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Rural residents hang up on mobile banking, regulator finds

<b>Consumers in rural areas of the UK are far less likely to use their smartphones for banking than their urban counterparts, a survey says.</b><p>The findings, from the UK's financial regulator, are set to reignite the debate over bank branch closures - particularly in rural locations.<p>However, its report …

Northern Ireland

US quits 'biased' UN human rights council

<b>The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias".</b><p>Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, said it was a "hypocritical" body that "makes a mockery of human rights".<p>Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has faced criticism in the past for …

Rights & Freedoms

How hats were placed atop the Easter Island statues

<b>The famous statues of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, are best known for their deep-set eyes and long ears.</b><p>They also sport impressive multi-tonne hats made from a different rock type.<p>Quite how these pukao, as they are known, were transported and placed atop the statues has long been a puzzle.<p>But now …

Archaeology

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount

<b>Stock markets have fallen around the world in the wake of President Trump's latest tariffs threat to China.</b><p>The Dow Jones was down more than 300 points (1.6%) when New York trading opened and Asian and European markets had also fallen sharply earlier.<p>Mr Trump has threatened to put tariffs on an …

Globalization

How trying to stay cool could make the world even hotter

<b>Air conditioning systems that keep homes, offices and shops cool on hot days are rapidly gaining in popularity in a warming world. But is all the extra electricity they use going to exacerbate climate change or can design efficiencies prevent this?</b><p>The world is getting hotter, indeed 16 of the 17 …

Clean Energy

Why is Donald Trump threatening more tariffs – and what next?

What is Trump’s latest tariff threat towards China?<p>Raising the stakes in the escalating trade standoff between the US and China overnight, Donald Trump has asked US trade officials to draft plans for additional tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese imports. The president wants them set at a 10% …

Economy

British Museum shines light on Assyrian 'king of the world'

Before the mighty empires of Egypt, Greece and Rome came Assyria and a leader who, a new exhibition at the British Museum will argue, is the “greatest king you’ve never heard of”.<p>The museum has announced details of the first major exhibition devoted to Ashurbanipal, a ruthless, bookish …

British Museum

Enigmatic Stone Balls from 5,000 Years Ago Continue to Baffle Archaeologists

Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — …

Archaeology

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.<p>Haley, …

Human Rights

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Plants need carbon dioxide to live, but its effects on them are complicated.<p>As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being affected.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose …

Climate Change

As the world’s water needs grow so is concern that we’re rapidly using up supplies. How worried should we be?<p>Water seems the most renewable of all the Earth’s resources. It falls from the sky as rain, it surrounds us in the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of the planet’s surface, and in the …

Water shortages to be key environmental challenge of the century, Nasa warns

Water shortages are likely to be the key environmental challenge of this century, scientists from Nasa have warned, as new data has revealed a drying-out of swaths of the globe between the tropics and the high latitudes, with 19 hotspots where water depletion has been dramatic.<p>Areas in northern and …

Water

'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis, study warns

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found.<p>A sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels before 2035 is likely, according …

Fossil Fuels

Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

A British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country’s favourite fruit – or even kill it off altogether.<p>The UK alone consumes more than 5bn bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple …

Forestry

This scandal should cause uproar but the BBC and Labour just change the subject<p>The first duty of the leaders and citizens of a democracy is to defend its elections from subversion. Yet a country that boasts of giving the world free parliaments feels no obligation even to look at allegations that …

UK Politics

Iron Law of History Blunts Trump Trade Folly

The U.S. may find a lesson in the rise of its own steel industry.<p>Who invented modern steel?<p>It’s a 160-year-old controversy that’s still going strong – and the answer, in a way, lies at the heart of the current U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.<p>Many Americans are taught that the originator was William …

Intellectual Property

Australian teens more worried about climate change than adults

A recent study conducted by a team at the Australian National University found 12 and 13 year olds were more concerned about the threat of climate …

Climate Change

Coral reefs growing slower than sea-level rise

Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, posing another potential problem for low-lying …

Global Warming

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade - If that continues, we are in serious trouble

<b>Antarctica's ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea</b> …

Global Warming

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers …

Mountaineering

To Start a New Life at Proxima Centauri, This Is How Many People We Need to Send

Multiple generations will live and die on the ship.<p>Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight …

Space Travel

A Map of the World’s Most Superlative Trees

Tallest, widest, fattest, most filled with goats and more.

Goats

Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy

LONDON — Only a few months ago, the global economy appeared to be humming, with all major nations growing in unison. Now, the world’s fortunes are imperiled by an unfolding trade war.<p>As the Trump administration imposes tariffs on allies and rivals alike, provoking broad retaliation, global commerce …

Economy

US needs to cut its nukes by 98% if the world is to avoid a nuclear winter

Researchers argue that any more than 100 nuclear weapons will decimate the nation firing them<p>There are currently around 15,000 nuclear weapons dotted …

North Korea

Astronomers just spotted a black hole the size of 20 million suns devouring a wandering star

This is the first time a jet from a shredded star has been observed, and could help us better understand how black holes work<p>A star has been spotted …

Black Holes

Mars Opportunity: Rover 'should ride out storm'

The American space agency says it is concerned but hopeful that its veteran robot rover on Mars can survive a big dust storm on the planet.<p>The 15-year-old vehicle, known as Opportunity, has gone into an emergency mode because there is not enough sunlight reaching its solar panels to power onboard …

Dust Storms

leading UK charity fighting global poverty

World Cup 2018 Quiz<p>This interactive quiz tests learners’ general knowledge on countries that are playing in the 2018 World Cup. It also starts to …

Globalization

Why landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy

<b>When Eritrea gained independence in 1993, Ethiopia suddenly found itself without a coastline and so it took the logical step of disbanding its navy. Now, it is reconsidering its decision and its latest manoeuvres in the region suggest it could be shopping around its neighbourhood to find a naval</b> …

Africa

How universal basic income and rewilding could save the planet

Enough concrete has been produced to cover the entire surface of the Earth in a layer two millimetres thick. Enough plastic has been manufactured to clingfilm it as well. We produce 4.8bn tonnes of our top five crops, plus 4.8 billion head of livestock, annually. There are 1.2bn motor vehicles, 2bn …

Universal Basic Income

The global flood protection savings provided by coral reefs

Altmetric: 353<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open | Published: 12 June 2018<p>Michael W. Beck ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-5107-9973,<br>• Iñigo J. Losada,<br>• Pelayo …

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