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Asian, tropical coastlines most vulnerable to rising seas: Study – Times of India
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Asian, tropical coastlines most vulnerable to rising seas: Study – Times of India

SINGAPORE: Tropical nations will face more coastal inundation from a rise in sea levels due to climate change than other countries, according to new research that also more than doubles the number of people estimated to be impacted. Using land elevation data gathered by laser pulses beamed by satellite to Earth, scientists identified coastal areas low enough to make them vulnerable to a one-meter rise in sea level - a level the world is on track to see by 2100. Higher water levels will likely lead to more damage and disruption from flooding and storm surges. The team found that 62% of these low-lying areas were located in the tropics, with a third of the total in Asia, said the study, which was published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Today, those vulnerable lands - at...
Indian virus variant found in Thai travelers from Pakistan – Times of India
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Indian virus variant found in Thai travelers from Pakistan – Times of India

BANGKOK: Health authorities in Thailand said Monday they have confirmed the country's first cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, in a Thai woman and her 4-year-old son who have been in state quarantine since arriving from Pakistan. The finding comes as Thailand battles a new wave of the coronavirus that began at the beginning of April, originating in upmarket entertainment venues in Bangkok and spawning clusters in several crowded slum communities. Many of the recent cases involve the British variant of the virus, which is more infectious than the original form found last year. Thailand banned travelers from India, other than Thai citizens, starting on May 1 in response to a massive outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the South Asian nation that began in early April. India has repo...