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Climate change: 'World at crossroads' warning as key talks begin

Climate change: 'World at crossroads' warning as key talks begin

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Four senior figures behind efforts to limit climate change have warned that the planet "is at a crossroads" as key talks opened a day early in Poland. In a rare move, four former presidents of the United Nations-sponsored talks called for decisive action.The meeting in Katowice is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Experts say that drastic cuts in emissions will be needed if the world is to reach targets agreed in Paris. Negotiators at the COP24 conference convened a day early because they are under pressure to make progress. What's so different about this meeting?This Conference of the Parties (COP) is the first to be held since the landmark Intergovernmental Panel...
North, South begin clearing away landmines along Korean border

North, South begin clearing away landmines along Korean border

World
SEOUL, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- North and South Korean authorities began removing landmines along the border on Monday as part of the process to ease military tensions, agreed in the third inter-Korean summit. Seoul's defense ministry said it will start removing landmines in the Joint Security Areas to disarm one of the most heavily guarded areas on the border, according to South Korean media Kyunghyang Sinmun. The North and South will then withdraw guard posts and soldiers, as well as surveillance and firing equipment from the area -- a symbolic step to end hostilities from the 1950-53 Korean War. The North and South also began to clear mines on an old battleground in the Demilitarized Zone before they launch a joint excavation for remains of soldiers who died in the Korean War. ...
Watch live: Parker Solar Probe to begin trip toward sun

Watch live: Parker Solar Probe to begin trip toward sun

Science
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- NASA's Parker Solar Probe is ready and waiting to make its trip to the sun. The probe will launch from Space Launch Complex-37 at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, part of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Blastoff is scheduled for 3:33 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. NASA TV will provide live streaming coverage of the takeoff and initial flight through Earth's atmosphere. The mission's launch window will last 65 minutes. According to meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing, there is a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions. Last week, scientists attached the probe to the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the spacecraft into space. The rocket and attached payload are currently surrounded by a Mobile Service Tower, but th...
Rescuers begin process of removing boys from cave in Thailand

Rescuers begin process of removing boys from cave in Thailand

World
Rescuers in Thailand have begun the process of removing the 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped in a cave for two weeks, according to the Chiang Rai governor. Authorities said at a press conference Sunday morning in Chiang Rai province that they made the decision to rescue the boys as oxygen drops and the threat of monsoon rains approaches. Due to the length of the journey out of the cave, officials said the first boy was expected to come out at 9 p.m. local time, which is 10 a.m. Sunday Eastern time. The officials said the operation could take two or three days. At 10 a.m. local time, 13 foreign divers and five Thai SEALs entered the cave to begin the operation. Two divers will escort each of the kids out of the cave. "We have a fraction of a second to help them come ...
Season 4 of 'Better Call Saul' to begin Aug. 6

Season 4 of 'Better Call Saul' to begin Aug. 6

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- AMC has set Aug. 6 for the Season 4 premiere date of its crime drama Better Call Saul. The show, which takes place in New Mexico, follows Bob Odenkirk as the smart, but sketchy lawyer Jimmy/Saul years before he meets Walter White, Bryan Cranston's teacher-turned-drug kingpin in Breaking Bad. Odenkirk's fellow Breaking Bad co-stars Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito also reprise their roles of Mike and Gus in the prequel series. Rounding out the ensemble are Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. The cable network announced a year ago that it had renewed the show for a 10-episode, fourth season. Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com