Pediatric hepatitis outbreak first death
One child died from the mysterious liver damage illness that has Europe and the US worried. The source of the disease is still unknown, but adenovirus was present in at least 74 out of 169 patients. Before hospitalization, many children experienced abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice.
For a list of hepatitis and adenovirus symptoms, see our previous coverage.
War in Ukraine
US top officials have visited Kyiv and pledged more aid. The US is planning to reopen its embassy in Kyiv soon. Putin’s strategy now is to seize as much territory as possible, focusing on the east and the south. If he succeeds in keeping hold of those territories, he will effectively create a land bridge between Russia and Crimea. Cutting off Ukraine’s most fertile land and central export hub will also affect global food exports long-term:
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) April 25, 2022
The entire province of Luhansk is without electricity. Stark reminders of the impact of war: utilities in the area may not be restored until the war is over, and Ukrainians will face a prolonged health care crisis:
⚡️Luhansk Oblast governor: Electricity, gas and water will not be restored in parts of region till the end of the war.
Serhiy Haidai said that the infrastructure in the cities of Popasna and Rubizhne and several villages in Luhansk Oblast was nearly completely destroyed.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 20, 2022
Ukrainian ham operators have been intercepting and jamming Russian communications.
Sweden and Finland will submit their NATO applications next month, despite Russia’s threats of retaliation.
New Mexico declared a state of emergency due to the many wildfires that have devastated the state. New Mexico’s officials are worried because they’ve recognized that fire season might be coming early due to climate change-induced drought.
Some Arizona towns might cut their drinking water off as Lake Powell continues to dry up. Lake Powell will get 500,000 acre-feet of water pumped from an upstream reservoir, and the feds will keep nearly 500,000 more acre-feet in Powell instead of letting it flow downstream to Lake Mead, but the fix is only temporary.
Biden signed an executive order to strengthen America’s forests, boost wildfire resilience, and fight global deforestation.
The summer of 2021 was the hottest on record for Europe.
Solar could generate half of the world’s power and become the cheapest energy source by 2050.
Twitter will ban ads that deny climate change.
Latest US weather forecast: Dangerous fire conditions in the southern planes:
Dangerous fire weather conditions are expected to return to the southern plains tomorrow. https://t.co/CEuN4LM6ds
— National Weather Service (@NWS) April 25, 2022
A new John Hopkins study dispels the myth that Omicron is milder: Omicron patients might be less likely to be hospitalized, but when they do, they need intubation, ventilators, etc., as much as those infected with Delta.
According to a UK study, only 29% of patients with long COVID recovered within a year, and women and the obese are even less likely to recover.
Indonesia banned the export of palm oil to keep inflation down. Indonesia is the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, and the ban could deal a blow to the worldwide shortage of cooking oil.
The EU plans the largest ever ban on potentially harmful chemicals linked to cancers, hormonal disruption, reproductive disorders, obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses.
The EU also passed the Digital Service Act, which will require companies such as Google, Meta (Facebook), and Twitter to be accountable for illegal content and ban ads based on religion, gender, or race:
The Digital Services Act will make sure that what is illegal offline is also illegal online. The landmark rules will protect people’s fundamental rights.
Read more about how this will tackle disinformation and what the penalties are if big tech companies do not comply ↓
— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) April 25, 2022
Over 1 million children in Africa have received at least one dose of the first malaria vaccine.
Robberies on US mail carriers have tripled between 2018 and 2021, and thefts involving a gun have quadrupled.
In 2020, guns were the leading cause of death for children and teens in the US. Deaths from vehicle crashes, drug overdoses, and cancer are close behind.
The White House seeks to expand the government’s authority to detect and disable threatening drones.
A woman was rescued after being lost in deep snow for six days. She survived on yogurts and frozen snow.
The world’s first drone airport opened in Coventry, UK. The developer plans to open 200 other vertiports worldwide in five years.