Fighting climate change may be easier than we think

(CNN)With the plethora of dispiriting reports on climate change — we recently learned, for instance, that our oceans are warming at least 40% faster than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change originally thought — many elected officials have taken up the mantle of fighting global warming. Take the United States as an example. Wind and solar power are now on average the least expensive ways of generating electricity. In some locations, wind and solar energy prices are as little as one-third the cost of coal. Even without including the contribution of coal to global warming, it is simply no longer a cost-effective energy source. Wind and solar are now economically sounder investments. But what about the unreliability of renewable energy …

Texas sheriff: 2 malnourished children found in dog cage

DECATUR, Texas – Sheriff’s deputies discovered four malnourished children, including two locked inside a dog cage, when they responded to a domestic disturbance at a Northeast Texas home. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin says deputies found the children aged 5 and younger Tuesday morning at the home near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth. Akin says two of the children were inside, but that the deputies found two more in an outbuilding, crammed into the 3-by-3 feet (90-by-90 centimeters) cage. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Last Great Escape prisoner dies aged 99

“He will be sorely missed. Per Ardua [the RAF motto].” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe last survivor of ‘The Great Escape’ camp tells his story Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said Mr Churchill “embodied the spirit of the RAF – tenacious, resilient and incredibly brave in the face of adversity.” More news and stories from across Devon and Cornwall. Mr Churchill’s death followed that of Australian pilot Paul Royle, who died in Perth, aged 101 in 2015. The survivors formed a sort of club and kept in contact through the Sagan Select Subway Society newsletter, of which Mr Royle and Mr Churchill were the last two recipients. Related Topics Royal Air Force …

Reality Check: Thefts of catalytic converters

Trade association the British Metals Recycling Association has said stretched resources mean the police are unlikely to prosecute scrap dealers operating illegally and are more likely to encourage them to apply for licences retrospectively. Indeed, it is not unusual to see advertisements for illegal scrap metal dealers offering cash for scrap. The Met suggests worried car-owners take steps to make their vehicles less vulnerable, such as: A serial number could be engraved on the catalytic converter to make it easier to trace and harder to sell at a reputable dealer If the converter is bolted on, it may be possible to weld the bolts shut, although that would deter only thieves working with just a spanner Protective coverings are available …

The problem isn’t Meghan Markle. It’s the British monarchy

(CNN)Did you read the story about Meghan Markle demanding synthetic air freshener in a 14th century royal chapel? Or the one about her making Kate Middleton cry? Maybe you saw the tabloid report that she gave out weed at her first wedding or even enjoyed the unsourced conspiracy theories on social media that claim she’s the latest celebrity to fake a pregnancy? The problem isn’t Meghan Markle. It’s that royalty is an unsustainable institution in the 21st century. American fans, some of them devotees since her “Suits” days, have a very different relationship with Meghan than even her most supportive British fans. By definition: It’s a different legal relationship. Our taxes pay for her life. When we meet her, we’re …

Valentine’s Day stunner: Handsome monkey gets lonely hearts column ahead of holiday

The six-year-old primate has an empty adoption plaque (most of the other animals at the zoo have adopters) and his watchers are keen to get him in on the action. ADORABLE ALPACA WANDERED INTO AN OPTICIAN’S OFFICE BEFORE IT WAS CARRIED OFF BY POLICE “Obviously Maarten is loved by his keepers and visitors alike,” head keeper Sophie Leadbitter said. “But it’s heartbreaking for us to see his empty adoption plaque outside his enclosure every day. He is a gentle monkey who enjoys relaxing in the summer sun or enjoying a snooze on his back after a tasty meal.” A profile worthy of your favorite dating app, Leadbitter said Maarten “[h]as beautiful dark eyes and a bushy white tail and is …

Facebook wades into world’s longest civil war, but does it know what it’s doing?

(CNN)For more than 60 years, a protracted civil war has simmered across Myanmar, largely hidden from the outside world. CNN reached out to Facebook, which said it had evidence that the four groups were responsible for attacks against civilians and were engaged in violence in Myanmar, and indicated that other non-state armed groups were part of ongoing investigations. Removing hate Less than a decade ago, just 0.3% of Myanmar’s population was connected to the internet as the nation emerged from years of isolated military rule. There are now 18 million Facebook users and the site is so popular that for many it has become synonymous with the internet and a primary source of news and information. Facebook has recently been …

Record levels of gold mining are destroying one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, study shows

(CNN)The Southern Peruvian Amazon is considered one of the most important cradles of biodiversity left on Earth. Deforestation in 2018 eclipsed the previous record high from 2017, when an estimated 22,635 acres of forest were felled by gold miners, according to MAAP. This means that over two years, gold mining decimated the equivalent of more than 34,000 American football fields of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. That’s an area nearly the size of the city of Cleveland. “If we look at the biodiversity value of the region’s air and water quality, fauna and flora, and just forest coverage in terms of carbon emissions or sequestration, I think we’re looking at a real gem with all the services that a place like …

Confusion and anger after security guard holding suspect was shot by police, video shows

(CNN)As Jemel Roberson laid motionless in the parking lot of a suburban Chicago bar, patrons stood feet away wailing and yelling at a group of law enforcement officers. The 26-year-old security guard was on duty at the bar in Robbins, Illinois, when a gunman started shooting. Witnesses said Roberson stopped the shooter and pinned him to the ground. But shortly afterward, the Midlothian officer shot and killed Roberson. While witnesses said the guard was wearing clothes that clearly identified him as security, Illinois State Police, the agency leading the investigation, said Roberson was wearing “plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a security guard.” In a statement, Cara Smith, chief policy officer at the Cook County Sheriff’s …

Europe kills Siemens’ plan to create the Airbus of trains

London (CNN Business)The European Union has blocked a merger by Siemens and Alstom that would have created the train equivalent of aviation powerhouse Airbus. Siemens (SIEGY) and Alstom (ALSMY) had argued that joining forces was necessary to achieve the scale needed to compete with companies from China. A similar structure helps Airbus (EADSF) compete with US rival Boeing (BA). Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said the decision showed that Europe “urgently needs structural reform in the way it shapes its industrial future.” “Protecting customer interests locally must not mean that Europe cannot be on a level playing field with leading nations like China, the United States and others,” he said. Alstom said in a statement that it regretted the decision. The …

Man in 30s stabbed to death in street

Skip Twitter post by @helenhayes_ Appalled to learn of a fatal stabbing on Lordship Lane during the night. Another family now devastated due to knife crime. This has to stop. If you have any information please contact @CrimestoppersUK in confidence. — Helen Hayes (@helenhayes_) February 10, 2019 In a separate attack, a 23-year-old man was critically injured in a stabbing in Neasden, north-west London. Emergency services were called to Cairnfield Avenue at about 22:45, and took the victim to hospital where he remains in a critical condition. A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 24-year-old woman was held on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both remain in custody. Related Topics London London violence East Dulwich …

Stacey Abrams, first black woman to give Democratic rebuttal, offers tough rebuke of Trump, GOP leaders

Washington (CNN)Democratic Party rising star Stacey Abrams sharply criticized the Trump administration and Republican leadership on Tuesday night in her response to the President’s State of the Union address. Abrams continued, “We cannot accept efforts to undermine our right to vote,” and said, “This is the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country. We must reject the cynicism that says allowing every eligible vote to be cast and counted is a power grab.” “The foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections where voters pick their leaders, not where politicians pick their voters,” she said. Abrams ticked through a litany …

As Trump seeks an exit from Afghanistan, Moscow steps in

Moscow (CNN)The Trump administration may be negotiating an exit from Afghanistan, but Russia is stepping up its game there. Then there was the guest list, topped by Hamid Karzai, who served as Afghanistan’s president from late 2001 until 2014 and still has enormous political stature. It was striking to see him sitting at the table in Moscow with representatives of the Taliban. Karzai, who was escorted into Afghanistan by a US special operations team during the campaign to topple the Taliban in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, had long reached out to what he called “Taliban brothers” in efforts to coax them toward peace negotiations. But he was also infuriated by a US-supported effort to create a Taliban office …

No-confidence vote in Labour MP pulled

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party. ‘Intolerable’ In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”. Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended. He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.” Labour row over MP no confidence vote How the …