In the new Europe, ‘neutrality is no longer an option’

Credit: Wilfried Pohnke / Pixabay. The invasion of Ukraine continues to backfire on Russia politically. Instead of weakening Western alliances, as Russian President Vladimir Putin had hoped, the war had convinced former neutrals Finland and Sweden to seek membership in NATO. “The lesson here for European countries is that neutrality is no longer an option,” … Read more

Wrestling with bird flu, Europe considers once-taboo vaccines | Science

In March, Christian Drouin, a French farmer in the Vendée, discovered that his chickens were dying of avian influenza. He had to take drastic action to cull his flock and prevent the infection from spreading. Normally, veterinarians would arrive to gas the birds with carbon dioxide. But the veterinary teams were overwhelmed with calls to … Read more

Overweight and Obesity Rates Have Reached Epidemic Proportions Across Europe

Overweight and obesity rates have reached epidemic proportions across Europe and are still escalating, according to the new WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022. The new WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022, to be published today (May 3, 2022) by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, reveals that overweight and obesity rates have reached epidemic … Read more

New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe – BIOENGINEER.ORG

During the 20th century, earthquakes in Europe accounted for more than 200,000 deaths and over 250 billion Euros in losses. Comprehensive earthquake hazard and risk assessments are crucial to reducing the effects of catastrophic earthquakes because earthquakes cannot be prevented nor precisely predicted. During the 20th century, earthquakes in Europe accounted for more than 200,000 … Read more

Mysterious hepatitis outbreak sickens young children in Europe as CDC probes cases in Alabama | Science

Puzzled scientists are searching for the cause of a strange and alarming outbreak of severe hepatitis in young children, with 74 cases documented in the United Kingdom and three in Spain. Clinicians in Denmark and the Netherlands are also reporting similar cases. And in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … Read more

‘The divide between Russian and global sciences is happening’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

Andronick A Arutyunov, a Russian scientist and academic, is among the dissidents who are against his country’s war on Ukraine. An associated professor at the prestigious Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), a school that has produced several Nobel Prize winners, and a professor at Free University, he co-chairs University Solidarity – a trade … Read more

The worrying arrival of the invasive Asian needle ant (Brachyponera chinensis) in Europe – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Invasive exotic species are considered one of the main causes of the current biodiversity crisis. In recent years, humans have introduced 200 species of ant from outside of their natural area of ​​distribution and some of them have become invasive. Such is the case of the Asian needle ant, Brachyponera chinensiswhich has seen its area … Read more

Birds of prey populations across Europe suppressed by lead poisoning from gun ammunition – study – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Poisoning caused by preying on or scavenging animals shot by hunters using lead ammunition has left the populations of many raptors – or birds of prey – far smaller than they should be, according to the first study to calculate these impacts across Europe. Poisoning caused by preying on or scavenging animals shot by hunters … Read more

US official: Russia seeking military aid from China

WASHINGTON (AP) – A US official said Russia asked China for military equipment to use in its invasion of Ukraine, a request that heightened tensions about the ongoing war ahead of a Monday meeting in Rome between top aides for the US and Chinese governments. In advance of the talks, White House national security adviser … Read more