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  • Olympic organizers reveal plans for scaled-down Tokyo event 

 

By Aleks Klosok, Yoko Wakatsuki and George Ramsay, CNN 

 

Tokyo 2020 organizers are proposing to cut the number of officials at next year's Olympics by 10 to 15% as part of a wider package of cost-reduction proposals, it was announced on Friday.

The Games, which were supposed to get underway in July, are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 in 2021 after they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/25/sport/olympics-scaled-down-tokyo-2020-spt-intl/index.html 

  •  Civil Conversation Challenge for Teenagers, Forum 4: Education

 

How should we reimagine our schools so that all students receive a quality education? People on all sides of the political spectrum have been talking about disrupting education for decades. They point to stubborn achievement gaps that exist based on race and social class in the United States — gaps that persist despite repeated attempts at school reform all over the country: using standardized tests to increase accountability, creating a common set of state standards, opening thousands of charter schools as alternatives to traditional public schools, and more.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/learning/civil-conversation-challenge-for-teenagers-forum-4-education.html 

  • China says it got WHO support for coronavirus vaccine emergency use

By Nectar Gan, CNN

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/25/asia/china-vaccine-who-intl/index.html 

 

China gained the "understanding and support" from the World Health Organization before starting a controversial emergency use program for its Covid-19 vaccine candidates, a Chinese health official said Friday.

China has been administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to hundreds of thousands of people since July under an emergency use program approved by the Chinese government, before their safety and efficacy have been fully proven by clinical trials.

Some experts and vaccine developers in the West have warned against the premature authorization of coronavirus vaccines before last-stage trials are completed.

Zheng Zhongwei, an official with China's National Health Commission, said Friday that China's cabinet, the State Council, approved a trial plan for the emergency use of Covid-19 vaccines at the end of June.

  • US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here's why it matters and how you can stop it

By Amy Chillag, CNN

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/20/health/iyw-cities-losing-36-million-trees-how-to-help-trnd/index.html

 

If you're looking for a reason to care about tree loss, this summer's record-breaking heat waves might be it. Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a recent study.

But tree cover in US cities is shrinking. A study published last year by the US Forest Service found that we lost 36 million trees annually from urban and rural communities over a five-year period. That's a 1% drop from 2009 to 2014.

If we continue on this path, "cities will become warmer, more polluted and generally more unhealthy for inhabitants," said David Nowak, a senior US Forest Service scientist and co-author of the study.