National / International News

Ebola outbreak deaths pass 5,000

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 08:36
Number of people killed by Ebola rises above 5,000 in worst-ever outbreak of the virus, the World Health Organization says.

'Fake Sheikh entrapped victims'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 08:35
A former associate of undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood - the 'Fake Sheikh' - tells the BBC's Panorama programme how they created newspaper stories to target celebrities unfairly.

VIDEO: 'Fake Sheikh' reporter entrapped victims

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 08:31
A BBC investigation has found that undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood - the Fake Sheikh - entrapped victims to create crimes.

Arctic blast moves across Canada

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 08:09
Frigid temperatures and snow have expanded into Ontario and Quebec as a wave of cold air moves east.

VIDEO: Ched Evans row: Dave Berry resigns

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:50
Singer Dave Berry has resigned as a patron of Sheffield United, saying he wanted to make a 'moral stand' after convicted rapist Ched Evans was allowed to train at the club.

VIDEO: Syria conflict's child victims

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:41
Nearly four years after starting with peaceful protests, Syria's conflict continues with no end in sight.

Asean talks: US to confront Myanmar

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:38
Ahead of the Asean summit, US President Barack Obama told Myanmar magazine Irrawaddy that "there has been a slowdown in reforms" in the country.

Road incident 'was pure carnage'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:32
The grandmother of an eight-year-old boy killed in a road incident describes the scene as "pure carnage."

RBS boss admits – I cringed when I read forex chat room messages

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:24
Ross McEwan goes public to account for the sector’s failings.

Probe makes historic comet landing

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:10
European robot probe Philae has made the first, historic landing on a comet, scientists say, after descending from its mothership.

VIDEO: Man trapped in wall for three days

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:05
A man in Colorado is freed by fire fighters after getting stuck in a shop's cavity wall for three days.

In pictures: Warren Clarke

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 07:05
The career of actor Warren Clarke in film and TV drama

Police face child abuse inquiry

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:55
Three police forces are to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for their alleged failure to act on child abuse images.

Son 'dismembered' father's body

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:52
A man killed his 25-stone father then carefully dismembered his corpse and "packaged" the body parts in plastic storage boxes, a court hears.

Sturgeon calls for future vote power

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:46
Scotland's incoming first minister says the Scottish Parliament should have the power to call any future independence referendum.

Dáil debates Maíria Cahill claims

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:38
The Irish parliament (Dail) is debating allegations of sexual abuse by members of the republican movement arising from the Maíria Cahill case.

Berdych beats Cilic at Tour Finals

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:35
Tomas Berdych beats out-of-sorts US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 at the World Tour Finals in London.

The Data You're OK Sharing And What You Don't Want Others To See

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:13

People consider their personal health information to be more sensitive than their religious views or purchasing habits, according to a survey on privacy by the Pew Research Center.

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VIDEO: Solar cycle path opens in Netherlands

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:12
The world's first public solar cycle lane has opened in the Netherlands.

The cost of living up to the U.S.-China climate deal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:00

The United States and China made a surprise announcement Wednesday: After months of secret talks, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases had come to a joint agreement on climate change.

In its first commitment of this sort, China set a target of 2030 to halt emission increases and to produce 20% of its energy using non-fossil-fuel sources. 

The United States set a more nuanced target: a reduction of emissions by 2025 to 26-28% below 2005 levels. 

"I would characterize it as a call to accelerate what we’re already doing," says Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. "I use the word accelerate, because in order to get there 10 years from now we have to start going a little faster."

The Obama administration claims this target is reachable under existing laws—an important consideration given that the Republican-controlled congress is highly unlikely to pass any related legislation.

To meet these goals will require building on initiatives the administration has put forward that do not require congressional approval, such as tougher fuel standards and the proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from power plants (Automobiles and electricity are the two largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States).  

Under the Clean Power Plan proposal, different states could determine how to cut carbon pollution in a variety of ways. 

"But the quickest, fastest, most cost effective option available is switching from carbon intensive coal generators to low carbon natural gas," says John Larsen, senior analyst with the Rhodium Group.

According to the Rhodium Group’s analysis, that switch could cut coal revenue by $15 to $20 billion—and boost revenues for natural gas producers by as much as $30 billion.

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