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Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asks for the names of 3 countries who were among the first to pass laws making voting mandatory. The three countries we had in mind are Belgium, Argentina and Australia.

Environment

Swedish body heat

The body heat from the hundreds of thousands of commuters who use Stockholm's Central Station will be harnessed to heat a nearby office building. Deutsche Welle Radio's Aarni Kuoopamaki reports.

New report ranks environmental efforts

A new report was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2008 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries for their efforts in addressing environmental issues

Constraints on growth of nuclear power

The rising price of oil and the growing demand for energy has prompted a new look at nuclear power -- even in the oil-rich Middle East, but there are limits to how fast nuclear energy can grow to meet that demand

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German researchers work toward 'immunity passports'; Families in limbo as refugee resettlement is suspended due to COVID-19

As confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pass 800,000, German researchers are working to track who is immune to the virus and how that could get some people back to work. Also, refugee resettlement has been suspended due to the pandemic, leaving many in limbo. And, are international calls to lay down arms being heard? Coachella and Glastonbury are canceled, but one arts festival is embracing the opportunity to connect across the globe — via the internet.

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Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

As May Day celebrations and rallies have been curtailed, workers around the world are pushing for their rights. Fuel shortages are making life harder for Venezuelans, especially essential workers. And even as Lebanon teeters on the edge of economic collapse, some Americans are choosing to ride out the pandemic there. Meanwhile, Sweden's gardeners have become real party poopers.

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The risks of reopening too early; Afghanistan suffers attack on maternity hospital; Researchers in Senegal are developing coronavirus home test kit

Germany considers pulling its "emergency brake" as coronavirus cases climb after some lockdown measures were lifted. Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of several women in leadership who have been relatively successful at handling the crisis. And, in Senegal, researchers are working to design a kit that can test for the coronavirus at home. It could help solve the problem of under testing on the continent. Also, Amsterdam's recovery plan focuses on "doughnut economics," while in Sweden, one restaurant is taking solo dining to the middle of a meadow.

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