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Climate change: Boris Johnson ‘risks humiliation’ over coal mine

Climate change: Boris Johnson ‘risks humiliation’ over coal mine

Science
West Cumbria Mining CompanyThe leading climate scientist James Hansen has warned Boris Johnson that he risks “humiliation“ over plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria.The UK government, which hosts a climate summit this year, has allowed the mine at Whitehaven to go ahead.Dr Hansen, formerly Nasa's leading global warming researcher, urged the PM to halt production - or be "vilified".No 10 said the UK was a world leader on climate change, but would not reverse the local council decision on the mine.Minister rapped for allowing new coal mine Government defends Cumbria coal mine green lightFirst deep coal mine in 30 years a step closerIn his letter, Dr Hansen - whose testimony before the US Senate helped raise wider awareness of global warming back in 1988 - writes: "In leading the [climate con...
BTS: New album BE ‘authentic’ but takes ‘few risks’, say critics

BTS: New album BE ‘authentic’ but takes ‘few risks’, say critics

Entertainment
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Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

Science
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AA auction risks stalling as rivals eye joint offer

AA auction risks stalling as rivals eye joint offer

Business
Two of the putative bidders for the AA are in talks about joining forces in a move that could undermine shareholders' hopes of a hotly contested bidding war for Britain's biggest breakdown recovery service.Sky News has learnt that Warburg Pincus is holding preliminary discussions about partnering with a consortium comprising two other buyout firms - Centerbridge Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners. The talks have yet to result in a definitive agreement, but if the three firms do formally team up, it would leave Platinum Equity as the only publicly declared potential counterbidder to the consortium.Apollo Global Management had been contemplating an offer, but is understood to have switched its interest to participating in a potential refinancing of the AA's £2.65bn debt mountain.The li...

Experts flag risks in India’s use of rapid tests for virus

Technology
NEW DELHI, India -- In June, India began using cheaper, faster but less accurate tests to scale up testing for the coronavirus — a strategy that the United States is now considering. These rapid tests boosted India’s testing levels nearly five-fold within two months. But government numbers suggest some parts of the country might have become over reliant on the faster tests, which can miss infections. Experts warn that safely using them requires frequent retesting, something that isn’t always happening. Cases surged faster than labs could scale up testing once India’s harsh lockdown was relaxed. So far authorities have rationed the use of the more precise molecular tests that detect the genetic code of the virus. But on June 14, India decided to bolster these with faster tests that screen...