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California’s new police use-of-force law is important

California’s new police use-of-force law is important

With Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on Monday, a landmark California bill to raise the standard for when police can legally use deadly force is law.

Managing the next gold rush

Managing the next gold rush

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) sits perched above the concrete boardwalk of Jamaica’s Kingston Harbour, across the bay from the spot where “Calico Jack” Rackham was once gibbeted as a warning to other 18th-century pirates.

Qatar’s support for Uyghurs welcomed

Qatar’s support for Uyghurs welcomed

Activists have welcomed Qatar’s decision to withdraw its signature from a letter signed last month by 37 countries expressing support for China’s policies in Xinjiang province, where about 1mn ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres,

Vaping impacts blood vessels, even without nicotine

Vaping impacts blood vessels, even without nicotine

Healthy young people show signs of impaired blood vessel function after just a few puffs of an electronic cigarette, even without nicotine, new research shows. “We essentially found that using e-cigarettes is not equivalent to inhaling water vapour; in fact, it can exert acute

Why Trump’s Greenland bid fell through

Why Trump’s Greenland bid fell through

President Donald Trump’s proposal for the United States to buy Greenland from Denmark has met with surprise and a sharp rebuff from Copenhagen, with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen calling the idea “absurd”. Stung by the rejection, Trump scrapped a September 2-3 visit to Denmark

Planetary thinking

Planetary thinking

The Swedish climate truthsayer Greta Thunberg has set sail for the United States in a zero-emissions racing yacht to generate waves in a different part of the world – including at next month’s United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

What early US presidential polls tell us about the 2020 race

What early US presidential polls tell us about the 2020 race

Anyone paying the slightest attention to the Democratic presidential campaign has likely seen headlines on the latest “horse race” opinion polls, highlighting one candidate’s rise or another’s decline.

German economy needs support amid recession warnings

German economy needs support amid recession warnings

Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest and its growth engine, could enter a recession in the third quarter, the Bundesbank has warned amid a growing debate on government measures to support the economy.

Faced with floods and suicides, US readies for a warmer world

Faced with floods and suicides, US readies for a warmer world

Julia Sanger, whose tiny ice cream shop flooded twice in two years in Maryland’s historic Ellicott City, joked darkly that the disasters left many local business owners in need of therapy.

The real obstacle to climate action

The real obstacle to climate action

Climate change is probably the biggest threat facing humanity today.

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