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The major fashion brands caught out for faking emissions reductions

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They’re the major fashion brands behind a big climate change con

As it stands, fashion accounts for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions,  making it the second-most polluting industry.  

But now brands are using a loophole to actually increase emissions without consumers knowing.

Over the past two decades, many major brands have signed up to a scheme called the Carbon Disclosure Project.

This is an independent body awarding different grades based on the organisation’s individual environmental performance.

But a new investigation by the Guardian reveals some of the biggest fashion brands including H&M and Nike are claiming a decrease in carbon emissions, despite their actual emissions increasing. 

The companies report their gross global emissions by calculating them against their total revenue.

As long as their emissions increase less than their annual revenue increases, the Carbon Disclosure Project will score a decrease. 

Climate change linked to severe weather events in Southern Africa

Climate change linked to severe weather events in Southern Africa

It’s believed climate change is responsible for a series of heavy storms that battered parts of southern Africa earlier in 2022.

According to researchers, the damage caused by these extreme weather events was also greater because of global warming.

The region was slammed by three cyclones and two tropical storms in the space of just six weeks.

230 people lost their lives and one million others were impacted by the extreme rainfall.

In January, storm Ana caused widespread and devastating damage from Madagascar to Mozambique.

But, a lack of data makes linking the frequency of the storms to climate change difficult.

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Four dead in Russian military plane crash

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Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney

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Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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