Cutting human sources of methane would be a quick win for the climate, according to a new United Nations report. Roughly halving emissions of the greenhouse gas from human activity, often with existing, cost-effective solutions, would reduce the future rise in global temperatures by around 0.3C by the 2040s, it is claimed. The analysis was carried out by the UN Environment Programme and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Scientists have hailed the strategy as a "win-win" because it would reduce global warming and simultaneously improve human health and the economy. Levels of methane in the atmosphere have doubled since pre-industrial times. Advertisement It is a potent greenhouse gas that is 10 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. According to the UN's Global Methane Assessment, human activity results in around 380 million tonnes of methane being released into the atmosphere every year. … [Read more...] about Cutting human sources of methane would reduce global warming and improve human health – scientists
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A CHILLING trend has seen social media stars ordering ‘blind’ pet boxes with mystery animals inside with many dying in agony inside. The gift boxes have become a popular trend in China , where buyers could receive any kind of animal, from cats and dogs to turtles and spiders. A number of social media stars who have received a pet box, have filmed or live-streamed the disturbing "unboxing." They have then shared the reveal with their followers- sadly in many cases they were horrified to find that their mystery pet had not survived. The horrific discovery was made by an animal welfare group in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Monday. What started as a mystery toy box by company Pop Mart, has turned into a disturbing craze as now online vendors have swapped the toys with live animals in a twisted version of the gift. The harsh reality of the pet boxes is that live animals have to be packaged and shipped across the country- with many not making it to their destination. … [Read more...] about Chilling craze sees social media stars ordering mystery pet boxes with puppies dying in agony inside
PCSO Julia James was murdered more than a week ago while she was out walking her dog - and her killer remains at large. The mum-of-two, 53, was bludgeoned over the head near Akholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent on April 27. She had left her house in the hamlet at around 3pm to take her Jack Russell Toby for a walk after a day working from home. The grandmother-of-one, who had worked for Kent Police since 2008, was found dead an hour later. The force launched a probe in the immediate aftermath, with it quickly ruled that PCSO James had been murdered. Do you have a story? Email [email protected] or let us know in the comments below. Sign up to our newsletter to get the day's biggest news straight to your inbox The Mirror's newsletter brings you the latest news, exciting showbiz and TV stories, sport updates and essential political information. The newsletter is emailed out first thing every morning, at 12noon and every evening. Never miss a moment by signing up to … [Read more...] about Everything we know about murder of PCSO Julia James – nine days on since her death
THIS is the incredible moment a huntsman spider goes head-to-head with a gigantic wasp in a fight to the death. Dramatic footage of the battle between the two huge creepy crawlies was captured by an Australian family on Christmas Day. They were enjoying a festive lunch in the garden of their Sydney home when the struggle grabbed their attention. In the captivating clip, one family member can be heard asking "who's winning" as the fight unfolded in front of their eyes - with the huntsman becoming pinned down on its back. The wasp then stings its spider opponent several times, as the family gasp "oh no", with one commenting "we can't interfere with nature". After a short - but dramatic - battle, the wasp claims victory after killing the huntsman with multiple stings. One family member can be heard saying "it's done, it's done, the legs are curling". But the wasp didn't escape the battle unscathed, as it can be seen limping away with an injured leg. The family … [Read more...] about Dramatic video shows huntsman spider and gigantic wasp battle to the death.. so who do you think wins?
Today marks 100 days since Brexit properly happened in the UK - with seamless trade and EU rules replaced by a weighty trade deal. It’s not been billed as the total disaster some feared - especially because the impact on firms is masked by the hit from coronavirus . House prices have not collapsed, we got a trade deal, we’ve not seen 7,000-truck queues and we’ve ‘taken back control’ of UK laws. But the 100 days since the transition period ended on December 31 have also been fraught with controversy. Northern Ireland has been struck by violence, trade from the EU plummeted in January, and veteran seafood businesses face mass ruin. Small firms and gifts have been slapped with huge charges for moving goods across the Channel. And the UK has already extended “grace periods” for getting food into Belfast’s supermarkets, only weeks after they were agreed. So what exactly has gone wrong in the first 100 days of proper Brexit - and are they teething issues or here to … [Read more...] about 100 days of Brexit: 10 things that have gone wrong since UK properly left the EU