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A third of tropical African plants face extinction

A third of tropical African plants face extinction

Science
A third of tropical African plants are on the path to extinction, according to a new assessment.Much of western Africa, Ethiopia, and parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the hardest hit regions, standing to lose more than 40% of their richness of plants. Species at risk include trees, shrubs, herbs and woody vines.Threats include deforestation, population growth and climate change, the scientists said."Biodiversity provides countless benefits to humans and losing diversity jeopardises our future," said lead researcher Dr Thomas Couvreur of the French National Institute for Sustainable Development. Loss of biodiversity will be particularly problematic in tropical Africa, "a region of incredible diversity...
Thousands face delays as BA flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

Thousands face delays as BA flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

Business
Thousands of passengers face delays as British Airways experiences disruption to flights caused by a "technical issue".The airline said overnight that a small number of planes were affected by the glitch - the latest in a series of PR headaches for the carrier caused by apparent computer system woes and, latterly, damaging strikes by pilots. It later confirmed: "Our teams are working hard to resolve a technical issue which is affecting some of our flights, and we have rebooked customers onto alternative flights and offered hotel accommodation where they have been unable to continue their journeys last night."We are very sorry for the disruption to their travel plans."By mid-morning BA confirmed it planned to operate a full flight schedule on Thursday but admitted: "There may be some knock-...
Disney Plus subscribers face technical errors on launch day

Disney Plus subscribers face technical errors on launch day

Entertainment
Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Streamers waiting to see Disney Plus movies and shows on Tuesday's launch faced technical errors. Thousands of subscribers saw error messages after logging in, and Walt Disney Company blamed oversize demand as it tapped into the streaming market with established players such as Netflix and Amazon. "The demand for #DisneyPlus has exceeded our highest expectations," Disney Plus said in a Twitter post Tuesday morning. "We are pleased you're excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current user issues. We appreciate your patience." Downdetector.com reported a peak of 8,391 Disney Plus subscribers affected by the outage around 9 a.m. By 2 p.m., the online technical glitches monitor reported 769 outages left. The service launched Tuesday in th...
U.S. military bases to face an increase in extreme heat

U.S. military bases to face an increase in extreme heat

Science
Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Over the next three decades, members of the United States military stationed on bases in the contiguous U.S. could experience an extra month of extreme heat each year, as climate change continues unabated. Researchers with the Union of Concerned Scientists used climate models to simulate temperatures on U.S. military bases under a range of warming scenarios. They published their findings in a new report. "Our results show that with no action to reduce global heat-trapping emissions, on average, by mid-century U.S. installations would experience nearly five times as many days with a heat index above 100°F as they have historically," Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist and the lead author of the study, wrote in a blog update. "These results imply that living, working,
‘12,000’ Asda staff face sack in bitter contract dispute

‘12,000’ Asda staff face sack in bitter contract dispute

Business
Approximately 12,000 Asda workers are currently facing the sack next month for refusing to sign controversial new contracts, a source has told Sky News.It is understood all staff who fail to sign the agreement by a 2 November deadline will be dismissed unless the supermarket chain backs down. Workers who have snubbed the contract are currently serving notice periods but can yet change their minds.Asda said on Wednesday that the "vast majority" of over 100,000 people affected by the new contract had signed on the dotted line.The retailer was yet to respond to Sky News' request for a comment about the scale of the crisis. Advertisement Image: Asda staff travelled ...