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Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

Science
Getty ImagesPollution from plastics is a global emergency in need of a robust UN treaty, according to a report.The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says there's a cascade of evidence of harm from plastics.It argues that the plastic pollution threat is almost equivalent to climate change.The air we breathe now contains plastic micro particles, there’s plastic in Arctic snow, plastic in soils and plastic in our food.It's reported, for instance, that about 20 elephants in Thailand have died after eating plastic waste from a rubbish dump.The authors urge nations to agree a UN treaty with binding targets for reducing both plastic production and waste."There is a deadly ticking clock counting swiftly down," said the EIA’s Tom Gammage. "If this tidal wave of pollution continues unchecked,...
Jane Garvey hosts final Woman’s Hour: ‘The programme needs to move on’

Jane Garvey hosts final Woman’s Hour: ‘The programme needs to move on’

Entertainment
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Congress needs to pass more stimulus relief, says TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson

Finance
Roger Ferguson sees a bright light ahead for investors, but only at the end of a dark tunnel.Ferguson, 69, is president and chief executive officer of TIAA. He is the former vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He also represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees. He recently announced that he intends to retire in March 2021 from TIAA after 12 years with the financial firm.The Biden administration is now reportedly considering him for a top economic position.One of the most well-known Black executives in the financial industry, Ferguson has been talking of late about how capitalism in the U.S. needs to be more inclusive and the dangers of Congress failing to produce another ...
Turkish president claims Emmanuel Macron ‘needs mental health treatment’ over his attitude to Islam

Turkish president claims Emmanuel Macron ‘needs mental health treatment’ over his attitude to Islam

World
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Emmanuel Macron needs mental health treatment over his attitude towards Muslims - prompting France to recall its ambassador.Paris has described Mr Erdogan's remarks as unacceptably rude, adding: "We are not accepting insults." During a party meeting, the Turkish leader had said: "What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level."What else can be said to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country who are members of a different faith?" Image: Mr Erdogan says his French counterpart 'does not understand freedom of belief' Mr Erdogan's remarks...
Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool defender needs knee surgery and faces lengthy lay-off

Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool defender needs knee surgery and faces lengthy lay-off

Sports
Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk wants to return stronger after learning he needs surgery on the knee injury he sustained in the 2-2 draw at Everton.The 29-year-old Netherlands defender was unable to continue following a rash challenge by Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford in the first half on Saturday.It is unclear how long the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury will keep him out for."I'm ready for the challenge ahead," he said in a post on social media.external-linkThe former Celtic and Southampton centre-back went for a scan before a specialist confirmed the extent of the damage."I'm now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as soon as possible," said the Dutchman."Despite the obvious disappointment, I'm a firm believer that within difficulty lies op...