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Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?

Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?

Science
Protests by Extinction Rebellion's seemingly inexhaustible army of activists made plenty of headlines last week.They say politicians are out of touch with climate reality. But what do they want, and can ministers realistically make it happen?Let's consider XR's three core demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change", to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress, and to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025. If Mrs May regularly referred to a "climate crisis" or "climate emergency", that might fulfil their wish that the government should "tell the truth" A citizens' assembly looks unlikely, especially during the current constitutional mayhem of Brexit The third objective of cutting CO2 emissions to almost zero by 2025 is sur...
Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Science
Britain has broken its record for the longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal.National Grid said that the coal-free period lasted more than 90 hours before coming to an end on Monday afternoon.It is the longest period since the industrial revolution and breaks the previous record set in April 2018 of 76 hours and 10 minutes.The government plans to phase out Britain's last coal power plants by 2025 to cut greenhouse gases.Duncan Burt, director of operations at National Grid, told BBC Radio 5 Live it was "a really big deal". Record Easter temperatures in three nations Britain lasts three days without coal "It's all about the sunny weather we've been seeing, so energy demand is low. There has been lots o...
Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

World
Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka's leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday's bombings.Attacks on churches and hotels killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500.Security agencies had been watching the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group, reports said, and had notified police about a possible attack.But the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the cabinet were not informed, ministers said.A 'colossal intelligence failure'The prime minister was not privy to security briefings following a rift last year with President Maithripala Sirisena, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told a press conference.Mr Sirisena sacked Mr Wickremesinghe and his cabinet in October an...
UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

World
The U.N. health agency says at least 34 more people have died in fighting for control of Libyas capital over the past two days, bringing the total to 254 dead so far, including civilians. The World Health Organization also said late Sunday that 1,228 have been wounded since the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive earlier this month to take Tripoli. The fighting pits the force, led by Khalifa Hifter, against rival militias affiliated with a weak U.N.-supported government in the capital. Abdelhadi Lahouij, the top diplomat for a rival, east-based government, told The Associated Press in Tunis that Hifters push slowed down because of the crucial issue of protection for Tripoli civilians. President Donald Trump phoned Hifter last week, expressing U.S. support for Hifters pe...
Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison’s fiance reveals he was suicidal over relationship

Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison’s fiance reveals he was suicidal over relationship

Entertainment
Ricci Guarnaccio, 32, today tells for the first time how constant rows and trust issues caused him to suffer crippling anxiety and depression.To millions of fans they were living the dream as a TV couple on Geordie Shore, but behind the scenes he was going through hell.Lifting the lid on his romance with the I’m A Celeb winner, 31, Ricci said: “The relationship was so volatile. We were constantly fighting. It was a struggle the whole way through.“I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. But for a lot of the time I didn’t know what the situation was between us. I worried I couldn’t trust her, which gave me anxiety. STORMY: Vicky and Ricci had a rocky relationship (Pic: GETTY) Related Articles “Then I started to get bad thoughts... suicidal ones and things like that