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Britain planning maritime mission to protect Strait of Hormuz

Britain planning maritime mission to protect Strait of Hormuz

World
July 22 (UPI) -- Britain plans to join a European-led maritime mission to protect ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz days after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Monday. He described the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' seizure of the Stena Impero on Friday as "an act of piracy." "If Iran continues on this dangerous path, they must accept the price will be a larger Western military presence in the waters along their coastline, not because we wish to increase tensions but simply because freedom of navigation is a principle which Britain and its allies will always defend," Hunt said during a speech before Parliament. He said Britain entered discussions with representatives from multiple countries to establish the force. In the me...
Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast

Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Nearly two million cubic metres of sand are being shifted to a stretch of eroding Norfolk coastline in a radical plan to save it from the sea.The 6km-long dune will protect Bacton Terminal, which supplies one third of the UK's gas, but is teetering just metres from a cliff edge.The £20m project should also act as a defence for two nearby villages - Bacton and Walcott.It is the first "sandscaping" scheme on this scale to be carried out in the UK.It has been designed by Dutch engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV. Once the sand has been shifted, a combination of wind, waves and tides will "move the sands to where it needs to be," said the firm's coastal management adviser Jaap Flikweert. This will "p
Government looks to protect votes from risk of foreign interference

Government looks to protect votes from risk of foreign interference

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The government wants to introduce new laws to protect elections and referendums in the UK from the risk of interference by foreign powers.Announcing the move, the minister for the constitution Kevin Foster MP stated: "There is no evidence that British elections or referendums have been compromised." However, he added: "But we need to review and refresh our analogue laws for a digital age, and ensure there are robust safeguards against hostile states, foreign lobbyists and shadowy third parties."According to the government's announcement, the new plans could tackle these potential agents of influence by::: Barring people from running for office if found guilty of abusive behaviour;:: Requiring online election material ...
Climate change: 'Future proofing' forests to protect orangutans

Climate change: 'Future proofing' forests to protect orangutans

Science
A study has identified key tree species that are resilient to climate change and support critically endangered apes.Planting them could help future proof rainforests, which are a key habitat for orangutans, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN.Researchers surveyed 250 plants in Indonesia's Kutai National Park.Over 1,000 orangutans are thought to inhabit the park, as well as other rare animals such as the Malayan sun bear."Selecting which species to plant is a significant contribution to restoring the health of this ecosystem," said study co-author Douglas Sheil."Of course, the reasons why forest cover was lost in the first place must also be addressed for reforestation efforts to succeed." ...