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Reactions to planting trees in drylands to fight climate change

A study published in Science analyses the potential climate benefits of afforestation - both planting trees to create new forests and reforesting old ones - of the world's drylands. The authors show that the cooling effect of afforestation of this vast area would only amount to a decrease of about 1 % of projected greenhouse gas emissions in the business-as-usual and medium-emissions climate scenarios.

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Reaction to clinical trial testing treatment for a form of ALS

The New England Journal of Medicine reports the publication of data from a clinical trial studying the drug Tofersen against a form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the SOD1 gene, which accounts for 2% of sporadic ALS. Six months after treatment, some biomarkers of neuronal damage improved, but not the clinical condition of the patients. In an extension of the study, with no placebo group, a slowing of functional loss was observed, although the researchers acknowledge that there are limitations in interpreting this result.

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Reaction: Study finds high levels of PFAS in school uniforms sold in North America

Researchers have analysed the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in 72 textile products purchased online in the US and Canada in 2020 and 2021. The results, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, show high concentrations in school uniforms and higher concentrations in 100 % cotton as opposed to synthetics. 
 

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Reaction: up to two thirds of urban tree species withstand climatic risk conditions

International research on more than 3,000 tree and shrub species in 164 cities -including Barcelona, Valencia and Santa Cruz de Tenerife- reveals that up to two-thirds of urban tree species may already be experiencing climatic conditions that exceed their potential climate tolerance. The study is published in Nature Climate Change.

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Reaction: EMA recommends approval of a new respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) drug for babies and infants

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended marketing authorisation in the European Union for Beyfortus (nirsevimab) to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) lower respiratory tract disease in babies and infants. The agency recommends it during its first RSV season. The European Commission now has to decide on its marketing authorisation across the EU.

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What the La Palma eruption has taught us one year later

This week marks one year since the start of the last volcanic eruption in Spain, a phenomenon that made national and international headlines from 19 September 2021, when the volcano began to spew lava outwards, until several months later. The eruption posed a forecasting and management challenge for scientists and authorities. The balance of what we have learned is positive at the scientific level, but the reality is that much remains to be done. 

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