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Modelling climate change impacts on the spatial distribution of anthrax in Zimbabwe
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Modelling climate change impacts on the spatial distribution of anthrax in Zimbabwe

Background In Zimbabwe, anthrax is endemic with outbreaks being reported almost annually in livestock, wildlife, and humans over the past 40 years. Accurate modelling of its spatial distribution is key in formulating effective control strategies. In this study, an Ensemble Species Distribution Model was used to model the current and future distribution of anthrax occurrence in...

UAE: Hosting COP28 Amid Longstanding Repression
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UAE: Hosting COP28 Amid Longstanding Repression

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in 2023 and used it to burnish its image despite pushing for fossil fuel expansion and maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward dissent, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2024. The UAE, one of the world’s largest oil producers and per capita greenhouse...

United Arab Emirates acknowledges mass trial of prisoners previously reported during COP28
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United Arab Emirates acknowledges mass trial of prisoners previously reported during COP28

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday acknowledged it is conducting a mass trial of 84 inmates previously reported by dissidents as it hosted the United Nations COP28 climate talks last month. The trial likely includes a prominent activist lauded by rights group abroad. The state-run WAM news agency quoted the country’s attorney general, Hamad al-Shamsi, as saying...

Revealed: COP28 president linked to spyware experts via ‘AI university’
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Revealed: COP28 president linked to spyware experts via ‘AI university’

There are fears that guests and journalists could be spied on at the international climate conference in Dubai. The president of international climate conference COP28 works with surveillance experts linked to a phone tapping scandal and the “Chinese military industrial complex”, openDemocracy can reveal. Sultan Al Jaber – who is the chair of a new...

Briefings on UAE-China ties revive lawmakers’ worry about Mideast ally
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Briefings on UAE-China ties revive lawmakers’ worry about Mideast ally

A senior Democratic lawmaker who backed legislation last year asking intelligence agencies to examine and report on the ties between the United Arab Emirates and China says he is alarmed at what he has learned since then.  Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., is one of several lawmakers with intelligence access sounding alarms about China’s activity in the...