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Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn

Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn

Science
West Cumbria Mining CompanyA public inquiry has been announced into plans for the first new deep coal mine in the UK for decades.The government had previously decided not to intervene in the project near Whitehaven in Cumbria, which was in the hands of local officials.But ministers have taken control because of "increased" controversy.Green campaigners say the mine will increase carbon emissions and send the wrong signal in the run-up to a UK-hosted climate conference in October.The Woodhouse Colliery would extract coking coal for the steel industry from the seabed off St Bees, with a processing plant at Kells, in Whitehaven.New coal mine plan 'damaging PM's reputation'Why the battle for British coal matters to the worldMinister rapped for allowing new coal mine Cumbria County Council coun...
Facebook rainforest ads: Inquiry ordered into Amazon land sales

Facebook rainforest ads: Inquiry ordered into Amazon land sales

Technology
Getty Images/BBCBrazil's Supreme Federal Court has ordered an inquiry into the sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest via Facebook.It follows a BBC investigation, which revealed plots as large as 1,000 football pitches listed among the platform's Marketplace classified ads.The court is asking the government to "take the appropriate civil and criminal measures".Facebook has said it is "ready to work with local authorities".But the tech firm has indicated it will not take independent action of its own to halt the trade.The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. It is home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.Still onlineBrazilian Supreme Court Justice Luís ...
Streaming bosses defend models but seem open to exploring change at inquiry

Streaming bosses defend models but seem open to exploring change at inquiry

Entertainment
Spotify, Apple and Amazon bosses have defended their music streaming models to a government inquiry investigating how revenue is distributed - but agreed they would potentially be willing to "get together" as an industry to explore options.The trio appeared virtually before MPs at the department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee's latest session on the impact of streaming on Tuesday afternoon. Artists including Nile Rodgers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien and singer-songwriter Nadine Shah have already given evidence, as have executives from the UK's "big three" major labels - Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music - and representatives from licensing bodies. Image: Nile Rodgers is among the artists ...
Kay Burley: Sky News presenter off air during Covid breach inquiry

Kay Burley: Sky News presenter off air during Covid breach inquiry

Entertainment
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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

World
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...