New York Times: Where Are the Tests?

New York Times: Where Are the Tests?. “In Britain, France and Germany, rapid testing is widely available and inexpensive, thanks to government subsidies. People can visit testing sites, like tents outside pharmacies in France or abandoned nightclubs in Germany, and get tested at no charge…. In the U.S., by contrast, people usually take a different kind of test — known as a P.C.R. test — which must be processed by a laboratory and sometimes does not return results for more than 24 hours.”

Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products

Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products. “The new database contains information provided by about 6,000 companies, which are required to notify [European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)] if they market products that contain ‘substances of very high concern’ at concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight. Lead compounds, found in products such as batteries, automotive parts, and crystalware, are the most common substances in the database.”

New York Times: Unvaccinated U.S. visitors could soon face new restrictions on travel to Europe.

New York Times: Unvaccinated U.S. visitors could soon face new restrictions on travel to Europe.. “The European Union on Monday recommended that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions for visitors from the United States who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus, a fresh blow to the continent’s ailing tourism sector and a sign that potential measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus might remain in place for months.”

Business Insider: A year and a half after Sweden decided not to lock down, its COVID-19 death rate is up to 10 times higher than its neighbors

Business Insider: A year and a half after Sweden decided not to lock down, its COVID-19 death rate is up to 10 times higher than its neighbors. “Sweden has recorded more COVID-19 cases per capita than most countries so far: Since the start of the pandemic, roughly 11 out of every 100 people in Sweden have been diagnosed with COVID-19, compared with 9.4 out of every 100 in the UK and 7.4 per 100 in Italy. Sweden has also recorded around 145 COVID-19 deaths for every 100,000 people — around three times more than Denmark, eight times more than Finland, and nearly 10 times more than Norway.”

Calvert Journal: Follow @theneweastisqueer, the account celebrating past and present LGBTQ+ creatives from Eastern Europe

Calvert Journal: Follow @theneweastisqueer, the account celebrating past and present LGBTQ+ creatives from Eastern Europe. “The platform was created to show that ‘the New East is, and has always been, queer,’ through interviews and profiles of figures from a mix of generations. The artists featured include Lulla La Polaca, a Polish 82-year-old drag queen, and Admina, a non-binary techno artist and DJ who has been storming Romania’s clubbing scene.”

Washington Post: Europe has caught up to the U.S. on coronavirus vaccinations — and is deploying near-mandates to get further

Washington Post: Europe has caught up to the U.S. on coronavirus vaccinations — and is deploying near-mandates to get further. “Though the European Union vaccination campaign got off to an embarrassingly slow start, after seven months the bloc is in essentially the same position as the United States, with some 50 percent of the population fully vaccinated, and nearly 60 percent having received at least one dose.”

Science: European law could improve ‘scandalous’ lack of clinical trial data reporting

Science: European law could improve ‘scandalous’ lack of clinical trial data reporting. “A total of 3846 European trials—nearly 28% of 13,874 completed trials in the EU Clinical Trials Register (EUCTR) on 1 July—had not posted their results on the register, according to the latest data from the EU Trials Tracker, set up by U.K. researchers in 2018 to expose lax reporting. Public research hospitals and universities, not drugmakers, are responsible for the vast majority of the lapses, which appear to violate European rules that require sponsors to post their results within 1 year of a trial’s conclusion.”

Clean Air Task Force: Massive Quantity of Methane Emissions Documented Across Europe at Oil & Gas Facilities

Clean Air Task Force: Massive Quantity of Methane Emissions Documented Across Europe at Oil & Gas Facilities. “Using a state-of-the-art infrared camera, Clean Air Task Force has documented methane emissions leaking or venting from oil & gas facilities all over Europe. So far, the organization has visited over 150 sites in seven European countries and found harmful, invisible methane pollution at the vast majority of sites. Today, Clean Air Task Force (CATF) releases footage from Germany, Italy and Hungary as the first wave of evidence for its new campaign, CutMethaneEU.”

The Register: Euro court rules YouTube not automatically liable for users illegally uploading copyright-protected material

The Register: Euro court rules YouTube not automatically liable for users illegally uploading copyright-protected material . “Europe’s leading court has partly sided with YouTube regarding copyrighted works posted illegally online in a case that touches on ‘profound divisions’ in how the internet is used. The case, Frank Peterson and Elsevier Inc. v Google LLC and Others, was first brought by German music producer Peterson against the YouTube platform in the German courts in 2009.”

Nature: Ancient oaks of Europe are archives — protect them

Nature: Ancient oaks of Europe are archives — protect them. “Fennoscandia and the United Kingdom could better safeguard their oaks using mechanisms such as those offered by the European Union’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas, or the protections conferred by UNESCO World Heritage sites in the United Kingdom. Otherwise, unsustainable management practices, deforestation, air pollution and climate change could leave these ancient species vulnerable to disease and extinction, with the loss of irreplaceable scientific information and cultural heritage.” Clueless about Fennoscandia? Me too. WorldAtlas helped me out.

Cycling Industry News: New tool lists nearly 300 EU subsidy and tax incentives for bike firms

Cycling Industry News: New tool lists nearly 300 EU subsidy and tax incentives for bike firms. “A new tool developed by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the City Changer Cargo Bike project (CCCB) has curated a list of nearly 300 tax and subsidy benefits available in Europe. The national, regional and local incentives have been compiled in a first of its kind directory in the hope of giving bike firms and cycling groups a clear view on perks that may help them both in business and to subsequently grow cycling numbers in Europe.”