Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 12 Feb 2020

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Environmental damage ‘to cost £368bn a year’

Rising food prices, droughts, commodity shortages, extreme flooding and coastal erosion will cost the global economy £368bn a year by 2050 if current rates of environmental degredation continue, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has calculated. The UK will be the third-worst hit nation behind only the US and Japan, with a £16bn annual loss, according to a new report from the conservation charity.

Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire primary

The race to be the US Democratic Party’s candidate in this year’s presidential election saw the oldest candidate, Bernie Sanders, narrowing beating the youngest, Pete Buttigieg, to win the New Hampshire primary yesterday. Former front-runner Joe Biden finished a disappointing fifth.

Actor Jussie Smollett charged over ‘fake attack’

US actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with six counts of lying to Chicago police, a year after similar charges against the Empire star relating to an alleged hoax attack were dropped. Prosecutors allege the 37-year-old staged what appeared to be a homophobic and racist attack against himself in order to get publicity. Smollett denies the claim.

WHO dubs coronavirus ‘public enemy No.1’

The World Health Organization says the new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China is a “very grave threat” and should be considered “public enemy No.1”. However, the rate of infections and deaths from the virus, now called Covid-19, is believed to have slowed in recent days, prompting hopes that containment measures are working.

Westminster Council objects to Holocaust memorial

The UK government will decide later this year whether a planned Holocaust memorial near the Houses of Parliament can go ahead, following an objection from Westminster City Council. The local authority’s planning committee have raised concerns about the impact of the plans on one of the few remaining green spaces next to the River Thames.

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Source:: The Week – All news


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