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Greta Thunberg: Teen activist says UK is ‘irresponsible’ on climate

Greta Thunberg: Teen activist says UK is ‘irresponsible’ on climate

Science
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has described the UK's response to climate change as "beyond absurd".In a speech to MPs, the Swedish 16-year-old criticised the UK for supporting new exploitation of fossil fuels and exaggerating cuts to carbon emissions.She was invited to Westminster after inspiring the school climate strikes movement.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said "we have not done nearly enough".In her speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Miss Thunberg said the UK was supporting shale gas fracking, greater exploitation of North Sea oil and gas fields and expanding airports."This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind," she said.She also described t...
Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says

Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says

Health
April 23 (UPI) -- Eating a diet largely based in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts may keep people from eating unhealthy amounts of other types of food, new findings show. Primates that consumed a Mediterranean diet ate less of any other available food and lost weight, according to a study published Tuesday in Obesity. "By comparison, the animals on a Western diet ate far more than they needed and gained weight," Carol Shively, a researcher at Wake Forest University and the study's principal investigator said in a news release. " For close to nine years, researchers observed female primates that were split into two groups. One group ate a diet with foods that primarily consisted of fat and protein and the other group ate a largely plant-based diet. Each group, however, ate the sa...
UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

World
The U.N. health agency says at least 34 more people have died in fighting for control of Libyas capital over the past two days, bringing the total to 254 dead so far, including civilians. The World Health Organization also said late Sunday that 1,228 have been wounded since the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive earlier this month to take Tripoli. The fighting pits the force, led by Khalifa Hifter, against rival militias affiliated with a weak U.N.-supported government in the capital. Abdelhadi Lahouij, the top diplomat for a rival, east-based government, told The Associated Press in Tunis that Hifters push slowed down because of the crucial issue of protection for Tripoli civilians. President Donald Trump phoned Hifter last week, expressing U.S. support for Hifters pe...
Light pollution not improving, says CPRE

Light pollution not improving, says CPRE

Science
Just one in 50 people in England experiences nights that are free from light pollution, according to the results of a survey.The work, carried out for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), suggests the situation has not improved since it raised the issue 12 years ago.The group says everyone should be able to witness the glory of a starry night.But more than half the people taking part said they couldn’t see more than 10 stars in the constellation Orion.The survey asked people to count the stars in this constellation as a measure of light pollution in their area.Just a 10th of people could count up to 30 stars, whereas the Royal Observatory in Greenwich says that up to 40 could be visible to someone with a sharp eye on a clear night.Only 2% of part
US banks’ first-quarter profits may be the best that they can get this year, Citi analyst says

US banks’ first-quarter profits may be the best that they can get this year, Citi analyst says

Finance
U.S. banks have delivered a mixed bag of first-quarter financial results so far — but that's probably the sector's best this year, especially if the Federal Reserve does not increase interest rates at all, according to a Citi analyst. Four of the six largest American banks have released their first-quarter financial results over the past week. Among them, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo reported quarterly profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations, while Goldman Sachs and Citigroup both missed estimates on their revenue. Morgan Stanley and Bank of America are scheduled to report earnings this week.