New David Attenborough film looks at Australia's bushfires and the climate crisis – video trailer

Breaking Boundaries: the Science of our Planet is a new Netflix documentary from Sir David Attenborough that visits scientists working on melting ice, the degradation of the Amazon, and the loss of biodiversity, and looks at the 2019-2020 ‘summer from hell’ black summer bushfires that destroyed large swathes of Kangaroo Island• David Attenborough Netflix documentary: Australian scientists break down in tears over climate crisis Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2021/jun/04/new-david-attenborough-film-looks-at-australias-bushfires-and-the-climate-crisis-video-trailer

The media is still mostly failing to convey the urgency of the climate crisis | Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope

We asked the world’s press to commit to treating climate change as the emergency that scientists say it is. Their response was dispiritingThe TV newsman Bill Moyers likes to tell the story of how Edward R Murrow, the pre-eminent US broadcast journalist of his time, insisted on covering what became Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939. Murrow’s bosses at CBS News had other priorities; they ordered Murrow’s reporters to cover dance competitions in Hamburg, Paris and London, explaining that Americans needed some happy news. Murrow wouldn’t do it. “It’ll probably get us fired,” he told his colleagues, but he sent……

The Treasury missed a green trick when it handed out Covid cash | Phillip Inman

Commitments to a greener and healthier environment would have been a reasonable price to askWhen the government reacted to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 with unprecedented rescue funds, ministers were urged to attach strings before the money disappeared out the door.The strings would have forced employers to adopt policies they had resisted for years, most obviously cutting carbon emissions and promoting a healthier environment. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jun/02/the-treasury-missed-a-green-trick-when-it-handed-out-covid-cash

Mega-dairies, disappearing wells, and Arizona’s deepening water crisis

When wells run dry in the Willcox basin those who can afford to just dig deeper – leaving homes high and dry as the aquifer is drained• Read more: how US mega-dairies are killing off small farmsThe Sunizona community, in the south-western US state of Arizona, is just a speck on the map. A few hundred homes dot the landscape along dirt roads and for a few miles along a state highway that leads to the foot of the Chiricahua mountains near the New Mexico border.Cynthia Beltran moved to Sunizona with her seven-year-old son last autumn even though the area……

Eve: the off-grid life of a nine-year-old climate activist – video

Eve is the intimate story of a nine-year-old girl living in Tinkers Bubble, one of the oldest off-grid communities in the UK. A fledgling environmental activist, we follow her as she navigates her way back into traditional schooling and stands up for what she passionately believes in: the environment Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2021/jun/01/eve-the-off-grid-life-of-a-nine-year-old-climate-activist-video

Poacher suspected of killing 70 Bengal tigers captured after 20-year pursuit

Bangladeshi police say Habib Talukder lived next to forest and would flee when police closed inBangladeshi police have arrested a notorious poacher wanted for 20 years and suspected of killing about 70 endangered Bengal tigers.Saidur Rahman, the local police chief, said that Habib Talukder – nicknamed “Tiger Habib” – lived next to the forest and would flee whenever officers raided the area. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/01/poacher-suspected-of-killing-70-bengal-tigers-captured-after-20-year-pursuit

‘We’re drowning in promises!’ Extinction Rebellion announces plan of action for Cornwall G7 Summit

Email: xr.sw.media@protonmail.comPhone: +44(0)7901 916489 / +44(0)7711 898499Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#DrowninginPromises #G7Rebellion #ExtinctionRebellion Today, Extinction Rebellion revealed their plans for the G7 Summit in Cornwall (11 – 13 June.)  The series of protests – to be held across the UK in the run up to, and during the summit – will be focused on the failure of G7 nations to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015, and to urge the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to act immediately to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency. [1] Beginning on…

Lush forests laid to waste: how Pacific Islands got hooked on logging

The timber industry in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has brought money and jobs – but also pollution, environmental devastation and food insecurity Read more of our Pacific Plunder series hereIf Solomon Islands continues logging at its current rate, natural forests in the country will be exhausted in 15 years. The South Pacific nation, and its neighbour Papua New Guinea, are striking examples of the enormous cost of the logging industry on small island nations.In the last few decades, foreign-owned companies have moved in to the Pacific region, clearing huge swathes of lush forest, exporting vast quantities of timber……

Lush forests laid to waste: how Pacific Islands got hooked on logging

The timber industry in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has brought money and jobs – but also pollution, environmental devastation and food insecurity Read more of our Pacific Plunder series hereIf Solomon Islands continues logging at its current rate, natural forests in the country will be exhausted in 15 years. The South Pacific nation, and its neighbour Papua New Guinea, are striking examples of the enormous cost of the logging industry on small island nations.In the last few decades, foreign-owned companies have moved in to the Pacific region, clearing huge swathes of lush forest, exporting vast quantities of timber……

Guyanese citizens challenge ExxonMobil offshore drilling on climate grounds

Case is first in Caribbean to challenge fossil fuel production on climate and human rights groundsGuyana’s government is being taken to court by two citizens seeking an end to offshore drilling by ExxonMobil and other large oil firms that will exacerbate the climate crisis.The case has been filed by Quadad de Freitas, a 21-year old Indigenous tourist guide from the Rupununi region, and Dr Troy Thomas, a university lecturer and former president of the anti-corruption organisation Transparency Institute Guyana. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/31/guyanese-citizens-challenge-exxon-mobil-offshore-drilling-on-climate-grounds

The $3bn bargain: how China dominates Pacific mining, logging and fishing

China received more than half of all seafood, wood, and minerals exported from the region in 2019. Experts warn this is creating ‘enormous challenges for sustainable development’Read more of our Pacific Plunder series hereOne country dominates the Pacific’s resources extraction.Guardian analysis of trade data has revealed that China received more than half the total tonnes of seafood, wood and minerals exported from the region in 2019, a haul worth $3.3bn that has been described by experts as “staggering in magnitude”. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/31/the-3bn-bargain-how-china-dominates-pacific-mining-logging-and-fishing

Overconsumption and the environment: should we all stop shopping?

Over-consumption is at the root of the planet’s environmental crisis. One solution, proposed by author JB MacKinnon, is that we should simply buy less. But would that really work?I fear I’m in JB MacKinnon’s bad books. Halfway through our Zoom interview, I tilt my camera to adjust to the setting sun – but from this new angle, an e-commerce box can be spotted over my shoulder. Its barcode glows in the fading light, a totem of 21st-century materialism presiding over our call.MacKinnon is too polite to say anything, but he can’t be thrilled by my cardboard companion. After all, the……

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