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Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100

<b>Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say.</b><p>The number is 50 times more deaths than reported now, the study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal said.<p>Heat waves would cause 99% of all …

Great Barrier Reef bleached for unprecedented second year running

A mass bleaching event is taking its toll on the Great Barrier Reef for an unprecedented second year in a row, a Queensland government agency has confirmed.<p>The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has declared widespread damage from an underwater heatwave after a single day of aerial surveys …

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The 'invisible epidemic' afflicting millions globally

<b>There is an "invisible epidemic" afflicting the world, but it's not contagious or infectious, and there are often no outward symptoms.</b><p>It is hearing loss - a condition that can still have profound consequences, experts say.<p>"Hearing loss is considered an invisible epidemic because people don't see it …

South Africa's tech savvy domestic workers

In South Africa, entrepreneurs Aisha Pandor and Alan Ribic have created SweepSouth.<p>It is a cleaning services company that not only offers a new way of hiring and paying domestic workers but also provides much needed jobs and protection.<p>The BBC’s Lerato Mbele has been finding out more for Africa …

China sees first monthly trade deficit in three years

<b>China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output.</b><p>Higher commodity prices and domestic demand were credited with pushing February's imports up 38.1% on a year earlier.<p>But exports unexpectedly fell …