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How will we heat homes in zero carbon Britain?

How will we heat homes in zero carbon Britain?

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Getty ImagesWhen it comes to winter warming, you can't beat gas central heating. It's been keeping us cosy for more than half a century.But when your beloved boiler packs up, be prepared for a change - because gas heating can't play a part in zero carbon Britain.At some date in the future, you will need to install clean heating. And be warned - it won't always be cheap, or convenient.What's more, we'll have to radically improve insulation, too, because some of the new-style kit can't heat the UK's cold, draughty houses.There are two main contenders for the £28bn market to heat our homes - hydrogen and heat pumps.Hydrogen - is that the future of heating?Hydrogen is the most talked-about candidate to replace the gas boiler. Hydrogen can be extracted from water using electrolysis, in a proces
Covid in Scotland: More than 400 care homes investigated over deaths

Covid in Scotland: More than 400 care homes investigated over deaths

Health
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California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages

California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages

Health
As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in coronavirus cases, funeral homes in the hot spot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling upBy CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated PressJanuary 2, 2021, 10:00 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in coronavirus cases, funeral homes in the hot spot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling up.The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated as the United States nears a grim tally of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths. More than 20 million people in the country have been
French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

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Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday raided the homes of the former French prime minister and current and former health ministers over Paris' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The raids were carried out in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after they received a number of complaints from coronavirus patients, doctors, police and other officials. Advertisement Police conducted morning raids at the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, health hinister Olivier Veran and former health minister Agnes Buzyn. Officials also searched Veran's office. Authorities also searched the home of Sibeth Ndiaye, former spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The investigation of public officials is targeted in scope to examine specific aspects of the gove...
Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Health
The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homesBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated PressSeptember 17, 2020, 6:52 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents.People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which has tallied 77,000 deaths among resi