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China rejects WHO proposal to return to Wuhan

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China has pushed back against the World Health Organization’s call for another probe into the origins of COVID-19

China says there’s no evidence for the theory that the virus leaked from a lab and has discouraged another investigation from the WHO.

Chinese scientists say the virus most likely arose in an animal that transmitted it to humans via a host animal. They praised an earlier report from the WHO that pointed primarily to animals while finding that the lab leak hypothesis was “extremely impossible.”

Wuhan lab under the spotlight

The Wuhan laboratory at the center of the controversy “never had the virus,” according to an epidemiologist who headed the team of Chinese experts working with the WHO.

Epidemic scientist, Liang Wannian stated to “there’s no need for us to put more resources into a lab leak probe.”

The head of the WHO acknowledged last week that it was premature to rule out a potential link between the pandemic and a leak of the coronavirus from a Chinese lab.

“China has made repeated clarifications and does not accept the WHO plan”

Speaking at a news conference at the State Information Council, China’s National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin said that the lab in the city of Wuhan has no virus that can directly infect humans.

A mtoedical worker takes a swab sample from a resident to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. – Nervous residents of China’s pandemic epicentre of Wuhan queued up across the city to be tested for the coronavirus on May 14 after a new cluster of cases sparked a mass screening campaign. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

World Health Organisation proposes second investigation

In a closed-door meeting last week, the boss of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus proposed the second stage of the agency’s investigation into the origins of coronavirus should include further studies in China as well as lab “audits”.

“we expect China to support this next phase of the scientific process by sharing all relevant data in a spirit of transparency.”

The WHO chief says “Finding the origins of this virus is a scientific exercise that must be kept free from politics.”

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The hypothesis of a lab leak was once dismissed as a conspiracy theory by opponents of former U.S. President Donald Trump – whose administration raised the possibility ahead of the 2020 election.

The premise subsequently gained traction after scientists questioned China’s reluctance to provide access to the primary source material.

The WHO has been under growing pressure to step up its investigation into the origin of the pandemic, which originated in Wuhan and has now killed more than 4.1 million people globally.

WHO boss calls for a second investigation into the origins of coronavirus.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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