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Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Science
Scientists are to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage being done to the land surface of the planet.Human activities have led to the degrading of soils, expanded deserts, felled forests, driven out wildlife, and drained peatlands, they will say.In the process, land has been turned from an asset that combats climate change into a major source of carbon.The scientists will say this land abuse must be stopped to avoid catastrophic climate heating.UK's 10 warmest years all occurred since 2002Climate change: Where we are in seven chartsWhat is climate change?How can the land protect us from climate change?Uncultivated land covered with vegetation protects us from overheating because the plants absorb the warming gas CO2 from the...
Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino speaks out after being cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate

Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino speaks out after being cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate

Sports
Liverpool ace Roberto FirminoThursday, February 22, 2018Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he knows first-hand how hurtful racist abuse can be, after he was cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate.Holgate accused Firmino of using a discriminatory term towards him after they were involved in a heated exchange during the Merseyside derby in January.The two players clashed after the 21-year-old Toffees starlet barged the Brazilian over the advertising hoardings and into the crowd during the game.The Football Association have investigated the incident for over a month and, in a statement released on Wednesday evening, they have confirmed the Liverpool forward will not face any action.In his own statement, Firmino has insisted the claims were false and that he understa...
EU hits Google with $2.7B fine for abusing weaker rivals

EU hits Google with $2.7B fine for abusing weaker rivals

Technology
European regulators fined Google a record 2.42 billion euros ($ 2.72 billion) for abusing its dominance of the online search market in a case that could be just the opening salvo in Europe's attempt to curb the company's clout on that continent. The decision announced Tuesday by the European Commission punished Google for unfairly favoring its own online shopping recommendations in its search results. The commission is also conducting at least two other probes into the company's business practices that could force Google to make even more changes in the way it bundles services on mobile devices and sells digital advertising. Even so, Europe's crackdown is unlikely to affect Google's products in the U.S. or elsewhere. But it could provide an opportunity to contrast how consumers fare when ...