Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins debate climate policy, cannabis and renaming NZ

New Zealand elections

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a climate change emergency would be declared if re-elected on 17 October, while opposition leader Judith Collins has promised tax cuts and faster economic growth during this week’s one-and-half-hour debate. With less than three weeks until the New Zealand elections, Ardern, for now, is safely in the winning role. The Labour leader and current prime minister met the National Party leader in Auckland this week in a debate, moderated by Patrick Gower, during which the leaders “clashed and argued, but also laughed and…

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Finnish researchers use sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19

Helsinki Airport

COVID-19 sniffer dogs have started work at Helsinki Airport as part of a state-funded pilot scheme in Finland. The city of Vantaa, where the international airport is located, believes dogs will be an effective method of ensuring health and safety at airports. Four dogs will work at the airport during a shift. The duration of each shift depends on the dogs. The animals are capable of detecting coronavirus within 10 seconds and the entire process takes less than a minute to complete, according to Anna Hielm-Björkman of the University of…

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Wildfire smoke from US stretches to Europe

US Wildfires

Smoke from the severe US wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington following recent hot and dry conditions has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), a science agency that is part of the European Commission. Beginning in California and Colorado in mid-August, the fires spread to Oregon and Washington in early September. “Such transport of smoke at high altitude from North America to Europe is typically seen once or twice a year with wildfires in British Columbia, not the United States,”…

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