3 December 2018 EnvironmentClimate changePollutionPoland This year's conference in Katowice, Poland, has kicked off. Nick Dowson highlights the issues up for debate, obstacles to negotiations and where all this leaves the majority world The latest climate negotiations have just begun – COP (Conference of the Parties) 24, the most major conference since the Paris Agreement three years ago. While the focus of this conference, opened Sunday, is somewhat technical – a lot of talk is planned about the ‘rulebook’, i.e. how the UN climate agreement is implemented – it is important to whether the Paris Agreement amounts to more than warm words. 2018 has seen saw record temperatures around the world, abnormal rain and floods in South Asia and East Africa, and rare tropical cyclones from Yemen to Somalia – not to speak of the recent unprecedented wildfires across California. And a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate … [Read more...] about COP24: Who are these UN climate meetings for?
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NOT drinking enough water and getting behind the wheel could be as dangerous as drink-driving, research has found. Dehydrated motorists could be a major risk on the road, especially with Britain's heatwave in full swing. Researchers at Loughborough University revealed the impact dehydration can have on driving ability. According to their findings, even mild dehydration could affect reaction times, decision making and focus as much as a driver who is over the legal alcohol limit. Dehydration can have a major influence on motorists' mental and physical state, with other symptoms like tiredness, dizziness, headache and muscle cramps also having a negative impact on driving skill. And it seems Brits aren't aware of the dangers of dehydrated driving. How to tell if you are dehydrated - the signs and symptoms to watch out forYou could be dehydrated if you: Feel thirsty Have dark yellow and strong smelling pee Feel dizzy or lightheaded Feel tired Have a dry mouth, lips or eyes Are peeing … [Read more...] about Why being dehydrated behind the wheel can be as dangerous as drink-driving