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Specieswatch: the necklace ground beetle – an endangered and flightless friend to farmers. England is one of the last strongholds of this beautiful insect but it is at risk due to excessive pesticide use
Reserve Bank says Australia’s house prices could pose ‘risk to financial stability’Michele Bullock says high level of debt could pose risks to economy in event of shock to household incomes or sharp decline in housing prices The growth in the housing market has led to Australia’s banks expanding their loan sheets, with homes accounting for about 60% of bank’s lending. Photograph: Andrew Merry/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the second straight year at the U.N. General Assembly. That came hours after U.S. President Joe Biden announced a plan to double financial aid to poorer nations to $11.4 billion by 2024 so those countries could switch to cleaner energy and cope with global warming’s worsening impacts. That puts rich nations close to within reach of its long-promised but not realiz
Country diary: the warren is here, but the fluffle of rabbits has gone. Sandy, Bedfordshire: The grass has grown taller than a rabbit’s ears and there’s not a bunny in sight
How green is your food? Eco-labels can change the way we eat, study showsWhile food labels are nothing new, a different type that calculates the environmental cost has had a surprising effect on consumers Researchers found the most effective way to get people to not buy an item was to use a dark red globe symbol with the word ‘worse’ printed on it. Photograph: Tiffany Cassidy/The Guardian
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Costs for the project had risen to €1.5 billion from an initial €500 million projection. View on euronews
Evergrande has a debt of £217bn that it has been unable to pay off raising concerns of a possible collapse
A sports association official says seven female taekwondo athletes who fled Taliban-controlled Afghanistan have resettled in Melbourne
Clinging to ropes, some carrying children on their shoulders, Haitian migrants stranded at the US border cross the Rio Grande back into Mexico in search of food, water or medical treatment.
Border Patrol agents were recording whipping Haitian migrants
Whether it’s homes or jobs, our dreams are moving further out of reach every year. From the warped housing market to the ‘knowledge economy’, the system increasingly works only for the uber-wealthy
New Zealand may not get back to having zero coronavirus cases in the community, the director general of health said on Thursday, as the country continues efforts to stamp out the infectious Delta variant of the virus. New Zealand eliminated COVID-19 last year and had been largely virus-free, barring a small number of cases in February, until the latest outbreak of the Delta variant erupted in August, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to order a nationwide lockdown. "We may not get back to zero but the important thing is we are going to keep finding any infections and basically continue to contact trace, test and isolate people so that we stop the virus circulating in the community... that's the aim," Ashley Bloomfield, the director general of health told Radio New Zealand.
This is the terrifying moment a strong earthquake shook a popular snow resort in Australia as skiers were riding down its slopes on Wednesday morning. CCTV footage captured the skiers sliding on Mount Buller in Victoria when the magnitude 6.0 tremor struck on September 22. Some people further up the slope appeared to stop for a few seconds to wait out the shaking. Relieved staff at the sloped said there was no avalanches and guests were fine and back skiing. The earthquake struck near Mansfield town near Melbourne, Victoria at a depth of 10 kilometres shortly before 9:15 a.m. local time, Geoscience Australia said. The agency also recorded a magnitude 4.0 aftershock. Tremors from the strong quake were felt up to 800 kilometres away in Adelaide, South Australia. No casualties or serious injuries have been recorded so far, but some properties were reported damaged, including a burger restaurant that collapsed in Melbourne's South Yarra suburbs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "We have had no reports of serious injuries, or worse, and that is very good news and we hope that good news will continue." The quake is the strongest to rock Australia since the magnitude 6.6 tremor that hit near the resort town of Broome in the Kimberley region last 2019.
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Pret A Manger’s boss has called the last fortnight in London “a bit of a turning point” in terms of trade bouncing back from the pandemic, and his firm is planning 200 more UK branch openings. Pano Christou added that the sandwich chain’s City shops are now trading at over 70% of their pre-pandemic levels, and a lot of that growth has come in the last few weeks. Improved sales will come as a relief after customer numbers plunged during the pandemic, with Pret A Manager permanently closing around 30 sites last year.
Legalising cannabis is about the only thing Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) could easily agree with the centre-left Social Democrats and Greens, the FDP leader has said, sounding cool on the possibility of forming a so-called "traffic light" coalition. Christian Lindner wants his business-friendly FDP to be kingmakers after Germany's national election on Sunday, at which the future course of Europe's largest economy is at stake after 16 years of steady, centre-right leadership under Angela Merkel. Opinion polls show a coalition of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens with the FDP, dubbed a traffic light alliance due to their party colours of red, green and yellow, is a real arithmetical possibility after the election.
Generation X are heavy, risky drinkers. Will anything ever persuade us to stop?. Alcohol’s allure was powerful when we were growing up and those born after us consume far less. Now booze is falling out of fashion, is it time to assess old habits?
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Boris Johnson and Joe Biden spoke about the case of US citizen Anne Sacoolas, who is alleged to have killed Briton Harry Dunn by dangerous driving.