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COP27: Climate costs deal struck but no fossil fuel progress

COP27: Climate costs deal struck but no fossil fuel progress

Science
This video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.By Georgina RannardClimate reporter in Sharm el-SheikhA historic deal has been struck at the UN's COP27 summit that will see rich nations pay poorer countries for the damage and economic losses caused by climate change.It ends almost 30 years of waiting by nations facing huge climate impacts.But developed nations left dissatisfied over progress on cutting fossil fuels."A clear commitment to phase-out all fossil fuels? Not in this text," said the UK's Alok Sharma, who was president of the previous COP summit in Glasgow.This year's talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, came close to collapse, and overran by two days.Luke-warm applause met the historic moment the "loss and damage fund" was agreed in the ea...
US election: Trump camp’s lawsuit struck down in Pennsylvania

US election: Trump camp’s lawsuit struck down in Pennsylvania

World
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Oracle and TikTok struck a deal. What it is, none will say

Technology
The short-video app TikTok has chosen Oracle as its corporate savior to avoid a U.S. ban ordered by President Donald Trump. The U.S. government will review the prospective deal.That much is known. Everything else is confusion, at least to outsiders. For instance:— What does it mean that, as Oracle declared, it will become a “trusted technology provider” for TikTok? Is this a joint venture, a vendor agreement or something else? Oracle is pointedly not referring to its deal as a sale or acquisition.— Will Trump approve such an arrangement after having threatened a ban if TikTok remains owned by its China-based parent ByteDance? Would it answer the national-security concerns around potential data siphoning, censorship and propaganda from Beijing that Trump raised?— Will the Chinese go...
Ancient tsunami may have struck Falkland Islands

Ancient tsunami may have struck Falkland Islands

Science
The Falkland Islands may at some point in the future face a major tsunami. Scientists have found evidence of ancient slope failures on the seafloor to the south of the British Overseas Territory. Computer models suggest these underwater landslides would have been capable of sending waves crashing on to the Falklands' coastline that were tens of metres high. Fortunately, such events only appear to happen once every million years or so.That means islanders shouldn't stay awake at night worrying about them, says Dr Uisdean Nicholson who's been investigating the issue. Media playback is unsupported on your device "But you do want to capture risks at a range of different timescales. So I definitely think we shoul...
Weinstein emerges on zimmerframe as ‘$25m deal struck with accusers’

Weinstein emerges on zimmerframe as ‘$25m deal struck with accusers’

Entertainment
Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein has struck a "tentative" deal with dozens of his alleged victims, according to a report.The New York Times says the proposed settlement of $ 25m (£18.9m) would end nearly every lawsuit filed by those who say they are victims of sexual assault by the former Hollywood producer. And Weinstein would not have to apologise, or pay from his own bank account as insurers representing the Weinstein Company would cover the settlement's cost, the report says. Image: Harvey Weinstein arrived at court for Wednesday's bail hearing on a zimmerframe More than 30 actresses and Weinstein employees who have sued him for accusations ranging from sexual misconduct to rape, have agreed to the deal, according to half a d...