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COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

Science
Getty ImagesBy Georgina RannardBBC News Climate & ScienceGlobal leaders are about to meet for another UN climate summit - COP27 starting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday - and the reality of climate change for many people can be overwhelming.Record-breaking heatwaves, devastating floods in Pakistan, and drought in East Africa - and that is just this year.It is no surprise that climate anxiety is rising, particularly among young people, who have mostly only known a world affected by climate change.But experts and activists have told BBC News that these fears can actually be good news for the planet."People are who really aware of climate change may be more motivated to take action," University of Bath environmental psychologist Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh says.Her research has found a link betw...
Then and now: Rising temperatures threaten corals

Then and now: Rising temperatures threaten corals

Science
In our monthly feature, Then and Now, we reveal some of the ways that planet Earth has been changing against the backdrop of a warming world. Here, we look at coral bleaching, and how warming waters are threatening the survival of a true wonder of the seas.Coral reefs are hives of activity in the ocean, where many different species can be found. Scientists refer to such zones as biodiversity hotspots. Although reefs take up less than 1% of the area covered by ocean, they are estimated to be home to more than a third of life under the waves. Coral bleaching, South Pacific A modern web browser and internet connection are required to view the image slider Drag the button to see how the coral has changed over time .no-js.slider { ...
Rising number of celebrities selling video messages during pandemic – with some bizarre requests

Rising number of celebrities selling video messages during pandemic – with some bizarre requests

Technology
Ever wanted some words of support from your football hero? How about help with a marriage proposal from a famous musician?The coronavirus pandemic has hit the entertainment industry hard - and it's seen a growing number of celebrities selling personalised video messages online. Websites such as Cameo and Memmo give members of the public the chance to ask stars to record a shout-out for their friends or relatives, with prices ranging from around £15 to several hundred pounds.Nigel Farage is one of the latest names to sign up to Cameo - a site which has attracted big stars in the US - with a video from the former Brexit Party leader setting you back £75.Simon Webbe, who found fame with the boyband Blue, says he charges around £50 for a personalised video on Memmo and he received about 100 re...
Home loan demand rising in mid, high-range segments

Home loan demand rising in mid, high-range segments

Finance
Demand for home loans in the mid and high-range segments is on the rise, showed a survey by Magicbricks. It showed that that nearly 38 per cent consumers want to take a home loan ranging between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 1 crore. A total of around 46 per cent of the consumer preference is now in the range of Rs 30 lakh-Rs 1 crore and above category, with most of the demand being generated from the key residential markets of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. The Magicbricks report said that the demand revival can be attributed to several reasons like need for an extra room due to 'work from home' (WFH), reduction in circle rates, stamp duty and low interest rates. As per the poll, about 20 per cent prospective home buyers are planning to borrow a home loan between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore and above ...
Study: Economic decline, rising inequality breeds polarization

Study: Economic decline, rising inequality breeds polarization

Science
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- They say familiarity breeds contempt, but according to a new study, so does socioeconomic stratification. When economies falter and the gulf between the haves and have nots widens, polarization becomes contagious, according to a new paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances. Advertisement It's a pattern researchers say can be seen playing out across many parts of the globe, inspiring the emergence of authoritarian leaders and fueling nativist movements. To reverse the pattern and prevent inter-group conflict, authors of the new study prescribe stronger social safety nets. "Times arise when national unity is needed, like we're seeing now with Covid-19, but we shouldn't wait for a public health crisis or war to bring people together," study co-author Nolan McC...