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World’s population will continue to grow and will reach nearly 10 billion by 2050

July 23rd, 2019 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

There has been tremendous growth in the size of the world’s population in the last half century. Global population was around 3 billion in 1960. By 1987, in less than three decades, it had surpassed 5 billion and there were around 7.6 billion people in the world in 2018. This growth varies greatly across regions. […]

Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead

July 8th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Gene-editing breakthroughs could allow us to bring extinct species, like the woolly mammoth, back from the dead. But should we? It really is worse than you think. We’ve gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, vacuumed up the Earth’s forests and spewed toxic gases into the atmosphere for years on end. The planet is getting warmer, we’re […]

Florida city gives in to $600,000 bitcoin ransomware demand

July 3rd, 2019 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

But there’s no guarantee hackers will actually restore Riviera Beach’s systems. Riviera Beach, a city in Florida, is set to pay hackers $600,000 in bitcoin with the hope of having its systems restored. Hackers took over the systems several weeks ago, when a police department employee opened a malicious email that allowed them to inject […]

Special report: Our plastic planet

June 30th, 2019 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

  We have sipped, packaged and played our way into a global plastics crisis. Why it matters: Activist consumer groups are pushing for less use, and to some extent, less production, while industry aims for increased recycling. The big picture: Plastics demand is projected to only increase — and the footprint of plastic pollution with […]

Soaring second home ownership hitting young people

June 28th, 2019 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

The number of British people who own a second home, buy-to-let or overseas property has doubled since 2001, says think tank the Resolution Foundation. While the number of millennials who own a home continues to fall, one in 10 people now own an additional property. Just 37% of people born in the 1980s managed to […]

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