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.

 

  • Reannounced and reheated: Johnson's 'new deal' plans fall short in every way | Miatta Fahnbulleh
    The paltry £5bn pledged bears no comparison to Roosevelt’s programme. Britain needs far more ambitious, green investmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrime minister Boris Johnson’s speech promised to “build, build, build” as he invoked the spirit of Franklin Roosevelt, but his plans fell far short of matching the US president’s legacy. The pandemic … Read MoreRead more
  • Exclusive: water firms dumped raw sewage into England's rivers 200,000 times in 2019
    Untreated effluent flowed into waterways for more than 1.5m hours, data showsEngland’s privatised water firms paid £57bn in dividends since 1991Water companies in England discharged raw sewage into rivers on more than 200,000 occasions last year, according to data obtained by the Guardian.The analysis reveals untreated human waste was released into streams and rivers for … Read MoreRead more
  • Statement on Extinction Rebellion’s relationship with the police
    The tactics of disruption and nonviolent civil disobedience are at the heart of everything Extinction Rebellion does. We have been told that these tactics and our interpretation of them have excluded black people, other communities racialised as non-white, and other marginalised groups, and contributed to narratives that have put those communities at risk.  We recognise … Read MoreRead more
  • Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off
    Botswana’s government is yet to test the remains of the dead animals in what has been described as a ‘conservation disaster’More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious mass die-off described by scientists as a “conservation disaster”.A cluster of elephant deaths was first reported in the Okavango Delta in early May, … Read MoreRead more
  • Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse, say UK government advisers
    Experts say further investigation of link is urgently required and may be relevant to managing pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution is likely to be increasing the number and severity of Covid-19 infections, according to the UK government’s expert advisers.In a report published on Wednesday, the experts said further investigation of … Read MoreRead more
  • From the climate crisis to Covid-19: can journalism focus on the stories that matter? | Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope
    Newsrooms should know: the disaster is here. It is raging now. Our job is to cover it with the urgency it deservesTo hear many journalists tell it, the spring of 2020 has brought a series of extraordinary revelations. Look at what the nation has learned: that our healthcare system was not remotely up to the … Read MoreRead more
  • Revealed: Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-processing plants in US being kept quiet
    Testing has found positive cases at North Carolina facilities, but officials refuse to release the informationA chicken processing facility in western North Carolina reportedly underwent widespread testing for Covid-19 in early June.Workers at the plant were scared. Several employees had already tested positive and the company, Case Farms – which has been repeatedly condemned for … Read MoreRead more
  • The Truth About Zane – Best of Rebel Radio (2)
    Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic Live on all platforms NOW Welcome back to our new podcast series, The Best of Rebel Radio. In this episode, we’re re-sharing an incredibly important story about the first person in the UK to officially die from climate change. 7-year-old Zane Gbangbola died after flood water carried the … Read MoreRead more
  • Likelihood of 40C temperatures in UK is ‘rapidly accelerating’
    Such deadly heat may become regular occurrence later this century, scientists findThe likelihood of the UK experiencing deadly 40C temperatures for the first time is “rapidly accelerating” due to the climate crisis, scientists have found.The research shows that such searing heat could become a regular occurrence by the end of the century unless carbon emissions … Read MoreRead more
  • Ban burning and burying of animals in US Covid-19 farm culls, NGOs urge
    As coronavirus forces many farmers to cull their animals on-farm, burying animals in unlined pits or burning them in open air pyres could pose risk to the public, activists argueAs the row over mass animal cullings in the US continues, public and environmental health NGOs are asking the government to ban two livestock carcass disposal … Read MoreRead more
  • Golden and white-tailed eagles were once widespread across Wales
    Researchers analyse historical records and museum artefacts to pinpoint the birds’ distributionTwo of the most well-known birds of prey – the golden eagle and white-tailed eagle – once soared high above the whole of Wales, a study has concluded.Researchers analysed historical records, museum artefacts, medieval poetry and place names featuring eryr – the Welsh word … Read MoreRead more
  • I believe Roundup gave me cancer. The Monsanto settlement is a slap in the face | Christine Sheppard
    I have to inject myself with needles just to stay alive. Still, Bayer will continue to sell Roundup, and refused to label it as carcinogenicLast Wednesday was my 71st birthday, a low-key celebration in these Covid-19 times. Then I heard the news that the pharmaceutical conglomerate Bayer has offered a settlement to resolve several massive … Read MoreRead more
  • Earth's final frontier: the global race to map the entire ocean floor
    An ambitious project to chart the seabed by 2030 could help countries prepare for tsunamis, protect marine habitats and monitor deep-sea mining. But the challenge is unprecedentedOn a wall facing Vicki Ferrini’s desk hangs a giant map of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. At 6ft by 8ft, it’s the largest size available on the printer … Read MoreRead more
  • 'Swim happy!': family save bear found swimming with a plastic jar on its head – video
    A family were fishing on a lake in Wisconsin when they spotted a bear with a plastic jar stuck on its head. After several attempts at moving their boat next to the bear and removing the jar, they were finally able to free the animal. ‘Never dreamt we would ever do this in our life … Read MoreRead more
  • South pole warming three times faster than rest of the world, our research shows | Kyle Clem for the Conversation
    Dramatic change in Antarctica’s interior in past three decades a result of effects from tropical variability working together with increasing greenhouse gases Climate scientists long thought Antarctica’s interior may not be very sensitive to warming, but our research, published this week, shows a dramatic change.Over the past 30 years, the south pole has been one … Read MoreRead more
  • US to join summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis
    Exclusive: IEA chief warns rebound in emissions would be missed economic opportunityThe US is to join with other major powers including China, India and the EU in formulating plans for a global green recovery from the coronavirus crisis, in the only major international summit on the climate emergency this year.The idea of a green recovery … Read MoreRead more
  • Green tape! It's destroying our booming economy just to protect those fur-covered things | First Dog on the Moon
    How many jumping mammals does one country need and what do birds and animals do for the environment anyway?Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source – Full … Read MoreRead more
  • Coronavirus and the return of plastic – in pictures
    Until recently it was possible to imagine the end of plastic, but Covid-19 has changed the game. Since the pandemic started, there has been a significant increase in plastic waste, such as masks, gloves and gowns, and increased purchases of products including disposable wipes and liquid soap Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jun/29/coronavirus-and-the-return-of-plastic-in-pictures
  • Iranian fleet accused of stealing Somalian fish despite acute food shortage
    Evidence from NGOs suggests fleet of up to 192 Iranian vessels could be one of the largest illegal fishing operations in the worldA large fleet of Iranian fishing vessels has been identified operating illegally in Somalian waters for over a year, depleting fish stocks in a country where one in three people face acute shortages … Read MoreRead more
  • A cherry-ripe landscape – Country diary, 2 July 1970
    2 July 1970 The view from this stretch of the Medway is one of orchard, hop field and woodland punctuated by spires and towers of churchesKENT: Two young men in a canoe swept by with an easy ripple of oars and I envied them their energetic freedom as I struggled through head-high nettles along the … Read MoreRead more
  • Just 6% of UK public 'want a return to pre-pandemic economy'
    Exclusive: Poll comes as 350 union, business and religious leaders issue call for fair and green recoveryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly 6% of the public want to return to the same type of economy as before the coronavirus pandemic, according to new polling, as trade unions, business groups and religious and civic … Read MoreRead more
  • Should we cull one species to save another?
    Large mice are devastating rare birds on a tiny island, now moves are afoot to exterminate the rodents. But should conservation ever be about killing?Gough Island is about as remote a fragment of land as it is possible to find on a map. Its 91 square kilometres of uninhabited volcanic rock rise from the South … Read MoreRead more
  • France's oldest nuclear reactor to finally shut down
    Environmentalists have welcomed news that the 43-year-old Fessenheim reactor will close, nine years after it was first plannedFrance’s oldest nuclear power plant will shut down on Tuesday after four decades in operation, to the delight of environmental activists who have long warned of contamination risks, but stoking worry for the local economy.The Fessenheim plant, opened … Read MoreRead more
  • 'Shell shock': Kangaroo Island struggles to recover amid bushfire grief and Covid-19
    Almost half of the island was incinerated in January and just as the locals were catching their breath from one disaster, the coronavirus outbreak hitSix months after the catastrophic bushfires that scorched half of Kangaroo Island, the land around Andrew and Bec Bennett’s home has slowly begun to heal.Their sheep farm lies 12km east of … Read MoreRead more