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What’s wrong with gas hobs?

Image copyright Getty Images Gas hobs could become a thing of the past if recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change are implemented. What could this mean? What is wrong with using gas hobs? Gas hobs and gas boilers use fossil fuels which produce greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists believe these gases are contributing to global warming by increasing the temperature of the planet. This is a problem because the UK is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 based on 1990 levels. This has recently become even…

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Batley ‘gas explosion’ leaves five people hurt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThree people suffered burn injuries in the blast At least five people have been hurt in a suspected gas explosion at a flat. A number of people suffered burn injuries in the blast on Hick Lane, Batley, West Yorkshire Police said. One witness reported hearing a “massive bang” and said he saw people covered in blood fleeing from the building. A police spokesman said no-one appeared to have suffered “life-threatening” injuries, and some local residents had been evacuated from their homes as…

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Laughing gas laws not working, says ex-chief crown prosecutor

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionManchester shops ‘selling laughing gas for balloons’ The law governing the sale of nitrous oxide, widely known as laughing gas, is simply not working, a former senior prosecutor has said. Legislation introduced in 2016 made it illegal to sell the gas, also known as “noz”, for psychoactive purposes. But undercover BBC journalists easily bought nitrous oxide by phone, online and in person at two Manchester shops. Former North West of England Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal, said the law was clearly failing…

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How the global trade in tear gas is booming

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tear gas was fired at migrants by both Mexican and US authorities last month When the US border control agents used tear gas against migrants seeking asylum at the southern border, it was a high-profile incident in a decade that has seen rising use of tear gas around the world. On the surface, Noor Noor and Terry Burns don’t have much in common. The former is a 28-year-old student at Cambridge, getting a degree in environmental conservation that he plans to use back home in…

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Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne gang used oxy-acetylene canisters to cause an explosion Thieves are increasingly trying to smash or blast their way into UK cash machines – with the number of attacks on ATMs nearly doubling in four years. Attempts to steal cash have risen from 400 attacks in 2014 to 723 last year, according to a report by ATM operator Cardtronics. It said one in five incidents in Europe occurred in the UK. Thieves are generally unsuccessful, with 41% of cases resulting in cash…

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Bacton Gas Terminal to be protected by sandscaping plan

Image copyright North Norfolk District Council Image caption This is how the coastline at Bacton and Walcott would look after sandscaping A £22m “sandscaping” plan to protect a gas terminal from coastal erosion has been approved by planners. The scheme would see a 3.5-mile (5.6km) stretch of north Norfolk protected by 1.8 million cubic metres of sand. Sandscaping, as it is known, will defend the area from cliff erosion and reduce the risk of flooding by extending the size of the beach. The “innovative” project, which could start next year,…

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France fuel protests: Tear gas fired in clashes in Paris

Image copyright AFP Image caption The clashes broke out before the official demonstration even began Police and protesters have clashed in Paris ahead of a third weekend of mass “yellow vest” demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices. Police fired tear gas while several officers had yellow paint thrown at them. At least 16 people were arrested. Thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest at fuel costs and the high cost of living. President Macron struck a conciliatory tone earlier in the week but said he would…

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Migrant caravan: US fires tear gas at Mexico border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Desperate migrants made a run for the US border in Mexico US border guards have used tear gas against a group of migrants attempting to storm the US border with Mexico. Video footage shows dozens of people running towards the fence that separates the two countries near the city of Tijuana, while photos show clouds of tear gas rising into the air. The US has also closed the border crossing to vehicles and pedestrians. Tensions have been high in the Mexican city since the arrival…

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Syria war: Aleppo ‘gas attack’ sparks Russia strikes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dozens of people in Aleppo were treated with breathing difficulties overnight Russia has carried out air strikes against Syrian rebels it accuses of launching a chemical attack on the government-held city of Aleppo. Both Syria and its Russian allies say shells carrying toxic gas injured about 100 people late on Saturday. State media showed images of Aleppo residents being treated in hospital as they struggled to breathe. The rebels deny carrying out a chemical strike and say the claims are a pretext for an attack…

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