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Obama: We're not moving fast enough on climate change

World leaders must agree to cut carbon emissions at a UN summit in December because the climate is changing faster than efforts to curb global warming, US President Barack Obama has said during a visit to Alaska.

Barack Obama Credit: RTV

The three-day visit is aimed at highlighting the state's melting permafrost and eroding coastlines.

During the visit, US President Barack Obama will trek with British TV adventurer Bear Grylls to observe the effects of climate change on the area.

Obama is trying to build support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal at a UN summit in Paris in December.

Speaking at a meeting of foreign ministers in Alaska, Obama said: "Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. That ladies and gentleman must change. We're not acting fast enough.

"This year, in Paris, has to be the year that the world finally reaches an agreement to protect the one planet that we've got while we still can."



Firms face fines of up to £20k for failing to pay living wage

Businesses that fail to pay staff the new national living wage face fines of up to £20,000 under plans unveiled by David Cameron.

David Cameron Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister said employers would "pay the price" and bosses could be barred from acting as directors if they did not ensure the wage boost was passed on.

From next April, firms will have to pay all workers aged over 25 at least £7.20 an hour - up from £6.50 now.

Currently a firm is fined 100% of arrears for non-payment of the minimum wage but that will double to 200% when the new living wage comes in to force. The maximum is expected to be £20,000.

Any employer found guilty of non-compliance could be prevented from becoming a company director for 15 years

Guantanamo Bay closure options weighed up by Obama

The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.

White House weighing up Guantanamo Bay closure options Credit: Reuters

The best route for closing the prison would be winning congressional approval to do so, spokesman Josh Earnest said.

But President Barack Obama, who has repeatedly pledged to close the prison, has faced opposition from congressional Republicans who passed laws blocking any move to transfer Guantanamo inmates to prisons in the United States.

Asked if Obama would consider taking executive action to close the prison if Congress blocks him, Mr Earnest said: "The president and his team are always considering a wide array of options.

"But the fact is the best way for us to do this is for members of Congress of both parties to work effectively with the administration".

The White House said last month that it would soon be sending a plan to Congress to close the prison.

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