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This story by Rahma Diaa originally appeared on climatetracker.org and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration of more than 400 news outlets committed to better coverage of the climate crisis.  After losing more than half of his tomato crop in a long heatwave, Egyptian farmer Muhammad El-Desouki  no longer thinks about climate change as a future problem. His farm lies north of Cairo, in Menoufia, a region that has suffered several bouts...

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Have you ever thought about what’s in your beauty products? Or are you on the lookout for products that are safe not only for your skin but also the rest of your body? A new beauty platform called Secret Skin focuses on creating holistic solutions for men and women to manage their health, wellness and beauty but with a focus on sustainability, too. “If a label states ‘not safe for pregnant women,’ why would you...

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When was the last time you heard, and enjoyed, silence? The background of our lives is inherently noisy: cars, construction, machines, videos, phones, chatter, air conditioning. Noise is there almost all the time. It is aggressive and repetitive. After all, there is such a thing as “sound torture” –  playing loud music or noise continuously to prisoners to break their will and disturb their mental health. It’s a torment. Our brains and ears need regular rest, to recuperate,...

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This story by Tim Hornyak was originally published on Eos as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration of more than 400 news outlets committed to better coverage of the climate crisis.  Indonesians say being prepared for climate-related disasters helped blunt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – and that lessons in resilience may mitigate the effects of climate crises in the future. The coronavirus pandemic presents different challenges in different countries, but...

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Looking for a new fitness challenge? Thank the Spartan Race trend for the new range of obstacle courses that can really push your limits, test your stamina and boost your confidence. From slippery pipes and dark tunnels to clambering up walls and swinging from ropes, obstacles are becoming the next big skill to master. X Park at Bounce Bounce has locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is primarily known as a trampoline park, but...

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Stress and boredom as the coronavirus pandemic continues are leading to a surge in gaming addiction among young people, and parents and teachers need to be on the lookout for the warning signs, say psychiatrists at Paracelsus Recovery. Referrals for young people who have taken to gaming to cope with being cooped up at home or worrying about exams after missing months of school have doubled, with up to 10 percent of young gamers estimated...

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Whether the loss is fresh or in the past, this time of year can sharpen the pain of grief and intensify feelings of loneliness and isolation. That much was true before the pandemic, before we needed to factor in enforced distance.  “At this time, a loved one’s absence is seen and felt more starkly than ever,” says Dr Haseeb Khan Rohilla, a specialist psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre, Dubai. “As a result, many can feel...