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Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Science
The Australian government has backed coal-fired power, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change.Phasing out coal is considered crucial to limiting global warming to within 1.5C, as set out in the UN report released yesterday.Australia's deputy prime minister has said the country should "absolutely" continue to use and exploit its coal.But China remains the world's biggest coal consumer.In addition, China has restarted work at hundreds of coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.The Guardian reports that Michael McCormack, Australia's Deputy PM, said his government would not change policy "just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follo...
The tiny treeshrew defies a pair of evolutionary rules

The tiny treeshrew defies a pair of evolutionary rules

Science
Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The tiny treeshrew is a breaker of evolutionary rules, specifically of the ecogeographical type.According to a new paper published this week in the journal Ecology and Evolution, the common treeshrew, Tupaia glis, flouts both the island rule and Bergmann's rule, a pair of rules describing expected geographical variation within a species.According to the island rule, specimens of small mammals living on islands tend to evolve larger bodies than their relatives on the mainland. Larger mammals tend to evolve smaller bodies on islands.Bergmann's rules describe the tendency for populations of a species to evolve larger bodies in colder climates, among higher latitudes, while populations closer to the equator, living in warmer climates, develop smaller bodies.Researchers measured...
Kenya: Electoral body defies court in presidential petition

Kenya: Electoral body defies court in presidential petition

World
Lawyers made their closing arguments Tuesday night to Kenya's Supreme Court over a challenge by longtime politician Raila Odinga to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election earlier this month. Odinga claims the declaration of Kenyatta's victory with 54 percent of the vote was fraudulent, contending hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's servers and manipulated results in the president's favor. The challenger's lawyer, James Orengo, said the court should invalidate Kenyatta's win because a scrutiny of forms used to tally presidential results showed many lacked security features that the electoral commission agreed on. He said the forms also were not signed, as required to ensure accountability. He said those anomalies affected nearly 5 million votes. "Our case has proven forge...
Stokes century defies improved Windies – highlights & report

Stokes century defies improved Windies – highlights & report

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Second Investec Test, Headingley, day oneEngland 258 (70.5 overs): Stokes 100, Root 59, Gabriel 4-51, Roach 4-71West Indies 19-1 (12 overs): Brathwaite 13*West Indies trail by 239 runsScorecardBen Stokes defied a much-improved West Indies with a superb century before James Anderson struck late on day one of the second Test at Headingley.Arriving at 71-4, Stokes counter-attacked in thrilling fashion, reaching his sixth Test hundred off 122 balls.He was dropped twice, including the ball before making his century by Shannon Gabriel, who removed Stokes for 100 as the hosts were all out for 258.Anderson snared Kieran Powell as the tourists closed on 19-1, 239 behind.Following a dismal showing in ...