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Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN

Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN

Science
Humanity is at a crossroads and we have to take action now to make space for nature to recover and slow its "accelerating decline".This is according to a report by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. It sets out a bullet point list of eight major transitions that could help stop the ongoing decline in nature. "Things have to change," said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the convention's executive secretary. "If we take action, the right action - as the report proposes - we can transition to a sustainable planet." What's the link between exploiting nature and human health?New diseases emerge in the human population probably three or four times every year. It is only when...
Hancock calls for urgent review into coronavirus death data in England

Hancock calls for urgent review into coronavirus death data in England

Health
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called for an urgent review into the compilation of coronavirus deaths data in England.It follows confirmation from Public Health England that reported deaths may have included people who tested positive months before they died.The other UK nations are only thought to include those who die within 28 days of having coronavirus.There have been 40,528 deaths linked to the virus in England. Analysis by Robert Cuffe, BBC's head of statsThis could explain why the daily death toll in England has remained higher than in other UK nations.Scotland and Northern Ireland, for example, only include deaths in their daily count if someone died within 28 days of a positive test. But it doesn't mean that m...
‘Boris Bus’ maker Wrightbus in urgent rescue talks

‘Boris Bus’ maker Wrightbus in urgent rescue talks

Business
The Ballymena-based 'Boris Bus' maker Wrightbus will this weekend hold last-ditch talks with a prominent Irish transport executive in a bid to stave off collapse.Sky News has learnt that Darren Donnelly has emerged as the leading contender to acquire Wrightbus, which employs about 1400 people and counts Transport for London (TfL) among its biggest customers. Sources said that without a rescue deal being concluded by next week, the company could be forced to appoint administrators.The news comes just seven weeks after Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that the government would do "everything we can" to salvage Wrightbus's future.Asked by the DUP MP Ian Paisley whether ministers would step in to save the company, the prime minister said: "It was of great value to the people of this cou...
Whirlpool issues urgent appeal over 435,000 dangerous dryers

Whirlpool issues urgent appeal over 435,000 dangerous dryers

Business
Hundreds of thousands of tumble dryers that pose a fire risk are still in people's homes.Whirlpool has issued an urgent appeal for owners of the faulty machines that have not yet been replaced or modified to come forward. The firm launched a full recall involving 500,000 dryers in July, but said only 65,000 owners have so far come forward.The company said it was vital owners got in touch "as a matter of urgency".The recall, which was ordered by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), relates to certain models of Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline dryers built between 2004 and 2015. Advertisement Ahead of the recall, some 1.7 million had already been modified during a safety campaign laun...

California fire risk shows urgent need for prevention work

Technology
With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state's best tools toward preventing wildfires can't be widely used. Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through prescribed burns and vegetation removal in an attempt to lessen the impact of wildfires. In March, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on wildfires, designed to expedite forest-thinning projects and other programs. In May 2018, former Gov. Jerry Brown called for doubling the amount of forest land treated each year in California by 2023. The state significantly increased the money it was spending on those efforts, with the Legislature earmarking $ 1 billion over five years in funds generated by the st...