Published:  12:01 AM, 07 November 2019

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

Google employees are demanding the company issue a climate plan that commits it to zero emissions by 2030. An online petition posted Monday bears signatures from more than a thousand Google employees. It also calls on Google to decline contracts that would support the extraction of fossil fuels and to avoid collaborating with organizations involved with the oppression of refugees. Amazon and Microsoft employees have similarly called on their employer to take steps for climate change action.

The United States has formally begun the process of pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, which backs a promise that President Donald Trump made in 2017 when he first announced his intention to withdraw from the climate change initiative. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move in a statement on Nov. 4, calling the accord unreasonable. "President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement," Pompeo said. "The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens' access to affordable energy

Apple launched its much anticipated streaming service aptly named Apple TV+. The service enters a competitive consumer landscape with offerings from the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO already clamoring for subscribers. This is in addition to a packed line-up of new entrants slated to hit the market with Disney's offering landing later this month as the most anticipated of the year. While the market is becoming increasingly crowded, what is being lost in much of the "streaming wars" horse race analysis is the reality that not every entrant is competing for the same crown.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned shoppers to check their fridges for more than 80 different types of humus, over fears they could be contaminated with salmonella. The FSA had originally feared that 22 products may contain the harmful bug, though this has now rocketed to 83 as a result of new findings. Consumers are being urged not to eat the products, which have all been manufactured by Zorba Delicacies Limited. Instead, shoppers are advised to return them to the stores in which they were purchased for a full refund. In an alert to shoppers, the Government department advised: "The products listed above might be contaminated with salmonella.

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