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High energy prices threaten economic damage, but likely to continue: IEA

High energy prices threaten economic damage, but likely to continue: IEA

Business
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Expensive energy, including the prices of oil, gas and coal at "multi-year" highs, pose a threat to economic growth worldwide, particularly to emerging market economies that are also seeing depreciations of their currencies, the International Energy Agency said Friday. The agency showed particular concern that with peaks in both crude oil production and crude oil demand, both at nearly 100 million barrels per day, the spare capacity of the world has been reduced "to only 2 percent of global demand." "This strain could be with us for some time and it will likely be accompanied by higher prices, however much we regret them and their potential negative impact on the global economy," the agency said in its report. "For many developing countries, higher international prices co...
Lemur losses could threaten Madagascar's largest tree species

Lemur losses could threaten Madagascar's largest tree species

Science
July 2 (UPI) -- Madagascar's largest tree species are under threat. So are the island nation's iconic primates, its lemurs. Healthy forests are essential to Madagascar's lemurs, and new research suggests the trees need healthy lemur populations to survive. They rely on each other. "Forest loss is a huge problem in Madagascar right now, but our study suggests that just saving the trees is not enough," Amy Dunham, associate professor of biosciences at Rice University, said in a news release. Lemurs disperse the seeds of Madagascar's largest hardwood species. And as the new research showed, lemurs are the only animals on the island large enough to ingest the seeds found inside the fruits of Madagascar's largest tree species. During a previous survey, scientists tracked the diets of 24 group...
N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

World
North Korea has said it has no interest in meeting the US if their summit is based on "one-sided" demands to give up nuclear weapons. First vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if the US "corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming DPRK-US summit".The US-North Korea summit, a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, is scheduled for 12 June in Singapore.But it now looks to be under threat, with North Korea apparently losing its patience.On Tuesday night, the North announced it was scrapping high-level talks with South Korea, blaming the South's military drills with the US, which began a few days ago.T...
Investors threaten to hang up on Dixons chief

Investors threaten to hang up on Dixons chief

Business
Leading shareholders in Dixons Carphone want directors to accelerate a search for its next boss after last week's shock profit warning wiped nearly a quarter off the company's stock market value.Sky News has learnt that a number of top 10 investors in the retailer will press Lord Livingston of Parkhead, Dixons Carphone's chairman, to speed up succession planning amid growing pressure on Seb James, chief executive.A search is already said to have been initiated by the board, although a person close to the company said it was simply part of "normal succession planning".The demand from some investors is the first sign of genuine disgruntlement ‎with the mobile phone and electrical goods chain's leadership since the £3.8bn merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in 2014.Mr James had run
Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Science
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Guelph found that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold at markets around the world for traditional medicines come from endangered species.Roughly half of the world's 1,200 species of sharks and manta rays are listed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature including 20 that may not be traded internationally.The study, published today in Scientific Reports, used DNA barcoding technology and found 71 percent of dried fins and gills collected from markets and stores came from species listed as at-risk and banned from international trade. Shark finning, which is removing fins from live sharks, is illegal in Canada."Despite the controversy around shark fin soup and the fact that many of these species are...