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#271 | John Wick in an ampoule; The loneliness molecule; India seeks more fossil fuel
Hello, and welcome back to The Kable. We have a bunch of reports that hold up a mirror to our feeble efforts to secure our future on Earth. Key takeaway - the planet will definitely make it. We on the other hand... the news, ce n'est pas bon.
Banks and investment funds around the world are part of a self-created Net-Zero Banking Alliance aimed at ensuring their investments turn green. However, a tiny bank in Germany just quit alliance because Wall Street giants are continuing to pour money into fossil fuels.
Speaking of fossils, three years ago, scientists in India discovered a fossil of Dickinsonia¸ a flat, elongated and primitive animal from before complex animals evolved. This was the first such discovery in India and changed the global understanding of how the Indian subcontinent came to be. However, we will need to go back to the previous nebulous state of understanding. Because the Dickinsonia fossil? Turns out it was just a beehive.
Last year, mystery paediatric hepatitis was the talk of town around the globe. Mexico is making a case for mystery meningitis this year, with a recent outbreak already claiming 35 lives.
And finally, Bayer is collaborating with its longtime partner Huma to build an online risk prediction tool for heart disease. We suspect 9 out of 10 people using the tool will find themselves at risk.