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First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Science
Global emissions of CO2 in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached. The main cause of the expected growth has been greater use of coal in China as its economy expanded. Researchers are uncertain if the rise in emissions is a one-off or the start of a new period of CO2 build-up.Scientists say that a global peak in CO2 before 2020 is needed to limit dangerous global warming this century.The Global Carbon Project has been analysing and reporting on the scale of emissions of CO2 since 2006. Carbon output has grown by about 3% per year in that period, but growth essentially declined or remained flat between 2014 and 2016.The latest figures indicate that in 2017, emissions of CO2 from all human activities grew by about 2% globa...
Email scam targets Netflix's millions of subscribers

Email scam targets Netflix's millions of subscribers

Technology
An email scam has been specifically targeting Netflix's millions of subscribers, threatening to suspend their accounts if they don’t update their billing information. The email asks its readers to click the link, leading them to a fake Netflix homepage and prompting them to enter their private information, according to MailGuard, an Australian cybersecurity firm. Netflix said it is aware of the ongoing scam, adding that the company takes security seriously and has measures in place to detect fraudulent activity. “Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information,” Netflix said in a statement to ABC News. The company will never ask for any personal in
Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Health
People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes.Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England.The programmes help people to change their diet and do more exercise.The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment.Adults with conditions such as obesity, stroke or high blood pressure and high-risk ethnic minority groups are also encouraged to go for an assessment.Weight loss helpLast year, NHS England and Public Health England developed an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in response to the guidance.This means that in many parts of the country those at high risk are referre...
Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Science
A boom in incinerator-building could make it impossible for the UK to meet future targets for recycling, a report says.The consultancy Eunomia says waste companies constructing new incinerators will need waste to feed them.And that could reduce Britain’s stated ambition to recycle more waste.A government spokesman said "great progress" had been made in boosting recycling rates.But Eunomia’s report says current trends in building incinerators will make a mockery of the ambition of Environment Secretary Michael Gove to achieve a “green Brexit”.Recycling successSince 2009/10, it says, the UK has more than doubled its capacity for burning what is known as residual waste – what is left over after recycling.Capacity to burn it has risen from 6.3 million tonnes to 13.5 million tonnes.But over the