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Biodiversity: Pressure grows for deal to save nature

Biodiversity: Pressure grows for deal to save nature

Science
Getty ImagesA global agreement to reverse the loss of nature and halt extinctions is inching closer, as talks in Geneva enter their final day.International negotiators are working on the text of a UN framework to safeguard nature ahead of a high-level summit in China later this year.Observers have slammed the "snail's pace" of negotiations and are pressing for a strengthening of ambitions.Divisions remain, including over financing the plans."The science is very clear, we do not have any more time to waste; we need to take action now," Bernadette Fischler Hooper, head of international advocacy at WWF-UK, told BBC News. "Not only on biodiversity loss, but also on climate change which is a very inter-linked issue. So that is what's at stake here; it's actually the future of the planet and its...
Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Technology
Environmental groups are asking the U.S. government and international organizations to pressure Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world's most endangered marine mammalByThe Associated PressApril 1, 2021, 8:31 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMEXICO CITY -- Environmental groups called Thursday for an international ban on trade in a range of Mexican seafood and wildlife, seeking to force Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal.The United States already has an embargo on imports of shrimp from the upper Gulf of California. Also known as the Sea of Cortez, the body of water is the only place where the vaquita lives, and as few as 10 remain.The Natural Resources Defense Council, the...
Liberty Steel nationalisation ‘an option’ to save 5,000 jobs

Liberty Steel nationalisation ‘an option’ to save 5,000 jobs

Business
PA MediaThe government has restated it is considering "all options" to keep Liberty Steel's UK plants and jobs afloat, including nationalisation.On Sunday, the government rejected a request for £170m in financial support for the firm.But that is due to concerns about the "very opaque" structure of its owner GFG, a minister said.Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government could not put money into a "black box".Mr Kwarteng told the BBC's Today programme that Liberty Steel was "an important national asset" but that the structure of its owner - Gupta Family Group (GFG) - was "very opaque" and "not helpful"."We are custodians of taxpayer's money... and we feel that if we gave the (£170m) money, there was no guarantee that the money would stay in the UK, and would protect British jobs...

The price of gas is climbing higher. Here’s how you can save at the pump

Finance
Buket Topal | iStock | Getty ImagesDon't be surprised if filling your car's tank at the pump keeps gobbling up a growing portion of your budget.Amid already rising gasoline prices, the average price you pay for per gallon could jump over the next couple of weeks, according to GasBuddy.com.On top of elevated prices for crude oil — which accounts for more than half the price of gas — as demand recovers from a pandemic-induced drop and production remains lower, millions of barrels of refining capacity are now offline due to extreme cold in the lower half of the U.S.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards"Much of the projected increase in gas prices is likely to play out in the coming days," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.The current national average for a gallon of ...

Here’s how wealthy families will save on estate taxes in the Biden presidency

Finance
Democratic candidates for Senate Jon Ossoff (L), Raphael Warnock (C) and US President-elect Joe Biden (R) bump elbows on stage during a rally outside Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 4, 2021.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesWealthy Americans worried about the prospect of higher estate and gift taxes might have more time to come up with a strategy.With Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock both winning their Senate runoff elections in Georgia, the Democrats now have control — albeit precarious — of the Senate.That will help President-elect Joe Biden push his legislative agenda, and higher taxes are expected to be a major part of his plansThe estate tax could be a prime target for Democrats.Biden has repeatedly suggested that wealthy Americans are not paying their "fair share" of t...