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Over 100 nations promise to end deforestation by 2030

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More than 100 world leaders have signed a historic pact to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, in a deal that has been hailed by some observers as one of the “first major outcomes” from the COP26 Climate Summit.

The UK, the US, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Canada, and Russia are among the countries to sign the agreement, which is set to be announced at a forest and land use event tomorrow at COP26 by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK government confirmed late last night.

In his address to world leaders at the event, Johnson is expected to hail the new agreement – which reportedly has been signed by governments responsible for the 85 per cent of the world’s forests – as an “unprecedented” step forward for efforts to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger says the company is investing US$95 Billion to open European plants, but no longer considering the UK after Brexit

Daniel Thomas, BBC »

Intel wants to boost its output amid a global chip shortage that has hit the supply of cars and other goods.

The firm – which is one of the world’s largest makers of semiconductors – says the crisis has shown that the US and Europe are too reliant on Asia for its chip-making needs.

Intel is investing up to $95bn (£70bn) on opening and upgrading semiconductor plants in Europe over the next 10 years, as well as boosting its US output.

But while Mr Gelsinger said the firm “absolutely would have been seeking sites for consideration” in the UK, he said Brexit had changed this.

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To help counter China’s claims in the Pacific, Australia is getting nuclear submarines

Updated Sept 16, 2021 »


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The Biden administration took a major step on Wednesday in challenging China’s broad territorial claims in the Pacific, announcing that the United States and Britain would help Australia to deploy nuclear-powered submarines, adding to the Western presence in the region.

If the plan, announced on Wednesday by President Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, comes to fruition, Australia may be conducting routine patrols that could sail through areas of the South China Sea that Beijing now claims as its own exclusive zone, and range as far north as Taiwan. The announcement is a major step for Australia, which until recent years has been hesitant to push back directly at core Chinese interests.

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» UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China » BBC

» US, UK and Australia forge military alliance to counter China » The Guardian

» US, Britain, Australia announce new security pact to counter China » France 24

All electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is being tested by seven UK police forces

Ford Mustang Mach-E police concept

Ford Mustang Mach-E police concept

Autocar »

A Ford Mustang Mach-E police concept has been unveiled at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham, following several requests from forces around the country to evaluate the electric SUV.

Seven UK forces – the Metropolitan Police, Sussex, Surrey, South Wales, Dyfed-Powys, Devon and Cornwall, and Police Scotland – have either tested the Mustang Mach-E or asked for a full report on a specially built prototype.

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