Protesters demonstrate against controversial weedkiller glyphosate in Brussels as the EU pesticides committee meets to decide on whether to extend its licence. 2019 file video. It has been the subject of nationwide protests , billion-dollar lawsuits in the United States, and recently Japan turned away New Zealand honey because of it. What is glyphosate, and should we be worried about its use in New Zealand? Glyphosate is the world’s most commonly used herbicide. In New Zealand, it is used to kill weeds in places ranging from orchards, crops and vineyards, to private gardens, roadsides and public parks. The herbicide is contained in hundreds of products globally, and used in about 90 products in this country, with Roundup arguably the most recognised brand. Glyphosate now underpins much of New Zealand’s – and the world’s – food production. Why do we use glyphosate? Glyphosate was discovered to be a herbicide in 1970, by a chemist at American agrochemical … [Read more...] about Should councils stop using the weedkiller glyphosate?
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By Martin Enserink May. 6, 2021 , 2:00 PM When Philip Munday discussed his research on ocean acidification with more than 70 colleagues and students in a December 2020 Zoom meeting, he wasn’t just giving a confident overview of a decade’s worth of science. Munday, a marine ecologist at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, was speaking to defend his scientific legacy. Munday has co-authored more than 250 papers and drawn scores of aspiring scientists to Townsville, a mecca of marine biology on Australia’s northeastern coast. He is best known for pioneering work on the effects of the oceans’ changing chemistry on fish, part of it carried out with Danielle Dixson, a U.S. biologist who obtained her Ph.D. under Munday’s supervision in 2012 and has since become a successful lab head at the University of Delaware (UD), Lewes. In 2009, Munday and Dixson began to publish evidence that ocean acidification—a knock-on effect of the rising carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) level in … [Read more...] about Does ocean acidification alter fish behavior? Fraud allegations create a sea of doubt
Khaled isn’t the last guy carrying the torch for DJ-themed albums, but he is the most vocal and entertaining, the one angling for the biggest fish and, more often than not, hooking his catch. Photo: DJ Khaled/YouTube What makes a hit record soar? Is it vibrant melodies and impactful lyrics syncing up with driving, anthemic production? Is it the world-beating verve of a hungry new artist with a unique history and perspective? Is it the comforting voice of a household name or the familiarity of a beloved, time-tested melody reinterpreted for modern times? Is it all just chemistry, the careful mixing and matching of star power? These questions seem crucial to understanding the career path of DJ Khaled , the Palestinian American South Florida radio personality turned mogul, advertiser, and influencer who, 15 years ago this spring, dived into the business of star-studded rap compilations with 2006’s Listennn … The Album and never looked back. Khaled records carry on the same … [Read more...] about DJ Khaled Will Never Change. Why Should He?
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday tightening restrictions in the capital Nairobi and four surrounding hard-hit counties. "The death rate is devastating by all measures, and the stress the pandemic is placing on our health system is unparalleled," Kenyatta said in a televised address as the East African country stands on the brink of a third wave. "Between January and February three people died every day from COVID. In March 2021, the number has gone up to seven every day, the highest since this pandemic hit us,'' he said. The restrictions include a pause on all movement into or from Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Nakuru and Kiambu. Public gatherings are banned, and an evening curfew will be imposed to last from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. in the affected counties. Kenyatta also called on those eligible for the first round of vaccination to get the jab. He and his wife received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca jab through … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Nairobi goes into partial lockdown
I've religiously watched hockey since the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995 and became the Colorado Avalanche. I'll never forget being allowed to stay up way past my bedtime as the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers went into triple overtime in game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and the excitement as I saw Uwe Krupp take a shot from near the blue line and it snuck past goalie John Vanbiesbrouck to win what had been up until that point a 0-0 game, the series, and the Stanley Cup. Mind you, it was the first professional sports championship for the state of Colorado. ZDNet Recommends The best iPad models Follow along as we break down each iPad model. Read More Hockey is often called the fastest sport on Earth. It's a tagline I've heard debated amongst family and friends who aren't hockey fans, but instead, consider the NFL much faster -- and tougher -- than the NHL. There's really no way to explain just how fast the game is on TV; you have to be … [Read more...] about How SAP, Apple, and the NHL are changing hockey