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Wind power output in Scotland has helped set a new record for the first half of the year, according to an independent conservation group.

Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy found wind turbines provided around 1,039,001MWh of electricity to the National Grid during June.

Renewable energy figures show the power generated last month was enough to supply the electrical needs equivalent to 118 per cent of Scottish households or nearly three million homes.

In the first six months of 2017 enough power was generated to supply more than all of Scotland’s national demand for six days.

Turbines provided 6,634,585MWh of electricity to the National Grid, which analysts say could on average supply the electrical needs of 124 per cent of Scottish households, or more than three million homes.

Scotland’s energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Scotland’s total installed renewable capacity, that’s the amount of renewable electricity we are capable of producing, now stands at 9.3 GW – four times what it was only a decade ago.” independent.co.uk
The London hospital where baby Charlie Gard is being treated for a rare genetic disorder has been receiving death threats.

"The GOSH community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance," Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Chairman Mary MacLeod said in a statement released Saturday.

The terminally ill infant is at the center of an international legal controversy over whether the hospital should support experimental efforts to extend his life.

Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, condemned the threats and said they have experienced a backlash since the hospital revealed them. cnn.com
A nurse has revealed she was charged £80 for parking, on top of parking fees already docked from her wages, because she stayed after her shift as her patient went into cardiac arrest.

Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan described her tale as "extraordinary" and "outrageous" as the extent of parking fines which hit nurses across the UK is revealed.

Sally Plummer told Good Morning Britain: "We would have a certain amount of money taken out of our wages which wasn't a problem, we didn't mind alongside other hospital staff paying for parking.

"But you're not guaranteed a parking space so therefore have to park in public parking spaces."

Mrs Plummer said she no longer works for the NHS because of how much money she was losing on parking tickets.

This comes as NHS staff were left "broken" and face losing their homes after a court ordered them to pay thousands in parking fines racked up at a Cardiff hospital. telegraph.co.uk
A couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their seven children, Swiss media reported on Tuesday.

The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch.

Marcelin Dumoulin, a 40-year-old shoemaker at the time, and his wife Francine, a schoolteacher aged 37, had left their village of Chandolin to milk their cows in a meadow above Chandolin in the Valais canton on August 15, 1942. 

The couple never returned from their trip.

A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Marceline Udry-Dumoulin said she believed the remains were of her parents, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin. 

'We spent our whole lives searching for them, without stopping. We never thought we'd be able to give them the funeral they deserved,' Dumoulin, who was four when her parents went missing, told Le Matin. dailymail.co.uk
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was hopeful that U.S. President Donald Trump would reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, according to weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) on Sunday.

"(Trump) told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months," Macron told the paper, referring to meetings the two leaders had this week in Paris.

"We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord," he added.

Trump has said the Paris accord is soft on leading polluters like China and India, putting U.S. industry at risk. aol.com
The German Chancellor revealed her perspective of the EU changed after Britain voted to quit the bloc last June.

But, despite this, she said she was still determined to fight for even further European integration.

She cited the election of pro-EU Emmanuel Macron as French president as evidence that the bloc remains "strong".

Mrs Merkel said: "For many people, including myself, something changed when we saw the Britons want to leave.

"But we have realised in the past few months that Europe is more than just bureaucracy and economic regulation."

She claimed the "decades of peace" following the Second World War "would have been completely unthinkable without the European Union". express.co.uk