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Global trade to gain speed, says WTO

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:15
Global trade will pick up speed and will grow by 4.7% this year and by 5.3% in 2015, says the World Trade Organization.

The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:13

For many older men, life gets better and better — until it gets worse.

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Don't expect greenhouse gas emissions to change

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:12

A new UN report on climate change says greenhouse gas emissions rose faster from 2000 to 2010 than they did in the previous three decades, and the United States is one of the worst offenders.  

Part of the reason why is that the US and China still burn too much coal. In addition, emissions are rising faster because developing countries have joined the party.  

But don't expect things to change much: emissions are just too easy to ignore.

"Carbon dioxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas.  So it’s very easy to emit it without us noticing much or caring," says Dale Jamieson, a professor of environmental studies at New York University.  

The report does say the cost of wind and solar power is going down.  But the US still needs to improve its power transmission lines. 

“There could be barriers and obstacles to getting the energy from where the sun is falling, for example, and getting it to large cities that need it,” says Union of Concerned Scientists senior climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel.

Of course, we could always conserve energy...  

The report says tightening efficiency standards for buildings and vehicles can really help.

 

America's greenhouse gas record isn't getting better

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:12

A new UN report on climate change says greenhouse gas emissions rose faster from 2000 to 2010 than they did in the previous three decades, and the United States is one of the worst offenders.  

Part of the reason why is that the US and China still burn too much coal. In addition, emissions are rising faster because developing countries have joined the party.  

But don't expect things to change much: emissions are just too easy to ignore.

"Carbon dioxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas.  So it’s very easy to emit it without us noticing much or caring," says Dale Jamieson, a professor of environmental studies at New York University.  

The report does say the cost of wind and solar power is going down.  But the US still needs to improve its power transmission lines. 

“There could be barriers and obstacles to getting the energy from where the sun is falling, for example, and getting it to large cities that need it,” says Union of Concerned Scientists senior climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel.

Of course, we could always conserve energy...  

The report says tightening efficiency standards for buildings and vehicles can really help.

 

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:03

The weather may play havoc with the sky-watching on the East Coast, though much of the Midwest and West ought to get a good view.

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PODCAST: Warm reception for retail

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-14 07:01

Americans bought a lot of stuff last month. So much, in fact, that retail sales rose more in March than they have in any other month in the last year and a half. Eugenio J. Alemán, senior economist at Wells Fargo joins us to discuss.

Over the weekend, members of Congress fanned out across the country for a two-week Easter recess. You're thinking Mai Tais on the beach? "Probably not," says Riva Litman, a staffer with the House Republican Conference. "Especially not in Eastern Washington." In an election year, breaks from the Hill are a key time to drum up support - and money - back home.

And, in France, companies and labor unions have come up with a plan to give certain employees a daily rest from emailing, texting or other electronic communication -- an 11 hour rest. If approved by the French government the limits would apply to about a quarter-million consulting, software and other workers. The BBC's Hugh Schofield has been following the development and joins us to talk about it.

Prosecution queries Pistorius' tears

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:59
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".

Clegg outlines garden cities plan

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:49
Up to three new garden cities with more than 15,000 homes each will be built, Nick Clegg announces.

Vietnam key dissidents released

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:49
Vietnam frees two high-profile political activists after the recent release of dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu, amid ongoing free trade talks with the US.

Sampson warns against foreign influx

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:38
England manager Mark Sampson warns that too many foreign players in the Women's Super League could hinder home talent.

Russia destabilising Ukraine - Hague

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:36
Russia is responsible for a "deliberate and premeditated" worsening of the crisis in Ukraine, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

VIDEO: Safety fears end flat blow-up plans

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:34
Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games say five tower blocks will now not be blown up during the opening ceremony amid safety and security concerns.

Day in pictures: 14 April 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:16
News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April

VIDEO: Thousands flee deadly Chile fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 06:09
At least 12 people die in forest fire sparked over the weekend in the hills around the Chilean city of Valparaiso.

Should demolition of buildings be used as entertainment?

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:59
Plans to demolish five tower blocks as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been scotched.

Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:37

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared March 8. More than a month later, no traces of the plane or the 239 people on board have been found. The focus remains on an area of the southern Indian Ocean.

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For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:36

At least a dozen people were killed and more than 2,000 homes destroyed by a large fire that wreaked havoc Saturday and Sunday in the city of Valparaiso. Some 10,000 people have evacuated their homes.

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Ofsted is 'broken', teachers claim

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:14
Teachers accuse England's education watchdog of being broken and not fit for purpose, and call for a charter governing school inspections.

'Banksy' artwork appears near GCHQ

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:10
The "guerrilla artist" Banksy is believed to be behind a piece of street art depicting shadowy figures eavesdropping - three miles from the Government listening post GCHQ.

Rhys Jones role delay 'betrayal'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 05:07
Calls are made for resignations following a shelved attempt to appoint comedian Griff Rhys Jones chancellor of Cardiff University.
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