The Daily Populous

Saturday July 16th, 2022 evening edition

image for England braces for 40C temperatures as experts warn thousands could die

Thousands of people could die in the coming heatwave, experts have warned, as the government triggered the first ever national emergency heat red alert with a record 40C (104F) temperature forecast for south-east England on Tuesday.

Health officials fear people living alone on upper floors of buildings are among those who could perish, as people did in Paris in 2003.

Record night-time temperatures of more than 25C (77F) in London and parts of the north-west are also forecast, placing greater strain on people’s bodies for longer, a key factor in increasing mortality.

The announcement of a national heat emergency triggers “a multi‑sector response at national and regional levels”, according to the government’s heatwave plan for England.

The Met Office issued a parallel red “extreme heat warning” covering parts of central, northern, eastern and south-eastern England.

“Currently there is a 50% chance we could see temperatures top 40C and 80% we will see a new maximum temperature reached.”.

We can expect this to keep happening until we reduce global greenhouse gas emission to net zero. »

Taste the toxin? Skittles ‘unfit for human consumption’, lawsuit claims

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A lawsuit filed Thursday in northern California federal court alleges that Skittles candies, which boast the slogan “taste the rainbow” on account of their many colors, contain a “known toxin” called titanium dioxide, rendering them “unfit for human consumption”.

After France banned titanium dioxide in 2019, Mars said that it would comply with this regulation, court papers state.

“Incredibly, Defendant even claimed that ‘[a]rtificial colors pose no known risks to human health or safety’,” Thames’ suit also said. »

UnitedHealthcare to set $0 copay for insulin, other medications

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The company's UnitedHealthcare subsidiary will no longer require out-of-pocket spending from fully insured group members for the following medications:.

UnitedHealthcare plans to encourage its self-funded employer customers to consider including this benefit in their plan designs for 2023, a UnitedHealthcare spokesperson said.

UnitedHealthcare membership grew from 49.6 million to 51.2 million compared to the year-ago quarter. »

Man files lawsuit against Bass Pro, says they refuse to honor lifetime warranty on socks

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Man files lawsuit against Bass Pro, says they refuse to honor lifetime warranty on socks.

A Springfield man has filed a class action lawsuit against Bass Pro, claiming they refused to honor a lifetime warranty on socks he purchased.

The lawsuit states that Slaughter purchased socks from Bass Pro in hopes of a lifetime warranty, and that the warranty was a major factor in his decision to purchase the socks. »