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Great Britain records two weeks of coal-free electricity generation

 Emissions from a coal fired power plant. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Published on The Guardian website on the 31st May 2019

Great Britain has hit a new power milestone – lasting for a fortnight without using any coal power to generate electricity for the first time since the industrial revolution.

The system which supplies electricity across England, Scotland and Wales went for two weeks without coal at 3:12pm BST precisely, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator.

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Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, warns major UN study


A major UN study has a bleak warning for human beings. Credit: PA

Published on the ITV News website on the 6th May 2019

Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, a greater number than ever before in human history.

That’s according to a major new UN study, which warns wildlife and habitats are declining at an “unprecedented” rate worldwide that directly threatens human beings.

Hundreds of scientists warn the natural world is deteriorating faster than ever as a direct result of human activity, eroding “the very foundations” of economies, livelihoods, food, health and quality of life worldwide.

A huge transformation is needed across the economy and society to protect and restore nature.

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