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Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in ‘tech tax’ row

Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in ‘tech tax’ row

Business
Getty ImagesThe US has warned it could put tariffs of up to 25% on a host of UK exports in retaliation for a UK tax on tech firms. Ceramics, make-up, overcoats, games consoles and furniture could all be hit, according to a list published by the Biden administration.The duties are designed to raise $ 325m (£235.8m), the amount the US believes the UK will raise from US tech firms. A UK government spokesperson said it wanted to "make sure tech firms pay their fair share of tax". They added: "Should the US proceed to implement these measures, we would consider all options to defend UK interests and industry."Washington is pressing ahead with the action, initiated under President Donald Trump, and has scheduled hearings on the list.It argues the recently introduced digital services tax - which...
Climate change, human activity threatens carbon uptake in recovering Amazon forests

Climate change, human activity threatens carbon uptake in recovering Amazon forests

Science
March 19 (UPI) -- Efforts to restore cleared forests in the Amazon are sometimes undermined by climate change and human activity, according to a new study. The research, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, showed forest plots that have been frequently or recently disturbed by fire and human activity are slower to regenerate, stunting carbon uptake. Advertisement To curb climate change, many countries have promised to restore areas of forest previously cleared for logging or agriculture. Secondary forest growth can absorb a lot more carbon than old growth forests, but not all secondary forest regeneration is created equal. To better understand the factors that influence carbon uptake in recovering forests, scientists in Brazil and Britain used satellites to track change...
Climate change threatens food chains, top predators

Climate change threatens food chains, top predators

Science
March 1 (UPI) -- As the planet continues to get hotter, new research suggests food chains will become less efficient, funneling less and less energy from the bottom to the top. For the study, researchers at the University of Exeter and Queen Mary University of London measured the effects of temperature on the movement of energy from single-celled algae, or phytoplankton, to the microscopic organisms -- called zooplankton -- that eat them. Advertisement The findings, published Monday in the journal Nature, showed an increase of 4 degrees Celsius reduced the energy transfer from phytoplankton to zooplankton by 56 percent. "These findings shine a light on an under-appreciated consequence of global warming," study co-author Gabriel Yvon-Durocher said in a press release. "Phytoplankton and zo...
Biden threatens sanctions as Myanmar coup is ‘assault on transition to democracy’

Biden threatens sanctions as Myanmar coup is ‘assault on transition to democracy’

World
Joe Biden has criticised the military coup in Myanmar, calling it a "direct assault on the country's transition to democracy and the rule of law".The US president hit out after troops seized power, detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi along with other senior officials, and declared a one-year national state of emergency, following her party's landslide election win last year. Mr Biden has threatened to impose fresh sanctions - after they were removed during the past decade because of progress that had been made towards democracy.In a statement, he said: "In a democracy, force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election." Britain has summoned Myanmar's ambassador in London after Boris Johnson also condemned the coup. ...
Google threatens to block search engine in Australia if forced to pay for news

Google threatens to block search engine in Australia if forced to pay for news

Technology
Google has threatened to block its search engine in Australia if it is forced to pay media outlets for their news content.Both Google and social media giant Facebook - which also opposes the rules and has threatened to remove news from its feed for Australian users - are fighting government plans for a new digital news code. It would make tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters, and a government-appointed arbitrator would decide the price if they fail to strike a deal. Image: Facebook also opposes the new digital news code in Australia "Coupled with the unmanageable financial and operational risk if this version of the code were to become law, it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Sear...