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Wage growth weakens despite employment surge

Wage growth weakens despite employment surge

Business
Wage growth weakened to 2.8% in the three months to April though there was a strong increase in the number of people in work, official figures show. The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows pay is still increasing more quickly than inflation.But the pace of regular wage growth - excluding bonuses - has slipped back after reaching 2.9% in the previous month's set of figures - which was the best increase since 2015.It could further douse expectations of an interest rate hike this summer - already dampened by indications of sluggish economic growth after a first quarter in which the UK slowed to a near standstill.But there was a better than expected increase in the number of people in work, by 146,000 to 32.39 million, while unemployment fell by 38,000 to 1...
How ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

How ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

Science
Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The ongoing acidification of Earth's oceans is a threat to a variety of marine organisms, including coral, the backbone of many diverse ecosystems.According to a new study published this week in the journal PNAS, acidification is curbing coral's ability to reinforce the strength of its skeleton through thickening."Our research incorporates the nuances of coral skeletal growth, enabling more precise projections of how, where, and by how much, ocean acidification will affect tropical reef-building corals," Nathaniel Mollica, an oceanography at the Woods Hole Institute in Massachusetts, said in a news release.Lab experiments attempting to measure the effects of acidification on corals have offered varied results, but the latest research suggests such confusion is a product of...