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April 25th, 2017 by admin

Wax moth larvae are usually bred as fish bait, but a chance discovery has revealed their taste for plastic – which could be used to beat polluting plastic

For caterpillars that are bred as premium fish bait, it must rank as a better life. Rather than dangling on the end of a hook and wondering what comes next, the grubs are set to join the war on plastic waste.

The larvae of wax moths are sold as delicious snacks for chub, carp and catfish, but in the wild the worms live on beeswax, making them the scourge of beekeepers across Europe.

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April 25th, 2017 by admin

All travellers from Europe could face ban aimed at thwarting terrorists who want to smuggle explosives in electronic gadgets

The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from carrying laptops, sources have told the Guardian.

The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Brinkmanship won’t convince Kim Jong-un to negotiate. It can serve only to strengthen North Korea’s belief in the indispensability of its warheads

Anyone who harbors the illusion that President Trump will be able to threaten North Korea into peacefully giving up its nuclear weapons should think about Libya.

Muammar Gaddafi was the Kim Jong-un of his day, an exceptionally eccentric leader of a rogue state that managed to make itself a pariah among the nations of the world. Gaddafi famously traveled in the company of an all-female security force, advocated the destruction of Switzerland, and also, for a time, sought to turn Libya into a nuclear stronghold.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Campaigners attack government request to be allowed to breach Monday deadline to publish air quality plan

The government is facing renewed pressure after a last-minute attempt to delay the publication of its plan to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis.

Ministers were under a court direction to produce tougher draft measures to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution, which is largely caused by diesel traffic, by 4pm on Monday. The government’s original plans had been dismissed by judges as so poor as to be unlawful.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Short-termism rules in domestic politics, but two new reports expose the problems austerity has built up for policymakers

The government committed itself to reviewing the crisis-ridden funding of social care with a new green paper shortly before Theresa May called the general election. Two new high-profile reports, however, highlight how difficult and far-reaching a task this is likely to be for whatever government comes into power in June.

The present administration has had two major self-imposed constraints in relation to social care: its commitment to maintaining “austerity”-style spending limits and its ideological belief in the “small state”. However, as these reports suggest, this may be the biggest ever testing ground for such propositions and political parties contending for power may need to offer something very different if they want to make any real impact on the social care crisis.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have progressed to the runoff on 7 May

11.27am BST

The Spanish foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, has expressed his hope that Macron will win the second round of the French presidential election. He hopes a victory in the French presidential election for Emmanuel Macron would mark a break in the rise of extremist populist parties in Europe.

Speaking to Spain’s Cadena Ser radio, Dastis stressed the need for caution, but added that a win for Macron in the second round against Marine Le Pen would be “good news because his project for Europe is the closest to that of the Spanish government”.

11.19am BST

Macron has apparently left his home, where he thanked supporters and signed autographs, and is expected to address journalists at the headquarters of En Marche shortly.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Shares surge across Europe as investors welcome the prospect of Emmanuel Macron becoming France’s next president

11.34am BST

Britain’s factory bosses have reported that 2017 got off to a good start, but there may be tougher times ahead.

“UK manufacturers are enjoying strong growth in demand from customers in the UK and overseas, and continue to ramp up production.

“Exports have surged and firms are at their most optimistic about selling overseas in over four decades. Even so, the combination of the weak pound and recovering commodity prices means that cost pressures continue to build, and manufacturers report no sign of them abating over the near-term.”

11.13am BST

Bloomberg have a rather neat scoreboard showing the state of the markets today.

The green on the scoreboard today is so bright, it almost makes your eyes hurt https://t.co/bDcZONjLck pic.twitter.com/0BFrU7X7OM

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron is estimated to have taken 23.75% of the first round vote in the French presidential election on Sunday. National Front leader Marine Le Pen finished second with 21.53%. François Fillon and Benoît Hamon, who both conceded defeat, called on their supporters to back Macron

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April 24th, 2017 by admin

11.42am BST

No wickets at Old Trafford, Edgbaston or the Ageas so far. All very tranquil.

11.40am BST

Cook reached 20,000 first-class runs a little while ago. Well done him.

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April 24th, 2017 by admin
  • Former New York mayor defends Paris climate deal in new book
  • Bloomberg argues states and markets will ensure US hits emissions goals

The former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged world leaders not to follow Donald Trump’s lead on climate change, and declared his own intention to stave off the “tragedy” that would be the collapse of the Paris climate deal.

Related: Trump aides abruptly postpone meeting on whether to stay in Paris climate deal

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