Life by Press Association April 18, 2019, 12:03 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sir David Attenborough has warned of a “man-made disaster on a global scale” and a “devastating future” if action is not taken to combat climate change. The veteran broadcaster delivers a stark warning in the new BBC documentary Climate Change: The Facts. He says: “Right now, we are facing our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. “Scientists across the globe are in no doubt that at the current rate of warming we risk a devastating future. “The science is now clear that urgent action is needed. “What happens now and in these next few years will profoundly affect the next few thousand years. “What can be done to avert disaster and ensure the survival of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend? “We are facing a man-made disaster on a global scale. “In the 20 … [Read more...] about Attenborough warns of ‘man-made disaster on global scale’ in climate change film
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It's certain that the eastern Mediterranean will come to the fore frequently in the 21st century due to its natural gas and oil reserves. Whether this is going to foster conflict and tensions or enhance stability and prove constructive will definitely be related to what kind of positions littoral countries take or how they ensure cooperation. It's impossible to assume that gas and oil exploration, discovery and marketing efforts in the region will proceed independently of politics, especially on the issues of Palestine, Iraq and Egypt. But that does not have to produce conflict, either. On the contrary, if wisdom prevails, perhaps it will become easier to solve the existing problems with a win-win formula. Similar to the rule of communicating vessels in physics, common sense, cooperation and courage added to a vessel will serve as an example and impetus for a problem in another vessel. I think that even knowing and recognizing that such a possibility exists is important in itself. We … [Read more...] about Peace and reconciliation are the core of Syria’s political settlement
After losing consecutive matches, Tottenham have been dragged from the title race into the battle for fourth. Spurs remain five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, though Chelsea will move to within four points should they win their game in hand. So who is most likely to claim the final two Champions League spots, and who will fall short? Tottenham - 3rd, Pld 28, Pts 60, GD 26 Reason to be cheerful A four-point buffer should be enough to keep Spurs in the Champions League spots, even if recent performances have been worrying. The return to full fitness of Harry Kane will also be a major boost. Reason to be fearful You have to go back to New Year's Day for Tottenham's last convincing performance in the league. For a team that's normally so consistent, it's a worrying trend. Strength of opposition Saturday's north London derby, plus trips to Manchester City and Liverpool are three major tests. Otherwise, Tottenham's fixture list is pretty … [Read more...] about Race for Champions League: Which two of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham will reach promised land?
FT Seasonal Appeal 2018 Tuesday, 20 November, 2018 On a Beirut rooftop, 15-year-old Lara al-Khaled pores over a textbook, reading about the sinking of the Titanic.“I feel sad for the man but I’m happy the woman lives,” she says gleefully in English, referring to the lovers whose story appears in her book, before rattling off facts about the doomed voyage in Syrian-accented Arabic: four days at sea, about three hours to sink.Exercise books lie open on the floor where she is helping her four siblings with their homework. Light streams through an open window. Down below stretch dim, crowded streets, where the air is thick with diesel fumes from motor scooters and the stench of rotting rubbish. Up here in her family’s tidy rented flat, the curious and resourceful girl who wants to become a nurse seems a world away.Lara is Syrian. Her family escaped their country’s civil war six years ago, seeking refuge in Lebanon. Their adopted neighbourhood is a kind … [Read more...] about Building lives: the charity that gives Lebanon’s hidden refugees a home
British broadcaster and environmentalist David Attenborough has urged world leaders, meeting in Poland to agree ways to limit global warming, to get on and tackle "our greatest threat in thousands of years". Known for countless nature films, Attenborough has gained prominence recently with his Blue Planet II series, which highlighted the devastating effect of pollution on the oceans. "Leaders of the world, you must lead," said the naturalist, given a "People's seat" at the two-week United Nations. climate conference in the Polish coal city of Katowice alongside two dozen heads of state and government. "The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands," he said. The world is currently on course to overshoot by far the limits for global warming agreed in the landmark 2015 Paris accord on climate change, which were intended to prevent more extreme weather, rising sea levels and the loss of plant and animal species. The Katowice talks are … [Read more...] about Attenborough: ‘Man-made disaster of global scale’