C02 concentrations hit record high last year
OSLO • Greenhouse gases rose to a symbolic milestone last year, taking climate change into a new phase which could last generations even if governments act to curb man-made global warming, the UN World Meteorological Organisation has said.
Globally-averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main man-made greenhouse gas, reached 400.0 parts per million in the atmosphere for the first time on record and were 44 per cent above levels before the Industrial Revolution.
Russia rejects moves to renew Aleppo ceasefire
MOSCOW • Russia has ruled out early moves to renew its ceasefire in Aleppo after a brief truce ended at the weekend, blaming failures by the US-led coalition and meagre hopes for diplomacy.
Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov yesterday said he also did not see the "conditions" for ministerial-level negotiations on Syria before the US elections on Nov 8, after a Lausanne meeting on Oct 15 that ended with no breakthrough.
Suspect behind airport evacuation arrested
LONDON • British police said yesterday that they had arrested a 25-year-old man in east London in connection with an incident that led to the evacuation of hundreds from London City Airport on Friday.
Several had been taken ill, some coughing violently. The incident may have been caused by CS gas, used for self-defence and crowd control.