WHEN Roosevelt Falgout was a boy, the brackish water that now laps within a few feet of his three-room cabin at Isle de Jean Charles was miles off. “There were only trees all around, far as you could see,” recalls the 81-year-old former oyster fisherman, at home on the Isle,…

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Platooning experiments have been carried out elsewhere in Europe Small convoys of partially driverless lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to…

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Members of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance, including communications spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme, outside Bell Pottinger’s London offices this month A UK public relations firm has been found in breach of an industry code of conduct for a controversial social media campaign, South Africa’s opposition party…

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption We work has space in 16 countries around the world WeWork, the New York start-up that helped pioneer the concept of shared office space, has won a $4.4bn (£3.4bn) vote of confidence from two huge investment groups. SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms and technology giant, is…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The reserve was created in 1984 by the then-military government Brazil’s government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining. The area, covering 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles), straddles the northern states of Amapa and…

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Image copyright Snow Leopard Trust Image caption Some experts are critical of the threat to snow leopards being downgraded Scientists are deeply divided on whether snow leopards are still endangered species, a BBC investigation has found. Some big cat exerts say their population has stabilised and increased in a number…

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Image copyright Nissan The number of cars built in the UK last month rose by almost 8% compared with July 2016, new figures show. Just over 136,000 vehicles were made in British factories, up 7.8% on July last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. Many carmakers…

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Image copyright Reuters The UK food industry has warned that a Brexit workforce shortage could leave a third of its businesses unviable. The Food and Drink Federation said: “Our sector faces a rapidly approaching workforce shortage and skills gap.” In its survey of the “farm-to-fork” supply chain, almost half of…

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