Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

From BBC News Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range by 2022. It comes as countries around the world put more pressure on car makers …

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

By Roger Harrabin Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change – the official watchdog – says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation – and the committee …

Bitcoin dips below $10,000 for first time since December

From BBC News Bitcoin has traded below $10,000 for the first time since early December. The value of one bitcoin fell to $9,958 (£7,222) before making a slight recovery, according to a price index run by the news site Coindesk. However, it later fell again dipping just below $9,200. That represents a drop of more than 53% since it peaked …

Miners in the fast lane on electric vehicle surge

by Darren Gray In car factories and showrooms, and on highways and streets around the world, a quiet revolution is gathering speed. In ever-growing numbers, motorists in the world’s biggest auto markets are getting behind the wheels of electric vehicles. Experts from UBS believe that worldwide sales of electric vehicles in 2017 will be about 1 million for the first …

White House plans ‘crackdown on legal cannabis’

from BBC.com US President Donald Trump’s top law enforcement official plans to end an Obama-era policy that shielded legal marijuana from federal prosecution. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will repeal a Justice Department 2013 memo which instructed federal prosecutors to deprioritise federal cannabis crimes. The Cole memo allowed states to legalise marijuana, and led to a blooming multi-billion dollar industry. Read …

Is immunotherapy a cancer game changer?

by Dyani Lewis Ron Walker has never been one to shy from a challenge. But at 72, the former lord mayor of Melbourne was thrown a curveball. A pea-sized lump on his forehead turned out to be a melanoma. Once removed, and with the lymph nodes showing all clear, his surgeon was optimistic. Within a year tumours blossomed in his …