France backs down
on new climate pact
France has offered a key concession to the US on the eve of historic climate talks in Paris, saying a new global climate accord will not be called a "treaty" and might not contain legally binding emissions reduction targets, UK's Finacial Times reported. In a significant climbdown, Laurent Fabius, French foreign minister, said signatories to the planned deal would still be legally required to meet many of its terms but most likely not the carbon-cutting goals underpinning the agreement. "The accord needs to be legally binding. It's not just literature," Mr Fabius told the Financial Times. "But it will probably have a dual nature. Some of the clauses will be legally binding."
Jovago wants hoteliers
to promote ecotourism
The changing weather patterns as a result of global climate change affects the tourism sector in many ways. One aspect of tourism that faces dire consequences of climate change is the winter holidays, mountaineering and beach recreation. “It’s no longer a far-flung effect” as Estelle Verdier who heads Jovago.com, a leading online hotel booking website, explains while outlining the effects of climate change on tourism, “we encourage our hotel partners to take the eco-tourism campaign seriously and our guests to travel responsibly because it is high time we realized that the environment is facing a battle for existence; a battle which if lost could well mean the trip they are on could be the last they enjoy.”
Act on pollution, Uhuru
tells developed nations
President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked leaders from developed nations to secure legally binding commitments regarding climate change. The President, in his address to some 150 heads of state and government in Paris earlier this week, insisted that developed nations support developing nations with technology, finance and capacity building to enable them manage climate change. He also wanted them to be fair in the application of rules governing emissions. “We look forward to an ambitious Paris Climate Change Agreement, in accordance with the objective, principles and provisions of the Convention,” the President said.
100 faster than WIFI
Step aside, Wi-Fi. Scientists have just taken to the streets with a new wireless technology called Li-Fi, and it's 100 times faster than current speeds.
Li-Fi transmits data using visible light communication, and it's now being tested in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia. This new wireless system hit speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab, and has the potential to revolutionize internet usage. Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland invented Li-Fi in 2011. Haas demonstrated that he could transmit more data than a cellular tower by flickering light from a single LED, according to ScienceAlert. The system isn't likely to replace Wi-Fi entirely in the years to come, and ripping out the existing infrastructure isn't feasible. But the two could be used in partnership to create faster and safer networks.