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China clamps down in hidden hunt for coronavirus origins
15 January 2021 - Internal documents obtained by The Associated Press show that top Chinese officials quietly ordered strict controls on all COVID-19 research in the country, cloaking the search for the origins of the virus in secrecy. Deep in the lush mountain valleys of southern China lies the entrance to a mine shaft that once harbored bats with the closest known relative of the COVID-19 virus. The area is of intense scientific interest because it may hold clues to the origins of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide. Yet for scientists and journalists, it has become a black hole of no information because of political sensitivity and secrecy. (more)

Data shows 2020 was Europe's warmest year on record
15 January 2021 - 2020 was the warmest year in Europe since records began, according to data published Friday [8 January] by the EU climate monitoring service. ... Rising global temperatures are tied to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Chief among them is carbon dioxide, which is released by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas. (more)

One-third of America's rivers have changed color since 1984
15 January 2021 - America's rivers are changing color -- and people are behind many of the shifts, a new study said. One-third of the tens of thousands of mile-long (two kilometer-long) river segments in the United States have noticeably shifted color in satellite images since 1984. That includes 11,629 miles (18,715 kilometers) that became greener, or went toward the violet end of the color spectrum, according to a study in this week's journal Geographical Research Letters. Some river segments became more red. Only about 5 percent of U.S. river mileage is considered blue -- a color often equated with pristine waters by the general public. (more)

From Norway to Canada, the Arctic Ocean is being polluted by tiny plastic fibers from our clothes
13 January 2021 - Tiny microfiber strands, washed into the ocean from laundering our clothes or from industrial wastewater, are polluting one of the most remote regions on Earth. While microplastics -- those measuring up to 5 millimeters in diameter, or about the size of a sesame seed -- have previously been found in Arctic sea ice, new research has found that microplastic pollution is widespread near the surface of seawater across all regions of the Arctic, including the North Pole. The study, published Tuesday [12 January] in the journal Nature Communications, found that 92 percent of those microplastic particles are miniscule synthetic fibers -- with most of these being polyester. Researchers say the size, shape, and type of the material is consistent with the fibers lost from clothing and textiles through laundry and textile production. (more)

Mass die-off of birds in south-western US 'caused by starvation'
30 December 2020 - The mass die-off of thousands of songbirds in south-western US was caused by long-term starvation, made worse by unseasonably cold weather probably linked to the climate crisis, scientists have said. (more)

Flights from UK canceled as health minister says new coronavirus variant is 'out of control'
20 December 2020 - A growing number of European countries on Sunday halted flights from the UK following the discovery of a new variant of Covid-19, said by officials to spread faster than others. The new strain of coronavirus, which prompted the UK government to impose a Tier 4 lockdown in London and southeastern England and tighten restrictions for all of England over the festive period, is 'out of control,' Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday [20 December]. (more)

At least 200 victims identified in suspected Russian hacking
19 December 2020 - At least 200 organizations, including government agencies and companies around the world, have been hacked as part of a suspected Russian cyber-attack that implanted malicious code in a widely used software program, said a cybersecurity firm and three people familiar with ongoing investigations. The number of actual hacking victims has been one of many unanswered questions surrounding the cyber-attack, which used a backdoor in SolarWinds Corp.'s Orion network management software as a staging ground for further attacks. (more)

Wildfire smoke may spread infectious disease
18 December 2020 - Smoke from wildfires could be a surprising new route for the spread of infections, according to research. Scientist say that microbes and fungi can survive in large numbers in smoky plumes. The authors believe it's likely that organisms from the soil, known to cause infection, could be transferred in this way. They argue that greater monitoring of wildfire smoke by health authorities is urgently needed. ... Using new techniques to capture microbes in smoke, researchers say that they found over 900 different types of bacteria and around 100 unique fungi. (more)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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