While still relatively novel in the United States, so-called “green roofs” — urban rooftops covered with grasses, plants and other types of greenery — are becoming increasingly popular around the world. In France, newly built commercial rooftops must sport either greenery or solar panels, according to a recent law. Facebook, meanwhile, recently installed a massive 9-acre green roof at its office in Menlo Park, Calif.

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An international panel of scientists will today launch a major inquiry to discover whether official world temperature records have exaggerated the extent of global warming.

The panel, convened by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the ‘climate sceptic’ think-tank led by the former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson, will focus on thousands of ‘adjustments’ that have been made to temperature records kept at individual weather stations around the world.

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British lawmakers say the government is facilitating the concealment of major weapons deals by supporting the use of licenses that allow hiding payment and client information.

The scheme was revealed in a report by UK’s legislative Committees on Arms Export Control (CAEC), composed of four influential select committees that cover the nation’s military, foreign policy, business and development affairs, The Independent reported on Friday.

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