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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 patters, 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.

Can we really restore or protect natural habitats to ‘offset’ those we destroy?

Can we really restore or protect natural habitats to ‘offset’ those we destroy? YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV / shutterstock In the forests of northern Sweden, a major train line cuts through land originally protected for migratory birds – so new seasonal wetlands have been established for the birds nearby. In southern Uganda, a huge hydropower dam has flooded swathes of tropical forest – so degraded forests nearby have been restored and the…

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Green growth is trusted to fix climate change – here’s the problem with that

Green growth is trusted to fix climate change – here’s the problem with that 'Greening' our current economic system can only take us so far. GTS/Shutterstock You may have missed it, but a recent report declared that the main strategy of world leaders for tackling climate change won’t work. It’s called green growth, and it’s favoured by some of the largest and most influential organisations in the world, including the…

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Giant ‘sandscaping’ plan to save Norfolk coast will only put off the inevitable

Giant ‘sandscaping’ plan to save Norfolk coast will only put off the inevitable Bacton beach defences. Hugh Venables/Geograph, CC BY-SA This summer, the UK’s Norfolk coast is undergoing a transformation that has only been seen once in the world before. A giant sandscaping scheme will see 1.8m cubic metres of sand added to the area’s beaches to reshape them as a way of reducing coastal erosion. This is an amazing…

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Heatwaves and flash floods: yes, this is Britain’s ‘new normal’

Heatwaves and flash floods: yes, this is Britain’s ‘new normal’ “It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that we had a heatwave just last week?” Those words were spoken by a BBC news presenter, in front of graphic images of fire service rescues, as heavy rain caused floods and landslides which closed many roads and railway lines. In recent days there have dramatic floods across the north of England, particularly around…

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NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor

NASA Targets Coastal Ecosystems with New Space Sensor NASA has selected a space-based instrument under its Earth Venture Instrument (EVI) portfolio that will make observations of coastal waters to help protect ecosystem sustainability, improve resource management, and enhance economic activity. Source: NASA Earth News http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-targets-coastal-ecosystems-with-new-space-sensor

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Liverpool: huge tidal power plant on the Mersey could make city a renewable energy hotspot

Liverpool: huge tidal power plant on the Mersey could make city a renewable energy hotspot tony mills / shutterstock Liverpool has declared a climate emergency. The mayors of both the city itself and the surrounding “city region” have recognised the emergency, and both have suggested that a tidal barrage on the River Mersey could form part of the solution. And on a recent visit to the city, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would support the £3.5 billion project. Two years ago, I teamed up with colleagues at the National Oceanography Centre and University of Liverpool to look at how to realise the River Mersey’s energy potential: we concluded that a tidal power station could be part of the solution. So what actually is a “tidal barrage”, and why…

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UK Gov’t Issues New Orders as Britain invaded by Aliens

  A consultation into how best to manage invasive non-native species which threaten our native wildlife has been launched by the government. Here is the list of species requiring management Plants Nuttall’s waterweed (Elodea nuttallii) Chilean rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria) Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) Floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) Curly waterweed (Lagarosiphon major) American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) Parrot’s feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) Animals Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) Muntjac deer (Muntiacus reevesi) Signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) all subspecies of (Trachemys scripta) otherwise known as “slider terrapins”

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Staying Green While Traveling: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

INSIDER SECRET: Many popular airlines allow you to donate to a carbon offset program at the time you book your flight. Technological advances over the years have made it easier to do business over great distances. Cars and airplanes, for instance, help us do business face to face in hours — nationwide and between continents. With those technological advances, however, have come increased carbon emissions and environmental damage. Many studies have shown that our emissions have significantly increased ever since the Wright brothers launched manned flight in 1902 and Carl Benz created the first automobile in 1879. But if you travel frequently, there are a lot of things you can do to lower your carbon footprint Read Full article here: Staying Green While Traveling: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!

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Climate denial: Donald Trump mimics criminal behaviour when justifying his stance

Climate denial: Donald Trump mimics criminal behaviour when justifying his stance While much of the world now recognises the need for immediate action, there are still those who question the scientific consensus on climate change and deter efforts to tackle it. As might be expected, they have the attention of US President Donald Trump and his Republican administration. The Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change was held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on July 25 2019. The Heartland Institute considers itself one of “the world’s leading free market think-tanks”, which “promotes free market solutions to social and economic problems”. It’s perhaps best known for its climate scepticism. Discussions at the annual event include disputing scientific observations on climate change, criticising “climate alarmists” and promoting fossil fuels.…

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We can’t expand airports after declaring a climate emergency – let’s shift to low-carbon transport instead

We can’t expand airports after declaring a climate emergency – let’s shift to low-carbon transport instead The world may finally be waking to the reality of the climate and ecological crisis, after 30 years of inaction. But while the UK government has declared a climate and ecological emergency, ongoing plans for airport expansions suggest we’re flying full-speed towards crisis rather than away from it. Globally, greenhouse gas emissions from aviation are rising rapidly, and set to further escalate. Passenger numbers are rising far too fast for efficiency improvements and alternative technologies, such as electric or biofuel-powered engines, to keep up. What’s worse, the climate impact of flights is two to three times larger than their CO₂ emissions alone, due to the release of nitrogen oxides – powerful greenhouse gases –…

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