The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 26th, 2018 evening edition

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And now, new work by researchers at University College London shows that pockets of this urban jungle store as much carbon per hectare as tropical rainforests.

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and urban trees are critical to human health and well-being.

Trees provide shade, mitigate floods, absorb carbon dioxide (CO₂), filter air pollution and provide habitats for birds, mammals and other plants.

Urban trees are particularly effective at absorbing CO₂, because they are located so close to sources such as fossil fuel-burning transport and industrial activity.

This carbon storage potential is an extremely important aspect of their value, but is very hard to quantify.

The UCL team’s 3D lidar data are helping monitor the state of this “Hardy Ash” tree in its dotage.

This is just one of the ways new science is helping tell the stories of old trees. »

Turkey election: Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his outright election victory in Sunday's poll.

Defeated opposition candidate Muharrem Ince said Turkey was now entering a dangerous period of "one-man rule".

In his victory speech on Monday morning, Mr Erdogan vowed to bring in the new presidential system "rapidly". »

French find “Ratatouille” ever so palatable

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Its Aug. 1 premiere in France drew the fourth-highest opening-day attendance in French movie history.

Reviewers, viewers and even the country’s top chefs are gushing over the movie’s technical accuracy and attention to culinary detail.

“I really liked the way the film managed to mock French chefs by using a rat,” said TV chef Lignac. »

EU refuses to congratulate Erdogan, says conditions for elections ‘not equal’

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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The European Union has refused to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his elections victory, instead stating the conditions for the polls were “not equal.”.

Erdogan emerged victorious in Sunday’s twin presidential and parliamentary elections taking home 52.5 percent of the votes in the presidential race, with over 99 percent of ballots counted.

Relations between Turkey and the EU have deteriorated in recent years amid Ankara’s push to join the EU. »