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Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief

Global Warming - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 20:55
Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been named the 2020 European Green Capital. 

Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

Global Warming - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:06
The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).

2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms

Global Warming - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 21:13
Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday. 

UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation

Law UN - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:50
Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold prospectors

Mirants UN - Sat, 01/11/2020 - 05:15
The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).   

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

Global Warming - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 21:13
Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

New El Salvador law, a victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency  

Law UN - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:00
A new law in El Salvador opens a door for tens of thousands of forced displacement victims in the country to access to life-saving humanitarian assistance and have their basic rights restored, said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday.

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

Mirants UN - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 18:39
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.

‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

Law UN - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 18:22
The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.

UN chief monitoring Venezuela developments ‘with concern’

Law UN - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:23
The latest twist in Venezuela’s ongoing political crisis “make urgently needed dialogue even more difficult to achieve”, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Australia bushfire crisis: UNICEF offers help and support

Global Warming - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 18:28
Raging bushfires wreaking havoc across Australia have prompted the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to offer its support to the Australian Government and its partners which are battling the “unprecedented disaster”.

Stop escalation, urges UN chief, as geopolitical tensions reach ‘highest level this century’

Global Warming - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:57
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to de-escalate geopolitical tensions on Monday, which he described as being “at their highest level this century” as the new decade dawns.

Our insurer gave us the 'PUSH-OFF' over cover for our pet

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:05
Tony Dearsley was left stunned when he was told he could keep his lifetime pet cover – but only if he was prepared to pay an annual premium three times higher than the year before, a massive £7,410.

Hey presto! Watch out for EE’s early exit fee trick

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:59
Not only do customers have to pay off the entire remaining cost of their contract but EE also imposes extra charges on them.

Locked out of a home loan? Make sure computer says YES!

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:59
Being newly qualified or near retirement can make you a ‘mortgage misfit’...but don’t worry, the good news is that there are lenders prepared to take on borrowers who are not quite the norm.

JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Questions over British Steel pensions

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:59
Few organisations come out of last year’s misselling scandal with their reputations intact. The two regulators also need to do some serious soul searching.

Company behind Hollywood blood and gore to help NHS

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
Lifecast, which is based at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, has joined forces with MedaPhor, a Welsh company that has developed ultrasound training simulators.

Britain's top four banking bosses raked in £21m pay

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
The big four banks - HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland - are set to reveal their financial figures for 2017. And HSBC's Stuart Gulliver is likely to lead the pack.

Experts say even GCHQ is concerned about smart meters

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
The consequences, they say, could be dire with homes potentially losing their power supply and hackers selling stolen details to criminals.

Predator Melrose dangles £570m carrot at GKN investors

lbWepZaFvATzSCKT - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 21:58
Melrose plans to sell Ergotron, a division of Nortek, a company it bought in 2016. The sale could raise £1bn. And GKN investors would receive a 57% share of that bounty.
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