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'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

'Hero' of Paris climate agreement dies

Science
Former Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum, who played a key role in securing the Paris climate pact has passed away aged 72.At countless UN climate meetings, Mr De Brum was a passionate champion of the rights of small island states.He was instrumental in securing the "high ambition coalition" of rich and poor countries that was pivotal to a deal in the French capital.Mr De Brum died at his home in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands. Born near the end of WWII, Mr De Brum grew up in an era when the tiny Pacific state was being used to host a number of US nuclear bomb tests. When he was nine years old he witnessed one such detonation, while fishing with his grandfather around 200 miles away. The resulting destruction of the atolls, the evacuation of many islanders as a re...
VIDEO: Neymar marks Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal against Guingamp

VIDEO: Neymar marks Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal against Guingamp

Sports
The world’s most expensive player enjoyed a productive night at the Stade de RoudourouSunday, August 13, 2017Neymar marked his eagerly awaited Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal as he helped the Ligue 1 side beat Guingamp 3-0.The world’s most expensive player was allowed to take to the pitch at the Stade de Roudourou after the French Football Federation confirmed they had received the relevant paperwork for the £199million signing.Neymar bagged his side’s third goal of the game after being teed up by Edinson Cavani inside the penalty area. Cavani had given the Parisians a 2-0 lead following Neymar’s incisive through ball, which allowed him to slot the ball past the Guingamp goalkeeper.Unai Emery’s side took the lead in the comical circumstances when defender Jordan Ikoko’s back-pass tri
'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Science
Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming from a location in Italy. However, the Italian submission to the UN records just a tiny amount of the substance being emitted. Levels of some emissions from India and China are so uncertain that experts say their records are plus or minus 100%.These flaws posed a bigger threat to the Paris climate agreement than US President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw, researchers told BBC Radio 4's Counting Carbon programme. Bottom-up recordsAmong the key provisions of the Paris climate deal, signed by 195 countries in December 2015, is the requirement that every country,...
US notifies UN of Paris climate deal pullout

US notifies UN of Paris climate deal pullout

World
The Trump administration has issued its first written notification that the US intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.But in the notice to the United Nations the US state department said Washington would remain in the talks process.President Donald Trump drew international condemnation in June when he first announced the US intention to withdraw.He said the deal "punished" the US and would cost millions of American jobs.Friday's announcement is seen as largely symbolic as no nation seeking to leave the pact can officially announce an intention to withdraw until 4 November 2019. The process of leaving then takes another year, meaning it would not be complete until just weeks after the US presidential election in 2020.Any new US president could then decide to rejoin the ag...
If it flies or hovers, it will be at the Paris Air Show

If it flies or hovers, it will be at the Paris Air Show

Technology
While Airbus and Boeing will again hog the spotlight at the Paris Air Show with their battle for ever-larger slices of the lucrative pie in the sky, a lot of the really interesting stuff will be going on elsewhere at the upcoming biennial aviation and defense industry gathering. Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet will crane necks with high-speed aerial displays, drones will again be a hot topic and a would-be flying car will aim to show that it is closer to getting off the ground as a consumer ride. Defense contractors will be seeking customers for their latest high-tech weapons, including drones designed to act as wingmen to piloted aircraft in battle. More peacefully, there'll be the launch of a distress beacon with an integrated GPS transmitter to help locate planes that go down — an issue of