The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the U.K. and France seeking to phase out vehicles using gasoline and diesel. The looming ban on combustion-engine automobiles will goad both local and global automakers to focus on introducing more zero-emission electric cars to help clean up smog-choked major cities.

Six decades after the construction of the first wave of nuclear power plants, no country has opened a permanent storage site. Spent nuclear fuel and other contaminated material — deadly byproducts of electricity generation — remain stockpiled in temporary locations around Europe and the world, sometimes alongside the reactors where they were used ...The problem is only getting more urgent as power plants across the world near the end of their lives

Peta bought a single share in Hermès, famed for its Kelly and Birkin bags, on the Paris stock exchange in 2015. This was enough to grant Peta activists access to the Hermès annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris last May, where they publicly confronted Hermès chief executive Axel Dumas about animal cruelty allegations ... Peta’s action comes in the wake of its exposé of crocodile farms in Vietnam, which showed animals confined to tiny pits and sometimes cut while still alive.

if the consumption of natural capital were to be taken into account correctly, then a proportion of the growth in world GDP would disappear (the annual extraction of natural resources is close to the world growth in GDP, or roughly 3% per annum at the moment and tends to rise over time, depending on how this is valued)

Trumps... strong stance on fighting Isis and “Islamic terrorism” means he is unlikely to hand control of a country... to a scarcely less hardline group. The Baltic states are nervous about whether a Trump administration would defend them in the event of a Russian attack. Trump’s win certainly makes a president Le Pen more plausible. Trump has promised to reverse decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American embassy there.

The New York Times story treats GMOs as a single entity... The main thrust of that National Academy report was to...stop treating GMOs as a monolith and assess each crop on its merits. It’s not clear that non-GMOs are better: Europe’s rejection of genetic engineering has led to a surge in crops bred via mutagenesis — which has a higher likelihood of generating genetic unknowns... Even if we decide that genetic engineering isn’t worth the risks, we’ll face risks in other forms of breeding.

About 20 years ago, the United States and Canada began introducing genetic modifications in agriculture. Europe did not embrace the technology ... when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany...the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields ... And the United States has fallen behind Europe’s biggest producer, France, in reducing the overall use of ...herbicides and insecticides.

The global “ugly food” movement, promoting the consumption of misshapen produce usually thrown away, has taken off across Europe – from the inglorious fruits and vegetables campaign by French supermarket Intermarché, which led to France banning supermarket food waste; to the UK’s “wonky veg box” scheme and the Spanish social enterprise-run brand Es Imperfect, which sells jams, soups and sauces made from recovered produce.

"If martyrdom is seen as the highest religious calling, then a reasonable expectation would be that the people with the most knowledge about Islamic law (Shariah) would desire to carry out these operations with greater frequency," said the report. However, despite the religious justification that IS uses for suicide missions, "those with the most religious knowledge within the organization itself are the least likely to volunteer to be suicide bombers," the study found.

not every country experiences a “parenting happiness gap” like the United States does ... in eight countries – Portugal, Hungary, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and Russia – parents actually reported being happier than non-parents ... On average, an American parent reports being 12 percent unhappier than a non-parent...the biggest gap in the 22 countries the researchers looked at ... U.S. policies – or, more accurately, the lack of them – are likely to be the fundamental cause