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COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

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BBC/H BriggsBy Helen BriggsEnvironment correspondent in MontrealA new deal to protect nature has been agreed at the UN biodiversity summit, COP 15.The "historic" plan will put 30% of the planet under protection by the end of the decade.There will also be targets for safeguarding vital ecosystems such as rainforests and wetlands.The agreement was finalised in the early hours of Monday in Montreal, Canada.The following points were agreed:Maintaining, enhancing and restoring ecosystems, including halting species extinction and maintaining genetic diversity of populations of wild animals."Sustainable use" of biodiversity - essentially ensuring that species and habitats can provide the services they provide for humanity, such as food and clean water, without being destroyed.Ensuring that the be...
Climate Change: Don’t sideline plastic problem, nations urged

Climate Change: Don’t sideline plastic problem, nations urged

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Getty ImagesScientists are warning politicians immersed in climate change policy not to forget that the world is also in the midst of a plastic waste crisis. They fear that so much energy is being expended on emissions policy that tackling plastic pollution will be sidelined. A paper from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Bangor University says plastic pollution and climate change are not separate.It says the issues are actually intertwined - and each makes the other worse. Manufacturing plastic items adds to greenhouse gas emissions, while extreme weather such as floods and typhoons associated with a heating planet will disperse and worsen plastic pollution in the sea.The researchers highlight that marine species and ecosystems, such as coral reefs, are taking a double hit from...
England 52-10 Scotland: Red Roses continue Women’s Six Nations dominance

England 52-10 Scotland: Red Roses continue Women’s Six Nations dominance

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England: (33) 52Tries: Packer, Riley, Davies, B Cleall, Breach, Rowland, P Cleall, penalty Cons: Scarratt 5Scotland: (3) 10Try: Smith Con: Nelson Pen: NelsonBack-to-back Grand Slam winners England dominated their Women's Six Nations opener against Scotland, securing an eight-try victory.The Red Roses claimed a first-half bonus point in Doncaster, with Jess Breach's incredible solo score the pick of their five tries.Scotland offered some resistance and Helen Nelson claimed three points.But England crossed three more times in the second half and Hannah Smith scored Scotland's only try.In a new format created because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams will play two pool games before a final weekend of fixtures to decide placings.The result puts England top of Pool A and the Red Roses will fac...
Six Nations: Scotland’s Sean Maitland out for France tie as Adam Hastings returns

Six Nations: Scotland’s Sean Maitland out for France tie as Adam Hastings returns

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Date: Friday, 26 March Kick-off: 20:00 GMT Venue: Stade de France, ParisCoverage: Watch on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and online from 19:30 GMT; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sounds and BBC Radio Scotland; live text and highlights on the BBC Sport website and app.Sean Maitland has been left out of Scotland's squad for their final Six Nations match against France on Friday. Scotland were limited to selecting five English-based players because of an agreement with the Premiership. Stuart Hogg and Sam Skinner (Exeter), Scott Steele (Harlequins) and Alex Craig and Chris Harris (Gloucester) were chosen ahead of the Saracens wing. Finn Russell (concussion) and Adam Hastings (ban) are back, but lock Jonny Gray is again out through injury.Glasgow Warriors' Fraser Brown does not make Gregor Townsend's ...
Autumn Nations Cup: England beat Wales 24-13 to reach final

Autumn Nations Cup: England beat Wales 24-13 to reach final

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Last updated on 13 minutes ago13 minutes ago.From the section Rugby UnionWales (7) 13Tries: J Williams Con: Halfpenny Pens: Biggar 2England (11) 24Tries: Slade, M Vunipola Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 4England will face France in the Autumn Nations Cup final following a 24-13 win over an improved Wales in Llanelli.Wales opened the scoring with a runaway try from centre Johnny Williams before a score from Henry Slade and two Owen Farrell penalties gave the visitors a 11-7 half-time lead.Mako Vunipola added a second-half try, while Farrell finished with 14 points.It was a seventh defeat in nine games for Wales head coach Wayne Pivac, who at least saw an encouraging display.Wales are still though without firm foundations, with a struggling scrum and malfunctioning line-out which England punishe...