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French hostage beheaded in Algeria

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:57
France confirms an Algerian jihadist group linked to IS has beheaded 55-year-old tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday.

'Fake Sheikh' drugs trial collapses

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:49
The trial of a man accused of drug dealing by reporter Mazher Mahmood, known as the Fake Sheikh, collapses.

Monarch staff agree to 30% pay cut

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:46
Travel firm Monarch says its staff have agreed to pay cuts of up to 30% to secure the future of the airline.

AUDIO: 'I lost ten family members to Ebola'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:39
A man from Liberia says ten members of his family have been killed after contracting the Ebola virus.

Hollande: French Hostage 'Assassinated' By Algerian Extremists

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:38

The group calling itself Soldiers of the Caliphate released a video purportedly showing the beheading of kidnapped mountain guide Herve Gourdel.

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Cook decision a long-term risk - Agnew

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:31
Alastair Cook could be exhausted by the time of the Ashes next year, but his determination is admirable, writes Jonathan Agnew.

Here's how we'll cut down on greenhouse gases

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:11

This is Climate Week in New York City. About 300,000 people marched to call attention to global warming Sunday. On Tuesday at the United Nations, President Obama and more than 100 heads of state gathered to push for a low-carbon future, to combat global warming. The balance of the week is conferences and public events up and down Manhattan.

But let's be honest: Raise your hand if you have climate fatigue. Again with the parts per billion, the Arctic shelf, the guilt.

Business types in New York are trying to change the way we talk about climate change. So we will, too. Make it less about selflessness and altruism. More about investments, markets and dare we say, greed.
 
So, you may have asked yourself, what can I do on climate change? Bike to work? Eat locally grown food?
 
"When people ask me that question, and they do, my response is always the same," says Robert Stavins, an environmental economist at Harvard. Be prepared: his answer stings.
 
"What you will be able to accomplish or contribute through your solo actions," he says, "is so small it is lost in the noise."
 
The problem is too big. Stavins says you need scale, preferably for the lowest possible cost, to reduce the amount of carbon going into the atmosphere. Environmental bang for the buck.
 
One big bang is coal power. That's 44 percent of world emissions right there. Cleaner alternatives are solar, wind and natural gas.
 
"One of the most important opportunities for reducing CO2 emissions is to make sure that gas is replacing coal in electricity generation," says Helge Lund, president and CEO of Statoil, the Norwegian energy giant..
 
But in order to speed it up, Lund says, "You have a significantly higher CO2 price."

That's the "buck" part. Here's the idea: Fossil fuels pollute. So policymakers can take that environmental cost and add it to the price of fossil energy. That is, raise the price. That makes low-carbon technology more competitive.
 
Which ones would deploy? Natural gas? LED lights? Solar? Coal plants that bury emissions underground? Stavins says governments don't have to pick. Investors and customers will.
 
"That's the virtue of a carbon pricing mechanism," he says. "It will automatically draw to the fore those technologies, those practices which are lowest cost."
 
For instance, if solar is the cheapest best option for household power, consumers will pick that. Solar-panel seller IKEA thinks they will. Here's President and CEO Peter Agnefjall.
 
"I think we'll halve the installed cost over the next 10 years of solar," he says. "So it's great sense to do it today. It will be unthinkable not to do it in 10 years' time."
 
Could he be wrong? Perhaps more money will pick wind energy. In certain places, it's cheaper, says Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
 
"So if you look at the Great Plains in the U.S., you look at Brazil," Liebreich says. "You look at Australia, you look at India, you look at China. If you want really cheap electrical power, you build a wind farm now."

Now, on the other hand, he says, "You've got some very expensive technologies people would like to believe are part of the solution. Offshore wind is being done, but it's expensive. But then you can go up to wave power and then, always, on transportation, fuel cells.
 
Of course, down the road fuel cells may get cheaper. But the point is, customers and investors have no interest in overpaying. With a carbon price, the low-cost, low-CO2 products win.  An efficient, shall we say cheapskate, road to a low-carbon future.

The U.S. Bombing Campaign: Is It War Or Counterterrorism?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:11

President Obama has been reluctant to call it a war, yet the administration and the Pentagon boast of a 40-nation coalition and warn of a military operation that could last for years.

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Vatican Arrests Defrocked Archbishop On Sex Charges

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 09:01

Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was defrocked earlier this year, has been accused of paying for sex with children while he was papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

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VIDEO: Is the iPhone 6 prone to bending?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:57
Marc Cieslak of BBC Click puts the iPhone 6 through some stress tests, in an unscientific test.

Golf 'now my girlfriend' - McIlroy

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:48
Rory McIlroy rules out a relationship for the foreseeable future four months after his split with Caroline Wozniacki.

When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except For Wine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:46

If you raised the price of Don Draper's cigarettes, would he have cut back on the whiskey? Probably not, but it works on most beer and spirits drinkers, a study finds. Wine drinkers, not so much.

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Will Miliband's deficit slip haunt him?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:38
Will Miliband's deficit slip haunt him?

Cameron in talks with Iran's Rouhani

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:31
The UK's prime minister meets Iran's president for the first time since the country's revolution in 1979.

Jones attacks devolution response

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:28
First Minister Carwyn Jones fears the break up of the UK within 10 years because of the UK Government's response to fall-out of the Scottish "No" vote.

Miliband insists deficit 'priority'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:27
The Labour leader admits leaving out a part of his conference speech about the deficit but insists he covered his plans for economy.

Kidnapped Mexican congressman killed

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:25
The authorities in Mexico say a body found in a burned out car in central Zacatecas state is that of federal lawmaker Gabriel Gomez Michel.

Conductor Christopher Hogwood dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:16
British conductor Christopher Hogwood dies aged 73 following an illness.

VIDEO: Is it a plane, is it a scooter?

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:10
Japan's Air Self Defence Force has marked the 60th anniversary of its founding with a display using plane-shaped scooters.

VIDEO: Tears at 91-year-old's NHS plea

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:02
A 91-year-old gives a passionate plea for the NHS as he recalls harsh times growing up and the death of his sister.

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