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Emissions from diesel cars – even newer and supposedly cleaner models – increase on hot days, a new study has found, raising questions over how cities suffering from air pollution can deal with urban heat islands and the climate crisis.

Research in Paris by The Real Urban Emissions (True) initiative found that diesel car emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) rose by 20% to 30% when temperatures topped 30C – a common event this summer.

Emissions from a range of vehicles were found to be many times higher than those declared by manufacturers in laboratory tests, confirming earlier findings following the 2015 Dieselgate scandal, in which Volkswagen cars were found to emit 40 times more NOx on the road than during laboratory tests. Read more HERE.

Published on 13/09/2019 @ 10:38 AM  | Top

The chances of the UK avoiding recession have improved following a better-than-expected 0.3% increase in activity in July.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that all sectors of the economy registered growth in the month – the first of the third quarter.

Fears that Britain might slip into recession – defined as two consecutive quarters of falling gross domestic product – had been stoked by the 0.2% decline in output in the three months to June. But in July the services sector – which accounts for about 80% of the economy – grew by 0.3%, while the struggling manufacturing and construction sectors also bounced back with increases in output of 0.3% and 0.5% respectively. Read more HERE.

Published on 09/09/2019 @ 10:54 AM  | Top

After hammering the Bahamas and leaving at least 30 dead, Hurricane Dorian began raking the south-east US seaboard, with the eye hitting the North Carolina coast on Thursday evening.

The threat to the US remains real but in the Bahamas the storm has left such terrible devastation that the authorities were still struggling to get aid to stricken areas and the death toll is expected to rise, perhaps steeply.

In Abaco alone, the government has taken delivery of at least 200 body bags, according to local media on Thursday.

Dorian made landfall over Abaco and Grand Bahama on Sunday, then stayed where it was, the nation’s strongest hurricane on record. Category 5 winds of up to 185mph obliterated entire neighborhoods and triggered a humanitarian crisis. Read more HERE.

Published on 06/09/2019 @ 11:34 AM  | Top

More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led military coalition on a detention centre in Yemen, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The coalition said it had targeted a facility run by Houthi rebels that “stores drones and missiles”, but the rebels said the attack had levelled a building they used as a prison.

The ICRC rushed to the scene in the city of Dhamar with medical teams and hundreds of body bags.

“The location that was hit has been visited by ICRC before,” said Franz Rauchenstein, the committee’s head of delegation for Yemen. “It’s a college building that has been empty and has been used as a detention facility for a while. What is most disturbing is that [the attack was] on a prison. To hit such a building is shocking and saddening – prisoners are protected by international law.” Read more HERE.

Published on 02/09/2019 @ 11:06 AM  | Top

Nigeria’s federal government has urged the international community not to let a minority of individuals tarnish the country’s reputation after the revelation of a high-profile financial crime investigation by the US government. At the same time officials warned Nigerian nationals across the globe that they will not stand in the way of justice being administered on those who break the law in other countries.

The comments came after officials in the US indicted 80 people for fraud and money laundering offences amounting to $46m (£38m). “The action of a single Nigerian is not the action of all Nigerians … [who] are hardworking and honest people … [We] should not be tagged ‘fraudulent people’ for the misdeeds of a few,” said presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in an interview with a Nigerian news channel. Read more HERE

Published on 30/08/2019 @ 11:09 AM  | Top

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