Science News Roundup: Scientists call for new probe into COVID-19 origins; Climate change shrinks marine life richness near equator

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 08-04-2021 02:34 IST | Created: 08-04-2021 02:29 IST
Science News Roundup: Scientists call for new probe into COVID-19 origins; Climate change shrinks marine life richness near equator
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Scientists call for new probe into COVID-19 origins: with or without China

A joint China-World Health Organization (WHO) study into COVID-19 has provided no credible answers about how the pandemic began, and more rigorous investigations are required - with or without Beijing's involvement, a group of international scientists and researchers said on Wednesday. The joint study, released last week, said the likeliest transmission route for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, involved bats and other wildlife in China and southeast Asia. It all but ruled out the possibility it had leaked from a laboratory.

Climate change shrinks marine life richness near equator: study

During some summers, as the Caribbean water temperatures climb, the luminous coral colonies of gold, green and blue that ring the island nation of Cuba give way to patches of skeletal white. The technicolor streaks of darting tropical fish flash less frequently. The rasping sounds of lobsters go quiet.

(With inputs from agencies.)


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