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Archive for July, 2017

High risk of ‘unprecedented’ winter downpours – Met Office

July 24, 2017

There’s an increased risk of “unprecedented” winter downpours such as those that caused extensive flooding in 2014, the UK Met Office says. Their study suggests there’s now a one in three chance of monthly rainfall records being broken in England and Wales in winter. The estimate reflects natural variability plus changes in the UK climate […]

The city that makes the most expensive boats in the world

Wandering along the beach in Italy’s Viareggio you could be forgiven for thinking it’s simply a holiday resort. Yet the umbrella-lined, sandy beaches dotted with tourists mask another role, one at the heart of the shipping industry. This unassuming seaside city is where some of the world’s largest and most exclusive vessels are made. Its […]

Glastonbury gap year to be filled by new BBC Music festival

With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018, there’s already one new festival hoping to fill the mud-and-music gap. The BBC has announced plans to host The Biggest Weekend while Glasto has its traditional fallow year. The four-day festival will take place in May across four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The […]

Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn’

Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the National Grid. If they […]

UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal

The UK is to hold its first talks with the US to try to sketch out the details of a potential post-Brexit trade deal. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will spend two days in Washington with US counterpart Robert Lighthizer. EU rules mean the UK cannot sign a trade deal until it has left the […]

IMF downgrades UK and US growth forecasts

The UK and US economies will expand more slowly in 2017 than previously predicted, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It said “weaker-than-expected activity” in the first three months of the year meant the UK would grow by 1.7%, compared with an earlier 2% forecast. The IMF also revised down its US growth forecast […]

Giant Australian spider turns up in Surrey container

July 21, 2017

An Australian spider the size of a guinea pig left removal men running scared when it turned up in Surrey. The 18cm huntsman was found in a shipping container of family belongings in Merstham, near Redhill, on Thursday. It survived 10,000 miles of travel over three months and RSPCA officer Annie Janes said it was […]

Divers recover World War Two Highball bomb from Loch Striven

A team of divers have recovered a historic Highball bouncing bomb from a loch in Argyll. More than 200 of the spherical bombs were tested at Loch Striven during World War Two but were never used. Members of the British Sub-Aqua Club and the Royal Navy have successfully lifted one of them, and hope to […]

Audi offers diesel emissions upgrade for 850,000 cars

German carmaker Audi is offering a free software upgrade for 850,000 diesel cars in order to improve emissions. Audi said the upgrade would “improve emissions behaviour in real driving conditions further beyond existing legal requirements”. The carmaker added it was convinced the programme would counteract possible bans on diesel cars. In recent days, rival German […]

UK government borrowing rises in June

Government borrowing increased last month after the state was forced to pay higher interest on its debt. Public sector net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, rose to £6.9bn in June, up £2bn from a year earlier. The government’s debt costs jumped by more than a third in June from a year earlier after rising inflation pushed […]

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