ‘Hothouse Earth’ climate. Only the extent to which this will affect our daily lives depend on the action we take today. Climate Tipping Cascade: The Nine Tipping Points So, 9 of the 15 road signs were passed while we disregarded all warnings. These nine roadsigns each represented a tipping point for different regions of the world: being (1) The Amazon rainforest, (2) The West Antarctic ice sheet, (3) The Greenland ice sheet, (4) The shutdown of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, (5) West African monsoon shift, (6) Permafrost and methane hydrates, (7) Coral reef die-off, (8) Indian monsoon shift and (9) Boreal forest shift. Infographic by: Rosamund Pearce/Tom Prater The global climate systems are working overtime, continuously decreasing the gap between the time we would need to intervene and the actual time left before it is too late. “ The fact that many of the features of the Earth System that are being damaged or lost constitute ‘tipping points’ that could well link to form a ‘tipping cascade’ raises the ultimate question: Have we already lost control of the system? Is collapse now inevitable? ” Steffen says.   Leading experts in the field seem to agree with the possibility of an imminent and irreversible process leading to collapse. Stanford University biologists recently revealed that we are already experiencing the sixth mass extinction event, with a staggering number of species facing extinction today. As we are all connected, this may trigger a sequence that will eventually be our demise. The way we are acting today bears a striking resemblance to the way the Titanic’s captain acted back in 1912. According to Steffen, " If the Titanic realizes that it’s in trouble and it has about 5km that it needs to slow and steer the ship, but it’s only 3km away from the iceberg, it’s already doomed .”   {youtube}                          A tipping point is playing out right now’ says climate scientist Michael Mann | ABC News Climate Change Cascade: Threat To Our Civilisation Steffen published his dark thoughts at the end of 2019 in an article in the journal Nature, together with some other prominent climate scientists. This is where they showed that 9 out of the 15 tipping points have been triggered, which could indicate that there is no way back. The nine regions determinant for the state of our planet were affected to such an extent that they can no longer recover, which will, in turn, make life on the earth a lot harder. Recommended:  CO2 At Current Levels Will Cause A High Sea Rise: 16 Meters By triggering any of these 15 tipping points, carbon gets released back in the atmosphere. Think about the release of carbon dioxide and methane as a result of the thawing of the Arctic permafrost. If this happens, it does not matter how much we push back our emissions. The Earth may be forced to a point where she will start to release more and more, pushing us towards the doomed ‘Hothouse Earth’ scenario. Or so the authors of this article claim. Photo by Shutterstock: the soil degradation due to the melting of the permafrost It is not the first time Steffen has made such grim predictions. In his well-known 2018 paper, Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene, he concluded: “ even if the Paris Accord target of a 1.5°C to 2°C rise in temperature is met, we cannot exclude the risk that a cascade of feedbacks could push the Earth System irreversibly onto a ‘Hothouse Earth’ pathway. ” All of this made Steffen a household name on the topic of tipping points of the Earth’s climate, as he made it his lifework to study the point at which the Earth’s warming would get out of our control but instead become self-sustaining because of the feedback in the system. It is much like a row of dominoes, where knocking over the first dominoes might lead to the entire row being knocked over. We might have already knocked over the beginning, which means that it will be near impossible to stop the process now. " Some of these we think are vulnerable in the temperature range we’re entering into now. If we get those starting to the tip we could get the whole row of dominos tipping and take us to a much hotter climate even if we get our emissions down ,” says Steffen about this. Even the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, regulated by the United Nations) agrees that we might find ourselves triggering more tipping points at the 1.1 degrees Celsius increase in temperature that we are experiencing today. Recommended:  Nature Damaged Nature Hits Back: CCC The good news? For now, it is still a ‘might.’ Not all tipping points have been activated yet, although we could do so any day now at the current temperature increase. Unfortunately, we are too far along to stop a temperature increase until we find ourselves at temperatures of at least 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than today.   At least is the imperative word here, as it relies on large-scale deployment of harmful emission solutions - that are no longer feasible today. So, we are more likely to go up in the range between 1.5 degrees Celsius and 2 degrees Celsius. And with each point in temperature increase, will we see an increase in the chances of each of those individual dominoes starting to fall. Tipping Cascade: +4°C World Would Support < 1 Billion People Just as a more significant increase in temperature would lead to a higher chance of the dominoes starting the fall, we would also see a near exponential acceleration in the speed of the dominoes falling as temperature skyrockets. For instance, professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, claimed that if we go above an increase of 2°C, we will get to 4°C in no time as the result of the cascading effect. Photo by: David McNew. Bushfire Australia, 2019. And unfortunately, 4°C happens to be the number at which civilization will be threatened and finding itself at risk for extinction as well. In a world that is 4°C warmer, we cannot sustain a billion people or even half of that. This means that only a certain elite will survive, at the highest cost imaginable - probably a lot of violence and injustice. According to Schnellnhuber, “ there is a considerable risk that we will just end our civilization. The human species will survive somehow, but we will destroy almost everything we have built up over the last two thousand years .” We are not yet at an increase of 4°C, and if we will ever get there depends on one thing - our actions today. If we want to stay within the ‘safe’ 2°C bounds, we have to cut emissions between 2020 and 2030 drastically. This means that we start today.   Today, we have to get rid of the neoliberal economic system, which encourages high production high consumption lifestyles. It is the illness that exhibits all the symptoms that we face today: climate change, biosphere degradation, and growing inequality between and within countries. We are looking at radical politicians, growing unrest, and violence in the streets. And we need to get our act together right now, as systems on Earth are failing - both societal and natural. Recommended:  Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord? No Climate Change With Eternal Growth: Impossible The main takeaway is that if we continue to grow without limits, we will ultimately be headed for our demise. The Club of Rome released The Limits to a Growth model in 1972, which concludes, apologies for my disrespectful summary, that we cannot grow our system indefinitely without risking environmental and natural disasters. Ultimately, so they said, the system will collapse, which happens to be the exact scenario that we find ourselves in today. Although slightly outdated, no one questions the validity of the Limits to the Growth model. It has been run various times since, with scientists now concluding that we are already in the midst of the anticipated collapse - while we continue our ‘business as usual.’   Climate Collapse: Fossil Fuel Emissions Continue Rising So, in the best-case scenario, we have until 2030 to get our act together. By then, scientists believe it is ‘very likely’ that we will know what path we have chosen and are now committed to: take the exit to a new track, leading to a more sustainable world, or continue down our current way of business, as usual, that will lead to a total collapse. For now, we seem eager to do the latter. The collapse will not be an end-of-the-world event, but rather a sequence of events that each change some part of our lives for good. These will continue to worsen and intensify, much like the crises we are looking at in today’s world already. And while politicians and business people are still doing a pretty good job of covering up and using quick fixes to get through those, capitalism as we know it will ultimately come to an end.   As leading scientist Samuel Alexander aptly put it, " the future will arrive in part by design and in part by a disaster. Our challenge is to try to constitute the future through planning and community action, not have the future constitute us .” And although it might be too late to avert all effects of global warming, the first of which we are looking at today, we can still make it better for future generations. An increase of 3°C will, after all, be better than 4°C. Both not good, but better. Photo by Veeterzy.  Recommended:  Fossil Fuel Will Dominate Energy Use Through 2050: Globally Climate Change, Funding And Inconvenient Truths Keeping global warming under control should, therefore, be our priority. It should be at the top of the list of topics discussed internationally and be the thing that draws lots of funding. After all, we should pay up if we are to save our behinds.   But entirely in line with our illogical minds, this is not the case. Any research related to global warming is struggling to get funded, while industry actions are being pushed back, citing costs. Even politicians, those who we elect to guide us and do the right thing, have more than a vested interest in fudging up the truth and finding ways of clearing themselves of any blame. It seems that what is asked of us is so enormous. It is simply too big to comprehend. We cannot wrap our minds around it, and so we just ‘leave it.’ Recommended:  Climate Change, The Environment, Having Children: Mad Max We have to halve the birth rate. Use renewable energy only. Cut down on production and slow down life as we know it. In effect, we would end up having a lifestyle like those living in the 1950s and 1960s: one car and one television per household, limited electricity, and calling a halt to consumerism. Not entirely living in a cage, but still pretty darn complicated for some. Climate Change Cascade: Governments Fail If we cannot trust on our own to do the right thing, who can we trust? Politicians are easily swayed to the ‘dark side,’ citing all kinds of ‘important’ economic reasons for their failure to take action.   Remember the massive wildfires in Australia? Thirty-five million hectares were burnt, while 1 billion animals died, and Australia’s CO2 emissions doubled. Would you guess that this was the event that was needed to shake up the government and force them to take action? Try again. They are refusing to commit to even the most modest emissions reduction targets and are nowhere near meeting their Paris Climate Agreement targets. Combine this with the rapidly deteriorating nature, with a massive number of animal and plant species facing extinction and land becoming barren. Water is running scarce, as is fertile soil and healthy, good bacteria and microbes.   Recommended:  COP25: Can Paris Accord Signatories Beat The Fossil Industry Governments are failing, while the roadmap to preventing the worst effects is obvious. No new fossil fuel development of any kind, starting today. A cut of 50% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. And they are aiming for 100% renewable energy for net-zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.   It seems easy, but unfortunately, politicians are still looking for another way. Like the much-hyped recapturing of CO2 after releasing it - which would effectively force you to fight the second law of thermodynamics.   Climate Cascade: We’re Possibly Gone Already Some scientists have argued that we are currently using resources and energy as if there were 4 Earths. While some have called this an exaggeration, it is frightening that the assumption can even be made. We only have one Earth, and if saving it means having to cut down on our production and consumption, there is no doubt that we should.   Photo by: Boudewijn Live: we are currently using resources and energy as if there were 4 Earths We should de-grow and re-grow. In that order, with a lot of emphasis on the former. If we ever get to the latter, it should be in a sustainable, durable manner. It is no longer about completely reversing global warming and getting back that balance with nature. We are too far gone. It is now about saving what can be saved. Things will continue to get worse, we have to accept that - and at the same time, find a way of preventing the worst.   This may include rather unpleasant methods, including population control through birth restrictions, maximum income levels, and restrictions on global economies to favor local economies. These are heavy and impactful and might boggle your mind at this time. This is why I will highlight the ‘why’ even more in the third chapter to convince you why we should. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the effect of climate change in your neighborhood? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage' .
Climate Cascade: The World According To WhatsOrb
Climate Cascade: The World According To WhatsOrb
Can Toyota’s Solar Electric Car
NEDO representative Mitsuhiro Yamazaki says that if such a car were driven four days a week for a maximum of 50 kilometers each day, it wouldn't need charging.  Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car What is a solar car and how does it work? True solar-powered cars are actually electric vehicles that are powered by solar panels . The panels are used produce electricity by converting the sun's rays into energy, which is then stored in solar batteries. The car runs by using the energy that is stored in the batteries. Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO have teamed up to manufacture a unique car that could ‘run forever.’ There have been promising advances in developing thin enough solar panels for curved surfaces, as well as in tech for charging vehicles while they're in motion. The solar cells the companies are working on attaching to the car are only 0.03 mm thick so that they can be attached to curved areas on vehicles like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. By pairing more efficient solar cells with high-capacity batteries to keep vehicles running at night, solar cars have the potential to outperform hybrid cars and hydrogen-powered vehicles. {youtube}                                        Toyota is testing a much more efficient solar roof for its electric cars                                              Can Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever'? Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever' A solar-powered electric car that runs without needing charging may sound impossible. Still, Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan) have joined forces to make it a reality hopefully. Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden By pairing together the best solar panels on the market with the most efficient batteries available — not to mention years’ worth of experience with car-manufacturing — the companies are hoping, theoretically, to produce a vehicle that might run forever. "The solar car's advantage is that, while it can't drive for a long-range, it's independent of charging facilities," said project manager at Toyota, Koji Makino. Why do we need solar cars? Like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun by converting it into electricity. This electricity fuels the battery that runs the car's motor. Solar cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into energy. Solar Powered Cars - drive the future Electric Car Can 'Run Forever' One of the main drawbacks with fully electric cars is that, even if their sales were to surpass those of petroleum-based vehicles, they'd still need to be charged — which, in turn, means a string of loading docks, requiring space and further funds. Conversely, the sun provides readily available energy without the need for charging docks or extra costs. Coupled with a high enough battery capacity to keep a vehicle running during darker hours, solar-powered cars have the potential to completely outdo other new types of tech that are currently in the pipeline from hybrid cars to hydrogen-powered vehicles. Recommended:  Solar Car Lightyear Wins Price At Tech Fair: The Netherlands Though this may seem just one small step in the effort to marry together solar energy with a vehicle that works, it's substantial progress considering the enormous energy expenditure required to shift a car's weight. Because the solar cells the companies are working on are only 0.03 mm thick, they can be attached to a wider variety of surfaces, including curved areas on cars like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. Are solar cars the future? In fact, the first solar vehicle may hit the road in 2019. The technology is still somewhat in its infancy and needs to have some time to work out unexpected issues. However, solar cars could be on their way to regular people's driveways in the near future Recommended:  Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World In addition to the fact that the technology behind this venture has introduced a new efficiency, there's also the fact that the vehicles can be charged. In contrast, the car is in motion, something that has, until recently, been impossible. Recommended:  The Solar Bike: Mix Between A Two-Wheeler And A Tesla To build the optimum solar-powered vehicle, there are still a lot of aspects that need working on, and there need to be workarounds to enable such a car to run efficiently in areas that aren't quite as sunny or are more like deserts in terms of their climate. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
NEDO representative Mitsuhiro Yamazaki says that if such a car were driven four days a week for a maximum of 50 kilometers each day, it wouldn't need charging.  Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car What is a solar car and how does it work? True solar-powered cars are actually electric vehicles that are powered by solar panels . The panels are used produce electricity by converting the sun's rays into energy, which is then stored in solar batteries. The car runs by using the energy that is stored in the batteries. Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO have teamed up to manufacture a unique car that could ‘run forever.’ There have been promising advances in developing thin enough solar panels for curved surfaces, as well as in tech for charging vehicles while they're in motion. The solar cells the companies are working on attaching to the car are only 0.03 mm thick so that they can be attached to curved areas on vehicles like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. By pairing more efficient solar cells with high-capacity batteries to keep vehicles running at night, solar cars have the potential to outperform hybrid cars and hydrogen-powered vehicles. {youtube}                                        Toyota is testing a much more efficient solar roof for its electric cars                                              Can Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever'? Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever' A solar-powered electric car that runs without needing charging may sound impossible. Still, Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan) have joined forces to make it a reality hopefully. Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden By pairing together the best solar panels on the market with the most efficient batteries available — not to mention years’ worth of experience with car-manufacturing — the companies are hoping, theoretically, to produce a vehicle that might run forever. "The solar car's advantage is that, while it can't drive for a long-range, it's independent of charging facilities," said project manager at Toyota, Koji Makino. Why do we need solar cars? Like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun by converting it into electricity. This electricity fuels the battery that runs the car's motor. Solar cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into energy. Solar Powered Cars - drive the future Electric Car Can 'Run Forever' One of the main drawbacks with fully electric cars is that, even if their sales were to surpass those of petroleum-based vehicles, they'd still need to be charged — which, in turn, means a string of loading docks, requiring space and further funds. Conversely, the sun provides readily available energy without the need for charging docks or extra costs. Coupled with a high enough battery capacity to keep a vehicle running during darker hours, solar-powered cars have the potential to completely outdo other new types of tech that are currently in the pipeline from hybrid cars to hydrogen-powered vehicles. Recommended:  Solar Car Lightyear Wins Price At Tech Fair: The Netherlands Though this may seem just one small step in the effort to marry together solar energy with a vehicle that works, it's substantial progress considering the enormous energy expenditure required to shift a car's weight. Because the solar cells the companies are working on are only 0.03 mm thick, they can be attached to a wider variety of surfaces, including curved areas on cars like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. Are solar cars the future? In fact, the first solar vehicle may hit the road in 2019. The technology is still somewhat in its infancy and needs to have some time to work out unexpected issues. However, solar cars could be on their way to regular people's driveways in the near future Recommended:  Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World In addition to the fact that the technology behind this venture has introduced a new efficiency, there's also the fact that the vehicles can be charged. In contrast, the car is in motion, something that has, until recently, been impossible. Recommended:  The Solar Bike: Mix Between A Two-Wheeler And A Tesla To build the optimum solar-powered vehicle, there are still a lot of aspects that need working on, and there need to be workarounds to enable such a car to run efficiently in areas that aren't quite as sunny or are more like deserts in terms of their climate. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Can Toyota’s Solar Electric Car 'Run Forever'?
Electric Bike Conversion Kit. The Fastest: Vekkit
Vekkit is an e-bike conversion kit that transforms your favorite bicycle into a smart e-bike. After installing it, you will be able to ride up to 70 km without sweating or getting tired. Bike Conversion Kit: Just Three Parts It includes only three parts – a wheel with the motor, a bag with the battery, and a wireless cadence sensor. The cadence sensor detects pedaling and commands the motor to assist. Mobile apps allow setting preferences like max speed or power, checking battery health, and viewing ride statistics. The kit configurator allows us to choose the most suitable kit for any needs. Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Photo by: Vettik. Bag with the battery Vekkit Conversion Kit:  Installation takes around 5-10 minutes on most bikes; all tools needed for installation included. All parts - except the motor - developed in the workshop in Krakow, Poland. Vekkit decided to make everything themselves without outsourcing to create one of the best products on the market. For production, they use 3d printers to make this process more eco friendly. Photo Vekkit: Mobile apps for iOS and Android Electric Bike Conversion Kit Main features: * 36 V 200 W or 250 W silent front motor * 252 Wh or 360 Wh Li-ion removable battery * Locks on the battery and the handlebar bag * Motor controller with FOC, sensored & sensorless for better performance * Wireless cadence sensor * Handlebar remote control * Mobile apps for iOS and Android * 3A Li-ion charger, 2.5-3.5 hours for a full charge * Assist speed up to 25 km/h (UK and EU) and up to 32 km/h (Canada & USA) * Very light – only 3kg (city kit) or 4kg (travel kit) * Over-the-air software updates of the kit’s firmware {youtube}                                  Vekkit Electric Bike Conversion Kit | Convert your favorite Bike into an E-Bike You can configure and buy a kit at https://vekkit.com/ . Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric bike conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Vekkit is an e-bike conversion kit that transforms your favorite bicycle into a smart e-bike. After installing it, you will be able to ride up to 70 km without sweating or getting tired. Bike Conversion Kit: Just Three Parts It includes only three parts – a wheel with the motor, a bag with the battery, and a wireless cadence sensor. The cadence sensor detects pedaling and commands the motor to assist. Mobile apps allow setting preferences like max speed or power, checking battery health, and viewing ride statistics. The kit configurator allows us to choose the most suitable kit for any needs. Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Photo by: Vettik. Bag with the battery Vekkit Conversion Kit:  Installation takes around 5-10 minutes on most bikes; all tools needed for installation included. All parts - except the motor - developed in the workshop in Krakow, Poland. Vekkit decided to make everything themselves without outsourcing to create one of the best products on the market. For production, they use 3d printers to make this process more eco friendly. Photo Vekkit: Mobile apps for iOS and Android Electric Bike Conversion Kit Main features: * 36 V 200 W or 250 W silent front motor * 252 Wh or 360 Wh Li-ion removable battery * Locks on the battery and the handlebar bag * Motor controller with FOC, sensored & sensorless for better performance * Wireless cadence sensor * Handlebar remote control * Mobile apps for iOS and Android * 3A Li-ion charger, 2.5-3.5 hours for a full charge * Assist speed up to 25 km/h (UK and EU) and up to 32 km/h (Canada & USA) * Very light – only 3kg (city kit) or 4kg (travel kit) * Over-the-air software updates of the kit’s firmware {youtube}                                  Vekkit Electric Bike Conversion Kit | Convert your favorite Bike into an E-Bike You can configure and buy a kit at https://vekkit.com/ . Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were One's Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric bike conversion kits? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Electric Bike Conversion Kit. The Fastest: Vekkit
Electric Bike Conversion Kit. The Fastest: Vekkit
Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally
This article is a summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 world events, starting on the 14th of May till the 22nd of June 2020. Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1,3) Globally In  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1) Globally you can read the summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 word events fr.om the 24th of January till the 13th of April 2020 In  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally you can read the summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 word events fr.om the 14th of April till the 13th of May 2020 The most recent day to day updates you can read in:  Heat Waves And COVID-19: A Killers Mix On Its Way Public health experts around the globe are scrambling to understand, track, and contain a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally Public health experts around the globe are scrambling to understand, track, and contain a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. WhatsOrb started keeping track of coronavirus developments globally since January 24, 2020. WhatsOrb published various articles on the coronavirus or COVID-19 like: Coronavirus, COVID-19: From Pangolin, Snake Or Bat. Fact? Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking The Corona Virus Continued: Will The Weather Help Us Beat It? Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change Coronavirus Images From Around The Globe Below the 'Coronavirus History 2020 Globally'. Only plane text. All photos and clips removed! Below a continuation of the updates of the last days. Updates 22-06-2020 Headlines 07:53 The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed 8.9 million. The figure currently stands at 8,929,394, while the global death toll is at 467,676, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Both numbers are likely to be higher in reality, due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting. The WHO reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization declared a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in 24 hours. The most significant increase was from North and South America, with over 116,000 new cases, according to its daily report. Total global examples are over 8.7 million, with more than 461,000 deaths, according to the WHO. The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on 18 June. Beijing reported nine new cases. Beijing’s municipal health authority said on Monday nine new cases of the coronavirus in the city for June 21, down from 22 a day earlier. The city of more than 20 million people reported its first case in the latest wave on 11 June. The resurgence has been linked to a wholesale food center in the southwest of Beijing. So far, 236 people in the city have been infected in the outbreak. China suspended imports of poultry from US-based Tyson plant over Covid-19. China’s customs authority said on Sunday it had suspended imports of poultry products from a plant owned by US-based meat processor Tyson that has been hit by a coronavirus. The General Administration of Customs said on its website it had decided on the suspension after the company confirmed a cluster of coronavirus cases at facilities in Arkansas where a total of 481 people tested positive for the virus. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil the latest easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday when he will also announce the conclusion of a review into whether a two-meter rule on social distancing should be relaxed, his office said. England’s economy has been hammered by the lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19. Although non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen last Monday, many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sectors, have remained closed. EU and China to seek to cool tensions at the video summit. The European Union and China will try to calm tensions on Monday at a video summit, their first formal talks since ties soured over European accusations that Beijing has spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel - the EU’s chief executive and chairman - will hold video conferences with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. Mexico’s cases passed 180,000. Mexico on Sunday reported 5,343 new infections and 1,044 additional deaths from the coronavirus, the health ministry said, bringing the totals for the country to 180,545 cases and 21,825 deaths. The government has said the actual number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Citizens returning home to New Zealand could undergo two weeks of quarantine in campervans because hotels in Auckland were nearing capacity, the ministry of health has warned. The government was also “actively considering” placing returnees in defense force bases, according to the director-general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. On Saturday, more than 200 travelers who had returned to New Zealand via Auckland Airport were put on buses and taken to hotels in Rotorua because Auckland was full. New Zealand currently has nine active cases of coronavirus. German police were injured as clashes erupt over virus quarantine. Several police officers were hurt in clashes with residents of a high-rise apartment block in the German city of Goettingen, who had been placed under quarantine over a coronavirus outbreak, authorities said on Sunday. Dutch arrest dozens at virus protest clashes. Dutch police on Sunday charged on horseback and fired water cannon to disperse protesters frustrated with the government’s coronavirus policies, arresting dozens after skirmishes broke out. Delhi to transform 25 luxury hotels into Covid-19 care centers. Amid growing concerns that there are not enough hospital beds to cope with the rising number of cases, the Delhi government has become the first in the country to request its hotels. Starting this week, 25 establishments will be repurposed as emergency Covid-19 care centers for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. Updates: 07:42 Two new cases in Georgia  310 new cases and 17 new deaths in Afghanistan  One new occurrence in Western Sahara  43 new cases in Uzbekistan  Nine new deaths in El Salvador  134 new cases in Haiti  Three new cases in Thailand  507 new cases in Kazakhstan  205 new cases and three new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  4,471 new cases and 89 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Mongolia  13 new cases in Australia      463 new cases and five new deaths in Honduras   147 new cases in Ghana  876 new cases and 33 new deaths in Bolivia  18 new cases in China  Two new cases in New Zealand  17 new cases in South Korea  390 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Jamaica  5,343 new cases and 1,044 new deaths in Mexico  58 new cases and one new death in the United States Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates  21-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 US President Donald Trump told thousands of supporters on Saturday that he had asked officials to slow down testing for Covid-19 because case numbers in the country were rising so rapidly. He also used racist language to describe to Covid-19, referring to the virus as 'Kung flu.' The country is the worst hit by a coronavirus, with more than 119,700 deaths. Mainland China reported 26 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, mainly driven by the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in the capital Beijing. The Philippines reported 578 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a record number. This includes test results that were released to patients over the past three days. In Australia, Victoria has extended its state of emergency for another four weeks after case numbers rose to its highest for more than two months. Two new Covid-19 cases have been detected in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. In Chile, the government nearly doubled its estimated death toll to more than 7,000 on Saturday, after it included probable deaths in its official tally. There have been 236,748 infections in the country so far. Mexico on Saturday reported 4,717 new infections and 387 additional deaths from the coronavirus. Serbians go to polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament in Europe’s first national election since coronavirus lockdowns took effect some three months ago. Globally, 8,769,383 coronavirus cases have now been detected, and 464,029 fatalities confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University. Updates: 06:51 446 new cases in Kazakhstan   97 new cases and one new death in Haiti   4,951 new cases and 119 new deaths in Pakistan  25 new cases in Australia     Two new cases in Mongolia  One new case and one new death in Gambia  1,048 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras   26 new cases in China  Two new cases in New Zealand  Five new cases in Sao Tome and Principe  1,036 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia  164 new cases and eight new deaths in Sudan  Ten new cases and one new death in Mali  48 new cases in South Korea  246 new cases and 31 new deaths in Guatemala  Five new cases in Jamaica  4,717 new cases and 387 new deaths in Mexico   {youtube}                                Coronavirus: The latest COVID-19 news. India records more than 11,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates  20-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global infection tally of people who tested positive to Covid-19 has now passed 8.67 million, Reuters reported. About 459,211 have died. Australia. Victoria reintroduces lockdown measures as cases reach a two-month high. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 601 to 189,135, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Hungary, thousands of people made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic have applied to join the army, which is one of the few careers offering job stability. New Zealand has reported two new cases of Covid-19 in a couple who returned to Auckland, New Zealand, on a repatriation flight from India. Their baby, who was traveling with them, has not been tested due to its young age and may also be infected. Coronavirus deaths in Mexico surpassed 20,000 on Friday after the health ministry reported 647 new fatalities and 5,030 new confirmed cases. Total cases now stand at 170,485, with 20,394 fatalities, though the government has said the real number of infections is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Updates: 06:51 79 new cases in Uzbekistan  27 new cases in Australia      One new case in Thailand  64 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  6,604 new cases and 153 new deaths in Pakistan  428 new cases in Kazakhstan  One new case in Bhutan  519 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Bermuda   14 new cases in Jamaica  977 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bolivia   Two new cases in New Zealand  67 new cases in South Korea  27 new cases in China  641 new cases and 34 new deaths in Guatemala  5,030 new cases and 647 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 19-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global death toll from Covid-19 passes 450,000. The number of people who have lost their lives in the pandemic so far stands at 453,289, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. There are 8,464,739 known cases worldwide. Both figures are likely to be higher due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting. The United States on Thursday questioned China’s credibility on reporting new coronavirus cases in Beijing and called for neutral observers to assess the extent of the outbreak. China has locked down the capital as it seeks to prevent a second wave of Covid-19, reporting 158 cases since a fresh cluster was detected last week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an outspoken critic of China, urged greater transparency during talks Wednesday in Hawaii with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, as David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia who accompanied Pompeo, said: “I would hope that their numbers and their reporting are more accurate than what we saw in the case of Wuhan and other places in the PRC, but that remains to be seen.” China publishes genome data for coronavirus behind the new outbreak. China has announced the genome data for the coronavirus behind the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the capital city of Beijing, the website of state-backed National Microbiology Data Center showed on Friday. State-backed Beijing News also reported that the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the genome sequencing data for the virus to the World Health Organization, which had previously sought access to the data. Tokyo lifts remaining business restrictions. Tokyo lifted all remaining restrictions on businesses on Friday, although officials urged caution over a possible second wave of the coronavirus. The measure, the final phase of a three-step easing of preventive measures in the Japanese capital, means live music venues, nightclubs and similar establishments where it is difficult to avoid the “three Cs” – closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact – will be allowed to reopen with the blessing of local authorities. Anthony Fauci thinks a return to full lockdowns is unlikely. The United States does not require more widespread lockdowns to get its Covid-19 outbreak under control, even though the national daily infection rate is not showing signs of decline, leading government expert Anthony Fauci told AFP in an interview Thursday. “I don’t think we’re going to be talking about going back to lockdown,” he said when asked whether places like California and Texas that are seeing a surge in their caseload should reissue stay-at-home orders.“I think we’re going to be talking about trying to control better those areas of the country that seem to be having a surge of cases.” WHO eyes 2bn vaccine doses by the end of 2021. The World Health Organization said Thursday that the end of the year could produce a few hundred million Covid-19 vaccine doses - and be targeted at those most vulnerable to the virus. The UN health agency said it was working on that assumption, with a view to two billion doses by the end of 2021, as pharmaceutical firms rush to find a vaccine.WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said researchers were working on more than 200 vaccine candidates around the world, including ten that are in human testing. San Quentin: outcry after Covid-19 cases at California prison triple in two weeks. The number of coronavirus cases in California’s San Quentin state prison has tripled within the last two weeks, prompting advocates, families, and attorneys to demand urgent action to fast track the release of prisoners and curb the spread among correctional officers. San Quentin, California’s oldest prison and home to the state’s only death row for male prisoners, reported its first batch of 15 positive cases on 3 June. Since then, that number has risen to 46. Organizers are pointing to the 30 May transfer of more than 100 incarcerated people from the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino as a catalyst for the spread of Covid-19 in prison: India lifts an export ban on hydroxychloroquine. India Thursday entirely lifted an export ban on hydroxychloroquine, a drug favored by US President Donald Trump as a treatment against coronavirus, as questions remain over the malaria medicine’s effectiveness against Covid-19. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notice that “hydroxychloroquine and its formulations” were now “free” to be exported. ‘Extensive testing’ in New Zealand has not uncovered new cases. Covid-19 testing of thousands of people in New Zealand has not revealed any new evidence, health officials say. The screening was undertaken after a quarantine bungle when two women were allowed out of managed isolation without being tested – and later turned out to have the coronavirus. Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, is giving a news conference in the capital, Wellington, during which he said the day of zero new cases of Covid-19 to report was “very reassuring.” Non-essential shops in Wales can reopen from Monday. All non-essential shops in Wales will be able to resume from Monday so long as physical distancing can take place, as part of the devolved government’s cautious easing of lockdown restrictions. But the Labour-led administration is not expected to change its guidance that people should not travel more than five miles. The government will review the requirement to stay local by 6 July. Mexico confirms record new cases. Mexico’s health ministry reported on Thursday a record 5,662 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 667 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 165,455 cases and 19,747 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Chinese medical expert says coronavirus under control in Beijing.“The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control,” said Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control. However, he said the capital can still expect sporadic new cases. The city has recorded 158 infections since confirming the first on 11 June in its worst outbreak since early February, which has been traced to the sprawling wholesale food center of Xinfadi in the south-west of the city. Updates: 06:51 Five new cases in Thailand  4,944 new cases and 136 new deaths in Pakistan  132 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  474 new cases and five new deaths in Kazakhstan  228 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  Three new cases in Mongolia  One new case in Sri Lanka  18 new cases in Australia      23 new cases in Myanmar   814 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bolivia  440 new cases and seven new deaths in Honduras  49 new cases in South Korea  617 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  12 new cases in Jamaica  5,662 new cases and 667 new deaths in Mexico   32 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 18-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global death toll from coronavirus is nearing 450,000, with more than 8.2 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide. The Johns Hopkins University tracker is recording more than 448,959 deaths from Covid-19 across the world, as of Wednesday evening UK time. More than one in four fatalities are in the US, making it by far the worst-hit country. There are 8,349,950 cases worldwide. Brazil cases near 1 million. Brazil recorded 1,269 additional Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46,510, the most in the world outside the United States. The Health Ministry also registered 32,188 new cases of the virus since its Tuesday update, for a total of 955,377 confirmed cases, even second to the United States globally. India sees the highest one-day case spike. India has reported its most upper cases in the pandemic so far, with 12,881 confirmed in the last 24 hours, for a total of 366,946 cases. There have been 334 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 12,237. UK cases pass 300,000. The number of coronavirus infections in the UK has passed 300,00, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with the current total standing at 300,717. At least 42,238 people have died in the UK so far. WHO hails steroid treatment ‘hope.’ The cheap steroid British researchers believe they can help save lives should be used only for the most severe cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the research was at last providing “green shoots of hope.” Arizona governor to let mayors require masks as Covid-19 cases surge. As coronavirus cases rise across the state, Arizona’s Republican governor said he would no longer block mayors from being able to require residents to wear masks. But governor Doug Ducey held off from issuing a statewide mask-wearing requirement, even after hundreds of Arizona medical professionals sent him an open letter this week, outlining the evidence that masks save lives and asking him to require citizens to wear them. Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández has gone into voluntary isolation, amid growing concerns over a surge of coronavirus infections, including several cases among the country’s political elite. The decision to quarantine the president – whose popularity is riding high on his no-nonsense response to the pandemic – was taken due to the “significant increase in the circulation of the virus,” presidential doctor Federico Saavedra said in a statement on Wednesday. Honduras president hospitalized with pneumonia, Covid-19. President Juan Orlando Hernández announced late Tuesday that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus. Just hours later, he was hospitalized after doctors determined he had pneumonia. From March to 7 June, Honduras confirmed 6,327 coronavirus infections. In the ten days since, it added 3,329 more, a surge that has come after the government began a gradual reactivation of the economy. New Zealand confirms one new case, defenses under scrutiny as more breaches emerge. More reports have appeared in New Zealand of people leaving isolation without being tested and going on to meet friends, placing government officials under increasing scrutiny over the rigor of their Covid-19 quarantine rules. Police revealed that six people absconded from managed isolation after being granted compassionate leave from Covid-19 quarantine to attend a funeral in Hamilton. Australia’s Qantas cancels most international flights until October. Qantas Airways said on Thursday it had canceled most international flights until late October after the Australian government indicated its border closure because of the coronavirus was likely to extend to 2021. Australian unemployment reaches 7.1%. Australia’s unemployment rate has jumped to 7.1% after another 227,700 people lost their jobs thanks to coronavirus. The jobless rate had already climbed from 5.2% in March to a revised 6.4% in April, as the deadly global pandemic gripped the country. May’s monthly drop in the number of people employed is the second largest on record after nearly 600,000 got sacked in April. Another reduced set of figures had been expected as a result of nationwide lockdowns. Beijing records 21 new cases. Beijing confirmed 21 new Covid-19 cases as of June 17, China’s health authority said on Thursday, down from 31 a day earlier. Beijing logged its first case in the current outbreak, the worst in the city since early February, on 11 June. The total number of infections has risen to 158 over the past week. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:51 One new case in Myanmar  15 new cases in Uzbekistan  Six new cases in Thailand  Three new deaths in El Salvador  95 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  335 new cases in Kazakhstan   5,358 new cases and 118 new deaths in Pakistan  Four new cases in Mongolia  141 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  643 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  One new case in New Zealand  802 new cases and 20 new deaths in Bolivia  Five new cases in Jamaica  59 new cases and one new death in South Korea  20 new cases in Australia      545 new cases and 14 new deaths in Guatemala  4,930 new cases and 770 new deaths in Mexico   28 new cases in China  Updates 17-06-2020 Headlines 07:10 Deaths worldwide passed 440,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data, the global coronavirus death toll stands at 441,668. There are 8,162,276 known infections. Beijing raised its emergency level as dozens of new coronavirus cases emerged, and residents were barred from any “unessential” travel. Hundreds of flights were canceled, schools suspended, and all residential compounds ordered to reinstate strict screening after authorities raised the city’s four-tiered COVID-19 emergency response system from three to two on Tuesday evening. All movement in and out of the city will be “strictly controlled,” officials said at the briefing. Authorities reported 31 new cases of the virus in Beijing as of Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 137 over the past six days. Six US states saw record case increases. New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six US states on Tuesday. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday after recording all-time highs last week. Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. Health officials in many states attribute the spike to businesses reopening and Memorial Day weekend gatherings in late May. New Zealand put quarantine in the hands of the military after border fiasco. The New Zealand government has so far identified 320 close contacts of the two women, who were not tested before they were released on compassionate grounds. Ardern said she would not be replacing Minister of Health David Clark. She has, however, called in the military to oversee the quarantine and isolation process, under the leadership of Assistant Chief of Defense Air Commodore Digby Webb. The UK began talks with Australia and New Zealand on a free trade deal. Australia and New Zealand are about to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with the UK in what the Australian trade minister said was “a strong signal of our mutual support for free trade” in a post-COVID-19 world. Japanese researchers confirmed coronavirus testing in sewers as a possible outbreak warning system. The researchers confirmed the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater plants, a finding that could serve as a signal for future outbreaks. The findings mirror similar studies in Australia, the United States, and Europe. Public health experts say such sampling could be used to estimate the number of infected people in a region without testing every individual. Mexico recorded its 3rd highest daily death numbers. Mexico’s 730 deaths are its third-highest one-day total, AP reports. Even as Mexico announced plans for reopening churches and religious events, the country posted near-record numbers of newly confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Health Department reported that confirmed cases rose by 4,599, the second-highest daily increase to date, to reach an accumulated total of 154,863. Deaths rose by 730, the third-highest daily confirmation number, after one-day increases of 1,092 and 816 earlier this month. Those death tolls rivaled those of the United States. Brazil suffered a record increase in cases. Brazil has had its worst day for new confirmed cases, recording 34,918 in 24 hours to bring its overall total to 923,189 total infections. The health ministry said the country has also suffered 1,282 deaths since the last update on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities there to 45,241. In nominal terms, Brazil is the second-worst hit country in the world in both respects. Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with Covid-19. More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau’s 2,000 health workers have contracted Covid-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed. The tiny West African nation’s under-equipped healthcare system has been struggling to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected over 1,400 people and killed 15. Health authorities have raised the alarm over a lack of oxygen to treat patients. Asteroid was found to help prevent the deaths of the sickest coronavirus patients. A cheap steroid has become the first life-saving treatment in the Covid-19 pandemic, described by scientists as “a major breakthrough” and raising hopes for the survival of thousands of the most seriously ill. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:51 68 new cases in Uzbekistan  One new case in Vietnam  90 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  106 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti  478 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  One new case in Belize  5,839 new cases and 136 new deaths in Pakistan  350 new cases in Kazakhstan  810 new cases and 27 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in Paraguay  23 new cases in Australia      43 new cases and one new death in South Korea  44 new cases in China  358 new cases and 20 new deaths in Equatorial Guinea  434 new cases and 19 new deaths in Guatemala  4,599 new cases and 730 new deaths in Mexico   Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 16-06-2020 Headlines 07:10 Thailand, on Tuesday, reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths and marked 22 successive days without a domestic transmission. The country has recorded a total of 58 deaths related to Covid-19 among some 3,135 confirmed cases, of which 2,993 patients have recovered. Two new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand – the first cases there for 24 days. The two women had traveled from the UK and were released from government quarantine and allowed to drive 650km from Auckland to Wellington on compassionate grounds. Beijing bans 'high-risk' travelers from leaving the city. New cluster in Beijing, which numbers 106 cases. Beijing has now banned high-risk people from leaving the Chinese capital and halted some transportation services to stop the spread of a fresh coronavirus outbreak to other cities and provinces. China’s financial hub of Shanghai demanded some travelers from Beijing be quarantined for two weeks, as 27 new Covid-19 cases took the capital’s current outbreak to 106 since Thursday. German cases rise by 378. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 378 to 186,839; data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by nine to 8,800. Germany has fared better than many of its European neighbors during the outbreak. Italy has recorded 237,000 cases and 34,000 deaths. France has had 194,000 infections and 29,000 deaths. The UK has the worst amount of infected and death in Europe, with 298,000 cases and nearly 42,000 deaths. UK vaccine trials to start this week. Researchers at Imperial College London will begin clinical trials in 300 people, to see whether their jab produces an effective immune response against Covid-19, Press Association reports. The healthy participants, aged between 18 and 70, will all receive two doses of the vaccine over the coming weeks, and the hopes are that tests could then move on to 6,000 volunteers if they are successful. Australia continues to ease restrictions. Australia’s most populous state will nearly double its public transport capacity from 1 July, allowing more locals to avoid driving as it continues to ease curbs designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The relaxation of rules in New South Wales will allow more passengers to board buses, trains, and ferries, where capacity has been restricted. A study estimates 20% of the global population at risk of serious illness if infected with Covid-19. An estimated 1.7 billion people – more than 20% of the world’s population risk becoming severely infected with Covid-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, according to analysis carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in The Lancet medical journal. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:44 Two new deaths in El Salvador  100 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  One new case in Bhutan  65 new cases in India   383 new cases in Kazakhstan  4,443 new cases and 110 new deaths in Pakistan  614 new cases and 21 new deaths in Bolivia  132 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  320 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in New Zealand  34 new cases and one new death in South Korea  12 new cases in Australia      427 new cases and 15 new deaths in Guatemala  Four new cases in Jamaica  3,427 new cases and 439 new deaths in Mexico  40 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 15-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Iran deaths the top 100 for the first time in two months; cases worldwide near 7.9m. Follow the latest updates WHO cautions against the further lifting of lockdown in England Demand for flu vaccine soars as countries plan for second Covid-19 wave Republicans insist Trump Tulsa rally won’t spread coronavirus The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 192 to 186,461, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by four to 8,791, the tally showed. Mexico’s health ministry reported 4,147 new confirmed coronavirus infections along with 269 additional fatalities on Sunday, bringing the total in the country to 146,837 cases and 17,141 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday the 15th of June it was not true the government had decided to ease an entry ban, which was implemented to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, for people from certain countries. The Yomiuri daily reported last week that Japan might restart business trips to and from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Thailand in the next few months. Beijing city authorities said in a press briefing on Monday that “multiple cases” at a market in Haidian were found, all linked to the Xinfadi market. Officials said that as of midnight on Monday, ten residential communities near the Yuquandong market in Haidian had been closed, and residents were put under home quarantine and ordered to take nucleic acid tests. The areas will be under 24-hour supervision and disinfected. The Yuquandong market has been closed since Saturday. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, while neighboring Ecuador approached the same milestone, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:29 No new cases and no further deaths in Thailand  One further recovery in Bhutan  313 new cases in Kazakhstan   87 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  5,242 new cases and 97 new deaths in Pakistan  144 new cases and three further deaths in Haiti   15 new cases in Australia     403 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   354 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  617 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new deaths in El Salvador  4,147 new cases and 269 new deaths in Mexico  36 new cases in South Korea  Two new cases in Jamaica  49 new cases in China  74 new cases and one new death in Venezuela  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 14-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Deaths worldwide pass 430,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government figures, there have been 430,128 known coronavirus deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic. The number of cases stands at 7,766,952. The actual data for deaths and circumstances are likely to be higher, due to differing definitions and testing rates, time lags, and suspected underreporting. China reports 57 new virus cases, the highest daily count since April. China, on Sunday, said 57 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest daily figure since 13 April, as concerns grow about a resurgence of the disease. The National Health Commission said 36 of the new cases were domestic infections in Beijing, with two more domestic infections in northeastern Liaoning province. Local health officials said they were close contacts of the Beijing cases. The new cluster of internal infections has prompted fresh lockdowns with people ordered to stay home in 11 residential estates near to the market. The cases are the first in Beijing in two months. Chile Health Minister resigns amid coronavirus deaths. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday replaced Health Minister Jaime Manalich amid controversy over the country’s figures for deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. Pinera said Manalich had spared “no effort” in carrying out his “difficult and noble duty” to protect Chileans’ health. He replaced him with Oscar Enrique Paris, an academic and medical doctor. Half of Brits support Brexit transition extension, survey finds. More than half of people in Britain support an extension to the Brexit transition period. At the same time, three-quarters believe the UK should work very closely with the European Union to combat coronavirus, a survey suggests. New York State sees the lowest deaths since the pandemic started. New York saw its lowest death toll since the pandemic began on Friday. State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday in the US and the lowest number of hospitalizations since late March. Evacuation flight for British Nationals leaves Columbia. The flight is operated by the South American country’s flag-carrying airline Avianca. On Saturday night, 230 passengers, mostly British nationals, were boarding the aircraft. The plane will return to Colombia from the UK with Colombian evacuees on Sunday. Egypt saw a record daily rise in infections and deaths, as it confirmed 1,677 new coronavirus cases and 62 deaths on Saturday. In total, the Arab world’s most populous country has registered 42,980 cases, including 1,484 deaths, the ministry said in a statement. Israel has noted a spike in coronavirus cases as schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, and other establishments reopen, leading to 177 schools and educational institutions throughout the country closing again after 493 students and teachers tested positive for the virus. France reported 24 new coronavirus deaths over the 24 hours to Saturday, taking the total to 29,398 and marking the fourth day with under 30 fatalities. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, blamed citizens on Saturday for their reduced adherence to health measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus. Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities on Saturday in mostly peaceful protests against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress amid lockdown restrictions. The state of Victoria, Australia, has announced nine new cases of coronavirus today, three of whom are in hotel quarantine. In addition to 50 people being allowed in cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and patrons being allowed to consume alcohol without a meal, restrictions on some community sports will be eased. Non-contact community sport will return on 22 June – for both adults and kids, both indoor and outdoor. NSW recorded nine new Covid-19 cases from 13,591 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday. Eight of the cases are among returned travelers in hotel quarantine, and one is a teacher at Laguna Street Public School in southern Sydney. All students at the primary school have been deemed close contacts and have been told to self-isolate. The school will stop on-site learning until 24 June. Authorities are investigating the source of the teacher’s infection. No cases are in intensive care. The 50-person limit at cafes, restaurants, and churches will be scrapped in NSW with venues instead to follow the one person per four-square-meter rule. The new rule, announced by the NSW government on Sunday, will be in place from 1 July and applies to most indoor venues, including pubs and workspaces. Outdoor cultural and sporting venues with a capacity of up to 40,000 will from 1 July also be allowed to seat 25% of their standard capacity. The Queensland state government is committing AU$250m (US$172m) to reduce elective surgery waitlists, which have blown out following the pandemic. More than 7,000 Queenslanders have waited longer than medically recommended for their procedures. Western Australia reports zero new coronavirus cases. WA Western Australia has reported no new cases of Covid-19 overnight, with the State’s total number of cases remaining at 602, according to the WA Department of Health. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 28 new cases in Uzbekistan   36 new cases in Israel  One new case in Thailand  6,825 new cases and 81 new deaths in Pakistan  78 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  258 new cases in Kazakhstan   323 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  Four new cases in Bhutan  18 new cases in Australia      224 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  913 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Cambodia   34 new cases in South Korea  509 new cases and 16 new deaths in Guatemala  One new case in Jamaica  3,494 new cases and 424 new deaths in Mexico   57 new cases in China  Updates 13-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior US infectious disease official, has warned of the dangers of holding Trump election rallies during the pandemic, adding that rising coronavirus hospitalizations in some states could get out of control unless robust contact-tracing regimes were in place. Globally, there are now more than 7.6 million cases, with more than 425,000 deaths recorded, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker. In the US, there have been 2,048,986 cases and 114,669 deaths. In Brazil, the city of São Paulo has said it will reveal bodies buried years ago and store their bagged remains in large metal containers in a bid to free up space during the crisis. The public funeral service said in a statement on Friday the remains would be placed in numbered bags, then stored temporarily in 12 containers it has bought. The boxes would be delivered to several cemeteries within 15 days. In Argentina, a pastor turned his church into a bar in protest at the uneven easing of restrictions in his Santa Fe province. Church leaders were dressed as waiters carrying Bibles on their trays in a mock service. Pastor Daniel Cattaneo said: “So, apart from the breaded veal headed for table four, here goes the word of God.” China reported 11 new cases on Saturday, including six domestic incidents in the capital, Beijing, that raised concerns about a resurgence. Most of China’s cases in recent months have been overseas nationals tested as they returned home. The new cases have prompted Beijing officials to delay the return of students to primary schools and suspend all sporting events and group dining. City authorities on Friday also closed two markets visited by one of the known cases. New Zealand has now gone for 22 days in a row without recording a new case. Following the recovery of an Auckland woman on Monday, it has no known active cases of Covid-19, and no one is in the hospital with the virus. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 556 new cases and five new deaths in Afghanistan  32 new cases in Uzbekistan  81 new cases in Israel  366 new cases in Kazakhstan  41 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  6,472 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan  Four new cases in Australia      463 new cases and 12 new deaths in Honduras  764 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  48 new cases in South Korea  11 new cases in China  421 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  5,222 new cases and 504 new deaths in Mexico   Three new cases in Jamaica  Updates 12-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global infections passed 7.5 million. There are 7,514,481 confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. There have been 420,993 known deaths so far. The actual figures for deaths and infections are likely to be significantly higher due to time delays, differing testing rates, and definitions, and suspected underreporting. Beijing sees the first local transmission case in several weeks. In Beijing, a 52-year-old man who has no history of traveling outside the city or contact with anyone coming in has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Fu Xuejie, the wife of Dr. Li Wenliang, has given birth to their son. I was praised as a whistleblower in China and made headlines earlier this year after he was reprimanded for warning colleagues about the emergence of a new Sars-like virus. Brazil confirms 30,000 cases in 24 hours. Brazil reported a total of 802,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 30,412 new infections in the last 24 hours in the world’s second-worst outbreak after the US. With a further 1,239 fatalities, the death toll in Brazil has reached 40,919, the health ministry said, the world’s third-highest after the US and the UK. WHO warns pandemic accelerating in Africa. The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said. US President Donald Trump has introduced a policy stopping attendees at his rallies from suing the campaign or venue if they contract coronavirus at the events. Pandemic risks pushing millions more into child labor: UN. A report released on Friday noted that the relation between swelling poverty and a surge in child labor appears clear, pointing to studies from some countries indicating that a one-percent increase in poverty leads to at least a 0.7% rise in child labor. The report also stressed that the crisis could push children already working to put in long hours under worsening conditions. Others could be forced into the worst forms of labor, seriously threatening their health and safety, it said. New Zealand is relaxing its borders to grant exemptions for certain workers and partners of New Zealand citizens to enter the country. The relaxed rules, which will see America’s Cup sailors included, come after 21 days with no new Covid-19 cases across the country and no current live cases. Health officials have said the virus would be considered eliminated after 28 days of no new cases. Tokyo is poised to end all restrictions on businesses next week, and karaoke venues, game arcades, and pachinko parlors were set to reopen today on Friday. Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, said the city had entered “a new stage of living with the coronavirus,” adding that authorities would expand testing and ensure medical facilities were able to cope with a resurgence of the virus, which is known to have infected more than 17,000 people in Japan and killed 922. Japanese “non-regular” workers posted its biggest drop on record in April, declining by 970,000 to 2.02 million. Women accounted for 710,000 of the decline. Many of Japan’s women, many women lack the job security of male workers, with more than half holding vulnerable part-time, contract, or temporary jobs. Fujifilm Holdings Corp will spend $928m to double capacity at a drug manufacturing facility in Denmark, which it has pledged to use in producing Covid-19 treatments, as the Japanese company steps up its pivot towards healthcare, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 One new case in Myanmar  Two new cases in Slovenia  Five new cases in Estonia  8,987 new cases and 183 new deaths in Russia  One new case in Slovakia  Seven new cases in Sao Tome and Principe  463 new cases in Singapore   Four new cases in Lithuania  612 new cases and 13 new deaths in Armenia  Two new cases and 1onenew death in Latvia  14 new cases and 2twonew deaths in Hungary  683 new cases and 16 new deaths in Ukraine  656 new cases and 20 new deaths in Afghanistan  6Sixnew cases in Georgia  602 new cases and two new deaths in Bahrain  132 new cases in Israel  Four new cases in Thailand  78 new cases in Uzbekistan  Four new cases in Australia      Four new deaths in El Salvador  Six new cases in Jamaica   37 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Three new cases in Mongolia  314 new cases in Kazakhstan  884 new cases and 21 new deaths in Bolivia  309 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  145 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  148 new cases and 12 new deaths in Sudan  6,397 new cases and 107 new deaths in Pakistan  56 new cases and one new death in South Korea  340 new cases and 18 new deaths in Guatemala  4,790 new cases and 587 new deaths in Mexico  Seven new cases in China  124 new cases and one new death in the United States Updates 11-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Confirmed US cases passed 2 million. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the US, which is by far the worst-affected country worldwide, passed 2 million on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, which lists 2,000,464 cases. The country has recorded 112,908 deaths. Brazil, with the next highest number of cases, has 772,416 confirmed infections. US deaths could reach 200,000 in September. Ashish Jha, the head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, told CNN in an interview on Wednesday that without drastic action, the number of US deaths would march on. Donald Trump will hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next Friday – his first since states began shutting down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 19 June rally will likely rattle some public health experts, as coronavirus infections rise in about a dozen states. Latin America pandemic deaths passed 70,000, according to a Reuters count, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections. Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains Latin America’s most affected country as total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world’s third-highest death toll after the United States and Britain. Cuba will test all visitors for coronavirus when it reopens to international tourism, which will be limited at first to the beach resorts at the keys of the Caribbean’s largest island, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said on Wednesday. Mexico City will embark on a large-scale testing effort as the centerpiece of its plan to reopen its economy, its mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has said. The plan sees it diverge from the federal government strategy, which has shunned widespread testing as a waste of resources. The goal will be performing some 100,000 tests per month by July and trying to detect and isolate new infections as quickly as possible, Sheinbaum said. On Wednesday, Mexico confirmed 4,883 coronavirus cases in a new daily record. The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, is to be questioned as part of an investigation driven into alleged errors made by authorities. Prosecutors in Bergamo, the Lombardy province worst hit by the virus, will also question the health minister and the interior minister. Authorities have fined Prince Joachim of Belgium €10,400 in Spain after going to a party in Cordoba, where he caught Covid-19. Joachim flew from Brussels to Madrid, then traveled to Cordoba to attend a party with 27 other guests on 26 May, at a time when gatherings were restricted to a maximum of 15 participants. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 239 new cases in Kazakhstan   36 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  5,834 new cases and 101 new deaths in Pakistan  Three new cases in Bhutan  81 new cases and one new death in Gabon  637 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia  134 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  425 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  Nine new cases in Australia      45 new cases in South Korea  355 new cases and 27 new deaths in Guatemala  4,883 new cases and 708 new deaths in Mexico  11 new cases in China  Updates 10-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Argentina confirmed more than 1,000 new cases in one day for the first time. Argentina confirmed more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday as the rate of new infections continued to rise just days after it extended lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires, the country’s largest city and epicenter for the virus, Reuters reports. Argentina’s Health Ministry logged 1,141 new cases in the past 24 hours, as well as 24 deaths, pushing its totals to 24,761 cases and 717 deaths since the outbreak began in early March. 21 US states reported weekly case increases. On Tuesday, 21 US states reported weekly increases in new cases of Covid-19. Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico all posted rises of 40% or higher for the week ended Sunday, compared with the prior seven days, according to a Reuters analysis. Brazil restored on Tuesday detailed Covid-19 data to the official national website, following a scandal about the removal of cumulative totals and a ruling by a Supreme Court justice that the full set of information is reinstated. The WHO called for new lockdowns in Pakistan. The World Health Organization has told Pakistan it should implement “intermittent” lockdowns to counter a surge in coronavirus infections that has come as the country loosens restrictions, an official said Tuesday. South Korea cases spiked again. South Korea’s coronavirus cases spiked to 50 new cases on Wednesday, after two consecutive days of fewer than 40 cases. “All but three of the locally transmitted cases were reported from the Seoul metropolitan area,” the Yonhap News Agency reported. A group of EU member states called for medical and equipment stockpiles to be increased. The leaders of Denmark, Spain, and Germany, as well as France, Belgium, and Poland, called for measures to boost the bloc’s long-term resilience to public health crises and backed proposals for shared research and development of vaccines and treatment. The epidemic in Mexico is advancing toward its peak level of infections, the World Health Organization warned. Mexico, where total confirmed cases exceed 120,000, and the death toll stands at about 14,000, began a gradual re-opening of the economy at the start of June. Pakistan should implement intermittent lockdowns to counter a surge in infections, the World Health Organization advised. The increase has come as the country was loosening restrictions. There have been sharp rises in reports of violence against women across Latin America, already a hotspot for gender-based violence, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Rescue Committee has said. Meghan Lopez, the IRC’s regional director for Latin America, said some women and girls were stuck with perpetrators 24 hours a day. The world faces a food crisis worse than any seen for at least 50 years, the UN has warned. Social protection for poor people is urgently needed as the looming recession following the Covid-19 pandemic may put basic nutrition out of reach. Nearly one in five people in Iran may have been infected with coronavirus since the country’s outbreak, a health official said. This meant the virus was “much less lethal than we or the world had anticipated,” said Ehsan Mostafavi, a member of the task force set up to combat Covid-19. Zoos, safari parks, and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to reopen in England from 15 June. Boris Johnson will make the official announcement on Wednesday. Updates: 06:24 525 new cases and 23 new deaths in Ukraine  369 new cases in Cameroon  469 new cases in Bahrain  166 new cases and three new deaths in the United States Four new cases in Georgia  683 new cases and 21 new deaths in Afghanistan  633 new cases in India 27 new cases in Uzbekistan  88 new cases in Israel  Four new cases in Thailand  38 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  245 new cases in Kazakhstan  5,385 new cases and 83 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Australia      485 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  695 new cases and 12 new deaths in Bolivia  124 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  50 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  Two new deaths in El Salvador  364 new cases and 22 new deaths in Guatemala  Six new cases in Jamaica  4,199 new cases and 596 new deaths in Mexico  Three new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 09-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global infections have risen to 7,119,454, with deaths at 406,540, according to Johns Hopkins data. The US still has the most infections (1,961,185) and deaths (111,007). The UK has the second-highest death toll globally (40,680). University of Washington researchers have estimated that 145,728 people could die of Covid-19 in the United States by August. Infectious disease experts have said that large street protests held in major cities after George Floyd’s death could spark a new outbreak. Brazil continues its steep trajectory of Covid-19 cases, passing 700,000 infections on Monday (second only to the US), with 37,134 deaths. It passed 500,000 cases on 1 June. The World Health Organization has warned against complacency, saying the coronavirus pandemic situation is worsening around the globe. The WHO said it had recorded its highest daily tally of new infections on Sunday (136,000), with Covid-19 is raging in the Americas. “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Russia will lift a range of lockdown measures on Tuesday, including the lockdown in Moscow, the city’s mayor has announced. The capital’s restriction on movement end on Tuesday, allowing residents to travel freely for the first time since March. Some measures have gradually eased, with some shops opening. New Zealanders have enjoyed their first day of level-1 restrictions, where all coronavirus measures have been lifted, except at its international borders. A report by the charity CARE international found a ‘global absence’ of women in leadership roles in response to coronavirus. A survey of 30 countries and found on average that women made up only 24% of national response committees. Mexico has reported 354 new deaths and 2,999 new infections from Covid-19. Updates: 06:24 305 new cases and seven new deaths in Afghanistan  1,118 new cases in India   57 new cases in Israel  Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Thailand  215 new cases and two new deaths in Kazakhstan   23 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  Two new cases in Suriname   One new death in Costa Rica   4,646 new cases and 105 new deaths in Pakistan  204 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  306 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Australia      One new death in El Salvador  38 new cases and one new death in South Korea  123 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  447 new cases and 15 new deaths in Guatemala  2,999 new cases and 354 new deaths in Mexico  One new case in Jamaica  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Click on  Coronavirus History Updates 2020 Globally to read about updates about the Coronavirus starting on January 24, 2020 Updates 04-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Known coronavirus cases pass 6.4 m. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 6,430,705 known coronavirus cases so far, and 385,947 deaths reported. Brazil looks to reopen despite record coronavirus deaths. Brazil registered a record number of daily deaths from the novel coronavirus for a second consecutive day, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday, even as city and state authorities move aggressively to open commerce back up. The nation recorded 1,349 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday and 28,633 additional confirmed cases, the data showed. Brazil has now registered 32,548 deaths, and 584,016 total confirmed cases. In Brazil, right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, saying on Tuesday that death was “everyone’s destiny.” George Floyd had coronavirus, according to autopsy. Floyd tested positive for coronavirus, according to a full autopsy report released by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. The report noted that the virus was not a contributing factor in his death and that Floyd was asymptomatic.KSTP News reports: “A postmortem nasal swab was taken, which confirmed that Floyd was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is noted that Floyd was known to be positive for Covid-19 on April 3. The postmortem positivity likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from the previous infection, the report said.” Mexico sees deaths twice as high as the previous records. Mexican health authorities reported 1,092 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the highest toll in one day so far, with total infections surging past 100,000. The number of deaths was more than twice a previous record, and daily infections were also at an all-time high of 3,912. The additions bring the total number of known cases to 101,238 and deaths to 11,729. Health authorities have previously said the real number is higher. California: the rise in Covid-19 cases raises fears over reopening and protests. The number of coronavirus cases in California is on the rise after weeks of optimism that infections had slowed, raising fears that plans to reopen counties, along with mass protests against police brutality, could accelerate the transmission of the virus. According to numbers from Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking coronavirus cases and deaths, California is one of 20 states that have seen an uptick in cases in the past five days. Coronavirus crisis could cause a $25tn fossil fuel industry collapse. The coronavirus outbreak could trigger a $25tn (£20tn) collapse in the fossil fuel industry by accelerating a terminal decline for the world’s most polluting companies. A study has found that the value of the world’s fossil fuel reserves could fall by two-thirds, sooner than the industry experts, because the Covid-19 crisis has hastened the peak for oil, gas, and coal demand. The looming fossil fuel collapse could pose “a significant threat to global financial stability” by wiping out the market value of fossil fuel companies, according to financial thinktank Carbon Tracker. Spain’s congress voted to approve a sixth and final two-week extension of the country’s state of emergency. It has been in effect since 14 March, and Wednesday’s vote means that the exceptional measures that have underpinned one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns will now remain in force until 21 June. The UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma went into self-isolation after beginning to feel unwell in the House of Commons chamber. He was delivering the second reading of the corporate governance and insolvency bill. WHO reports 100,000 new cases a day for five days. The World Health Organization has received reports of 100,000 new cases of coronavirus every day for the past five days, as the outbreak gathers pace in various regions around the world, its director-general has said. The WHO director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also said it had resumed trials of h...chl...uine. This arthritis drug had been used to treat Covid-19 patients after reviewing studies that showed it was dangerous. Updates: 06:24 17 new cases in Thailand  28 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  4,801 new cases and 82 new deaths in Pakistan  95 new cases in India   133 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  One new case in Mongolia  271 new cases in Kazakhstan  647 new cases and 24 new deaths in Bolivia  174 new cases and 20 new deaths in Guatemala  14 new cases in Sri Lanka  11 new cases in Australia      39 new cases in South Korea  163 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras   Two new deaths in El Salvador  3,912 new cases and 1,092 new deaths in Mexico   582 new cases and 21 new deaths in Brazil  One new case and one new death in Jamaica  One new case in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 03-06-2020 Headlines 08:05 Known deaths in the coronavirus pandemic passed 380,000 on Wednesday, with Johns Hopkins University figures showing the toll currently standing at 380,250. Confirmed infections are nearing 3.4 million, with 6,378,239 so dar. Brazil's deaths passed 30,000. A record 1,262 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Brazil today - taking the country’s total death toll to 31,199 - but the president continues to downplay the pandemic. The figures were announced on Tuesday evening by Brazil’s health ministry, which also said the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 555,383, second only to the United States. The South American country is now on the verge of overtaking Italy, where 33,530 deaths have been recorded, as the country with the third-highest number of deaths. Australia’s economy is in recession. Australian treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has confirmed Australia is now in a recession as the economy reels from the coronavirus pandemic. His confirmation came after the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the economy shrank by 0.3% in the March quarter, on the back of the bushfires, drought and coronavirus pandemic. Asked whether the country was now in recession, he said: “Well, the answer to that is ‘yes.’ And that is based on the advice that I have from the Treasury department about where the June quarter is expected to be.” New Zealand saw its 12th consecutive day with no new cases. New Zealand has reported a 12th straight day of no new cases of Covid-19, as the government considers abandoning as early as next week all remaining restrictions on the country except stringent border controls. Just one person in New Zealand is still recovering from the illness, health officials said on Wednesday. They are not in the hospital. There have been fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases of the virus in the country, with 22 deaths. French anti-racism protesters defied a coronavirus gathering ban. Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a black man in police custody, galvanized by US demonstrations against racism and deadly police violence. China’s service sector is bouncing back. China’s huge service sector has bounced back to growth for the first time since January in a sign that the world’s second-largest economy is recovering strongly from strict coronavirus-induced containment measures. Although employment and overseas demand remain weak in the economy, the Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index rose to 55.0 in May from 44.4 in April, hitting the highest level since late 2010. The 50-mark separates growth from contraction every month. Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn. Yemen remains on the brink of “a macabre tragedy,” the UN has warned after a humanitarian fundraising summit raised only $1.35bn for this year, around $1bn short of the target and only half the sum raised at the equivalent pledging conference last year. Dr. Abdullah al-Rabiah, the head of the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in Saudi Arabia, which co-hosted the virtual summit, put the overall shortfall down to the impact of coronavirus on national budgets and concerns about the restrictions on aid flow imposed by the parties to Yemen’s five-year civil war. Hopes were raised about the possible availability of a vaccine. A senior US army researcher said it was reasonable to expect that some sort of vaccine could be available to some parts of the US population by the end of the year. France’s death toll rose by more than 100 in 24 hours for the first time in 13 days. It came as the country enacts a new easing of lockdown measures. Iran confirmed its second-highest number of new cases in 24 hours since its outbreak began, with the health ministry saying 3,117 people tested positive. The number of new daily infections in Iran has now returned to levels previously seen at the peak of its outbreak in late March. Germany’s travel warning for Europe will be lifted on Wednesday, its foreign minister, Heiko Maas, announced. The worldwide travel warning still applies. But, for the countries of the EU and associated states, the warning will be replaced by travel advice that will give travelers detailed information about the situation in each state. The UK’s official death toll passed 50,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The total differs from the government’s daily counts, which only include deaths in hospitals and care homes where the person had tested positive. The UK statistics watchdog criticized the government’s testing data. Whitehall’s use of testing data appears to be aimed more at making it look like a lot is being done than actually painting a clear picture, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority warned the health secretary, Matt Hancock. A Wuhan doctor who worked with the whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus last week, Chinese state media reported. Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan central hospital, reportedly became China’s first Covid-19 fatality in weeks when he died on Friday after being treated for more than four months. Updates: 06:31 One new case in Thailand  424 new cases in India   4,065 new cases and 67 new deaths in Pakistan  225 new cases in Kazakhstan   Eight new cases in Australia      165 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  Three new deaths in El Salvador  460 new cases and 33 new deaths in Bolivia  1,569 new cases and 31 new deaths in Brazil  49 new cases and one new death in South Korea  Two new cases in Jamaica  250 new cases and seven new deaths in Guatemala  3,891 new cases and 470 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 02-06-2020 Headlines 08:05 Global infections from Covid-19 stand at 6,266,193, with deaths at 375,554, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. South Korea will begin trialing QR codes as part of its track and trace efforts to contain the virus. From 10 June, visitors to nightclubs, bars, karaoke clubs, daytime discos, indoor gyms that hold group exercises and indoor standing concert halls will be required to use an app that generates a one-time personalized QR code that can be scanned at the door. It follows difficulties tracing potential infections from last month’s Seoul nightclubs cluster of 270 cases after people gave false or incomplete information. Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has defended his decision to lift almost all lockdown measures because of economic losses, as cases arise. In a televised address, Khan said his government could not afford to continue giving cash handouts to the poor on such a large scale. He urged people to act responsibly but said more infections and deaths were inevitable. “This virus will spread more. I have to say it with regret that there will be more deaths,” Khan warned. “If people do take care, they can live with the virus.” New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, has said restrictions may be eased again sooner than planned as the country was “ahead of schedule” in tackling Covid-19. Cabinet will decide next Monday whether to move to level-1 restrictions – the most lenient – two weeks ahead of when the government had planned to make that decision. New Zealand has had no Covid-19 cases for 11 straight days. Level-1 is thought only to involve border restrictions. The World Health Organization has warned that the increased use of antibiotics to combat the pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond. WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them. The risk of Covid-19 infection could double if the 2-meter rule is reduced in the UK, a study part-funded by the WHO, and published in The Lancet has found. Last week, Boris Johnson said he hoped to “be able to reduce that (2-meter) distance”, to make it easier to travel on public transport and boost the hospitality industry. Deaths in Mexico passed 10,000 as the WHO warned that Central and South America had become “intense zones for transmission of this virus” and had not reached their peak in cases. Brazil registered 11,598 additional cases of coronavirus and 623 new deaths on Monday, taking its confirmed cases to 526,447 and deaths to 29,937. The Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has tested positive to Covid-19. Armenia, which has a population of 3 million, had registered 9,492 confirmed coronavirus cases and 139 deaths as of Monday. China reported five new imported cases and no deaths on Tuesday. As of Monday, there were 73 active cases in the country, according to the national health commission. Updates: 06:31 19 new cases and four new deaths in Bulgaria  16 new cases in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Dominica  One new case and one new death in Thailand  263 new cases in Kazakhstan  28 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  3,938 new cases and 78 new deaths in Pakistan  336 new cases in India   Four new cases in Bhutan  17 new cases in Australia      549 new cases and 30 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Jamaica  38 new cases and one new death in South Korea  102 new cases and one new death in Haiti  160 new cases and five new deaths in Honduras   2,771 new cases and 237 new deaths in Mexico  249 new cases and eight new deaths in Guatemala  Five new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 01-06-2020 Headlines 08:05 Manila eases lockdown. Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as Manilla relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Public transport was still limited, and many commuters waited for hours to get a ride despite the government deploying special buses. School classes remain suspended for the next two weeks. Barbershops and beauty salons can open next week at a third of their capacity. The Philippines remains a south-east Asian hotspot for Covid-19, with more than 18,000 infections and 957 deaths. Japan may open doors to travelers from selected countries. Japan is considering reopening its borders to travelers from selected countries that have low levels of coronavirus infections, as it begins to ease restrictions put in place earlier this year to control the outbreak. As schools, cinemas, sports clubs, and department stores reopened in Tokyo on Monday, the media have reported that the government is also planning to allow travelers in from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand in the coming months. There was no immediate comment from the foreign ministry. Hong Kong reports the first locally transmitted case in two weeks. Hong Kong has confirmed its first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed, Reuters reports. The Centre for Health Protection said it was investigating two confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the number of cases so far to 1,085. Four people have died of the disease in Hong Kong. Wuhan reports zero new asymptomatic cases. Wuhan, the Chinese city of around 11 million people where the Covid-19 pandemic began, reported no new asymptomatic cases on Sunday, according to Chinese health officials. State media, Xinhua, said recently more than 60,000 nucleic acid tests were conducted on Sunday, finding no asymptomatic cases. Mainland China reported 16 new cases overall on Sunday, the highest daily number in three weeks. All were reported as imported cases – 11 in Sichuan province, three in Inner Mongolia, and two in Guangdong. Brazil passes 500,000 Covid-19 cases. Brazil has reported 16,409 new cases, taking the total of infected cases to 514,849. It keeps the country in second place in terms of infections, behind the US, on 1.78 million cases. Brazil has moved into fourth in terms of deaths, with 29,314 fatalities, according to the health ministry. President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the virus and continued to mock social distancing measures. On Sunday, he rode a horse to a rally calling for the supreme court to be shut down for investigating him. Moscow eases lockdown despite high virus caseload. Shopping malls and parks are set to reopen in Moscow on Monday as the Russian capital eases coronavirus restrictions despite having the world’s third-largest caseload, with 405,843 infections. The relaxation of the confinement orders in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak with a population of more than 12 million, comes after President Vladimir Putin announced the epidemic had passed its peak in the country. North Korea to reopen schools. North Korea will reopen schools this month after shuttering them over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said Monday. Pyongyang has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including closing its borders and putting thousands of its people into isolation. The new school term – initially scheduled to start in early April – has been repeatedly postponed, although some universities and high schools were allowed to resume classes in mid-April. The Queen makes a first public appearance. In the UK, the Queen has been pictured riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle – her first public appearance since the lockdown began. Windsor is said to be the Queen’s favorite royal residence, and she has been photographed over the weekend riding one of her ponies, a 14-year-old Fell pony called Balmoral Fern. The 94-year-old regularly rides in the grounds of Windsor and has been a passionate horse lover and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses throughout her reign. Spain to extend lockdown. Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has said the country needs 15 more days of lockdown until 21 June “to finish with the pandemic once and for all,” and that he would ask parliament to approve a final two-week extension to the stay home rule. “We have almost achieved what we set out to do,” Sanchez told a press conference, as he expressed his intense relief that the number of new cases in Spain, one of the nations hardest-hit by the virus, had fallen dramatically. Bangladesh lifts lockdown. Bangladesh lifted its coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, with millions heading back to work in densely populated cities and towns even as the country logged a record spike in deaths and new infections. “The lockdown has been lifted, and we are heading almost towards our regular life,” health department spokeswoman Nasima Sultana said, calling on those returning to work to wear masks and observe social distancing. It comes as Bangladesh – which on Friday took an emergency pandemic loan from the International Monetary Fund – reported its biggest daily jump in infections Sunday, with 2,545 new cases and a record 40 deaths. Updates: 06:31 182 new cases in India   35 new cases in Israel  Six new cases in Bulgaria  39 new cases in Uzbekistan  One new case in Thailand  69 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  450 new cases and one new death in Kazakhstan   2,964 new cases and 60 new deaths in Pakistan  One new death in Sri Lanka  Six new cases in Mongolia  Four new cases in Myanmar  143 new cases and 27 new deaths in Brazil  390 new cases and three new deaths in Bolivia  108 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras   189 new cases in Ghana  Seven new cases in Australia      259 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  35 new cases and one new death in South Korea  348 new cases and six new deaths in Guatemala  16 new cases in China  3,152 new cases and 151 new deaths in Mexico  Five new cases in Jamaica  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 31-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 Global cases pass 6 million. The world has passed the milestone of six million confirmed coronavirus cases, with 6,057,553 confirmed infections worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, and 369,106 deaths. The US is the worst-affected country in terms of cases and deaths, with 1,769,776 infections and 103,685 fatalities. Donald Trump postpones the G7 summit. US President Donald Trump has postponed the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in June and will also expand the list of countries invited to attend the rescheduled event to include Australia, Russia, South. Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Trump said the G7 in its current format was a “very outdated group of countries.” “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7, it properly represents what’s going on in the world,” Trump said. Lockdown to be eased for England’s most clinically vulnerable. The more than 2 million people who have been “shielding” from Covid-19 in England because they are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable will be allowed to spend time outdoors from Monday for the first time in 10 weeks. Boris Johnson praised their resilience as their particular lockdown measures are set to be eased. The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, will confirm the move on Sunday. Brazil cases are near 500,000 after record increase. Brazil registered a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The death toll in Brazil from Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. Los Angeles shuts down COVID testing amid protests. Coronavirus testing centers in Los Angeles, California, have been closed due to safety concerns amid the protests, according to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said the centers were being closed “because of the safety worries across the city.” South Korea reports 27 new cases. South Korea has reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, including 21 from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to club-goers and warehouse workers. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday brought national totals to 11,468 cases and 270 deaths. Twelve of the new cases were linked to international arrivals. Pope Francis implores world leaders to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost jobs and called for the enormous sums of money used to grow and perfect armaments be instead used to fund research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future. Britain’s top public health leaders warn Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair and now poses a real danger to life when lockdown measures are lifted this week. Cummings, Johnson’s top aide, has been embroiled in a scandal after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had coronavirus symptoms. Greece will conduct coronavirus tests on visitors arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency EASA when it opens its airports to tourism traffic on 15 June. The list currently includes 13 airports in the United Kingdom, all those in 22 US states, and those in the Ile de France region surrounding Paris. South Africa’s infection cases now exceed 30,000, the country’s health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday. The country reported 1,727 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 30,967. The death toll increased by 32 to 643. Updates: 06:31 Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  Four new cases in Thailand  26 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  316 new cases in India   3,039 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan  476 new cases in Kazakhstan   Ten new cases in Bhutan  Six new cases in Jamaica  861 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  1,526 new cases and 15 new deaths in Brazil  Seven new cases in Australia      208 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras  132 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala  281 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  Two new deaths in El Salvador  27 new cases and one new death in South Korea  One new case in Trinidad and Tobago   Seven new cases in Sri Lanka  Two new cases in Suriname  2,885 new cases and 364 new deaths in Mexico  Two new cases in China  Updates 30-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 Deaths surge in Brazil and Russia Trump says US is quitting WHO 12 migrants in Mexican government shelter test positive US supreme court rejects the church's dispute against California lockdown laws The US supreme court has rejected a challenge by a church group to block California’s lockdown laws, which limit attendance at religious worship to 25% of building capacity or 100 people. Ruby Princess passengers warned about tuberculosis infection. Passengers on the Ruby Princess cruise ship, a voyage which was responsible for 10% of all coronavirus cases in Australia after an outbreak on board, have been issued with yet another health warning – this time for tuberculosis. Updates: 07:55 21 new cases in Israel  14 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  45 new cases in Uzbekistan   One new case in Cambodia   One new case in Thailand  One new death in El Salvador  60 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  11 new cases in Australia      272 new cases in India   Two new cases in Bhutan  17 new cases in Myanmar  2,429 new cases and 78 new deaths in Pakistan  450 new cases in Kazakhstan   134 new cases and three new deaths in Honduras  Four new cases in China  141 new cases in Haiti  344 new cases and seven new deaths in Bolivia  259 new cases and ten new deaths in Guatemala  Six new cases in Jamaica  39 new cases in South Korea  One new case in Vietnam  3,227 new cases and 371 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 29-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 The number of people infected by Covid-19 has exceeded 5.8 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 360,000 people have died from the virus. The US accounts for about 30% of cases, way ahead of Brazil (7.2%), Russia (6.6%), the UK (4.7%), Spain (4.1%), and Italy (4%). The Philippines records its highest daily infection rate- 539 new cases - but will ease lockdowns. Residents in Manila will see their lockdown – one of the toughest and longest in the world – ease from Monday, despite the Philippines seeing its biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday. The Philippines reported 539 infections on Thursday, its highest-ever daily tally, to make a total of 15,588. It has recorded 921 deaths. “For me, this does not look bad,” Duterte said in a late-night televised address, citing what he described as the country’s low mortality rate. His health minister, Francisco Duque, said 90% of the country’s Covid-19 cases were “mild,” and only less than 2% are “severe and critical.” India’s health system is at risk of being overwhelmed by Covid-19 spread. In Mumbai’s Sion hospital emergency ward, there are two people to a bed. Patients, many with coronavirus symptoms and strapped two to a single oxygen tank, were captured lying almost on top of each other, top-to-toe on shared stretchers, or just lying on the floor, in footage shared on social media in India this week. Mumbai, a city of more than 20 million people, is weeks into the pandemic, but with new cases showing no sign of slowing down, the city’s already weak healthcare system appears to be on the brink of collapse. State hospitals such as Sion, overcrowded in normal times, are overrun. With frontline doctors and nurses falling sick with the virus in their droves, it is also leading to a shortage of medical staff. Life during the coronavirus lockdown has reinforced gender inequality across Europe, with research emphasizing that the economic and social consequences of the crisis are far greater for women and threaten to push them back into traditional roles in the home, which they will struggle to shake off once it is over. Throughout the continent, campaign groups are warning that the burdens of the home office and homeschooling together with additional household duties and extra cooking, has been unequally carried by women. Improvements made in their lives by the growing inequality over the past decades are in danger of being rolled back by the health crisis. The number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the past ten weeks soared to more than 40 million, with 2.1 million people filing for unemployment last week. The growth in the number of claims has slowed, but millions more have continued to file for unemployment each week, bringing the total number to a rate not seen since the Great Depression. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would sign an executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers not wearing masks. He said: “That store owner has a right to protect himself. You don’t want to wear a mask, fine. But you don’t have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn’t want you to.” The US has now recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University, as many states continued to relax mitigation measures. The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic. Almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, the UK. There have been more than 159,000 excess deaths in Europe since early March, during the height of the coronavirus epidemic, the head of the World Health. Organization’s regional office for the continent said. Hans Kluge said 2 million people had been confirmed to have caught the coronavirus since it was first detected on the continent four months ago. About 175,000 had died. Up to six people will be able to meet outside in the UK from Monday, providing members of different households continue to stay two meters apart, the prime minister has said. This will be allowed in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, Boris Johnson added. Paris is no longer a “red” coronavirus danger zone, the risks posed by the virus moving down a notch to “orange,” according to France’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe. The rating means Paris is not as free as the majority of French regions designated “green.” Health officials in Moscow updated their figures on coronavirus deaths to add those who “died with” the virus. On top of 636 deaths in April directly caused by Covid-19 reported earlier, the health department added the deaths of 756 people who tested positive for the virus but died of other causes. Updates: 07:55 25 new cases and eight new deaths in Hungary   15 new cases in Israel  11 new cases in Thailand  2,801 new cases and 57 new deaths in Pakistan  356 new cases in Kazakhstan   413 new cases in India   18 new cases in Mongolia  123 new cases and one new death in Haiti  619 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia  15 new cases in Australia     203 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala  58 new cases in South Korea  112 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   One new case in the Bahamas  3,377 new cases and 447 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 28-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 Known global cases near 5.7m. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, at least 5,693,066 people are known to have contracted the virus since the pandemic began, while at least 355,653 people are known to have died. The true death toll and the number of cases are likely to be significantly higher due to differing definitions and testing rates, delays, and suspected underreporting. US deaths pass 100,000. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the United States has recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, moving past a somber milestone even as many states relax mitigation measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic. Almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, Britain. Trump silent on the US death toll. Donald Trump remained silent on the death of more than 100,000 Americans from Covid-19 as the US mourned the milestone. The president made no comment on Twitter about the momentous day but used the platform to attack tech companies for trying to censor him, a day after Twitter put a fact-check warning on one of his claims. WHO launches foundation to put finances in better health. The World Health Organization on Wednesday launched a new foundation for private donations, as US President Donald Trump threatens to pull the plug over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, AFP reports. South Korea could face return to coronavirus restrictions. South Korea has reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days, triggering warnings it may have to revert to stricter social distancing measures after appearing to have brought the outbreak under control. The Korean Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 79 new infections on Thursday, with 67 of them from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s population of 51 million. UN: Virus could push 14 million into hunger in Latin America. The UN World Food Program is warning that at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages further on. New projections released late on Wednesday estimate a startling four-fold increase in severe food insecurity. European investment slashed. Over a third of European foreign direct investment projects announced in 2019 have been either delayed or canceled outright because of the coronavirus pandemic, an annual survey by professional services group EY found. Some 65% of the 6,412 projects in question are already in place or continuing, “albeit with downgraded capacity and recruitment,” EY said. A further 25% were delayed, and 10 percent canceled, its Europe Attractiveness survey found. Ireland faces record recession: think tank. Ireland is facing its deepest-ever recession as the coronavirus lockdown devastates jobs and strains the public finances, a think tank said Thursday. A report by Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute predicts the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will decline by 12.4% this year. That was the “most likely” scenario under a government plan to lift the lockdown in August. Still, with the economy struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels owing to physical distancing measures, ESRI said. Tory anger at Dominic Cummings builds. 61 Conservative MPs defied British PM Boris Johnson’s calls to “move on” from the Dominic Cummings crisis as a senior minister broke ranks to accuse the special adviser of inconsistencies in his account of his behavior during the lockdown. Former chancellor Sajid Javid also said the journey was not “necessary or justified” as the number of backbenchers calling for Cummings to resign or be sacked grew to 44, with more than 60 Tory MPs weighing in to criticize him. Two of those condemning Cummings are government whips. The study raises concerns. Questions have been raised about a study published in The Lancet that prompted the World Health Organization to halt global trials of the drug. The Lancet said the authors were “investigating urgently” an apparent discrepancy in the data. It comes amid scientists’ concerns that rigorous standards are falling by the wayside in the race to understand the virus. Updates: 07:55 329 new cases in India    17 new cases and one new death in Bulgaria  16 new cases in Israel  560 new cases and eight new deaths in Afghanistan  27 new cases in Uzbekistan  23 new cases and four new deaths in Hungary   11 new cases in Thailand  74 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  2,076 new cases and 35 new deaths in Pakistan  13 new cases in Mongolia  272 new cases in Kazakhstan  11 new cases in Australia      632 new cases and six new deaths in Bolivia  146 new cases and one new death in Haiti  200 new cases and 11 new deaths in Sudan   79 new cases in South Korea  One new death in New Zealand  Two new deaths in El Salvador  191 new