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UK goes record week without using any coal power

UK goes record week without using any coal power

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The UK has gone seven days without burning any coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution.According to the National Grid, as of 1pm today the UK had been producing energy for 167 hours without coal power plants supplying any at all. Instead, the majority of the country's power has come from combined cycle gas turbines, with renewable, nuclear, and solar power also contributing significantly to meeting the demand.The breakdown is: The UK has gone a week without burning coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution. Power instead came from:🔥 Gas 45%⚛ Nuclear 21%🌬 Wind 11%🚛 Imports 10%🌲 Biomass
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...
Pet insurance payouts hit record of £785m

Pet insurance payouts hit record of £785m

Business
Payouts by pet insurers hit a record £785m in 2018, even though the number of claims submitted fell, according to the industry trade body.The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said this was down to the higher cost of increasingly sophisticated medical care.The size of the average claim jumped by £36, or nearly 5%, to £793.The ABI said the "overwhelming majority" of pet insurance payouts were to meet veterinary treatment bills. Less common claims included pet owners asking to be reimbursed for the theft of a pet, the cost of advertising to find a lost animal, as well as liability for when a pet damaged property or injured someone. However, the ABI says these claims were "tiny" compared with veterinary treatment bills. Senior policy adviser for pet ins
Israel’s Netanyahu on course for record fifth term

Israel’s Netanyahu on course for record fifth term

World
By Alan McGuinness, news reporter Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be headed for a record fifth term as Israel's prime minister.Exit polls and partial results in the country's hotly-contested election show the 69-year-old edging ahead of former military chief Benny Gantz, his main competitor. Both sides declared victory after polls closed on Tuesday, but as the night wore on there were signs that Mr Netanyahu's Likud party was pulling ahead. Image: Benny Gantz presented himself as a scandal-free alternative to Mr Netanyahu Victory would see Mr Netanyahu earn a fourth consecutive term in office and a fifth overall, which would see him become Israel's longest-serving leader this summer.It would also be a boost...
Billie Eilish sets new UK album chart record

Billie Eilish sets new UK album chart record

Entertainment
Billie Eilish is now the youngest-ever female solo act to top the UK album charts.The 17-year-old US singer's debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? went straight to number one, with a combined 48,000 sales.She breaks Joss Stone's 2004 record by about two months.It's also the second-fastest selling record of the year, but still some way behind Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next, which shifted 65,214 units in week one."We worked really hard on this album," Eilish told the Official Charts Company."Thank you for the love!!"Youngest-ever female solo acts to top UK album chart Billie Eilish - 17 years, three months, 18 days - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? 2019 Joss Stone - 17 years, five months, 28 days - Mind Body and Soul, 2004 Avril Lavigne -...