‘No way to stop it’: millions of pigs culled across Asia as swine fever spreads

Experts say region is losing the battle to stop the biggest animal disease outbreak the planet has ever faced South-east Asia is battling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, known as pig Ebola, which has already led to the culling of millions of pigs in China and Vietnam. in Hong Kong two separate cases led to there being no fresh pork in the country for a week. White disinfectant powder is sprinkled on the soil around a pig farm in northern Chinas Hebei province. Photograph: Sam McNeil/AP But Pfeiffer was not optimistic Thailand which has more than 2m pigs could resist the pandemic spreading from neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia, or China, for much longer, saying it …

Electric ‘flying taxi’ prototype unveiled by German start-up

Lilium says electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft could be in service by 2025 A new flying taxi has been unveiled by German start-up Lilium, which claims the vertical take-off craft could be the basis for an on-demand air service within six years. The electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft is designed to travel up to 300km, a journey that would take it an hour at top speed. While a app-based air taxis in multiple cities by 2025. The latest iteration, with room for a pilot and four passengers, will be the template for Liliums mass production model. With sufficient economy of scale, Lilium believes fares would be around $70 (55) per head for a cross-city hop from, for example, JFK airport to Manhattan. …

The media is failing on climate change here’s how they can do better ahead of 2020

We spoke to climate change experts for advice on how news outlets can cover the environment in ways that make voters listen America elected Donald Trump at the end of the hottest year Democratic National Committee to host a debate solely focused on climate. Bernie Sanders raised the issue during his town hall on Fox News earlier this month and even town halls last week. In the run-up to 2020, as newsroom leaders grapple with their mistakes in the 2016 election from reliance on inaccurate polls to underestimating the impact of fake news the failure to press candidates on climate change is emerging as an area of self-examination. In 2016 there were almost no questions asked , which is insane, …