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Where New Tent Cities Are Rising in Central Gaza

Where New Tent Cities Are Rising in Central Gaza

[ad_1] A growing area of central Gaza is filling up with tents, satellite imagery shows, as Palestinians who fled south to Rafah to escape danger have picked up their possessions and moved yet again in search of safety. Source: Satellite imagery from Planet Labs. April imagery was captured between April 3 and April 20. May imagery was captured between May 18 and May 30. Most Gazans in Rafah began leaving in early May, after the Israeli military, preparing for its ground operation in the south, issued evacuation orders for the eastern part of the city. But another exodus began toward the end of the month, after an Israeli strike that local authorities said killed dozens of people at a displaced camp. Israel said the strike targeted a Hamas compound. An attack at the nearby area of Al-Mawasi two days later killed 21 more people sheltering there, Gazan officials say. Israel has insisted that it has not attacked the areas it has designated as “humanitarian zones,” where evacuating Gazans have been instructed to go. In all, …

Concrete without CO2: can our biggest building material go green? – podcast | Science

Concrete without CO2: can our biggest building material go green? – podcast | Science

[ad_1] Concrete is strong and durable – which is why it’s the basis for so much of our infrastructure. It’s also terrible for the planet, due to one key ingredient: cement, which is responsible for almost 90% of concrete emissions. Researchers have now found a way to recover old cement while also reducing the environmental impact of recycling steel. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Julian Allwood, professor of engineering and the environment at the University Of Cambridge, to find out how the process works, and what it could mean for the emissions generated by the construction industry How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know [ad_2] Source link

For some Russians, Putin’s Victory Day is the darkest of the year – POLITICO

For some Russians, Putin’s Victory Day is the darkest of the year – POLITICO

[ad_1] But the unified front hailed by Putin and amplified by Russian state media is only part of the story. For a portion of Russian society, Victory Day is an excruciating annual reminder of the current war in Ukraine, which they see as tarnishing their country’s reputation and distorting its history, as well as that of their families. “For me this is not a celebration but a day of mourning,” said Valeria, 20, whose father has been mobilized. Like others quoted in this article, she declined to give her full name, fearing repercussions for speaking out.  “The essence of this day used to be that there should never be another war — that is what our ancestors gave their lives for. But somehow the exact opposite is happening.”  She and a small group of similar-minded people on Thursday gathered at Moscow’s Poklonnaya Gora war memorial site on the coldest May 9 since 1945, wearing white scarves or carrying white flowers or ribbons, symbols of anti-war protest.  Some were approached by police and asked for their …

‘BookTok Bookshelves’ to launch in cities around the UK | Books

‘BookTok Bookshelves’ to launch in cities around the UK | Books

[ad_1] TikTok is partnering with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) to place bookshelves in 11 UK areas identified as lacking in literary provision. 20 “BookTok Bookshelves” will be placed in Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Doncaster, Manchester, Middlesborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stoke and Swindon. While TikTok will be funding the initiative by paying for the books and shelves, NLT youth volunteers will be choosing selections of titles for the shelves. The bookshelves will be located in places with a high footfall of over-13s, such as youth clubs and community centres. TikTok is “proud” to be working with the NLT to “harness the appeal of TikTok and its ability to connect and inspire young people, to motivate reading for pleasure, striving to boost literacy levels by increasing access to books across the UK,” said Ali Law, TikTok’s director of public policy and government affairs, UK and Ireland. The social media company drew attention to recent NLT research, which found that one in 12 children aged five to 18 do not own a book of their own, and that …

City Trees Save Lives | WIRED

City Trees Save Lives | WIRED

[ad_1] “We are able to quantify how outcomes would have been different in real events,” says de Guzman. “I know that projections are for a higher number of extreme heat days in each of these communities.” In other words: The time to act is now. Tall trees provide shade, for one, but plants in general release water vapor as they photosynthesize, essentially “sweating.” Accordingly, a high-income neighborhood with lots of parks and landscaping might be 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than a low-income, more industrialized area—like so many health threats, heat disproportionately affects those who are the most deprived. The urban heat island effect varies not only from neighborhood to neighborhood, but also from block to block and even house to house. Different building materials, like wood and brick, absorb and retain the sun’s energy in different ways. So the utility of this kind of research is to first of all find whole neighborhoods to prioritize for greening, but then to target specific places to put single trees. “We don’t necessarily in urban areas plant entire …

How 2-Tone brought new ideas about race and culture to young people beyond the inner cities

How 2-Tone brought new ideas about race and culture to young people beyond the inner cities

[ad_1] This Town, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s latest drama for the BBC, brings to life a defining – if short-lived – era in the history of British youth culture and popular music. Set in the West Midlands against the backdrop of industrial decline and social unrest in the early 1980s, the drama unfolds to the syncopated sounds of 2-Tone. A furious mix of punk and Jamaican ska, 2-Tone became a genuinely national phenomenon, bursting out of a bedsit in Coventry and into the charts and the popular consciousness. We know a lot about the urban multiracial landscapes of its Midlands origins, out of which its twin ideals of racial unity and musical hybridity sprang. But we know much less about how it resonated with the experience of young people beyond the big towns and cities. Razorpix / Alamy Such considerations are timely. It is now 45 years since the founding of 2-Tone Records by Jerry Dammers, organist and songwriter for ska’s most famous band The Specials, and mastermind of the whole movement. Of course, …

Why are the world’s cities sinking? – podcast | Science

Why are the world’s cities sinking? – podcast | Science

[ad_1] A study has found that more than two dozen US coastal cities are sinking by more than 2mm a year. It’s a similar picture across the world. Nearly half of China’s major cities, as well as places such as Tehran and Jakarta, are facing similar problems. These issues are compounded by sea level rises caused by global heating. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Prof Manoochehr Shirzaei of Virginia Tech University and Prof Robert Nicholls of the University of East Anglia to find out what’s making our cities sink and whether anything can be done to rescue them from the sea How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know [ad_2] Source link

In the safe hands of Sweden, here comes Eurovision 2024 – POLITICO

In the safe hands of Sweden, here comes Eurovision 2024 – POLITICO

[ad_1] The ESC now takes a full week to unfold, with two semifinals, set to be held today and Thursday, before a grand final is broadcast worldwide on Saturday, May 11. Just like last year, 37 countries will take part, with 26 competitors due to participate in the final. And just like last year, there’s been intense debate in the run-up to the competition about the dividing lines between music, art and politics. But unlike last year, no clear favorite has yet emerged during rehearsals. Bookmaker Paddy Power currently has Croatia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Italy and the Netherlands with the shortest odds to win. Croatian singer-songwriter Marko Purišić, known as Baby Lasagna, is representing with “Rim Tim Tagi Dim,” an ethno-dance banger with Balkan Adam Ant vibes. Switzerland, meanwhile, seems to have finally learnt its lesson after what feels like a decade of boring ballads and sent Nemo with “the Code” — a number with a lot of dramatic strings that could work very well with the right staging. Ukraine has sent alyona alyona & Jerry …

Noncitizen voting is allowed for local elections in some cities

Noncitizen voting is allowed for local elections in some cities

[ad_1] A “Vote Here Tuesday” sign is seen in Burlington, Vt., in 2020. In 2023, the city voted to allow non-U.S. citizens who are in the country legally to vote in local elections. But their turnout remains low. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images A “Vote Here Tuesday” sign is seen in Burlington, Vt., in 2020. In 2023, the city voted to allow non-U.S. citizens who are in the country legally to vote in local elections. But their turnout remains low. Alex Wong/Getty Images BURLINGTON, Vt. — Three cities in Vermont now allow non-U.S. citizen residents to vote in local elections. Winooski is one of those municipalities. It just held its third local election with noncitizen voting. “Thirteen hundred and 45 people participated in our annual city and school election,” Winooski Clerk Jenny Willingham said about March’s contests. “Eleven of those ballots cast were from our all-resident voting,” a category that includes green-card holders, refugees and asylum-seekers. In Vermont and elsewhere, municipalities that allow noncitizen voting in local elections have seen …

The 10 most dangerous cities in the world with 5 in the same country | World | News

The 10 most dangerous cities in the world with 5 in the same country | World | News

[ad_1] Safety is one of the most important considerations when you plan a trip abroad or even at home. The last place you want to find yourself in is a country or city where crime is prevalent and foreigners are targeted by ruthless gangs or terror groups. The UK’s Foreign Office publishes a travel guide for each country, giving its verdict on safety. One country in particular has a long list of places tourists are advised against travelling to by the Foreign Office. This Central American country also features prominently in a list of the ten most dangerous cities in the world – contributing five of them. Mexico is a country of outstanding beauty, whose stunning beaches attract millions of foreign tourists every year – some 66 million in 2022. Yet the country is blighted by cartel related violence, which is becoming increasingly prevalent even in famous beach resorts such as Cancun, where tourists once felt safe. An analysis carried out by the website worldpopulationreview.com lists the ten most dangerous cities in the world – …