Pollution takes centre stage for Louisiana congressional hopefuls

Candidates to succeed Cedric Richmond in a solidly Democratic seat in Saturday’s special election have been obliged to address the toxic effects of the chemical industry in Cancer AlleyIn Ascension parish at a jambalaya cookout, bathed in the afternoon sun, a politician made promises rarely heard in this heavily polluted region of south Louisiana, known colloquially as Cancer Alley.Karen Carter Peterson, a state senator and one of three frontrunners to become the next congressional representative for Louisiana’s second district, told the assembled crowd that she would fight the proliferation of polluting oil, gas and petrochemical plants. Continue reading… Source –…

There's a simple way to make our cities greener – without a wrecking ball | Phineas Harper

Architecture’s top prize has been awarded to a design duo who could show Britain how to bring its emissions under controlThis week the highest honour in the architecture world was awarded to a pair of Parisian designers better known for revitalising existing buildings than creating new ones. The Pritzker prize, which includes a $100,000 jackpot, went to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, whose most impressive projects – the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, upgrading three social housing blocks in Bordeaux, and the extension of a Dunkirk warehouse to form an arts complex – are all refurbishments.It’s the first time in……

'You can't escape the smell': mouse plague grows to biblical proportions across eastern Australia

Locals who have endured months of mice and rats getting into their houses, stores and cars are praying heavy rain will help wipe them outWarning: graphic images may disturb some readersDrought, fire, the Covid-19 pestilence and an all-consuming plague of mice. Rural New South Wales has faced just about every biblical challenge nature has to offer in the last few years, but now it is praying for another – an almighty flood to drown the mice in their burrows and cleanse the blighted land of the rodents. Or some very heavy rain, at least.It seems everyone in the rural towns……

Time to make nature studies a compulsory school subject – before it’s too late

Time to make nature studies a compulsory school subject – before it’s too late pp1/shutterstock The UK government is reported to be seriously considering making “nature studies” a compulsory subject for all pupils. It’s a move that was recommended in the recent government-commissioned Dasgupta review, a detailed analysis of the “economics of biodiversity”. The review is long and technical, but in among the tables and statistics, there are some radical suggestions that go beyond a focus on economics alone, recommendations designed to transform our relationship with the natural world before it is too late. Among options for rethinking supply chains,…

People power works – together for the right to protest!

It’s crazy how much can change in a week. With the release of the HMICFRS report and MPs rushing the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill through Parliament, the UK government has tried to take emergency measures to restrict our civil liberties and outlaw the right to protest.  The Government saw people and groups come together, with women at the forefront, to oppose the Bill over the last week, eventually getting cold feet and deciding to slow down the process of turning it into law. They’re hoping we’ll forget that they’re after our rights and our democracy.  See folks, people…

Vacancy for the post of ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes

The European Space Agency is currently looking for a new Director of Earth Observation Programmes, to join its Executive Board and support the Director General, with responsibility for relevant ESA programmes and overall objectives. Read Full article: https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA/Vacancy_for_the_post_of_ESA_Director_of_Earth_Observation_Programmes

Coronavirus lockdowns cut global carbon emissions by an estimated 7% – what happens now?

Coronavirus lockdowns cut global carbon emissions by an estimated 7% – what happens now? Deserted: a highway in Dubai during lockdown in 2020. Kirill Neiezhmakov via Shutterstock This is a transcript of episode 7 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, COVID-19 caused the biggest drop in carbon emissions ever – how can we make it last? In this episode, we investigate the effect coronavirus lockdowns had on global carbon emissions and ask what this means for the fight against climate change as governments turn their focus on the recovery. And we hear how the pandemic exacerbated the hardships faced by migrant…

Drowned land: hunger stalks South Sudan's flooded villages

Two years of torrential rains have left 1.6m people in Jonglei province without crops and with their homes flooded. But, with extraordinary resilience, people in Old Fangak are working together to rebuild their lives. by Susan Martinez, photography by Peter Caton for Action Against HungerAfter the unprecedented floods last summer, the people of Old Fangak, a small town in northern South Sudan, should be planting now. But the flood water has not receded, the people are still marooned and now they are facing severe hunger.Unusually heavy rains began last July, and the White Nile burst its banks, destroyed all the……

The citizen regulators taking on big polluters when the EPA won't

As environmental agencies reel from a Republican-led assault on regulations, local activists are taking up the fightThe headaches, asthma attacks and serious nosebleeds that plagued Diego Mayens as a child in West Long Beach, California were all triggered by one basic activity – playing outdoors. He suspects the foul emissions from nearby refineries and other heavy industry were behind his problems.“It had to do a lot with the air quality in the area,” Mayens told the Guardian. “I feel particularly bad seeing kids playing outside and people who live here walking around who might not know what they’re breathing in.”……

Earth from Space: Amazon rainforest

Ahead of the International Day of Forests, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over part of the Amazon rainforest in the Amazonas – the largest state in Brazil. Read Full article: https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Earth_from_Space_Amazon_rainforest

NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force As a leading agency observing and understanding environmental changes to Earth, NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force. Source: NASA Earth News NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

Energy storage technology is accelerating – but grids aren’t ready for the transition

Energy storage technology is accelerating – but grids aren’t ready for the transition Thanks in part to the pandemic-induced economic slowdown and the collapse of coal and triumph of wind power over the last decade, a new analysis suggests the UK is halfway to meeting its net zero greenhouse gas emissions target. The ultimate goal of a fully renewable grid will depend on technology that can store clean electricity from wind farms for hours and days. Since I began writing about energy storage in 2013, falling costs have prompted a surge in batteries being installed around the world. Just as…

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