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Climate change: Carbon-reducing seagrass planted off Welsh coast

Climate change: Carbon-reducing seagrass planted off Welsh coast

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device A million seagrass seeds are being planted as part of Britain's largest project to save the "wonder plant". Experts say seagrass helps tackle the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide faster than trees.But up to 92% of the plant may have disappeared from the UK's coast over the last century, research has found.Work has now started on lowering the seeds onto the seabed off Pembrokeshire to create a new 20,000 sq m (215,280 sq ft) meadow.Scientists hope it will also help boost fish numbers and support marine wildlife. Media playback is unsupported on your device Seagrass, which is found in shallow waters of coastal regions, has been declini...
Climate change: UK ‘can’t go climate neutral before 2050’

Climate change: UK ‘can’t go climate neutral before 2050’

Science
The UK cannot go climate neutral much before 2050 unless people stop flying and eating red meat almost completely, a report says.But it warns that the British public do not look ready to take such steps and substantially change their lifestyle.The report challenges the views of campaign group Extinction Rebellion.It believes the UK target of climate neutrality by 2050 will result in harm to the climate.The claim comes from the government-funded research group Energy Systems Catapult, whose computer models are used by the Committee on Climate Change, which advises government.Its report says: "A number of groups have called for net zero to be accelerated to 2025, 2030 or 2040. "Achieving net zero significantly earlier than 2050 in ...
Climate change boosted Australia bushfire risk by at least 30%

Climate change boosted Australia bushfire risk by at least 30%

Science
Scientists have published the first assessment quantifying the role of climate change in the recent Australian bushfires.Global warming boosted the risk of the hot, dry weather that's likely to cause bushfires by at least 30%, they say.But the study suggests the figure is likely to be much greater.It says that if global temperatures rise by 2C, as seems likely, such conditions would occur at least four times more often.The analysis has been carried out by the World Weather Attribution consortium. A visual guide to Australia's bushfire crisis Climate change: Where we are in seven charts Co-author Geert Jan van Oldenborgh of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute in De Bilt, The Netherlands, told the BBC even the study's ve...
This new rule could change how annuities are sold

This new rule could change how annuities are sold

Finance
There could be a tug of war brewing over which standard financial professionals should follow when they provide advice or sell products such as annuities to individual investors.The Securities and Exchange Commission is unveiling a new regulation, called Regulation Best Interest, which requires broker-dealers and professionals associated with them to keep their clients' best interests in mind when recommending investment strategies or transactions.However, some critics do not think the new regulation, dubbed Reg BI, goes far enough. The rule falls short of the stricter fiduciary standard, which would require those firms and professionals to put investors' interests ahead of their own.Now, some states are taking sides.Earlier this month, Massachusetts finalized its own fiduciary standard, a...
Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots

Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots

Technology
A study by researchers at Brown University has found a quarter of posts about climate change on Twitter were written by bots.Bots are computer programs that can masquerade as humans to post or send messages on social media.Researchers discovered tweets posted by bots created the impression there was a high level of climate change denial.The paper detailing the finds has not yet been published and was first reported by The Guardian newspaper.The research team analysed 6.5 million tweets from the period surrounding President Donald Trump's June 2017 announcement that he was removing the United States from the Paris climate accord.The finding showed 25% of tweets on climate change were likely posted by bots. Most of those tweets centred on denials of global ...