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Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Science
The UK's fixed-term parliaments could see politicians failing to prioritise climate change, veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough has suggested.He told the first citizens' assembly on climate having a five-year government leads to a lack of long-term planning.The 110-strong assembly in Birmingham will meet over four weekends to examine options for how the UK can meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.Sir David said he was "extremely grateful" to those taking part.It is hoped their recommendations - to be published in April - will help inform Parliament and the government on policies to reach net zero emissions.Sir David said one of the problems with Parliament having a fixed length of five years is that the effects of climate change may only be felt...
Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead Brit Award nominations

Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead Brit Award nominations

Entertainment
It'll be a battle between ballads and bangers at this year's Brit Awards, with Lewis Capaldi and Dave pitched against each other in four categories. The Scottish torch singer and the Streatham-born rapper are both up for best male, best newcomer, best single and album of the year at the ceremony, which takes place in London next month.Stormzy and Mabel are the second most-nominated artists, with three apiece.But Ed Sheeran is largely frozen out, receiving just a single nomination.The six-time Brit Award winner had one of last year's most successful albums - the star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project, which spent five weeks at number one, and selling 568,000 copies.However, he is locked out of the best male and best album categ...
Hong Kong protests: Christmas Eve rallies lead to clashes

Hong Kong protests: Christmas Eve rallies lead to clashes

World
Police in Hong Kong have battled pro-democracy protesters with tear gas in some of the most sustained unrest seen in the Chinese territory in weeks.Demonstrators - some wearing Santa hats or reindeer horns to mark Christmas Eve - held flashmob rallies in multiple shopping centres, while others took to the streets of a popular tourist area.Some threw petrol bombs, while police used pepper spray and batons. Hong Kong has seen six months of anti-government protests.The protests started in June over a controversial extradition bill, and have now evolved into a broader movement demanding an investigation into police brutality, and democratic reform.The territory's pro-democracy movement made unprecedented gains in local elections in N...
Lead exposure linked to risk for dementia

Lead exposure linked to risk for dementia

Health
Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The fact that fewer and fewer Americans are being diagnosed with dementia is a bit of good news that puzzles researchers.After all, risk factors for the condition -- including diabetes and obesity -- are becoming increasingly common in the United States. So why hasn't this translated into a rise in dementia as well? Researchers at the University of Toronto think they may have the answer: lifetime lead exposure. In a review published Thursday in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, they note that declining lead exposure levels in the United States and Canada, as well as parts of Europe, may explain why rates of dementia in these countries are falling. The new study, researchers say, demands future research into possible links between lead and onset of conditions such as Al...
World Series: Juan Soto, Nationals defeat Astros for 1-0 lead

World Series: Juan Soto, Nationals defeat Astros for 1-0 lead

Sports
Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Juan Soto came up clutch with three RBIs as the wild-card Washington Nationals earned a 5-4 upset win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park to take a 1-0 lead in the World Series opener. The Nationals earned their first World Series victory in franchise history after breaking Astros ace Gerrit Cole's 19-game winning streak. Washington got a game-tying solo home run from the 20-year-old Soto, who had a two-run double four innings later that provided the game-deciding runs. Soto finished with three hits and a stolen base against the Astros. Ryan Zimmerman also homered to back Nationals starter Max Scherzer to the win. The Astros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Yuli Gurriel doubled to deep left. Jose Altuve and George Springer each scored...