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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 ...
Exporter: Russian foreign military sales on pace to hit $13.7B despite U.S. sanctions

Exporter: Russian foreign military sales on pace to hit $13.7B despite U.S. sanctions

Business
Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Despite U.S. sanctions, Russian arms sales are on pace to match 2018's export revenue of about $ 13.7 billion, the head of Russia's state-owned defense export company said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, chief executive officer of Rostec, said at the Dubai Air Show that Russia has confirmed sales of $ 11 billion so far this year, and expects to end 2019 with between $ 13.5 billion and $ 13.7 billion in defense-related exports. He acknowledged that Rosoboronexport, the country's arms agency, must accelerate its work until the end of the year to meet the goal. "We have two months left, so November and December." Chemezov said. "Overall, the sanctions, well, you can hear the results of Rosoboronexport, they're sort of self-explanatory. Last year, Rosoboronexport supplied military ...
Faster pace of climate change is ‘scary’, former chief scientist says

Faster pace of climate change is ‘scary’, former chief scientist says

Science
Extreme events linked to climate change, such as the heatwave in Europe this year, are occurring sooner than expected, an ex-chief scientist says.Prof Sir David King says he's been scared by the number of extreme events, and he called for the UK to advance its climate targets by 10 years.But the UN's weather chief said using words like “scared” could make young people depressed and anxious.Campaigners argue that people won't act unless they feel fearful.Speaking to the BBC, Prof King, a former chief scientific adviser to the government, said: “It’s appropriate to be scared. We predicted temperatures would rise, but we didn’t foresee these sorts of extreme events we’re getting so soon.”Several other scientists contacted by the BBC
Economy grows at fastest pace for 25 months in January

Economy grows at fastest pace for 25 months in January

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter UK economic growth surged to 0.5% in January, according to official figures which smashed economists' expectations.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was the biggest increase in monthly output since December 2016 but cautioned that growth in the three months to January remained static at 0.2%. The figures showed 0.3% growth for the crucial services sector, which accounts for more than three-quarters of total UK output, following a disappointing contraction of 0.2% in December as consumers checked spending in the run-up to Christmas. ...
Wages rise at fastest pace for decade

Wages rise at fastest pace for decade

Business
Wages are continuing to rise at their highest level for nearly a decade as Brexit nears, official Office for National Statistics figures show.Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, went up by 3.3% in the three months to October, the biggest rise since November 2008.It follows a 3.2% rise in wages last month compared with the previous year.The number of people in work rose by 79,000 to a record high of 32.48 million in the period.That is the highest figure since records began in 1971.Unemployment also increased by 20,000 to 1.38 million, although the total is still lower than a year ago.The reason both employment and unemployment have increased is a result of the UK's rising population and more people joining the labour force, such as students and old...