Onshore wind rebellion reveals fractious climate politics within the Conservative party

Onshore wind rebellion reveals fractious climate politics within the Conservative party Dave Head / shutterstock Campaigners have sought to overturn planning restrictions banning onshore windfarms ever since then UK prime minister David Cameron introduced them in 2015. This year, however, there have been signs of movement. Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson reportedly wanted to allow more onshore wind farms via the April 2022 energy security strategy, but was forced to water down his plans in the face of last-minute backbench and cabinet opposition. Under another former prime minister, Liz Truss, the short-lived growth plan included a relaxation of onshore…

Scientists develop smartwatch-like health trackers for cows

Wearable devices powered by kinetic energy of cows will gather data to help track cattle wellbeingCows on farms could soon have their health, reproductive readiness and location monitored by smart technology powered by the kinetic energy of the animal’s movements.Devices that monitor the health of each cow or keep them within invisible fences are already used on farms but these smart tools are often powered by chemical batteries, which add to energy used by an emissions-intensive industry. Continue reading… Source – Full Article Scientists develop smartwatch-like health trackers for cows

Lost and found: twitchers delight at sweet song of the black-browed babbler

Since the bird was ‘rediscovered’ by accident in Borneo in 2020, ornithologists have returned to study the melodious species last documented more than 170 years agoFor more than 170 years, and despite its name, scientists and birdwatchers heard no babbling, chirping, tweeting or any other sounds from the black-browed babbler. The bird was long assumed to be extinct, until an accidental discovery by two local men, Muhammad Suranto and Muhammad Rizky Fauzan, in the forests of Borneo’s South Kalimantan province.“I was out looking for forest products at the limestone hill just behind my home,” recalls Suranto. “I often look for……

Nature positive and 30×30 – just soundbites or the foundations of a Cop15 deal?

As participants arrive in Montreal to negotiate this decade’s targets for protecting biodiversity, two themes are getting the lion’s share of attentionAfter more than two years of delays, Cop15, the once-in-decade global biodiversity summit, is about to begin. More than 10,000 participants from across the planet will start arriving in Montreal at the weekend to negotiate crucial goals for protecting biodiversity.There has been a coordinated push behind some targets, namely from a group of countries that want to protect 30% of land and sea for nature (30×30) by the end of the decade. The idea of “nature positive” is another……

Endless debates about soup and paintings serve those who’d prefer we ignore the climate crisis

Opponents of meaningful action are trying to sidestep the immediacy of the threat to our planetExpert opinion is settled and public opinion united on the urgency of climate action. If our politics or our discourse were in any way functional, there would be no confusion, no debate. We would simply be proceeding from one bold practical action to the next, following the blueprints laid out by the Climate Change Committee.Instead, we have energy policies stitched together from reheated cliches, which on the one hand doesn’t matter, since no prime minister has been stable or focused enough to iterate them since……

MPs urge Rishi Sunak to attend biodiversity summit in Canada

Tory backbenchers are among 40 parliamentarians who asked PM to ‘stand up for nature’ at talksUK politics live – latest news updatesForty parliamentarians, including seven Conservative MPs, have privately written to Rishi Sunak imploring him to attend the Cop15 biodiversity conference, which starts next week.In the letter, seen by the Guardian and organised by the all-party parliamentary group on the environment, the parliamentarians warn that a million species are facing extinction globally and that lack of high-level political buy-in could spell disaster for nature. Continue reading… Source – Full Article MPs urge Rishi Sunak to attend biodiversity summit in Canada

Up to 3,000 ‘peak polluters’ given last chance to close by Dutch government

State attempts to push through plans to shut hundreds of farms to cut nitrogen oxide emissionsThe Dutch government is offering to buy out up to 3,000 “peak polluter” farms and major industrial polluters in an attempt to reduce ammonia and nitrogen oxide emissions that are illegal under EU law.The nitrogen minister, Christianne van der Wal, said farmers would be offered more than 100% of the value of their farms to quit. For the first time, the government has said that forced buyouts will follow next year if the voluntary measures fail. Continue reading… Source – Full Article Up to 3,000…

Revealed: more than 70% of English water industry is in foreign ownership

Guardian unpicks complex web of investment firms, wealth funds and tax haven-based businesses that own most of sectorEngland’s water: the world’s piggy bankCan global water investors be held to account?England’s water: is privatised model a fair system?England’s water firms respond to investigation into role of global investorsForeign investment firms, private equity, pension funds and businesses lodged in tax havens own more than 70% of the water industry in England, according to research by the Guardian.The complex web of ownership is revealed as the public and some politicians increasingly call for the industry to be held to account for sewage dumping,……

‘You’ll have to talk to the UK staff’: can global water investors be held to account?

Will Malaysia’s YTL, US-based BlackRock and Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison Holdings answer questions about environmental damage?Revealed: more than 70% of English water industry is in foreign ownershipEngland’s water: the world’s piggy bankEngland’s water: is privatised model a fair system?England’s water firms respond to investigation into role of global investorsMost Malaysians know the YTL Corporation. Take the high-speed train from Kuala Lumpur International airport to the centre of the capital – YTL built it. Make a phone call in the country and it could be on YTL’s network. Its subsidiaries run luxury resorts, develop land, and manufacture cement. But tell them……

The days of the hydrogen car are already over

The days of the hydrogen car are already over Hydrogen fuel cell cars emerged as an alternative to both the electric and combustion engine vehicle in the early 2000s. They were widely considered an avenue towards universal green motoring. Powered through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, the only tailpipe emission they produce is water. The technology also promised a traditional driving experience. Drivers can refuel at filling stations and the range of a hydrogen car is comparable to the combustion engine vehicle. Hydrogen vehicle technology also offered oil companies the opportunity to shift their operations towards the production…

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano erupts – in pictures

The world’s largest active volcano has erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years on the Big island of HawaiiMauna Loa is erupting. What do you need to know? Continue reading… Source – Full Article Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano erupts – in pictures

Sizewell C ‘confirmed’ again – this time it might be the real deal | Nils Pratley

Buying out China’s stake was inevitable but the government still has the onerous task of finding committed investorsAnother day, another “confirmation” that the government plans to build the Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk – surely the “most announced” project in UK infrastructure history. The latest update, though, contained a genuine sign of seriousness: the Chinese are being paid to go away.China General Nuclear (CGN), a state-backed firm, owned a 20% stake in the fledgling project and had, in effect, a right to subscribe to maintain its holding through the various funding rounds – just as it did at……

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