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North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said.Earlier the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000km (620 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan.The launch, early on Wednesday, is the latest in a series that have raised international tensions.North Korea's last ballistic missile launch was in September and came days after its sixth nuclear test.Mr Mattis was speaking at the White House as he briefed President Donald Trump and senior officials on the missile launch."It went higher, frankly, than any previous shots they have taken," he said, adding that the North was building "ballistic missiles that threaten everywhere in the wor...
UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

Science
The UK and Canada have launched a global alliance of 20 countries committed to phasing out coal for energy production.Members including France, Finland and Mexico, say they will end the use of coal before 2030.Ministers hope to have 50 countries signed up by the time of the next major UN conference in Poland next year.However some important coal consuming nations, including China, the US and Germany have not joined the group. Reducing global coal use is a formidable challenge, as the fuel produces around 40% of the world's electricity at present. As a highly carbon intensive source, coal contributes significantly to the rising levels of CO2 emissions that scientists reported earlier this week.Researchers say that if the world is to curb dramatic temperature rises this century then coal use...
As the global economy picks up, inflation is oddly quiescent

As the global economy picks up, inflation is oddly quiescent

Finance
A FEW years ago, the news about the euro-zone economy was uniformly bad to the point of tedium. These days, it is the humdrum diet of benign data that prompts a yawn. Figures this week show that GDP rose by 0.6% in the three months to the end of September (an annualised rate of 2.4%). The European Commission’s economic-sentiment index rose to its highest level in almost 17 years. Yet when the European Central Bank’s governing council gathered on October 26th, it decided to keep interest rates unchanged, at close to zero, and to extend its bond-buying programme (known as quantitative easing, or QE) for a further nine months.The central bank said it would slow down the pace of bond purchases each month, to €30bn ($ 35bn) from January. But Mario Draghi, the bank’s boss, declined to set an end
U.S. government report blames humans for global climate change

U.S. government report blames humans for global climate change

Science
Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Humans are to blame to for global warming, according to the most comprehensive climate change report yet produced by the federal government.The 600-page report is unambiguous and contradicts many of the Trump administration's positions and talking points on climate change.Since taking office, Trump and Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, have downplayed the severity and certainty of global warming."I believe that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said earlier this year. "There's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact."The latest report strikes a different tone."It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th cent...
Global carbon emissions stall for third year straight, according to new report

Global carbon emissions stall for third year straight, according to new report

Science
Oct. 20 (UPI) -- For the third year in a row, global carbon dioxide emissions have stalled, according to the latest report by the European Commission's Joint Research Center and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.According to the latest data, the United States and Russia both decreased their CO2 emissions by 2 percent in 2016. Japan decreased carbon emissions by 1 percent. Europe and China's CO2 emissions both held steady, while India increased carbon emissions by 5 percent. Brazil also decreased CO2 emissions by 6 percent.Most developing economies across Eurasia and Southeast Asia, however, increased carbon emissions.Despite in an uptick in emissions in countries like Pakistan and the Philippines, decreases in emissions in the the largest greenhouse gas-emitting countries ens...