A 25-year-old homeowner has shared how she managed to save £25,000 to put down a deposit for her dream house despite not earning an extremely high salary. Rebecca, who became a YouTube sensation with her renovation videos, encouraged viewers to save for their own home or car saying: "If I can do it, anybody can do it." While neither Rebecca or her partner were making that much money at work, both were determined to save for a place of their own. The couple used simple ways to put money aside, including putting pennies in a jar which saw them accumulate as much as £700, BirminghamLive reports. Rebecca said: "I thought I would do a video on how we saved for the deposit. "It does not just apply for people who want to save for a home, it can be anything - a car or a holiday." Move in with a family member "Rent a room - I know not everybody can do that... if you can't, I might suggest renting a room," she said. "If you rent a flat you have to pay for everything - … [Read more...] about Woman, 25, shares how she saved £25,000 in just one year to buy first house
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The science is clear: If catastrophic global warming is to be averted, global greenhouse gases have to be reduced — and fast. A 2019 United Nations Environment Program report warned that the world must cut emissions by 7.6% annually until 2030 in order to keep temperature increases below the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) ambition outlined in the Paris Agreement. If the world continues at its current pace, heating is predicted to reach almost double that. And much of the power to make a difference lies with the big emitters. So are they making progress? USA: Tides of change Though the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis led to a drop in energy use in 2020 compared to the previous year, the United States is still second only to China in terms of global CO2 emissions. Transportation, electricity and industry are the main drivers behind the country's poor record, according to figures from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2019, fossil fuels … [Read more...] about Climate: Are major greenhouse gas emitters ambitious enough?
A legal case has been started by the European Commission against AstraZeneca over its "complete failure" to meet delivery and contractual agreements, Ireland's health minister has said. Speaking to the Irish parliament, Stephen Donnelly said on Thursday: "With regard to AstraZeneca, a legal case has been initiated by the Commission and earlier this week I have joined Ireland as one of the parties to that legal case, specifically around AstraZeneca 's complete failure to meet its delivery and contractual agreements for April, May and June." Under its contract, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical firm is committed to supplying 180 million doses - enough for 90 million people - to the EU in the second quarter of this year. Live COVID updates from across the UK and around the world But EU officials have repeatedly accused the drugmaker of under-delivering. Advertisement Its chief executive Pascal Soriot told the EU Parliament in February that he … [Read more...] about COVID-19: European Commission takes legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine supply