Thousands of pollution deaths worldwide linked to Western consumers – study

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Study shows extent to which US and western European demand for clothes, toys and mobile phones contributes to air pollution in developing countries

Western consumers who buy cheap imported toys, clothes and mobile phones are indirectly contributing to tens of thousands of pollution-related deaths in the countries where the goods are produced, according to a landmark study.

Nearly 3.5 million people die prematurely each year due to air pollution, the research estimates, and about 22% of these deaths are associated with goods and services that were produced in one region for consumption in another.

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Bulgaria tourism sees double-digit growth in 2016

Increase were registered in the revenues from both foreign citizens and Bulgarians, which were 22.5 percent and 10.4 percent respectively.

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Bulgarian tourism achieved double-digit growth in 2016 year-on-year, President of the National Statistical Institute Sergey Tsvetarsky and Minister of Tourism Stela Baltova said at a joint press conference on Wednesday.

In 2016, the total number of the nights spent in Bulgaria’s accommodation establishments such as hotels was 25.2 million, 17.7 percent more over 2015, Tsvetarsky said.

The total revenues from nights spent in 2016 reached 1.229 billion BGN (some 682 million U.S. dollars), up 18.9 percent year-on-year, he said.

Increase were registered in the revenues from both foreign citizens and Bulgarians, which were 22.5 percent and 10.4 percent respectively.

Baltova added that the number of foreign tourists was 8.25 million, 16.2 percent more compared with 2015.

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Swiss railways reports second derailment in week

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It remains unclear as to why the train derailed or whether the train tracks were damaged. SBB warned that railway traffic has been affected as a result of the incident.

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– Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) reported that a train derailed shortly after leaving Berne’s train station on Wednesday, a week after a similar incident left seven people injured in Luzern.

According to a statement issued by SBB, 90 people were traveling on the train that links the three Swiss towns of Thun, Berne and Burgdorf.

Initial reports suggest that no one was injured in the accident that occurred a minute after the train departed from the Swiss capital’s railway station in the afternoon.

It remains unclear as to why the train derailed or whether the train tracks were damaged. SBB warned that railway traffic has been affected as a result of the incident.

(Xinhua)

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How to talk climate with your friend who’s already given up

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So, you believe in climate science but don’t quite know how to talk about it. You’re not alone. It can be pretty awkward to bring up the biggest planetary problem facing humanity. But you need to, so we’re here to help. Welcome to Cooler Talk, your handy compass for navigating the stormy seas of global warming communication. We’re here to make those conversations civil, productive, and worth your time.

This episode features Dave the Defeatist, who’s rendered listless and glum by the mere thought of global warming.

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Late-night TV roasts Trump on climate: he ‘surrendered Florida to the ocean’

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Comics including Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers discussed the executive order rolling black environmental protection and further Russian connections

Late-night hosts on Tuesday decided to focus on Trump’s latest decision to remove many of Obama’s environmental regulations and further revelations about possible Russian connections.

Related: Late-night hosts on Trump: ‘How to Lose Friends and Influence No One’

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Migrant boat lands on Cyprus shore, 42 children, 49 adults on board

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Emergency services from Paphos and Polis rushed to the scene to assist those on board and pull them to safety.

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ANOTHER boat with migrants has landed off the north-west coast of Cyprus, after encountering heavy seas.

The vessel landed near Nea Dhimmata, close to Pomos in the Paphos district.

According to reports, ninety-one people – including 42 children – were on board the small fishing boat.

Emergency services from Paphos and Polis rushed to the scene to assist those on board and pull them to safety.

The boat was first spotted off Polis Chrysochous just after 1pm on Wednesday.

Earlier this month 25 migrants disembarked a boat at Cape Arnaoutis, on the north-western tip of Cyprus.

There have been several landings of small boats containing migrants in the same area over the last year, two of the vessels were known to have launched from Turkey.

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Edinburgh technology duo secure £2.5 million to turn wave power into electricty

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 The duo has developed a technology dubbed ‘Quantor’ which for the first time includes the use of digital displacement® hydraulics to tame the massive but slow and erratic power output of wave energy machines.

Commenting on the contract Dr Niall Caldwell, Managing Director of Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd, said:

“We believe our system is a fundamental advance in capturing the mechanical power generated by renewable sources.

“We have combined the established advantages of hydraulic power – controlling tremendous forces in harsh environments at comparatively low cost – with the latest in smart digital control, to enable dramatic improvements in efficiency and controllability of wave energy devices,” Caldwell says.

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Slovenian economy to grow 3 pct: IMF

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its 2017 forecast for Slovenia’s economic growth, from 1.8 percent projected last fall to 3 percent.

The Head of the IMF mission, Nikolay Kirov Gueorguiev assessed during the IMF’s regular annual visit to Slovenia that the country is on the right track, according to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) on Tuesday.

Kirov said private consumption has increased, the investments remain above the forecast level and the growth of exports is good. Nevertheless, Slovenia is encouraged to continue the reform process.

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Economic crisis sees Brazilian families struggling with debt

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Amid a recession which has already lasted for two years, the share of Brazilian families in debt rose to 57.9 percent in March, a survey revealed on Tuesday.

According to the Consumers’ Indebtedness and Defaults Survey (Peic), released by the National Trade Confederation (CNC), the figures rose from 56.2 percent in February and fell from 60.3 percent in the same period last year. Out of the 57.9 percent of indebted families, 14.2 percent are “very indebted,” according to the survey.

For the CNC, these figures indicate that the country hardly advanced in terms of access to credit and loans over the past year.

In addition to growing levels of debt, the number of defaults is also on the rise, with the level of defaults increasing to 23.7 percent in March, up from 23 percent in February.

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