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Young will pick up climate change bill, advisers warn

Young will pick up climate change bill, advisers warn

Science
Young people will be left to pick up the bill for climate change because politicians are dodging the issue, a UK report warns.The government must act faster to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from road traffic, homes and farming, the Committee on Climate Change says.Without action, the coming generation will have to pay much more to curb emissions in a heating world. The government says it is committed to being a world leader on climate change. It will introduce its low-carbon transport plan soon.Why does this matter?The advisers are "acutely concerned" at the UK's lack of progress in cutting the carbon emissions overheating the planet.The committee says the UK made a good start with the power industry but emissions cuts have ...
Funds go beyond ratings, scan company books to pick debt papers

Funds go beyond ratings, scan company books to pick debt papers

Finance
India's debt fund managers are looking beyond credit ratings while picking corporate bonds this year. Top fund managers say they now try to look at company financials, especially leveraged positions, more closely before taking a call on available papers. While a growing pileup of bad debt from India Inc had turned fund managers cautious over the past three years, a more immediate trigger for them was the recent hardening of interest rate outlook. "In last six months or so, we have become a bit more cautious in terms of credit outlook," says Amandeep Chopra, Group President and Head of Fixed Income at UTI Mutual Fund, India's oldest fund house. "As rising interest rates raise cost of capital for companies, it will impact cash flows if a company is heavily leveraged. So you need to look at l...
Bears first-round pick Smith “relentless”

Bears first-round pick Smith “relentless”

Sports
The Chicago Bears drafted Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth overall pick. Here is what he had to say to the media:Thoughts on being drafted by the Bears and what do you expect? What they can expect from me when I arrive is a relentless guy. On the field and off the field I go about my business the right way and I'm going to do whatever it takes to put the Bears in the best possible situation every time I step on to the field or the practice field. I'm beyond excited. I can't put into words how excited I am about this opportunity to be a Chicago Bear. It's insane and I'm ready to give the city of Chicago everything I have.What do you see as your greatest leadership qualities? I feel like it's a combination of a few things. I feel like I can be a vocal guy, but not a "rah-rah" ...
Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

Technology
NASA's latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote. In a 50-49 vote Thursday, Oklahoma Rep. James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator, an agency that usually is kept away from partisanship. His three predecessors — two nominated by Republicans — were all approved unanimously. Before that, one NASA chief served under three presidents, two Republicans and a Democrat. The two days of voting were as tense as a launch countdown. A procedural vote Wednesday initially ended in a 49-49 tie — Vice President Mike Pence, who normally breaks a tie, was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — before Arizona R
Manchester United v Liverpool combined XI: Pick your midfield

Manchester United v Liverpool combined XI: Pick your midfield

Sports
Cast your vote belowWednesday, March 7, 2018This weekend we will be treated to one of the fiercest derbies in the Premier League, as Manchester United host Liverpool at Anfield.Both the rivals sit inside the top four at this stage of the season, and are probably assured of qualification to next season’s Champions League.However, whoever finishes higher in 2017/18 will have bragging rights, and Jose Mourinho’s side are currently two points ahead of the Anfield club.As we prepare for this huge Premier League clash, talkSPORT.com are asking our readers to decide upon who makes it into a combined Manchester United and Liverpool team.Starting Monday, we have posted a poll asking for you to vote on who makes it into the XI.We’ve already got the results for goalkeepers and defenders, and today we