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COP26: Coal compromise as leaders near climate deal

COP26: Coal compromise as leaders near climate deal

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Getty ImagesA draft agreement at the COP26 climate summit has watered down commitments to end the use of coal and other fossil fuels, as countries race to reach a deal after two weeks of talks. While the language around fossil fuels has been softened, the inclusion of the commitment in a final deal would be seen as a landmark moment.A deal must be agreed by the end of the summit, which is in its final hours.The UN meeting is seen as crucial for limiting the effects of global warming.The draft agreement, which was published early on Friday following all-night talks, also asks for much tighter deadlines for governments to reveal their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And it also strengthens support for poorer countries fighting climate change.Negotiations over a final deal could str...
Archeologists find intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii

Archeologists find intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii

Technology
Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy have announced the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important discoveries made outside the park following an investigation into an illegal digBy COLLEEN BARRY Associated PressFebruary 27, 2021, 5:35 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMILAN -- Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy announced Saturday the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important discoveries made in the same area outside the park near Naples following an investigation into an illegal dig.The chariot, with its iron elements, bronze decorations and mineralized wooden remains, was found in the ruins of a settlement north of Pompeii, beyond the walls of the ancient city, parked in ...
Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

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A big iceberg approaching the size of Greater London has broken away from the Antarctic, close to Britain's Halley research station. Surface instruments on the Brunt Ice Shelf confirmed the split early on Friday. There is currently no-one in the base, so there is no risk to human life.The British Antarctic Survey has been operating Halley in a reduced role since 2017 because of the imminent prospect of a calving.The berg has been measured to cover 1,270 sq km - nearly 490 square miles. Halley is positioned just over 20km from the line of rupture. BAS has an array of GPS devices on the Brunt. These relay information about ice movements back to the agency's HQ in Cambridge. Robots deployed at A68A mega-iceberg remnantsWest Antarctica's Getz glaciers flowing fasterPolar scientists wary of im...
House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

Technology
WASHINGTON -- The House approved a $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.The new president’s vision for flushing cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19 passed on a near party-line 219-212 vote early Saturday. That ships the massive measure to the Senate, where Democrats seem bent on resuscitating their minimum wage push and fights could erupt over state aid and other issues.Democrats said the still-faltering economy and the half-million American lives lost demanded quick, decisive action. GOP lawmakers, they said, were out of step with a public that polling shows largely views the bill ...
Dems near relief bill OK by House, ponder wage plan rescue

Dems near relief bill OK by House, ponder wage plan rescue

Technology
WASHINGTON -- A $ 1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the COVID-19 relief measure, which embodies President Joe Biden's push to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities. The White House issued a statement reinforcing its support for the new president's paramount initial goal.“The bill would allow the administration to execute its plan to change the course of the COVID-19 pandemic," it said. “And it would provide Americans and their communities an economic bridge through the crisis."Republicans have lined up against the plan, calling it an overpr...