Intermediate Word:  garnishee -  (a) someone who has been lavishly decorated  (b) receiver of a monetary service reward  (c) to attach a debtor's pay   (d) larch tree
Difficult Word: - prebend  (a) to soften with prior flexing   (b) clergyman's stipend drawn from endowment  (c) familial seborrheic condition  (d) U-shaped jog in a road to circumvent something

Tony Blair at the World Economic Forum in Davos Blair bid for backing on climate  - BBC  Tony Blair is seeking to win US backing for measures to tackle global warming, insisting they did not have to lead to "drastic" cuts in living standards. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, the prime minister said that an international consensus was now emerging on climate change. His speech appeared designed to win over the US administration, which has refused to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol. Mr Blair said that Kyoto and the European carbon emissions trading scheme would be a "powerful driver" not just towards sustainable means of energy generation and industrial production but also for new economic opportunities.     
Snow in Afghanistan   AP Science sceptics meet on climate  - BBC  Left:  Skeptics say the weather is not changing dramatically.  A conference to question whether global warming will have a catastrophic effect is being held in London on 27 January. Another speaker at the London conference is Professor Fred Singer, a former director of the US Weather Satellite Service. Asked whether global warming posed a threat, he told the BBC: "It's certainly not a cause for alarm. The greenhouse warming from increased gas emissions is, as far as we can tell, insignificant. "It's unlikely to be appreciable even a century from now, and we can easily adapt to it."   

Shroud of Turin, Nasa

Turin shroud 'older than thought'  - BBC  Left:  Tests in 1988 concluded the cloth was a medieval "hoax".  The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal. A research paper published in Thermochimica Acta suggests the shroud is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old. Raymond Rogers says his research and chemical tests show the material used in the 1988 radiocarbon analysis was cut from a medieval patch woven into the shroud to repair fire damage. "The radiocarbon sample has completely different chemical properties than the main part of the shroud relic," said Mr Rogers, who is a retired chemist from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, US. It is said to have been restored by nuns who patched the holes and stitched the shroud to a reinforcing material known as the Holland cloth.

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