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Friday 26 November 2021
10:18 Worrying new Coronavirus variant emerges in Africa
Flights have been cancelled from Africa to an increasing number of countries as health officials scramble to work out how transmissible a new COVID-19 variant is. The B-1-1-5-29 variant is causing concern due to the high number of mutations and the possibility that current vaccines won't be as effective against it. The World Health Organisation will meet in Geneva at midnight New Zealand time to discuss the variant. Travel from South Africa and six neighbouring countries is now restricted with Singapore, Britain and Israel so far refusing to allow flights across their borders.
10:25 Albatross 'divorce' rates soar
Albatross are among some of the most loyal and monogamous species in the animal kingdom, but researchers say global warming is contributing to an increase of 'divorces'. Unusually warm water temperatures has meant less food and a harsher environment for the birds which has resulted in fewer chicks surviving and an increase in stress hormones. Researchers say after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would normally separate in search for another, but new statistics have revealed it is now up to 8% of couples splitting. Dr Graeme Elliot, principal science adviser at DoC says dropping population numbers are changing the birds mating patterns, with homosexual couplings happening frequently.
10:35 Out Lately with Finn Johansson
Track: La Fama (ft. The Weeknd)
Track: Ornament, from Hurt Someone double single
Artist: Myele Manzanza
Track: Two Chords & the Truth
Crisis and Opportunity, Vol. 2 - Peaks
Artist: Laura Wolf
Track: Paravane, Artifacts EP