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UK drought: Why do the trees think it’s autumn already?

UK drought: Why do the trees think it’s autumn already?

Science
Getty ImagesFrom the crunch of leaves underfoot and the fiery foliage adorning the trees, you might be thinking autumn has come early.But experts say this hint of a change in the seasons isn't genuine. Instead it's the tell-tale sign of a "false autumn".They warn the heatwave and drought has pushed trees into survival mode, with leaves dropping off or changing colour as a result of stress.And some may end up dying as a result.Why we need to get used to wonky vegetablesWildlife under stress as dry spell shrinks riversSewage hits dozens of UK beaches after heavy rainGetty ImagesAuburn leaves and early leaf fall are both signs that trees are stressed and "shutting up shop", says Leigh Hunt, senior horticultural advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society."It's giving the appearance that we're...
Here’s what to expect in the budget today – and what’s already been announced

Here’s what to expect in the budget today – and what’s already been announced

Business
What's going to be in the budget? A lot of the big announcements have already been revealed, leaked, or guessed at. Here's what to expect:What time does the budget start? You can watch and follow it all live with special coverage and analysis from 12.30pm.A special edition of the Sky News Daily podcast taking in all of the chancellor's announcements will be available to listen to from 7pm.Housing Advertisement ...
Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

Technology
A new study says the amount of global warming already baked into the air because of past carbon pollution is enough to blow past internationally agreed upon climate limitsBy SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterJanuary 4, 2021, 10:18 PM• 4 min readThe amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds.But it’s not game over because, while that amount of warming may be inevitable, it can be delayed for centuries if the world quickly stops emitting extra greenhouse gases from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, the study’s authors say.For decades, scientists have talked about so-called “committed warming” or the increase in future temperature based on past carbon diox...
Venezuela, already in crisis, reports 1st coronavirus cases

Venezuela, already in crisis, reports 1st coronavirus cases

World
Venezuela has confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus, deepening anxiety in a crisis-stricken nation where many hospitals lack basics such as water and soap and struggle to treat even basic ailmentsBy SCOTT SMITH and FABIOLA SÁNCHEZ Associated PressMarch 13, 2020, 10:07 PM4 min readCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus on Friday, deepening anxiety in a crisis-stricken nation where many hospitals lack basics such as water and soap and struggle to treat even basic ailments. “God help us,” hospital patient Carlos Chacón said after hearing the news that the pandemic had arrived in Venezuela. “My mom is old and sick. So is my father,” said Chacón, a 48-year-old electrician who was first hospitalized four months ago with two broken legs from...
Advisors hire next-generation talent to thrive. Here’s how some practices have already done it

Advisors hire next-generation talent to thrive. Here’s how some practices have already done it

Finance
Jordan Siemens | Getty ImagesWhen Tara Unverzagt started her own financial planning firm, South Bay Financial Partners, in 2014, she already had a head start.That's because Unverzagt's mother, Janet Tussing — one of the first female certified financial planners — was retiring and passed along her book of business.Those clients ranged from 70 to 95 years old, while Unverzagt, 56, embraced clients in her own generation, as well.The owner of the new Torrance, California-based firm also identified another demographic she wanted to work with: 20- to 35-year-olds.That was because, as Unverzagt's own children were growing up and going to college, and she found their friends were not raised with adequate financial know-how. Many did not know the financial basics, such as how credit cards or budget...