A nuclear war between two countries would be enough to plunge the world into a “Little Ice Age”, scientists have warned. Researchers found that even nations not involved in the dispute would suffer crop failures and plummeting temperatures, as the soot and smoke from nuclear firestorms thousands of miles away would block out the sun. In the first month following nuclear detonation, average global temperatures would plunge by about 13F - a larger temperature change than in the last Ice Age, warned experts from Louisiana State and Rutgers universities. As the planet became colder, sea ice would expand by more than six million square miles and 6ft deep in some basins, blocking major ports including Beijing’s Port of Tianjin, Copenhagen and St Petersburg. The sea ice would spread into normally ice-free coastal regions, blocking shipping across the Northern Hemisphere - making it difficult to get food and supplies into some cities. The sudden drop in light and ocean … [Read more...] about Nuclear war would be enough to plunge the whole world into a ‘Little Ice Age’
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It’s fine to mention the war after all. A survey of international attitudes to BBC programmes has found that the Germans adore Basil Fawlty. Audiences from different countries were asked to name their favourite television characters, both comedic and dramatic, for a BBC Worldwide showcase poll. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock came top in every territory. But while most of the other countries nominated Doctor Who as the next most popular character, Germany chose John Cleese’s 1970s hotelier. They also showed a fondness for Edmund Blackadder, placing him sixth in their top 10. The final Blackadder series was set in the First World War trenches, with Rowan Atkinson playing Blackadder as a wily captain doing his best to avoid a deadly encounter with “Fritz”. Fawlty Towers was not shown in Germany until 1993, such was the sensitivity around the episode titled The Germans. It featured a goose-stepping Cleese yelling: ‘Don’t mention the war!’ before a group of mortified … [Read more...] about Which BBC characters are most popular across the world? The Germans adore Basil Fawlty
No two countries with a McDonald’s ever go to war: it was the kind of tale a naive, trusting world preoccupied with spending its Cold War peace dividend wanted to hear. So when Thomas Friedman, the US author, coined his Golden Arches theory of conflict prevention back in 1996, the idea was lapped up enthusiastically.It was an exhilarating, hopelessly optimistic take, perfect for a pre-9/11, pre-internet era that still believed in unstoppable economic and political progress. Friedman’s screed, later expanded into a book, was merely the latest to argue that some freedom begets more freedom: 19th-century economic liberals saw free trade not just as a means of generating prosperity but also of replacing war with peace, military empires with commerce. They argued that free trade raises the cost of armed conflict, reducing its prevalence. More contemporary thinkers went even further, positing that with the universal adoption of capitalism would also come mass democracy. Consumers used to … [Read more...] about Forget Nato. We need a new world alliance to take on totalitarian capitalists in Russia and China
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Russia had received criticism in international media over its response to the pandemic. In reality, the country is setting an example others can learn from in many vital areas. Russia is one of the global leaders in testing for the virus, in producing efficient drugs and it is rapidly approaching mass production of its own vaccine. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country's sovereign wealth fund, has played a key role in fighting the virus in Russia. We learned about the threat in late January from our network of international partners, advised the government in its assessment of it and moved ahead with investment. With countries like the United States predicted to reach a staggering 100,000 cases a day, it is important that we quickly develop focused solutions based on proven technologies with no time to spare. We believe that RDIF has now developed key elements of such a practical solution. Working jointly with some of … [Read more...] about What Russia got right about the coronavirus—and what it can share with the world | Opinion
August 18, 2022 - 11:24 BST World News Tonight's David Muir's children in his life revealed - who are his squad? David Muir 's personal life is regularly the source of conversation amongst his fans, as the World News Tonight anchor is notoriously private. But while the TV journalist is believed to be single and never married, it doesn't mean that he doesn't have some very special people in his life. MORE: David Muir makes endearing show of support for Kelly Ripa and her daughter David is a huge influence on a number of children in his family and beyond. Loading the player... WATCH: Does David Muir have a partner? - all we know Due to his blended family - he has an older sister, Rebecca Muir, and two younger step-siblings from his father's second marriage - David is an uncle to a whole host of nieces and nephews, who he calls his "squad". MORE: David Muir's mom is the epitome of glam in photo alongside … [Read more...] about World News Tonight’s David Muir’s children in his life revealed
An OnlyFans star dubbed the "world's hottest gran" has claimed that she was dating Australian cricketer Shane Warne before his tragic death in March 2022. The renowned sportsman passed away suddenly from a heart attack while he was on holiday in Thailand. Shane had a turbulent love life; in 1995 he married his childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan, and the pair had three children together. But after 10 years, they divorced in 2005. In a documentary on Amazon Prime this year, they opened up about the split as Simone recalled the "heartbreaking" moment she read about Shane's cheating in newspaper reports. In 2010, Shane went on to date actress Elizabeth Hurley shortly after she split from her husband. The pair ended up getting engaged, but this romance didn't work out either as they called off the wedding and split in 2013. Now, an OnlyFans star has claimed that she was in a relationship with Shane before his untimely death — here's who she is. Who is 'world's … [Read more...] about Who is OnlyFans ‘world’s hottest gran’ who claims to have dated Shane Warne?
Alica Schmidt has made headlines recently after she was selected to participate at the European Championships 2022. The star broke down in tears after being selected to represent Germany in front of a home crowd in Munich. The athlete has previously been referred to as 'the world's sexiest athlete' for her gorgeous blonde locks and killer physique. But who is Alica Schmidt and what is her bizarre pre-race routine? Who is Alica Schmidt? Alica Schmidt is a 23-year-old runner from Germany. She was born on November 8, 1998 in Worms and she soon discovered her love for running. Alica began her running career by competing in 200 metres, 400 metres, and 800 metres running events. In 2018, she moved on to 400m and 400m hurdles events, training at MTV Ingolstadt in Bavaria. Alica's career triumphs Alica went on to compete in the 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships as a part of the German 4×400 metres relay team that finished in second place. The German athlete … [Read more...] about Who is ‘the world’s sexist athlete’ Alica Schmidt – and what is her bizarre pre-race slapping routine?
Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden bashed Republicans on Wednesday, saying that he agreed with the claim that there was no more dangerous “political force” than Republicans. Hayden made the comments in response to a tweet from Financial Times editor and writer Edward Luce. Luce tweeted, “I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.” The former intelligence director shared the statement, saying , “I agree. And I was the CIA director.” Hayden, who was appointed to be CIA director by former President George W. Bush, led the agency from 2006 to 2009. Previously, he was first appointed by former President Bill Clinton to be director of the NSA, a role he held from 1999 to 2005. The Air Force general began his career during the Cold War when the threat of nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the … [Read more...] about Former Intelligence Director Bashes Republicans, Agrees They Are The Most Dangerous Political Force In The World | The Daily Wire
Christine McGuinness appeared to take a swipe at ex Paddy McGuinness on Thursday in a cryptic message shared on her Instagram story. The 34-year posted a video montage of herself pouting before letting her hair down and enjoying life alone in various locations across London - accompanied by the Imagine Dragons track, 'On Top Of The World'. The former Real Housewives Of Cheshire cast member also shared an image to her 681,000 followers, which she captioned: "And suddenly you know. It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." Fans were clearly delighted to see Christine looking so happy following the breakup, with one commenting: "That's absolutely true, new hairstyle new life begins. Wishing you love and very best wishes in your new ventures." Christine's video montage began with a pout before she shared images of her day travelling to and around London ( Image: Christine McGuinness/Instagram) Fans were delighted to see Christine … [Read more...] about Christine McGuinness ‘on top of the world’ as she takes cryptic swipe at ex Paddy
WWE is looking to expand in a big way as NXT UK closes its doors and 2023 brings the massive launch of NXT Europe. The sports entertainment giant will bid farewell to the UK-based brand on September 4 with Worlds Collide – which will take place at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida over Clash At The Castle weekend – before the team return with a clear focus next year, and NXT boss Shawn Michaels is excited for the future. Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk about the huge plans, the Hall of Famer said: ‘It’s just a natural expansion of things because that brand, since 2016, has been fantastic. ‘Yes, it’s been quiet and underneath the radar, but I don’t think you’ll find anybody that wouldn’t argue that it’s been a real quality product from its existence.’ Plans for the expansion are still in its early stages, with details such as the roster, filming and more yet to be confirmed, while the decision to push on with the project coming after Triple H – … [Read more...] about WWE’s Shawn Michaels confirms NXT Europe launch in 2023, NXT UK plans for Worlds Collide and building for the future