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Exxon shareholders back 'historic' vote on climate

0SHARESShare Shareholders in Exxon Mobil have backed a motion requiring the company to assess the risks from climate change. The plan, proposed by investors including the Church of England, was supported by over 62% of those eligible to vote. The vote comes as US media reports that President Trump is poised to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Exxon ...

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Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

0SHARESShare US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world’s most threatening superbugs. Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports. It fights bacteria in three different ways, making it much less likely that ...

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Gravitational waves: Third detection of deep space warping

0SHARESShare Scientists are reporting yet another burst of gravitational waves. The signals were picked up by the Advanced LIGO facilities in the US and are determined to have come from the merger of two huge black holes some three billion light-years from Earth. It is the third time now that the labs’ laser instruments have been perturbed by the warping ...

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Paris climate deal: EU and China rebuff Trump

0SHARESShare Chinese and EU leaders are to agree a joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is “an imperative more important than ever”. A draft of the document, seen by the BBC, stresses the “highest political commitment” to implement the deal. It will be widely seen as a rebuff to the US, as President Trump prepares to announce ...

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Antarctic ice crack takes major turn

0SHARESShare There has been an important development in the big crack cutting across the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The fissure, which threatens to spawn one of the biggest bergs ever seen, has dramatically changed direction. “The rift has propagated a further 16km, with a significant apparent right turn towards the end, moving the tip 13km from the ice ...

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Beaver return 'benefits environment'

0SHARESShare Media playback is unsupported on your device Beavers should be re-introduced to England to improve water supplies, prevent floods and tackle soil loss, a researcher says. New results from a trial in Devon show muddy water entering a beaver wetland is three times cleaner when it leaves. The farmers’ union, NFU, warns that beavers brought back to Scotland have ...

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Faces recreated from monkey brain signals

0SHARESShare Scientists in the US have accurately reconstructed images of human faces by monitoring the responses of monkey brain cells. The brains of primates can resolve different faces with remarkable speed and reliability, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. The researchers showed pictures of human faces to macaques and then recorded patterns of brain activity. The work could ...

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Trump 'does believe in climate change', says US ambassador to UN

0SHARESShare US President Donald Trump “believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation,” says the US ambassador to the UN. He knows “the US has to be responsible for it and that’s what we’re going to do,” said Nikki Haley. The president provoked widespread condemnation when he announced on Thursday the US would withdraw ...

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Trump climate deal: Modi vows to go beyond Paris accord

0SHARESShare Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed his country will go “above and beyond” the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change. Speaking at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Modi described the agreement as part of “our duty to protect Mother Earth”. Several global leaders have criticised President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US ...

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Skype gets Snapchat-style makeover

0SHARESShare Snapchat-style video stories and stickers have been integrated into Skype as part of a revamp of the app. The BBC’s Chris Foxx tried the new version and asked the company’s Amritansh Raghav why he wanted to make Skype more like Snapchat. The new app is being rolled out gradually worldwide. 0SHARESShare Click here to Read from the source

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