Six killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital

Six civilians were killed and several were injured in a suicide attack near Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in Kabul yesterday. Italian NGO Emergency confirmed that it had received two dead and 12 wounded, including one child. No group has claimed responsibility. This is the second attack near the foreign ministry in less than three months, ended […]

Budget 2023: Industry lining up for carrots as Ottawa prepares to accelerate the green transition

Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has emphasised the importance of investment in the green economy ahead of delivering the 2023-24 budget. Speaking on 22 March, Freeland said that the energy transition represented the most significant economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution and that Canada must capitalise on the historic opportunity before it or be left […]

German Christian Democrats rewrite Merkel’s China playbook

Germany’s largest opposition party, the Christian Democrats, are seeking a departure from Angela Merkel’s pragmatic approach to China, stating that trade cannot ensure peace and stability. The conservatives, who spent Merkel’s chancellorship pursuing economic interdependence with China and Russia, are now responding to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and Beijing’s increasing aggression both economically and politically. […]

Road noise makes your blood pressure rise — literally: Study shows the sound of traffic is associated with increased risk of hypertension, calls for public health measures to reduce noise exposure

Exposure to road traffic noise can raise the risk of hypertension, according to a study by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at Peking University in Beijing, China. The paper analysed UK Biobank data from over 240,000 people aged 40 to 69 who started out without hypertension. […]

Delay in polls: ECP decision obstructing court orders, observes Justice Akhtar

Pakistan’s top court has accused the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of obstructing orders from the Supreme Court. The comments came during a hearing into a petition lodged by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, which was challenging the ECP’s decision to delay the Punjab Assembly elections until 8 October due to fears over national security. Barrister […]

Global experts propose a path forward in generating clean power from waste energy

More than 100 scientists, led by Simon Fraser University professor Vincenzo Pecunia, have created a roadmap for the conversion of waste energy into clean power as a response to rising global energy demand and concerns over climate change. Pecunia, who leads the Sustainable Optoelectronics Research Group, highlights “energy harvesting materials” as a promising option for […]