Douyin, much like TikTok, is particularly popular with young audiences, and so Chbitcoin atm queens nyina's top regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, has urged it to "create a good cyberspace environment for the healthy development of young people".
According to Douyin's user agreement there is no minimum age on the platform, but under 18s must obtain the consent of a legal guardian. On sister app TikTok the minimum age is 13.luna terra coinNew educational content - including science experiments, museum exhibitions and historical explainers - has been launched by Douyin as part of Youth Mode.
Analysis - Kerry Allen, BBC China media analystThese regulations on China's version of TikTok have been a long time coming.For the last three years, official media has been warning that the growing amount of time young Chinese people are spending on the internet is having an impact on their physical and mental health.Data from social media agency We Are Social suggests that Chinese people frequently spend more than five hours a day online, two hours of which is on social media.Although this data doesn't include those under the age of 16, online learning has been very present in young Chinese people's lives over the last year because of Covid-19. Added to that, official broadcaster CGTN says 95% of China's youth population is online nowadays - 183 million minors.
Back in 2018, China's regulators said that they were seeking to limit the amount of time that minors spent online, because of rising levels of near-sightedness among children.Douyin, much like TikTok, is particularly popular with young audiences, and so China's top regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, has urged it to "create a good cyberspace environment for the healthy development of young people".Boddy's team has been using a new, minimally damaging DNA sampling technique to analyse the inoculated wood. It means the researchers are able to take a much smaller sample from the tree and get much more detailed information.
"Fungi are all around us," says Boddy. "Inside every tree trunk, every leaf, every stem, every bit of plant that’s decaying on the floor, in the soil beneath our feet. But we can’t see them which makes studying them very difficult. Now that we can extract DNA we can see exactly what’s there."Boddy is optimistic that fungal inoculation could help speed up the ageing process, and that it's possible to bridge the gap between the ancient trees of today and those of the future. But it’s still too soon to tell. Variables such as tree and fungus species, and climate change will have an impact. And we still know very little about heart-rot – how fungi get inside a tree in the first place, how their communities change over time or how that affects decay.These efforts are also a temporary fix. So, what can we do differently to ensure we never see a generational gap like this again? The Ancient Tree Forum offers land owners advice on how to care for their ancient trees – putting up barriers to protect them from livestock, clearing nearby vegetation that is competing for light, creating a root protection zone and propping up heavy limbs or bracing ageing trunks.The Woodland Trust calls for full legal protection for all ancient trees to prevent further loss, and enforcement of government urban development policies that prevent encroachment on ancient woodlands. Such woodlands could be identified through inventories and more research done into the buffers necessary to protect ancient woodlands from nearby development sites.
In the context of the global biodiversity crisis, with many species in sharp decline, the intricate worlds inside ancient trees might seem like a small piece of the puzzle. But without the unique habitats provided by ancient trees, the health of the wider forest ecosystem – from fungi to butterflies – could be compromised."We need to think beyond our own lifetimes and look after the trees we’ve got now, to give them a chance to grow into ancients," says Rutter. "Trees are fragile, complex chemical factories and major hubs for biodiversity. Without them, many species won’t survive."
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The government is poised to step in to tackle the gas price crisis and carbon dioxide shortage, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said.The move comes as rising wholesale gas costs are forcing smaller providers out of business.Mr Kwarteng told the BBC that lending money to bigger firms to help them take on stranded customers was an option.He also said the government could subsidise the country's biggest carbon dioxide producer to bolster supplies.
The firm, CF Industries, has halted production at two UK plants because rising gas costs, caused by higher demand due to cold weather in Europe and Asia, have made them unviable.Carbon dioxide is essential to the frozen food industry and the shortage has raised fears of more gaps in grocery supplies.
Mr Kwarteng said he had spoken twice to CF Industries' chief executive and was looking at ways to ensure production would resume "as quickly as possible", including subsidies.However, he ruled out nationalising the company, saying he was "averse" to the idea.
Mr Kwarteng denied that failed energy companies would get government bailouts, saying: "I do not think it's the right thing for taxpayers' money to be injected into companies that have been badly run."However, he said the government was exploring the possibility of lending money to bigger energy firms to help them absorb the cost of taking on new customers from companies that had gone bust."If we do have this policy, they will be expected to pay back the loans," he added.Limits on how much energy firms charge customers will stay, the government and the energy regulator have said, despite the price of wholesale gas reaching record highs.On Monday, Mr Kwarteng and energy regulator Ofgem dismissed suggestions that the cap on energy prices would be lifted, saying that keeping it was the "clear and agreed position".Customers on some tariffs are protected from sudden hikes in wholesale gas prices through the energy price cap.
This limits how much firms can charge per unit of gas.The price cap covers 15 million households across England, Wales and Scotland.
Customers will still continue to receive gas or electricity even if the energy supplier goes bust. Ofgem will move your account to a new supplier, but it may take a few weeks. Your new supplier should then contact you to explain what is happening with your accountWhile you wait to hear from your new supplier: check your current balance and - if possible - download any bills; take a photo of your meter reading
If you pay by direct debit, there is no need to cancel it straight away, Citizens Advice says. Wait until your new account is set up before you cancel itIf you are in credit, your money is protected and you'll be paid back. If you were in debt to the old supplier, you'll still have to pay the money back to your new supplier instead
On Monday, Mr Kwarteng dismissed fears of energy shortages, saying: "There is absolutely no question of the lights going out or people being unable to heat their homes."However, the price cap means firms are unable to pass on higher wholesale costs, which is forcing some - mostly smaller companies - to go out of business.The boss of one small firm, Utilita, told the BBC that it was not taking on any new customers because it could not afford to buy enough extra gas to supply them.Utilita chief executive Bill Bullen said that for every 1,000 new customers the firm attracted, it would have to take on £250,000 in additional costs per week.
He said the government would end up spending billions of pounds on the crisis.This money "would have been better spent on getting customers to reduce their energy consumption", he added.
If an energy firm collapses, customers are automatically switched to a tariff provided by the new supplier. This is a tariff agreed with the regulator Ofgem, but it may well be more expensive than the deal they had with the former company which went bust.What is the energy price cap?
The energy cap is the maximum price suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland can charge customers on a standard - or default - tariffOfgem sets the cap level for summer and winter based on the underlying costs to supply energy
Energy bills are already due to rise by an average of £139 a year in October, but the price cap restricts further price hikes over winterThe current price cap is £1,138 a year for standard tariffs, but will rise to £1,277 in OctoberPresentational grey lineThe cost of the wholesale price surge is partly being covered by a 12% rise in the energy price cap next month - the maximum price suppliers are allowed to charge customers on a standard tariff.
The energy price cap was introduced in January 2019 and is reviewed twice a year.It applies only to standard variable or default tariffs. These types of tariff are typically the most expensive plan that a supplier offers.
When fixed energy deals expire, as they generally do after one or two years, customers are likely to be put on these tariffs.So far, four energy firms have gone to the wall, including People's Energy and Utility Point, and four more are expected to follow in the coming days.
Industry sources fear there may be as few as 10 energy suppliers left by the end of the year, down from 70 in January.Opposition politicians have expressed concern, with Labour's shadow economic secretary to the Treasury, Pat McFadden, describing the problems as a crisis that "should have been foreseen".