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U.N.: Fixing climate, biodiversity and land degradation will cost $8.1 trillion

U.N.: Fixing climate, biodiversity and land degradation will cost $8.1 trillion

Science
May 27 (UPI) -- Planet Earth is in desperate need of funding, according to the United Nations. According to a new report -- published Thursday by the U.N. Environment Program and the World Economic Forum -- an $ 8.1 trillion investment in nature is required to solve the planet's compounding climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Advertisement To curb climate change, reduce biodiversity losses and heal the planet's degraded habitat, scientists suggest annual funding for nature-based solutions will need to reach $ 536 billion by 2050, a four-fold increase over current expenditures. The authors of the new report suggest one of the most effective ways to invest in nature is to redirect capital flows away from fossil fuels -- by ending oil and gas subsidies, for example -- and towa...
More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

World
More than 80 people have been killed by rifle grenades in yet more violent clashes between the military and protesters in Myanmar.Bodies were piled up in a pagoda in the town of Bago after Myanmar security forces opened fire on a protest against the 1 February military coup in the country. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group said it believed there were 82 dead. Image: Heavy clashes erupted during demonstrations in Yangon. Pic: AP Protest organiser Ye Htut told news outlet Myanmar Now: "It is like genocide."They are shooting at every shadow." ...
Facebook rainforest ads: Inquiry ordered into Amazon land sales

Facebook rainforest ads: Inquiry ordered into Amazon land sales

Technology
Getty Images/BBCBrazil's Supreme Federal Court has ordered an inquiry into the sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest via Facebook.It follows a BBC investigation, which revealed plots as large as 1,000 football pitches listed among the platform's Marketplace classified ads.The court is asking the government to "take the appropriate civil and criminal measures".Facebook has said it is "ready to work with local authorities".But the tech firm has indicated it will not take independent action of its own to halt the trade.The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. It is home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.Still onlineBrazilian Supreme Court Justice Luís ...
Jaguar Land Rover to cut 2,000 non-factory jobs globally

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 2,000 non-factory jobs globally

Business
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced plans to cut 2,000 non-factory jobs - days after it committed to its UK plants and revealed a huge investment in a zero-emission future.The company said it had begun on Wednesday to inform colleagues on the findings of an organisational review that is designed to slash costs and create a more "agile" business. A statement confirmed its hourly-paid manufacturing workers would not be affected by the cuts which, the company said, would be completed next year as its transition to an all-electric fleet by 2030 gathers pace. Image: A electric Range Rover made by Jaguar Land Rover JLR said: "This week's announcement outlines our future strategy not only including plans for our brands and vehicles, but al...
Jaguar Land Rover commits to UK plants in drive to go all-electric by 2030

Jaguar Land Rover commits to UK plants in drive to go all-electric by 2030

Business
Jaguar Land Rover has committed to keep all three of its British plants open in the drive for all its models to be fully electric by the end of the decade.The major shift forms a key plank of the carmaker's plan to become a net zero carbon business by 2039. The firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, said the Jaguar brand will lead the way with a complete electric vehicle range by 2025. Image: The Castle Bromwich plant will focus on 'non-production' activities in the long term Land Rover's first electric vehicle is due to arrive by 2024 and will form the initial step into a six-strong model line-up.Known for its iconic, high-performance E-Type model in the 1960s and 1970s, Jaguar faces the challenge of many other manufacturers in developi...