Prince Harry has urged young people to take a break from their phones from time to time. Speaking at an event in Leeds this week, he said youngsters can be overly reliant on technology. He believes that taking a break from our devices can help us become "more effective and efficient", and help us cope with the pace of modern life. Harry also took the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.
Dyson, the technology company, is to undergo a dramatic expansion in the UK by opening a new 210 hectare (517 acre) campus as part of a £2.5bn investment that will support its development of new battery technologies and robotics. The company, led by the billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson, will increase its UK geographical footprint tenfold by developing the campus on a former Ministry of Defence airfield and intends to at least double its workforce of 3,500 over the next few years. The new facility in Hullavington, Wiltshire is part of a £2.5bn investment by Dyson in new technologies and will focus on research and development. The size of the campus and the company's work on batteries, robotics and artificial intelligence will increase speculation that Dyson is developing a driverless electric car. Theresa May said said: "This investment is a vote of confidence in our modern industrial strategy and our determination to cement the UK's position as a world leader in high-tech engineering.
Climate campaigners are up in arms today after the UK chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, offered new tax breaks to the North Sea oil and gas industry. Presenting his first budget since last December's UN Paris climate agreement, Osborne said the petroleum revenue tax on the industry's profits, a tax that was cut from 50 to 35 per cent last year, is now "effectively abolished". The decision is a part of a major overhaul of the tax regime for North Sea hydrocarbon reserves. He said the cut was needed because of low global oil prices. The new tax breaks have been welcomed by the industry.
The transport secretary has said drivers considering buying diesel cars should take a "long, hard think". Chris Grayling made the remarks to the Daily Mail, which said the government was considering a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars. Concerns over nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from diesel vehicles have been raised in recent years. The Department for Transport said Mr Grayling was not telling people to stop buying diesel vehicles. It declined to comment on reports of a new scrappage scheme.
In the lead-up to the 2015 general election in the United Kingdom, the leaders of the three major parties sat down together and signed a statement on climate change policy that would seem unimaginable to Australians. They agreed that "climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today" and undertook to "to work together across party lines to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act". They pledged "to accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient, low-carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation", meaning that the last coal-fired power station will be closed in the United Kingdom in 2025 at the latest. The 2015 UK election – true to the pledge signed by party leaders – saw no real debate over climate change or energy policy, other than a minor skirmish over the balance between on-shore and off-shore wind power. In the context of the deep cuts in pollution and the profound transition in the energy sector agreed by the parties, the absence of bare-knuckled fighting over these policies was amazing for Australian observers.