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News in brief: Shock health warnings put alcohol and snack fans off just like smokers

GRAPHIC health warnings like those on cigarette packets also work for cutting alcohol and snack consumption, a study found. A survey of 5,528 drinkers and 4,618 snack-lovers showed what put them off most was images of bowel cancer, plus liver cancer for drinks and non-specific cancer for chocolate, Cambridge and Bristol universities said.

Queen gets green light for hydro power plant

THE Queen has won a planning battle to build a two-megawatt hydroelectric turbine on her 50,000-acre Balmoral estate. Environmentalists said the plan for the generator on the river Muick was too noisy for wildlife. However, Aberdeen council and the Cairngorms National Park Authority have given their backing.

Mild winter helps smaller birds soar

SMALLER birds that struggle in cold weather thrived in this year’s milder winter, RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch found. Compared with 2019, long-tailed tits, wrens and coal tits were seen in up to 14 per cent more gardens by half a million people who spent an hour bird-watching. Of 8million birds, house sparrows, blue tits and starlings were most seen.

We can save world’s marine life but it will take 30 years

IT IS not too late to save marine life but it will take until 2050, according to scientists. Researchers at the University of York and 15 other colleges have studied the recovery of the humpback whale and say reducing global greenhouse gas emissions is a key factor in its success. Integral to rebuilding marine life are salt marshes, mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs, kelp, oyster reefs, fisheries, megafauna and the deep sea.

Murder hunt after man fatally knifed at fuel station forecourt

A MURDER investigation is under way after a man was stabbed to death at a petrol station. The victim, in his 20s, was knifed on the forecourt of a BP garage in Foleshill, Coventry, on Tuesday night. He later died in hospital. Police are hunting the killer.A resident said: ‘It’s so sad given everything going on at the moment. I feel so sorry for the lad’s family.’


■ PARENTS wanting their children to grow up financially savvy should call them Andrew or Anna. Those were the best performing names in a list of 12million investors, said financial services firm eToro.

■ EXERCISE boosts metabolism and burns fat more than thought, a study shows. Soldiers on an 80-day fitness regime gained more ‘energy-efficient muscle’, research by Sydney university, Australia, found.

■ THE Renault Clio was Europe’s best-selling car in February. It knocked the VW Golf off the top spot with 24,914 sales, according to analysts. Overall, Europe’s monthly sales hit 1,063,264, down seven per cent annually.