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Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN

Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN

Science
A new UN report says the world needs to rapidly raise investment in early warning systems for extreme weather events.Over the past 50 years, recorded disasters have increased five-fold, thanks in part to climate change.The study warns that one in three people on Earth are not adequately covered by warning systems.The numbers of people in need after natural disasters could increase by 50% over the next decade. The State of Climate Services 2020 has been produced by experts from 16 international agencies and financial institutions, and co-ordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Over the past 50 years, it says, some 11,000 disasters involving weather, clim...
SBI relocates financial inclusion, micro market division to Delhi for better synergy with govt

SBI relocates financial inclusion, micro market division to Delhi for better synergy with govt

Finance
New Delhi: In a bid to promote financial inclusion and better coordination with the government, State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday relocated the financial inclusion and micro market (FI&MM) division from its Mumbai corporate office to the national capital. The FI&MM division takes care of 8,000 rural and semi-urban branches catering to bottom of the pyramid segment and 64,000 customer service points (CSPs) managed by business correspondents and 58,000 ATMs. Besides, the division is responsible for running all the government-sponsored schemes, including direct benefits trasfer like PM-KISAN, in coordination with various departments and ministries. According to SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar, the focus of the Delhi-based division will be community service, financial inclusion and runn...
Biofuels could better aid climate change fight if grown on converted farmland

Biofuels could better aid climate change fight if grown on converted farmland

Science
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The promotion of biofuels as an eco-friendly replacement for traditional fossil fuels has been criticized by environmental groups. But research published Monday in the journal PNAS suggests biofuels can help mitigate climate change only as long as biofuel feedstock crops, like switchgrass, are grown on converted agricultural land. Advertisement The problem with biofuels is that their promotion by policy makers can trigger deforestation. If trees are felled to grow crops to make biofuels, the action can hinder the fight to curb greenhouse gas emissions and reverse climate change. To calculate the effects of biofuels on carbon storage potential, researchers used models to simulate the movement of carbon through an ecosystem under a variety of land use scenarios. Scientists...
Zoe Saldana apologises for playing Nina Simone: ‘She deserved better’

Zoe Saldana apologises for playing Nina Simone: ‘She deserved better’

Entertainment
Actress Zoe Saldana has apologised for playing Nina Simone in a heavily criticised 2016 biopic.The Marvel star, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, wore a prosthetic nose and skin-darkening make-up for the role.Simone's estate refused to endorse the film, and the late singer's daughter questioned the casting decision.In a new interview, originally broadcast live on Instagram, Saldana said: "I should have never played Nina."I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had 10 years ago, which was a different leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless."I should have done everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman."Writing on the official Nina Simone Facebo...
Aston Villa staying up better than play-off win – Dean Smith

Aston Villa staying up better than play-off win – Dean Smith

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Aston Villa's Premier League survival feels better than when they were promoted last season, says manager Dean Smith.A draw at West Ham was enough to keep Villa up with Watford and Bournemouth joining Norwich in the Championship.Villa were promoted via the Championship play-offs in May 2019, three years after being relegated. "I'm emotional, pleased, proud - all the adjectives to go with it. It's a magnificent achievement," said Smith. "My condolences go out to Hayden Mullins and Watford and Eddie Howe at Bournemouth. I ca...