World Health Organization plans its response to the new COVID-19 variant 

Following the emergence of the “Omicron” variant of COVID-19, countries have started to implement plans for stopping the spread, such as travel bans and additional social measures.  Now, the WHO and its... Read more »

Court orders Amazon to pay $500,000 settlement over health and safety breaches 

Amazon came under fire earlier this year for not providing its employees with enough protection against the rising number of coronavirus cases.  Now, the state of California has ordered the tech giant... Read more »

Consumer debt is now rising despite small reduction during the pandemic 

Surveys show that the pandemic changed people’s financial habits, particularly when it comes to credit card spending. However, a new report by the  Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic... Read more »

COVID-19 vaccine mandate suspended by US appeals court 

Following an appeal against the vaccine mandate, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has suspended the mandate.  This news comes after the US government announced the removal... Read more »

World leaders announce pledge to cut methane emissions 

With the COP26 summit underway, EU  Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden have announced a global partnership to support a pledge to cut emissions of the greenhouse... Read more »

Report shows greenhouse gas levels have hit a record high 

In the run-up to the climate talks in Glasgow, a recent report by the United Nations shows that greenhouse gas concentrations reached a record high last year.  The agency also says that... Read more »

The US opens its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers 

In August, the US government announced its plans to eventually start allowing travelers into the country after closing its borders to most of the world early on in the pandemic.  At the... Read more »

Vuse becomes the first e-cigarette to get FDA approval 

In the US, all medical products are regulated by the FDA, including e-cigarettes. Now, the agency has approved an e-cigarette for the first time in its history.  Three products under the Vuse... Read more »

Amazon plans to open its first UK High Street store

Now that it’s become the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon has announced plans to expand its High Street presence in the UK by opening its first non-food retail store.  The shop, which... Read more »

Researchers find high levels of microplastics in babies 

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic found in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, cosmetics, agricultural fertilizers, and washing products. The effects are widely unknown, and despite calls for a ban, some... Read more »