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UN climate talks: Delegates back IPCC report without targets

UN climate talks: Delegates back IPCC report without targets

Science
UN delegates in climate talks have agreed a "compromise" on how to include a key scientific report after two weeks of talks in Bonn, Germany.Negotiators decided the report represented the "best available science".But they have not included any targets on emissions researchers said were vital to keep temperatures in check.Some smaller island delegates claimed the move amounted to a surrender to fossil fuel producers. Several wore T-shirts with the slogan "Science is not negotiable".The arguments here have focused on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the report it produced last October on how the world would cope with a temperature rise of 1.5C this century. The scientists concluded that it was possible to ke...
US-China trade talks end without deal after tariff hike

US-China trade talks end without deal after tariff hike

Business
By Sharon Marris, news reporter Trade talks between the United States and China ended on Friday without a deal.Two days of discussions concluded on the same day the US increased tariffs on $ 200bn (£153bn) of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. China is expected to hit back, prompting fears the 10-month trade war between the world's two largest economies could worsen. ....into the future will continue. In the meantime, the United States has imposed Tariffs on China, which may or may not be removed depending on what happens with respect to future negotiations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019 US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spent
UK goes record week without using any coal power

UK goes record week without using any coal power

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The UK has gone seven days without burning any coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution.According to the National Grid, as of 1pm today the UK had been producing energy for 167 hours without coal power plants supplying any at all. Instead, the majority of the country's power has come from combined cycle gas turbines, with renewable, nuclear, and solar power also contributing significantly to meeting the demand.The breakdown is: The UK has gone a week without burning coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution. Power instead came from:🔥 Gas 45%⚛ Nuclear 21%🌬 Wind 11%🚛 Imports 10%🌲 Biomass
Syndrome without a name: The boy who baffles doctors

Syndrome without a name: The boy who baffles doctors

Health
When five-year-old Charlie Parkes was in the womb, a scan revealed a problem with his brain. He spent his first two years of life in hospital having tests. His parents were desperate for answers - but they never came."We have lots of little pieces of a puzzle, but they don't quite fit together. We haven't completed the picture yet," says his mother Laura.Charlie is one of about 6,000 children born every year with a genetic condition so rare that doctors can't identify it and instead classify it as a Swan (Syndrome Without a Name). Each case is thought to be one of a kind. Without a diagnosis, families can feel isolated and face a battle for treatment, Mrs Parkes said. A...