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Reduction of air pollutants in the UK, a progress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2018

UK environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries.

Total emissions from motor vehicles fell 12% from 2012 to 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.

However, the UK remains in breach of European limits for nitrogen oxides in 16 cities.

Nonetheless, environmentalists have welcomed the overall drop in pollutants from cars and lorries.

The UK has been given a final warning from Brussels about its failure to bring down nitrogen oxide levels in cities to acceptable levels.

The government has registered significant progress though in reductions of another gas, the sulfur dioxide.

The report said sulfur dioxide emissions decreased by 29% from 2015 to 2016, dropping to a new low.

This is mainly thanks to the steady closure of coal-fired power stations in the country.  — Reuters

 

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Shooting traumatizes multi-ethnic community in Manchester

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Police officers standing at the attack scene (Screenshot via Reuters video)

 

A multi-ethnic community in the UK’s Manchester City is facing a fresh trauma caused by a shooting incident during which 10 people, including two teenagers, were injured on Sunday morning.

The city was celebrating its annual Caribbean Carnival a day earlier when the streets were filled with laughter and joy, yet merely hours later, around 02:30 on Sunday morning, gunshots shattered the street party and everything was thrown into chaos.

Manchester, which has just managed to get back on its feet after the arena bombing in May last year, is again on its edge, with many fearing that the shooting might be related to terrorism.

“We were all out there enjoying ourselves, then all of a sudden somebody came, all masked up, and then they just started shooting into the crowd, I believe 10 people have been hurt,” said a local resident.

Local police, who are still talking with witnesses in an effort to identify a suspect who is still at large, said that the firearm used in the shooting is a shotgun. The case has now been treated by the police as an “attempted murder”.

Reflecting the case, a local resident expressed her grave concern over the incident’s fallout.

“I worry about the amount of funds that [are] coming to the community to help young people. I worry about the fact that the councils can do more but choose not to do that. I worry about the fact that people are not preventing situations and that they are coming in, looking for, you know, scapegoats and pointing fingers at young people. They have nowhere to go. They’ve shut down youth clubs, they’ve shut down centers, they’ve shut down support groups,” said the resident. — Reuters

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Fire tornado develops from blaze in English village

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018

A fire whirl developing from blaze (Screenshot from Reuters video)

English firefighters were met with a fire tornado on Tuesday (August 7) as they tackled a large blaze in the village of Woodville.

Video uploaded by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service showed the fire tornado, also known as a fire whirl, stretching into the sky from a large plastic pallets blaze.

Fire tornados, which are uncommon in the UK, are caused by thermal currents of warm air rising from the ground, drawing in fire and ash, the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said. — Reuters

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From marshmallow pool to ice cream land: Lisbon museum keeps millennial sweet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

 

The exterior of Sweet Art Museum (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

An unusual pop-up museum in Lisbon is delighting social media-focused visitors with colorful and dreamy displays of giant ice-creams and all thing sweet.

The Sweet Art Museum is Europe’s first exhibition dedicated to happiness, its founders said.

Co-creator Carla Santos says she got the idea from similar exhibitions who are popular in the U.S and she sees this new type of museums spreading across Europe as they appeal the younger, social media-focused generation.

Indeed the displays are designed to offer creative photos opportunities to a public who likes to ‘share’. The museum’s main audience is 15 to 30-year-old girls.

Among the most visually appealing works are the ‘Splash Mallow Pool’: a pool full of fake marshmallows for visitors to dive into and the Candy Wash bathtub.

The exhibition features a total of 8 thematic and scented rooms: Splash Mallow Pool, Happy Hall, Ice Cream Land, Gummy Game, Candy Wash, Pop Circus, Sweet Dreams and Lucky Fruit.

Visitors have access to an app that allows a better interaction with the displays during the tour, which includes virtual reality games, holograms, and photo competitions.

Co-founder Hugo Silva says the digital dimension is key to capturing the attention of tech-savvy millennials.

The museum is open until the end of August. -Reuters

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