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Climate change: Whisper it cautiously… there’s been progress in run up to COP26

Climate change: Whisper it cautiously… there’s been progress in run up to COP26

Science
ReutersWith just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC's Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress made at this week's UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain.Climate change was the dominant theme at this year's UN General Assembly (UNGA) as countries recognised the seriousness of the global situation. All across the planet, the hallmarks of rising temperatures are being keenly felt with intense wildfires, storms and floods taking place on scales rarely seen.World on course to heat up to dangerous levelsWorld now sees twice as many days over 50CWildlife and plant species decline 'a crisis'Against this backdrop, Boris Johnson told the UN it was "time to grow up" on the climate issue. The prime minister fought to brin...

Op-ed: There’s an increased demand for financial advice. Are advisors up to the challenge?

Finance
Jamie Grill | The Image Bank | Getty ImagesThe financial uncertainty created by the global pandemic has made an impact on Americans of all generations and income levels.Even as the economy starts to show signs of recovery, too many Americans are still unemployed, and the uncertainty over the shape of economic recovery lingers. For some, that is translating to concerns around whether a secure retirement will be possible. For others, it is causing anxiety about the attainability of basic financial goals, such as buying a new home or sending a child to college.And for many younger Americans, it is raising questions about the impact of the pandemic on their lifetime earnings potential and what that means for their longer-term financial security.More from FA Playbook:Here's a look at other stor...
There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

World
A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us.It's truly terrifying feeling such power, so near. I looked about me, wondering where I would I hide if the volcano's eruptions suddenly intensified. And then I realised - and it's obvious really - there is nowhere to run and hide. Image: It’s truly terrifying feeling such power, so near Up here, perched high on the side of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano, at the closest monitoring point to the peak of the volcano, one feels very insignificant.To my right, away from the belching crater, a vast lava field plummets towards the valley floor and, in the distance, the towns and villages directly in its path. ...
Tesla tries to assure workers there’s no big virus outbreak

Tesla tries to assure workers there’s no big virus outbreak

Technology
Tesla is trying to assure its 55,000 employees that there hasn’t been a big coronavirus outbreak at company facilities worldwide, despite a report by an industry website that over 130 Tesla employees or contractors have tested positiveBy TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterJuly 16, 2020, 6:53 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDETROIT -- Tesla is trying to assure its 55,000 employees that there hasn't been a big coronavirus outbreak at company facilities worldwide, despite a report by an electric vehicle industry website that over 130 Tesla employees or contractors have tested positive. In an email to workers Wednesday night, the company said that since January it has had fewer than 10 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 that were transmitted in the workplace. But th...
Companies are making bold promises about greater diversity — there’s a long way to go

Companies are making bold promises about greater diversity — there’s a long way to go

Finance
As protests sweep the nation, more and more companies are releasing statements and announcing initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion within their walls. Whether these promises lead to tangible outcomes remains to be seen, especially since corporations are not presently required to disclose statistics on employee make-up, which makes tracking broad progress difficult at best.The data that has been collected through surveys paints a picture of just how far things need to change before companies are truly representative of the makeup of society at large, and before salaries are comparable across categories like gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.Much attention has been given in recent years to the lack of diversity on corporate boards, which has forced companies to...