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    Science, not speculation, is essential to determine how SARS-CoV-2 reached humans

    On Feb 19, 2020, we, a group of physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, virologists, biologists, ecologists, and public health experts from around the world, joined together to express solidarity with our professional colleagues in China. 1 Calisher C Carroll D Colwell R et al. Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. Unsubstantiated allegations were being raised about the source of the COVID-19 outbreak and the integrity of our peers who were diligently working to learn more about the newly recognised virus, SARS-CoV-2, while struggling to care for the many patients admitted to hospital with severe illness in Wuhan and elsewhere in China. It…

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    Science must determine company climate targets, say executives

    By Susanna Twidale, Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) – Companies must listen to scientists and align their plans to reach net zero targets with a global pact to fight climate change, executives told a Reuters Next conference on Monday. Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries agreed to take steps to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably to 1.5C, compared with pre-industrial levels. But time is running out and scientists warn that society needs rapid and unprecedented change to curb global warming and avoid catastrophic climate change. “Governments and companies need to be thinking about what the scientists are telling us. COVID-19 teaches us that,” Sean Kidney,…

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