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Climate change: China coal surge threatens Paris targets

Climate change: China coal surge threatens Paris targets

Science
While the rest of the world has cut coal-based electricity over the past 18 months, China has added enough to power 31 million homes.That's according to a study that says China is now in the process of building or reviving coal equivalent to the EU's entire generating capacity. China is also financing around a quarter of all proposed coal plants outside its borders. Researchers say the surge is a major threat to the Paris climate targets.China's reliance on coal as a key step in developing the economy led to the fabled "one coal plant a week" building programme between 2006 and 2015.But the push had many negative consequences, choking the air with pollution in many Chinese cities and leading to huge overcapacity. Many of these pl...
Mothercare UK administration plan threatens 2,500 jobs

Mothercare UK administration plan threatens 2,500 jobs

Business
Baby goods retailer Mothercare has said it plans to call in administrators to the troubled firm's UK business, putting 2,500 jobs at risk.Mothercare said its 79 UK stores were "not capable of returning to a level of structural profitability and returns that are sustainable for the group"."Furthermore, the company is unable to continue to satisfy the ongoing cash needs of Mothercare UK," it added.It said stores would continue to trade as normal for the time being.Also affected is Mothercare Business Services Limited (MBS), which provides certain services to Mothercare UK.'Necessary step'Mothercare has already gone through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which allowed it to shut 55 shops."These notices of intent to appoint administrators in respect o...
Turkey-Syria border: Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’ Turkish economy

Turkey-Syria border: Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’ Turkish economy

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy Turkey's economy if Turkey goes "off limits" after his surprise decision to pull US forces out of north-eastern Syria.In a series of angry tweets, Mr Trump defended the move that could open the way for Turkey to launch an attack on Kurdish fighters across the border.The withdrawal was heavily criticised even by Mr Trump's Republican allies. Kurdish forces were key US allies in defeating the Islamic State in Syria. The US has some 1,000 troops across Syria and about two dozen had been pulled out from the border area, according to a senior state department official.The withdrawal was described by the main Kurdish-led group as a "stab in the back", and c...
Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Technology
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms.The policy threatens "lives and the safety of our children", they said.They said it could hamper international efforts to grant law enforcers faster access to private messages on social media, as agreed between the UK and US.Facebook said "people have the right to have a private conversation online."The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day."Facebook said it is "consulting closely with child safety experts, governments and tec...
China on red alert as typhoon threatens storm surge

China on red alert as typhoon threatens storm surge

World
China has issued a red alert as a typhoon bringing torrential rain and gales descends on its eastern coast, threatening an intense storm surge up the Yangtze river.Flood prevention efforts are being stepped up along Asia's longest waterway in the wake of the top-level warning, which has also led authorities to ready evacuations, suspend train and air travel and call for vessels to return to port. Typhoon Lekima is expected to bring heavy rain and storm-force winds to Zhejiang, Shanghai and other neighbouring provinces before making landfall on Saturday. Image: Vessels have been urged to return to port as China braces itself for extreme weather The typhoon has already forced Taiwan to cancel flights and order the closure of markets, of...