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Storm surge – search continues for tornado survivors

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The search is continuing today for survivors, after at least 30 tornadoes ripped through six US states

At least 94 people are dead, with the state of Kentucky being hit the worst, as US President Joe Biden declares a disaster for the region.

At least 80 of the deceased so far are Kentucky residents… after dozens were killed in a candle factory in Mayfield.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says the situation is devastating… saying one of his state’s biggest challenges is that they’re losing so many people… and most of the morgues aren’t big enough to deal with it.

Emergency response teams are still surveying the damage, knocking on doors and reaching out to residents to try to make contact to see who’s alive.

This comes as more than 50,000 residents across Kentucky remain without power following the storm surge.

In Illinois, a tornado warning siren gave Amazon factory workers just eleven minutes to find shelter, with six people killed as the storm ripped through the warehouse.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency says weather events like this are the “new normal” as it prepares to bolster resilience as a result.

“This is what dangerous climate change is…This is a really stark warning to the world.”

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New report suggests ‘throwaway economy’ thwarting climate goals

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New research shows countries are neglecting the massive impact of the “throw-away” economy on planet-warming emissions

Scientists found that more than half a trillion tonnes of virgin materials have been consumed since the 2015 Paris climate deal.

The Circle Economy report found 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are linked to the manufacturing and use of products.

But the report found that if economies were more circular, then the world could meet the Paris target of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

A third of nations’ climate pledges mention the circular economy as part of their emissions goals, according to the report.

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Researchers discover why pandas gain weight on bamboo diet

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We’re always told to eat your greens, but this isn’t the case for pandas

A new Study finds exactly how pandas gain weight… even though they only eat bamboo

Pandas eat between 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo each day and It turns out the animals’ gut bacteria changes in the season when nutritious bamboo shoots become available.

“This is the first time we established a causal relationship between a panda’s gut microbiota and its phenotype,” says Guangping Huang, one of the study’s authors.

“We’ve known these pandas have a different set of gut microbiota during the shoot-eating season for a long time, and it’s very obvious that they are chubbier during this time of the year.”

Pandas only consume bamboo, which is a poor quality diet low in fat.

The authors believe the bacterium could lead the bears to store more fat.

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Historic mission – first spacecraft to touch the sun

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has officially become the first spacecraft to touch the sun

This achievement comes 60 years after the space agency set the goal… and three years after the Parker Solar Probe was launched.

The spacecraft flew through the sun’s corona… which is its upper atmosphere… in a bid to “sample particles and our star’s magnetic fields”.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate says “not only does this milestone provide us with deeper insights into our Sun’s evolution and (its) impacts on our solar system, but everything we learn about our own star also teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe.”

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