When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?
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India's coronavirus crisis is spreading outside major cities, with rural districts in at least 10 states recording a surge of cases and deaths in April. Rural districts recorded more COVID-related deaths than urban districts for the first time last month, despite urban areas having higher overall cases, according to the How India Lives" data repository. In 2020, the first wave of the pandemic in India was initially limited to densely populated cities. The ongoing second wave in 2021 is ravaging wide swathes of rural India, which is starved of public health resources. Shortages of available emergency services have also prompted some villagers to travel to cities, sometimes to other states, in a desperate attempt to find care. Bharti Sharma, a public health consultant, told DW that reports from the ground show a huge swath of the rural population will be at risk if health care deficits are not addressed "immediately." Which rural areas are suffering? India's federal … [Read more...] about COVID in rural India poses parallel health care crisis
A baby girl was murdered by her mother just hours after she was born behind a tree, a court has heard. Her body was found by a gardener in a park in Aldershot, Hampshire, several days later on 19 May 2017, prosecutors told jurors. The baby is believed to have lived for less than six hours and suffered injuries including multiple skull fractures. Babita Rai, 24, of Reeves Road in Aldershot, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court after denying murder and infanticide. Her defence team raised issues of lack of memory or that her mind may have been "disturbed" at the time of the birth. Advertisement Opening the case, prosecutor Adam Feest QC told jurors that Rai had given birth to the baby at some time between 15 May and 16 May. He told the court: "Within a very short time of birth, the baby suffered multiple fractures to her skull with associated internal bleeding and brain swelling. More from UK COVID-19: £29.3 million labs to be built at … [Read more...] about Mum accused of murdering baby girl hours after giving birth behind tree
A young mum killed her newborn daughter after hiding her pregnancy, a court heard today. Babita Rai crushed the infant's skull, leaving her with 'severe' injuries before dumping her body in a park within hours of giving birth, a jury was told. The 24-year-old is accused of giving her daughter 'deliberate' repeated blows to the head immediately after her labour, causing 'significant' and fatal fractures. A gardener cutting shrubs at the edge of a public park made the horrific discovery four days later, initially believing the baby's body to be a 'child's doll'. Rai denies charges of murder and infanticide following the incident at Manor Park in Aldershot, Hants, in May 2017. Jurors today heard Rai who was 20 at the time, was around six months pregnant when she entered the country from Nepal. She concealed the pregnancy from border officials, her GP, and colleagues at a restaurant she worked at. The petite kitchen worker could have been helped by another person in … [Read more...] about Young mum accused of murdering newborn daughter after hiding pregnancy from colleagues
The Duchess of Sussex has won her copyright claim against the Mail On Sunday over the publication of a handwritten letter to her estranged father Thomas Markle. Meghan , 39, sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), which also publishes MailOnline, over articles which reproduced parts of the letter sent to her 76-year-old dad in August 2018. She claimed the five articles, published in print and online in February 2019, misused her private information, infringed her copyright and breached the Data Protection Act. The High Court granted Meghan summary judgment in February in relation to her privacy claim, meaning she won that part of the case without having to go to trial, as well as most of her copyright claim. In the February ruling, Lord Justice Warby said ANL's publication of Meghan's letter to her father was "manifestly excessive and hence unlawful". He added: "It was, in short, a personal and private letter." Advertisement At a remote … [Read more...] about Meghan: Duchess of Sussex wins copyright claim against Mail On Sunday over letter to father