The Daily Populous

Friday March 27th, 2020 evening edition

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Their maintenance produces more greenhouse gases than they absorb, and they are biodiversity deserts that have contributed to vanishing insect populations.

Residential lawns cover 2% of US land and require more irrigation than any agricultural crop grown in the country.

If attitudes toward lawn care are shifted, however, these grassy green patches represent a gigantic opportunity.

In 2005, a NASA satellite study found that American residential lawns take up 49,000 square miles (128,000 square km) -- nearly equal in size to the entire country of Greece.

According to environmental scientists, transforming lawns into miniature modular bio-reserves could not only boost biodiversity, but could cut water and petrol consumption and reduce the use of dangerous lawn chemicals.

In western states like California, Colorado and Arizona, droughts have led to restrictions on water usage, forcing many to reconsider their thirsty lawns.

"The stuff that people are usually trying to get out of their lawn, we're saying 'No, that's good to have in your lawn!'" »

Boris Johnson Has Tested Positive For The Coronavirus

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UK prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus after developing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is now self-isolating in Downing Street.

Following the prime minister's announcement, the UK's health secretary Matt Hancock said that he had also tested positive for COVID-19.

Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. »

Coronavirus: Donald Trump wishes Boris Johnson 'speedy recovery' after positive test

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Donald Trump has wished Boris Johnson a "speedy recovery" after the prime minister tested positive for coronavirus.

Mr Johnson, 55, tweeted a video message on Friday morning confirming he has COVID-19, writing: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.".

"Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with US President Donald Trump today," said a spokesman. »

Amazon says it unintentionally hid some competitors’ faster delivery options

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Amazon sellers who spoke to Recode pointed out listings for products ranging from printers to child safety locks where Amazon was highlighting its own item — or those of sellers using its Fulfillment by Amazon warehousing service — that had slower delivery speeds.

Hiding these product listings has only exacerbated for some sellers the fallout from other recent changes Amazon has made to its business.

But Amazon hiding their product listings makes that harder, if not impossible, to do. »