Air India starts selling seats in female-only section - BBC Newsbeat. Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project to be backed. Young Russians born this decade face complete smoking ban - BBC Newsbeat. Dementia rates 'higher near busy roads' [05/01/17] Image copyright EPA People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia, research published in the Lancet suggests.
As many as 11% of dementia cases in people living within 50m of a major road could be down to traffic, the study suggests. The researchers, who followed nearly 2m people in Canada over 11 years, say air pollution or noisy traffic could be contributing to the brain's decline. UK dementia experts said the findings needed probing but were "plausible". Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away [06/01/17] Image copyright Adrian Luckman An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.
A long-running rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the most northern major ice shelf in Antarctica. Researchers based in Swansea say the loss of a piece a quarter of the size of Wales will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up. Larsen C is about 350m thick and floats on the seas at the edge of West Antarctica, holding back the flow of glaciers that feed into it. Climate change: Fresh doubt over global warming 'pause' Warming world harming insects' reproduction, says study [10/01/17] Image copyright SPL A warming world harms insects' ability to reproduce, which could have long-term consequences, scientists warn.
UK researchers also found that insects in northern latitudes were more vulnerable than their southern-dwelling cousins. The team added that many insects were unable to move great distances while they are juveniles. Therefore, they are at risk from a warming climate. The findings have been published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Germany 'pollution spike' follows New Year's Eve fireworks [03/01/17] UK car sales at record high in 2016 [05/01/17] Image copyright PA The number of new cars sold in the UK hit an all-time high in 2016.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said 2.69 million cars were registered last year, 2% higher than in 2015. The industry body said 2016's growth was due to "very strong" consumer confidence, low-interest finance deals and the launch of several new models. However, the SMMT says this year is unlikely to set another record, with sales expected to fall by 5-6%. SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said such a fall would not represent "a collapse in the market" and sales would still be at "historically an incredibly high level".
Obama says shift to green energy is 'irreversible' despite Trump [09/01/17] Image copyright Getty Images Renewable energy sources will continue to grow in the US despite the antipathy of the incoming Trump administration, says President Obama.
The President says it's unlikely that power companies will switch back to coal, regardless of Mr Trump's plans to boost production. Oil change? Fossil fuel advocate to run State department. Image copyright Getty Images Good news for environmental campaigners: President-elect Trump has finally nominated someone to his cabinet who actually believes in climate change science.
The bad news for those same campaigners is that this true believer happens to be CEO of Exxon Mobil, and also sees fossil fuels as critical to humanity's survival. Rex Tillerson is undoubtedly an unusual choice for Secretary of State, but perhaps less so when seen against the background of several other Trump nominees supported by the oil and gas industry, including former Texas Governor Rick Perry who is the pick for energy secretary. Have baby boomers stolen the family silver? Image copyright Ian Wells We take it for granted that our children will be better off than us but the so-called millennials - anyone born in the 1980s or 1990s - could become the first generation to earn less than their parents.
And are those parents, mostly baby boomers who benefited from economic good times, tax cuts and free higher education to blame? The figures Baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1965, will on average earn £740,000 during their lives, according to the Resolution Foundation.