What’s really behind the failure of green capitalism? | Adrienne Buller

The UK is witnessing extreme temperatures, prompting public outcry. Yet new proposals to counter this are coming up shortLast week, temperatures crested at 40C (104F) in England, bringing the climate crisis to the fore and spurring a fresh wave of dismay. How is it, despite a steady drumbeat of extreme weather events, a rising tide of public outcry, and growing consensus across the political spectrum, that the world remains so profoundly far from the outer limits of the climate targets considered “safe”?The answer is increasingly located not in climate denial, but in a proliferation of non-solutions advocated by policymakers and…

Newly discovered deep sea species – in pictures

Exploration of the Pacific Ocean’s Clarion-Clipperton Zone, a 5,000-metre abyssal plain that extends between Hawaii and Mexico, has brought to light megafauna previously unknown to sciencePhotographs courtesy of DeepCCZ expedition/Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation & NOAAScientists find 30 potential new species at bottom of ocean Continue reading...

Russia: Charging 92 members of Ukraine’s military with ‘crimes against humanity’ brazenly undermines fair trial rights

Responding to the news that 92 members of the Ukrainian armed forces have reportedly been charged with “crimes against humanity”, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “In charging these 92 members of the Ukrainian armed forces in proceedings that lack transparency and rely on, and seek to feed, […] The post Russia: Charging 92 members of Ukraine’s military with ‘crimes against humanity’ brazenly undermines fair trial rights appeared first on Amnesty International.

Why UK railways can’t deal with heatwaves – and what might help

Why UK railways can’t deal with heatwaves – and what might help UK rail lines don't do well in the heat hxdyl/Shutterstock The UK’s rail service has been hit with widespread train delays and high levels of cancellations during the heatwave. The whole of the east coast line between Edinburgh and London was closed for hours on July 20 because of the heat. So why is the heatwave causing so much havoc on the train lines? Like most construction materials, steel, which rails are made from, expands when air temperature increases. When this movement is restrained by the anchorage, which…

An An, world’s oldest captive male giant panda, dies in Hong Kong zoo aged 35

Thousands send condolences after zoo staff euthanise panda, who was in poor health and had stopped eatingThe world’s oldest male giant panda in captivity has died in a Hong Kong zoo on Thursday.The panda, named An An, was euthanised at the age of 35, the equivalent of 105 years for humans. He was born in the wild in the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan in 1986. Continue reading...

Four things cool countries can learn from hot ones about dealing with heatwaves

Four things cool countries can learn from hot ones about dealing with heatwaves Taking a rest in the hottest part of the day has traditionally been a way of coping with high temperatures. D Bond/Shutterstock With our planet heating up, we all need help coping with increasing temperatures in our day-to-day lives. The UK provisionally recorded its highest ever temperature, 40.3℃, on July 19 2022, and records are being broken across the world. In 2021, I said that it was very likely that temperatures would reach 40℃ in the UK within the next 10 years. It was clear then how…

Wildfires are becoming more common in the UK – but the threat can be managed

Wildfires are becoming more common in the UK – but the threat can be managed The UK has been rather hot of late. So hot, in fact, that parts of England and Wales recently received their first ever red warning for extreme heat. Coupled with months of below average rainfall, a heatwave sparked wildfires on July 19 – Britain’s hottest day ever – in places as far afield as Cornwall, Kent and Pembrokshire. Wildfires also gave the London Fire Brigade its busiest day since the second world war. Climate models predict summers in the UK will continue to become hotter,…

The Project 3.5 Report #1 – Doorstep Researchers

Welcome to the Project 3.5 Report – regular short video reports with data, learnings and stories from on the ground with Project 3.5. In our first report we take a look at what we’ve learnt since we launched in January this year. Over 60 Extinction Rebellion local groups have been out knocking on doors, having conversations with their neighbours about the climate crisis and holding local talks.  Watch the video to hear what we’ve learnt about how effective door to door canvassing is and the best ways to do it.  Want to know more about Project 3.5? Find out how…

Heatwave Britain hits 40.3°C – here’s how scientists know when a temperature record has been broken

Heatwave Britain hits 40.3°C – here’s how scientists know when a temperature record has been broken Melinda Nagy / shutterstock The UK has experienced its hottest day on record, as provisional data showed the temperature soared to 40.3°C at Coningsby in Lincolnshire. This surpassed the previous record of 38.7°C set in Cambridge just three years previously. The unprecedented day followed a record warm night, when the 24-hour minimum temperature at Kenley in Surrey did not fall below 25.8°C, smashing the previous UK record by nearly two degrees. As a historian of UK weather extremes and an expert in meteorological instruments,…

We’ve reached boiling point – nobody should have to work in temperatures above 30C | Mika Minio-Paluello

Spain, Germany and China all have maximum working temperatures. It’s time the UK followed suitMika Minio-Paluello is policy officer for climate and industry at the TUCWe love the summer sun, but it can be deadly. The UK’s former chief scientist, David King, has warned this intense heatwave could cause up to 10,000 excess deaths. Despite decades of warnings from scientists that climate breakdown would bring severe heatwaves to the UK, we are still unprepared. Our buildings, public spaces, rules and laws were made for a different climate in a different century. Extreme heat and stormier winters are becoming the norm…

BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion break glass at News UK, as nation hits its highest temperature on record

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #RebelforLife #TelltheTruthPhoto credit: Denise Laura Baker At 6:30am this morning, 2 people from Extinction Rebellion carefully cracked 2 windows at the entrance of the News UK building at London Bridge. At the same time, 4 others – including a scientist – chalk sprayed “TELL THE TRUTH” and “40 DEGREES = DEATH” on the front of the building, and pasted recent copies of The Sun headlines about the heatwave onto windows. Special care was taken to ensure no one was hurt when the windows were cracked. The action comes…

UK is no longer a cold country and must adapt to heat, say climate scientists

Experts call on UK officials to prepare for periods of extreme heat or risk thousands of excess deathsExtreme UK weather – live updatesThe UK is no longer a cold country, scientists have said, as climate breakdown means “previously impossible heatwaves are killing people”.This week temperatures of 40C (104F) have been predicted for the first time by the Met Office, but climate models show these weather events are expected to become more common. Continue reading...

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