Tips for Virus-Free Payment Transactions

PRINCETON JUNCTION, New Jersey, March 31, 2020 (ENS) – The highly contagious, deadly novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is spreading around the world in a global pandemic, raising everyone’s awareness of the need to avoid contact with frequently touched public surfaces. Still, people must buy things – groceries, medicine, gas – and pay for these items with cards inserted in payment terminals. How can consumers buy what they need without getting sick? […]

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Capitol Hill Shivers as Lawmakers Test Virus Positive

WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2020 (ENS) – Senate Democrats voted down a $1.8 trillion coronavirus aid package Sunday evening with five Republican senators absent. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican and a medical doctor, announced Sunday morning he had tested positive for the coronavirus and would self-quarantine. […]


Private Sector Trusted to Share Virus Messaging Load

CHICAGO, Illinois, March 19, 2020 (ENS) – “These last few weeks we have all lived the consequences of low trust in government and media. We have observed that large groups of people have ignored critical health guidance, in part because they doubted the veracity of available information or because they relied on disinformation,” says Richard Edelman, CEO of the American public relations and marketing consultancy Edelman. […]


Ice Cover Shrinks at North and South Poles

IRVINE, California, March 19, 2020 (ENS) – During the exceptionally warm Arctic summer of 2019, Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice, enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters in two months. On the opposite pole, Antarctica continued to lose mass in the Amundsen Sea Embayment and Antarctic Peninsula but saw some relief in the form of increased snowfall in the eastern part of the continent. […]

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WHO: Threat of Global Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Very Real’

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 11, 2020 (ENS) – “Over the weekend we crossed 100,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in 100 countries,” World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a global media briefing about the novel coronavirus on Monday. “Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real.” […]

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EU to Enshrine in Law Climate Neutrality by 2050

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 10, 2020 (ENS) – The European Commission has proposed to pass a law formalizing the EU’s political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050 to protect the planet and its inhabitants. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and direction for all EU policy and offers predictability to public authorities, businesses, and citizens. […]

Land Use/Forests

Amazon’s 2019 Burned Area Trends Parallel Past 18 Years

ALCALA de HENARES, Spain, March 6, 2020 (ENS) – Thousands of fires broke out in the Amazon last year, sparking international media alarm. But a new detailed analysis, using data from the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative, shows a small increase of fires in 2019 compared to 2018, but the number of fires in Brazil was similar to the average annual number of fires detected over the past 18 years. […]

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Unprecedented Locust Swarms Invade East Africa

ROME, Italy, March 4, 2020 (ENS) – The East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, top United Nations relief officials are warning, urgently advising that action now will avert a major food crisis later. […]