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Biodiversity: Pressure grows for deal to save nature

Biodiversity: Pressure grows for deal to save nature

Science
Getty ImagesA global agreement to reverse the loss of nature and halt extinctions is inching closer, as talks in Geneva enter their final day.International negotiators are working on the text of a UN framework to safeguard nature ahead of a high-level summit in China later this year.Observers have slammed the "snail's pace" of negotiations and are pressing for a strengthening of ambitions.Divisions remain, including over financing the plans."The science is very clear, we do not have any more time to waste; we need to take action now," Bernadette Fischler Hooper, head of international advocacy at WWF-UK, told BBC News. "Not only on biodiversity loss, but also on climate change which is a very inter-linked issue. So that is what's at stake here; it's actually the future of the planet and its...
COP26: Coal compromise as leaders near climate deal

COP26: Coal compromise as leaders near climate deal

Science
Getty ImagesA draft agreement at the COP26 climate summit has watered down commitments to end the use of coal and other fossil fuels, as countries race to reach a deal after two weeks of talks. While the language around fossil fuels has been softened, the inclusion of the commitment in a final deal would be seen as a landmark moment.A deal must be agreed by the end of the summit, which is in its final hours.The UN meeting is seen as crucial for limiting the effects of global warming.The draft agreement, which was published early on Friday following all-night talks, also asks for much tighter deadlines for governments to reveal their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And it also strengthens support for poorer countries fighting climate change.Negotiations over a final deal could str...
COP26: Draft deal calls for stronger carbon cutting targets by end of 2022

COP26: Draft deal calls for stronger carbon cutting targets by end of 2022

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Getty ImagesCountries are being urged to strengthen their carbon-cutting targets by the end of 2022 in a draft agreement published at the COP26 Glasgow climate summit.The document says vulnerable nations must get more help to cope with the deadly impacts of global warming.It also says countries should submit long-term strategies for reaching net-zero by the end of next year. Critics have said the draft pact does not go far enough but others welcomed its focus on the 1.5C target.The document, which has been published by the UK COP26 presidency, will have to be negotiated and agreed by countries attending the talks. COP26 president Alok Sharma said he expected "near final texts" to be published overnight, adding that the agreement that comes out of the conference would "set the future for ou...
Netflix and Sony ink multi-year, licensing deal

Netflix and Sony ink multi-year, licensing deal

Business
April 9 (UPI) -- Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment have signed a multi-year, licensing deal in the United States for theatrically released feature films, beginning with the studio's 2022 slate. "Sony Pictures is a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship through this forward-thinking agreement," Scott Stuber, head of global films at Netflix, said in a statement Thursday. "This not only allows us to bring their impressive slate of beloved film franchises and new IP to Netflix in the U.S., but it also establishes a new source of first-run films for Netflix movie lovers worldwide." Advertisement The pact means Netflix will be the first to stream SPE titles such as Morbius, Uncharted, Where the Crawdads Sing and Bullet Train after their theatrical and home entertainm...
Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder signs new deal that runs until 2025

Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder signs new deal that runs until 2025

Sports
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has signed a new contract with the Premier League leaders that runs until 2025.The 29-year-old Belgium international had more than two years remaining on his previous deal.De Bruyne has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup four times since joining City from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015."Signing this contract was a straightforward decision," he said."This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance."The Belgian has again been instrumental for Pep Guardiola's side this season as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.Despite his campaign being interrupted by injuries, De Bruyne has scored eight goals and provided 16 assists in 33 appearances.He scored the opening goal in Tu...