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Most of Madagascar’s rainforest on pace to disappear by 2070

Most of Madagascar’s rainforest on pace to disappear by 2070

Science
Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Nearly all of Madagascar's eastern rainforest is likely to be gone by 2070 if deforestation and global warming progresses at the current pace, according to a new study. Nearly 90 percent of the biodiversity found on Madagascar is unique to the island nation, but the latest findings -- published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change -- suggests Madagascar's many novel plants, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are likely to face significant habitat losses. Over the last few decades, Madagascar's rainforest has been subjected to deforestation and overharvesting. Scientists used predictive models to simulate the impacts of human-caused climate change and deforestation on the island's vital habitat. Scientists also analyzed the results of two surveys of two critically ...
Do even the most pessimistic Liverpool fans think the Reds will win the Premier League?

Do even the most pessimistic Liverpool fans think the Reds will win the Premier League?

Sports
"Thirty years of hurt."Liverpool fans have been waiting a long time to win the Premier League and even with a 13-point gap at the top of the table, some still can't quite say "we are going to win it" out loud.With defending champions Manchester City trailing by 14 points in third place and Leicester City back by 13 in second, Liverpool are the resounding favourites to win their first league title since 1989-90. "It's over. Liverpool have won the title," said ex-Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 after the 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.Former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson agreed: "They will not lose the league from this position."But the fans remember that they have co...
Gavin And Stacey the most viewed Christmas Day show in a decade

Gavin And Stacey the most viewed Christmas Day show in a decade

Entertainment
The much-anticipated return of TV's Gavin And Stacey achieved the best Christmas Day viewing figures for more than a decade.The episode, broadcast on BBC One, was watched by an average 11.6 million people, making it the biggest festive special since 2008. It secured 49.2% of the total viewing audience during its slot, according to the BBC.The episode picked up 10 years after the previous instalment of the comedy series, allowing viewers to catch up on the world of titular couple Gavin and Stacey (played by Matthew Horne and Joanna Page) as well as Smithy and Nessa (James Corden and Ruth Jones).It ended on a cliffhanger, with a marriage proposal involving two major characters left unanswered. Advertisement T...
Most investors make less returns than their schemes: Axis Mutual Fund report

Most investors make less returns than their schemes: Axis Mutual Fund report

Finance
Most mutual fund investors make lower returns than their mutual fund schemes due to their bad habit of frequently getting in and out of schemes, shows an analysis of Axis Mutual Fund. ‘Analysis of Indian investor behaviour and its impact on performance’ by Axis Mutual Fund looked at the performances across different category of funds, including equity, hybrid and debt funds in the short and the long term. The findings of the report conclude “investor flows are not stable but instead tend to follow market performance and as a result their realised returns are much worse than what they would have achieved by using either simple buy and hold or systematic investment strategies.” The report further adds that the effect is persistent across different time periods and shows that there has been l
The UK’s most googled terms of 2019

The UK’s most googled terms of 2019

Technology
The Rugby World Cup - in which England lost the final - was the UK's most googled search term of 2019.Google has revealed its most searched terms of the year, with the tournament in Japan coming top as England climbed through the knock-out stage to lose 32-12 to South Africa in the October final. England's impressive summer of sport meant the Cricket World Cup, held across England and Wales, was the second most googled query. Image: England lost the Rugby World Cup at the last hurdle Image: England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time The team was luckier than its rugby counterparts, winning the tournament after a nail-biting Super Over against New Zealand in the final....