Earth, Climate.

The overwhelming consensus amongst scientists is that climate change and global warming is caused by humans; that it’s having a damaging affect on weather patterns, accelerating extinction of wildlife, negatively impacting on agriculture, water supply, sea level, air quality. If we don’t radically change our diets, our fuel supply, the way capitalism recklessly plunders the world’s dwindling resources, we will enter a period of global food shortages, mass migration and conflict.

  • Welcome to the Biden administration: what do the key picks mean for Australia?
    From China tensions to climate change to economic recovery, Australia and the US have a rocky road to travel together in 2021The arrival of the Biden administration could change some of the “atmospherics” in the tense relationship between the US and China, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison suggested this week. As the Australian government seeks…
  • ‘Why did it take nine hours to go 130 miles in our new electric Porsche?’
    A Kent couple love their new car – but their experience suggests there are problems with the charging networkA couple from Kent have described how it took them more than nine hours to drive 130 miles home from Bournemouth as they struggled to find a working charger capable of producing enough power to their electric…
  • 'Grain to glass' distiller hopes to put Wales on world's whisky map
    In The Welsh Wind distillery already taking orders for 30-litre casks of ultra-local spiritThe barley has been grown in fields with spectacular views over Cardigan Bay and malted on a local farm. The all-important water comes from springs deep beneath the Welsh countryside.A small distillery in west Wales is at the centre of what it…
  • 'It’s as easy as from a big-box retailer': ethical and local options for Christmas shopping
    This Christmas, you can shop online and still do your bit for local stores, charities – and the planetIf sustainability, ethics and fairness are on your Christmas list, putting in a bulk order at Amazon is not the best way to tick them off. The world’s biggest online retailer may offer quick delivery and competitive…
  • Weatherwatch: rural areas feel the heat from urbanisation
    Impact of replacing vegetation with asphalt extends far beyond city boundaries, study revealsMore concrete equals more heat. We’ve heard about the urban heat island effect, where replacing vegetation with asphalt leads to greater localised warming, but what impact do urban heat islands have on the countryside around them? A new study, published in Environmental Research…
  • The Frant: Australia still doesn't have a real climate policy. Why are we like this? – video
    More than 70 countries have signed up to net-zero emissions by 2050. But not us! In the latest episode of The Frant for Guardian Australia, Jan Fran explains how we’re still playing politics with climate change Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2020/nov/28/the-frant-australia-still-doesnt-have-a-real-climate-policy-why-are-we-like-this-video
  • Lost species day: celebrities to champion threatened wildlife
    Amitav Ghosh, Margaret Atwood and Emma Thompson are among 20 activists and cultural figures to speak at Writers Rebel eventWriters and activists including Emma Thompson, Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh are to speak about their favourite endangered animals as part of a remembrance day for lost species.The snow leopard, pangolin and vaquita porpoise are among…
  • Romania accused of 'silence' over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep
    An investigation into the Queen Hind sinking a year ago is yet to be published and the live export trade continues to boomRomania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep. Rescuers who rushed to…
  • Climate crisis making autumn leaves fall earlier, study finds
    Report suggests tree growth will not store nearly as much carbon as scientists hopedGlobal heating appears to be making trees drop their leaves earlier, according to new research, confounding the idea that warmer temperatures delay the onset of autumn.The finding is important because trees draw huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and therefore…
  • More than 3 billion people affected by water shortages, data shows
    UN warns about consequences of not conserving water and tackling climate crisisWater shortages are now affecting more than 3 billion people around the world, as the amount of fresh water available for each person has plunged by a fifth over two decades, data has shown.About 1.5 billion people are suffering severe water scarcity or even…
  • Charmed in lockdown: garden birds by Denis Thorpe – in pictures
    The former Guardian photographer Denis Thorpe, 88, has been shielding at home in Stockport for most of the year and taking pictures of his garden and its visitors. The images are to be published in a book, Birds in my Lockdown GardenGuardian Print Shop: Denis ThorpeI’ve spent most of my working life photographing people and…
  • If bugs escape I'm a Celebrity 'they could cause severe problems', says Chris Packham
    Springwatch presenter adds to warnings of threat to Welsh countryside if non-native species get outParts of the Welsh countryside could become permanently damaged if creatures used in I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! escape, conservationists have warned, amid growing calls to ban the use of live animals on the show.North Wales police…
  • The Cerrado: how Brazil’s vital ‘water tank’ went from forest to soy fields
    The Cerrado savannah has become an agricultural powerhouse, but wildlife, forests and local communities have paid the priceRevealed: UK supermarket and fast food chicken linked to deforestation in BrazilHow can we stop using soya linked to deforestation?It took just a few decades for Brazilian agriculture to transform its tropical savannah hinterlands – the Cerrado –…
  • How can we stop using soya linked to deforestation?
    From feeding insects to chickens to tracking produce, a range of options aim to curb appetite for soya that harms the environmentRevealed: UK supermarket and fast food chicken linked to deforestation in BrazilThe Cerrado: how Brazil’s vital ‘water tank’ went from forest to fields for soyaNearly all soya is used by the farming sector as…
  • Meet the South Poll cow: the healthier, naturally raised cattle of the future?
    Most US cattle are bred to be require grain rations and antibiotics but the small-framed red cow thrives on a grass-only diet – with benefits to the environmentMissouri rancher Greg Judy spots a six-month-old South Poll heifer calf in his herd that is a prime example of what he calls a “good doing cow”. A…
  • Is it a bird? Is it a bee? No, it's a lizard pollinating South Africa's 'hidden flower'
    How a chance encounter with a ‘weird plant’ in the Drakensberg mountains led to a startling discoveryTowards the end of 2017, PhD candidate Ruth Cozien and her husband Dr Timo van der Niet were attending a citizen science workshop high up in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains when they stumbled across “this weird plant with green…
  • Specieswatch: each octopus arm may have a mind of its own
    Mollusc’s neurons located in body and arms enable complex work independent of central brainOne of the most remarkable creatures on the planet is the common octopus, or Octopus vulgaris, which is now well established in UK waters as our seas warm because of the climate crisis. It has three hearts, and eight limbs with 200…
  • Joe Biden announces John Kerry as pick to be first ever US climate envoy – video
    President-elect Joe Biden seeks to blunt criticism from leftwingers as he formally introduces his first round of cabinet nominations, by emphasising the fight against the climate crisis.Biden says that in John Kerry, a former secretary of state and presidential nominee, America will have a full-time climate leader for the first time, someone with ‘a seat at every…
  • Extinction Rebellion Podcast Episode 17 – No More Lies, with Zadie Smith, George Monbiot, and Jay Griffiths and more at Tufton Street
    Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic Live on all platforms NOW Credit: Kelly Hill | No More Climate Lies: Writers target secretive Tufton Street lobby groups, September 02, 2020. Featuring Jessica Townsend, Writers Rebel co-founder, Mark Rylance, Juliet Stevenson, Caroline Lucas, George Monbiot, Laline Paull, Carmen Callil, Esther Standford-Xosei, Rupert Read, Zadie Smith, Anouchka…
  • Landscape of fear: why we need the wolf
    The wolf is considered a threat to our way of farming, but our fear may be misplaced. Perhaps predators are needed to bring nature back into balanceThere’s a monument near Brora, 60 miles short of John o’Groats, that claims to mark the spot where the last wolf in Sutherland was killed. I pass it often…
  • Midnight Oil has always been about social justice, the earth's beauty and hope through action | David Ritter
    The band, who will receive a human rights award this week, was formative in the political activation of so many people of my generationOn a road trip back from somewhere in mid-2016 the talk turned to personal origin stories, as is wont when the miles are long.There were four of us in the car, all…
  • Extinction Rebellion Launches #MoneyRebellion: Fighting for Life through Financial Disobedience
    Email: moneyrebellionpress@protonmail.com Phone:  +1 845 269 2185 (WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal)Website | Twitter | Facebook  | Instagram  | YouTube  | £R Images#ItsKillingUs #MoneyRebellion #10PointSham Extinction Rebellion’s Money Rebellion, drawing from the long history of demanding justice via financial disobedience, is a sustained campaign to expose the political economy’s complicity in the climate & ecological emergency [1]  Money…
  • Such a sensitive flower: do plants really have personalities?
    Plants are compulsive communicators, but now one expert thinks they may also have different character traits – with some more nervy than othersName: Plant personalities.Age: Possibly millions of years old. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2020/nov/23/sensitive-flower-do-plants-really-have-personalities
  • European governments failing to protect citizens from air pollution, data reveals
    Pollutants from farming, heating and vehicles beyond levels needed to ensure breathable airGovernments across Europe are failing to protect their citizens from toxic air pollution, with most Europeans still breathing filthy air in their cities, according to data.Pollutants from farming, domestic heating and vehicles are beyond the levels needed to ensure breathable air within World…