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Climate change: Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN

Climate change: Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN

Science
Getty ImagesBy Patrick HughesBBC News Climate and Science Glaciers across the globe - including the last ones in Africa - will be unavoidably lost by 2050 due to climate change, the UN says in a report.Glaciers in a third of UN World Heritage sites will melt within three decades, a UNESCO report found.Mount Kilimanjaro's last glaciers will vanish as will glaciers in the Alps and Yosemite National Park in the US.They will melt regardless of the world's actions to combat climate change, the authors say.Vanishing glaciers threaten Europe's water supplyIce and sled-dogs disappear as Greenland warms upWorld's glaciers melting at a faster paceThe report, which makes projections based on satellite data, comes as world leaders prepare to meet in Egypt for next week's COP27 climate change conferenc...

US suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations

Health
The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decadesBy MIKE STOBBE AP Medical WriterApril 8, 2021, 10:06 PM• 3 min readNEW YORK -- The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.Death certificates are still coming in and the count could rise. But officials expect a substantial decline will endure, despite worries that COVID-19 could lead to more suicides.It is hard to say exactly why suicide deaths dropped so much, but one factor may be a phenomenon seen in the early stages of wars and national disasters, some experts suggested.“There's a heroism phase in every disaster period,...
Covid: Another lockdown ‘last thing in world’ that government wants

Covid: Another lockdown ‘last thing in world’ that government wants

Health
Getty ImagesThe "last thing in the world" the government wants is another lockdown, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said, adding it is on track with the lockdown easing plan.He said dates "could be delayed if the situation deteriorates" but ministers were confident in the "cautious path".It comes as the head of NHS England urged people not to "squander the gains" made in recent months.On Monday in England, two households or groups of up to six can meet outside.The "stay at home" guidance will also be lifted, outdoor sports facilities will reopen and small weddings can take place. The next stage - due no earlier than 12 April - will allow non-essential retail, restaurants and pubs to reopen.In Wales, the "stay local" rule was lifted on Saturday and six people were allowed to meet outsid...

Democrats want to send more unemployment benefits. Some workers never got the last round

Finance
Volunteers load shopping bags with food assistance for laid off workers at a food distribution event on Dec. 12, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesDemocrats are poised to send more unemployment benefits to laid-off workers. Meanwhile, some workers are still waiting on the last tranche, authorized months ago.A $ 900 billion Covid relief bill signed Dec. 27 extended jobless benefits to March 14 and raised them by $ 300 a week.In Wisconsin, officials estimate self-employed and gig workers won't get that extra aid until at least April 21 — almost four months later.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsOther workers who had exhausted their state benefits just began receiving the extended aid on Thursday, according to Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development....
Europa League draw LIVE: Date and start time, latest updates and confirmed teams as Premier League sides discover last 16 opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Date and start time, latest updates and confirmed teams as Premier League sides discover last 16 opponents

Sports
The draw for the Europa League last 16 is coming up today. Europe’s secondary competition is ramping up now with four British teams in the pot for the next round. Getty Images - Getty The draw for the Europa League group stages will take place on Friday, February 26 Tottenham smashed Wolfsberger to make it through on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Arsenal, Manchester United and Rangers joined them in advancing to the last 16. But there was misery for Leicester as they were dumped out by Slavia Prague. Ajax, AC Milan and Roma are among the big clubs who are still in the competition. There is no seeding at this stage and beyond or country protection, meaning there could be an all-Premier League tie. Teams in Europa League last 16 draw ...