Used cooking oil imports may boost deforestation

These growing plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and so liquid fuel made from these sources, while not carbon-neutral, is a big improvement on simply burning regular petrol or diesel. In this light, used cooking (UCO) oil has become a key ingredient of biodiesel in the UK and the rest of Europe. Between 2011 and 2016 there was a 360% increase in use of used cooking oil as the basis for biodiesel. The report’s authors are concerned that since it is more profitable to sell Asian UCO to Europe for fuel rather than feed it to animals, it is likely being replaced by virgin palm oil which is cheaper to buy. “Although correlation does not necessarily equate to causation, the …

Warning over Emerade adrenaline pen fault

Further testing led the company to now estimate that the fault affects 2.3 pens per 1,000. But the MHRA says that if patients follow the advice to carry two pens at all times, the risk of not being able to deliver a dose of adrenaline falls to virtually nothing – 0.23% to 0.000529%. All strengths of solution for Emerade pens could be affected; 150mcg, 300mcg and 500mcg solutions. No batches are being recalled. ‘Corrective actions’ There are three brands of adrenaline pens available in the UK – Emerade, EpiPen and Jext – which can all be used to inject adrenaline to treat someone who is having a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. Reactions can be triggered by certain foods, such as …

Bid to save UK’s rarest reptile with 400k grant

Habitat under threat Their main populations are in lowland heaths in Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey, but they have also been found in West Sussex and Devon. Conservationists say 85% of their habitat has disappeared since 1800 and the rest is under threat from development, encroaching scrub, fire and erosion, putting the creatures at risk. You may also like: Cat shuns 10th birthday party Giant jellyfish spotted by divers Should we stop eating fish and chips? Part of the £412,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will pay for training of volunteers to monitor snakes and conserve habitats. Mapping tools will also identify habitats that most need conserving and a handbook will help others get involved in conservation efforts. Other organisations …

‘Why I gave my kidney to a stranger’

Image copyright Bev Bradbury Jones Image caption Bev only knows the person who received her kidney was very ill Bev, 48, from Cwmbran, became an altruistic kidney donor in April “I signed up to become a bone marrow donor last year and was sent a flyer about becoming a kidney donor – I read it and thought why not? “I am an impulsive person and I will admit I didn’t tell my family straight away. “My husband Paul and daughter Cassie were apprehensive but they knew there was no stopping me. “The process took a year and the doctors tested everything they could, so I had a full MOT. “I had the operation in April and I was in hospital …

MPs back NI abortion and same-sex marriage moves

MPs backed the same-sex marriage amendment by 383 votes to 73, while the abortion amendment was backed 332 to 99. Neither amendment automatically changes the law in Northern Ireland, where same-sex marriage is not legal and abortion is only allowed in very limited circumstances. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC News NI looks at the history of Northern Ireland’s same-sex marriage debate Labour’s Conor McGinn, originally from County Armagh, put forward a proposal to the NI Executive Formation Bill that if Stormont is not restored by 21 October, then the government should legislate for same-sex marriage – on the condition that a future assembly could overturn or amend the law. The abortion amendment, put forward by his …

Invisible poverty in Britain’s poorest ward

There are not scores of unoccupied premises or boarded-up windows. Glittering saris hang in a shop window, Indian sweets and cakes are stacked up in neat rows, and the Spar grocers seems to doing good business, even though it is Ramadan. The poverty seems invisible. But on closer inspection, there is very little for sale here that is not absolutely necessary. Poverty tightens grip on poorest children, research says Worsening child poverty harms learning, say teachers Why UK child poverty targets won’t be met There are food, groceries and international parcel services, but there is not much in the way of luxury – except for the sequinned saris. You can get a cheap haircut or a Turkish wet shave, but …

Final trip for family on FA Cup journey

Image copyright @ColchesterDan Image caption The family at Brightlingsea’s third qualifying round tie against Torquay The family’s story led to them being given tickets for the Wembley showpiece, between Manchester City and Watford, by a sponsor and their exploits being featured in the matchday programme. “The boys have loved it,” said Mr Humphries. “They’ve seen it grow from 200 people at Brantham to 90,000 for the semi-final.” The FA Cup actually has 14 rounds, starting in August, but the first qualifying round, preliminary round and extra-preliminary round had already been completed before the Humphries family started their trophy trek. Image copyright @ColchesterDan Image caption The family watched the semi-final between Watford and Wolves at Wembley

London Bridge victim ‘slipped’ before attack

Witness Erick Siguenza told the Old Bailey Ms Zelenak jumped out of the way of the crashing van before being stabbed by the driver. Gareth Patterson QC, representing the victims’ families, said she was wearing high heels and the ground was “quite wet” on the night of the attack. When asked if Ms Zelenak had lost her balance, Mr Siguenza said: “Yes. She was completely on the ground. He [Mr McMullan] just grabbed her left arm and gently tried to pick her up. “But by then the attackers were in close proximity and that’s when they started attacking.” “There was no time for him to be able to help her up because the driver and the other terrorists were already …

LGBT lessons protests spreading

Some have also been sent from Christian parents in Kent. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLead campaigner Amir Ahmed says morally, homosexuality is not “a valid sexual relationship” Mainly Muslim families have been protesting outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham after pupils were given books featuring transgender children and gay families. Protest leader Shakeel Afsar: “All we are concerned [about] is we are having our children come home with material that contradicts our moral values.” Another protester, Amir Ahmed, said: “It’s not about gay lesbian rights and equality. This is purely about proselytising a homosexual way of life to children.” When asked if he believed children could be “recruited to be gay”, Mr Ahmed said: “You …

EasyJet defends Champions League price rises

“The whole pricing picture is very dynamic,” he said, adding that at peak booking times, EasyJet could fill a plane in six seconds. “That’s how quickly this goes and this is how the system reacts.” Mr Lundgren added: “I can understand if people think that the prices are high on this occasion, because it is higher than the average. “But there’s no doubt that this was an occasion where the prices went very high because the demand was enormous.” He maintained that in comparison with other airlines, EasyJet was still offering lower prices, despite the huge increase. What are the options? If you want to fly from Liverpool to Madrid on 31 May, it will cost you £750 one-way. There …

PM ‘could set resignation date this week’

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster, he said the 1922 Committee had asked her to give “clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive”. “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding [of when she will leave] at the end of the meeting,” he added. The 1922 Committee is an elected body of Tory MPs that represents backbenchers and oversees the party’s leadership contests. Theresa May rejects calls to resign What does the Conservative 1922 Committee do? On why the PM had so far been unwilling to set a date to step down, Sir Graham said: “I do understand the reticence about …

British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’

“The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it’s got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants,” said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The British bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved plants, with 50% of the world’s population found in the UK. What is a bluebell? The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spanish (left) and British bluebells (right) Spanish bluebells have broad leaves, pale blue conical-bell flowers, with spreading and open tips, and flowers are found …

Mocked on Tinder for my dress, now I’m a model

Skip Twitter post by @ASOS @theachippendale Swipe right to see who had the last laugh… https://t.co/CKcqyDk1d9 pic.twitter.com/gkzgoAAfJ5 — ASOS (@ASOS) May 2, 2019 Thea, from Lincoln, posted a tweet – showing the messages she’d received from a man called George – on 28 April. Her Tinder match had sent her a message saying: “That dress in the last photo is not doing any favours. Hope that helps.” When Thea asked why he felt he needed to comment on her appearance, he replied: “Literally had to tell you else I wouldn’t have slept. “It’s awful you not reckon? Charity shop job! I tell you what… grow up! And shop somewhere decent.” Thea said she uploaded the messages to Twitter because she …

Traffic-free days begin in Edinburgh

Image Copyright @Edinburgh_CC @Edinburgh_CC The movement has seen cities around the world temporarily close some streets to all but pedestrians and non-motorised vehicles on a regular basis. A series of events have been organised to celebrate the launch in Edinburgh, including jazz performances in Dunbar Close Garden, Tai Chi on the High Street, electric bike trials on Victoria Street and the free use of Just Eat hire bikes. Image caption Edinburgh’s High Street was also part of the closure, which will take place on the first Sunday of every month as part of an 18-month trial Lesley Macinnes, City of Edinburgh Councils’s transport and environment convener, said: “We’ve seen how successful similar schemes internationally have proved by encouraging active travel, …