Cities that are canceling their big New Year's Eve events -- and those still going forward
In this time of the pandemic, we have faced a lot of restrictions on behalf of our safety. In many cases, many countries have canceled several activities to prevent the spread of the virus. But now to this day, the virus is still a serious issue in the world. For this, some countries are still making restrictions regarding New Year Eve. We know that on New Year Eve, we can watch fireworks and several activities depending on which city we chose to go to. But for this year, some countries are making restrictions, such as canceling the activities made on New Year Eve. Still, there are cities in some countries—such as Sidney, Bangkok, Cape Town, Dubai, Las Vegas and Taipei-- that will celebrate New Year Eve, but of course, with some safety restrictions.
Discover Tokyo through the eyes of Paralympic and Olympic medalists
Summer 2021, the world was gathered together to watch the people representing their nation play in the Olympic games held in Tokyo. Some people will always remember the Olympic games, maybe because of the medals won there, or for the feeling of competing for their nation. But in this new, we can see that for some of them, what captured their emotions, was being in Japan and feeling welcomed there. Both Courtney Ryan and Sandra Sánchez shared their experience and let us know what they felt being at the Olympics. Courtney Ryan was amazed to be competing in such a beautiful place, she also mentioned the warm welcoming the team received, which is known in Japan as ‘Omotenashi’ hospitality. Besides the warm welcoming Sandra Sanchez received, she was also excited to be competing for karate in the birthplace of karate itself.
2021年夏季，全世界皆因東京奧運而凝聚在一起，替自己國家的選手加油。選手會永遠記得此刻，也許是因為他們替國家贏得了獎牌，抑或是為國家而戰的榮耀感；但對許多選手們來說，日本更是讓他們感受到了十足的熱情。Courtney Ryan和Sandra Sánchez兩位選手分享了他們在東京奧運的經歷與感受。Courtney Ryan對能在如此美麗的地方參賽感到十分驚奇，她還提到球隊受到了熱情款待，這在日本被稱為おもてなしOmotenashi，空手道選手Sandra Sánchez也很開心能在空手道的發源地比賽。
US adds Merck pill as 2nd easy-to-use drug against COVID-19.
U.S. regulators have authorized a second pill against COVID-19, an antiviral drug from Merck that may help blunt the wave of infections driven by the omicron variant.The FDA authorized Merck’s drug for adults with a positive COVID-19 test, early symptoms and who face the highest risks of hospitalization, including older people and those with conditions like obesity and heart disease. For now, the FDA decision provides another potential option against the virus that has killed more than 800,000 Americans. Merck says several hundred thousand treatment courses will be available in the U.S. in the next several days and a million will be available over the next few weeks.
Contact with nature in cities reduces loneliness, study shows.
A research shows that loneliness is a major public health concern and can raise a person’s risk of death by 45% – more than air pollution, obesity or alcohol abuse. Feelings of overcrowding increased loneliness by an average of 39%. But when people were able to see trees or the sky, or hear birds, feelings of loneliness fell by 28%. Feelings of social inclusion also cut loneliness by 21%, and when these feelings coincided with contact with nature the beneficial effect was boosted by a further 18%. The researchers said: “Specific measures that increase social inclusion and contact with nature should be implemented, especially in densely populated cities.”
Scientists are concerning about sea spray aerosols traveling long distances and bringing PFAS from the ocean hundreds of kilometers inland, where it could contaminate food and water
PFAS (Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are broadly used in nonstick cookware to firefighting foam for their resistance to water, heat and oil. The strong chemical bonds make PFAS useful and hard to break down. Lab studies have shown they can damage the livers and immune systems of animals, and lead to birth defects and death. In humans, they have been linked to cancer and lower birth weights. We typically think of the sea being the final resting place of PFAS, but a new study finds sea spray from waves is tossing PFAS into the atmosphere. The findings provide pretty convincing evidence that sea spray aerosol might be responsible for bringing 0.1% to 0.4% of all PFOS, a specific type of PFAS no longer used in most countries, back to land each year to haunt us.
Crucial ice shelf on Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ glacier could shatter in 5 years
Presenting their data and satellite imagery on December 13th, glaciologists showed that the warming ocean is eroding the front of Antarctica’s riskiest glacier, sizes around Great Britain, from below and causing large cracks to appear in several places. Thwaites glacier in Antarctica is gigantic and has been nicknamed Doomsday because of the catastrophic effects its melting would trigger. Thwaites, which a glaciologist describes as ‘a kind of monster’, is already releasing 50 billion tons of ice into the ocean each year, accounting for around 4 percent of global annual sea level rise. If the glacier were to completely collapse, it would bring sea level up to 65cm- endangering millions of people on island nations and in coastal areas.