Earth, Climate.

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 patterns, 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.

  • All that glitters: why lab-made gems might not be an ethical alternative
    Switching to synthetic gems may have environmental upsides but it could harm the very communities consumers worry aboutDiamonds have long been in the debt of marketing genius. Until the 1940s they were not a popular choice for engagement rings. Then, in 1947, a stroke of brilliance: De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” campaign. The slogan…
  • ‘Time is ticking out’: climate activists urge Johnson to take action 100 days before Cop26 – video
    Protesters filled Parliament Square in London on Friday morning, calling on Boris Johnson to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade. A giant alarm clock showed time running out, while protesters chanted that the prime minister…
  • Not The Sun – Extinction Rebellion’s love letter to the tabloids
    Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#freethepress #notthesun #tellthetruth*READ THE ONLINE VERSION HERE* Extinction Rebellion create a bold new national tabloid newspaper that major printers were too scared of Rupert Murdoch to print “Our tabloid is an honest attempt to show what our most popular newspapers could be doing every day:…
  • ‘Judgement Validates a Toxic Ecocidal System’ in Brazilian Embassy Court Verdict
    Three Rebels were today convicted of taking action at the Brazilian Embassy against the ecocidal and genocidal regime of President Bolsonaro. Possible sentences range from a community order to 18 months in prison. Judge Perrins ruled their defence of ‘necessity’ was inadmissible which left the group no defence under law. Beatrice Zappi Taylor, Lachland Sandford…
  • Whether or not the Great Barrier Reef is listed as ‘in danger’ won’t alter the fact it is at risk from climate change
    The Australian government pushed back fiercely against Unesco’s recommendation – and the world is watchingThis year, Australia’s big tourism drawcard celebrates its 40th year as a UN world heritage site – a list where more than 1,100 of humanity’s most important spots go for acknowledgement and protection.But on Friday, a committee of 21 countries will…
  • Merkel: Germany has not done enough to hit Paris climate targets
    Chancellor says record on reducing carbon emissions ‘not sufficient’ as she reflects on 16-year leadershipAngela Merkel has conceded Germany’s record on reducing carbon emissions was “not sufficient” to meet the global warming targets of the Paris climate agreement, as the chancellor reflected on the achievements and missed opportunities of her 16-year leadership.Speaking at the last…
  • ‘I’ve seen 40 on one dive’: invasive lionfish threatens ecosystems in Med
    A removal project aims to reduce numbers of the unwelcome arrival that has quickly become prevalentNon-native lionfish have become increasingly common in parts of the Mediterranean in recent years, threatening local ecosystems and posing a hazard to humans through their venomous spines.Marine biologist Prof Jason Hall-Spencer first saw a lionfish off the coast of Cyprus…
  • Rebel Back Better
    The Impossible Rebellion Extinction Rebellion is calling on everyone, climate activist or not, to come together in love and courage for the Impossible Rebellion in August. Our world is in a desperate state. We need all mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, scientists, young people, nurses, footballers, singers, lovers, lonely hearts, gardeners, musicians, blue and white collar…
  • Monks Wood Wilderness: 60 years ago, scientists let a farm field rewild – here’s what happened
    Monks Wood Wilderness: 60 years ago, scientists let a farm field rewild – here’s what happened UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Author provided In the archive of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology there is a typed note from the 1960s that planted the seed of an idea. Written by Kenneth Mellanby, director…
  • New biodiversity algorithm ‘will blight range of natural habitats in England’
    Natural England biodiversity metric will let valuable wildlife habitat be logged as ‘degraded’ land and penalise rewilding, warn ecologistsThe government’s new metric for biodiversity will have to be urgently improved if it is going to be fit for purpose, academics and conservationists have warned.The biodiversity net gain (BNG) metric, published by Natural England in July,…
  • What is the National Food Strategy and how could it change the way England eats?
    What is the National Food Strategy and how could it change the way England eats? Bibiphoto/Shutterstock Reforming England’s food system could save the country £126 billion, according to a recent government-commissioned report. The National Food Strategy, led by British businessman Henry Dimbleby, proposes a raft of measures to shake up how food is produced and…
  • Death toll rises and thousands flee homes as floods hit China
    Torrential rainfall and burst rivers swamp Henan cities, with commuters trapped on subway trainsDays of torrential rain and massive flooding have hit China’s Henan province, bursting the banks of rivers, overwhelming dams and the public transport system and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.At least 25 people have been killed and seven are…
  • Germany’s Greens cautious over linking floods to climate crisis
    Party leaders hope public will draw its own conclusions from last week’s catastrophic floodsIt was a slogan that cut to the chase: “Everybody is talking about Germany. We talk about the weather.”The provocative message – itself an inversion of the title of an essay by Red Army Faction terror group founder Ulrike Meinhof (“Everybody talks…
  • Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means
    Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means Summer 2021 will mark a turning point in how heat is seen by the public and communicated by experts. For the first time in its 167-year history, the UK’s Met Office has issued an amber warning for extreme heat for much of Wales and parts of…
  • The Democrat blocking progressive change is beholden to big oil. Surprised? | Alex Kotch
    Joe Manchin owns millions of dollars in coal stock, founded an energy firm and Exxon lobbyists brag about their access to him. Republicans fundraise on his behalfAs “thousand-year” heat waves caused by the climate crisis rock the west coast and biblical floods engulf major cities, Senate Democrats are negotiating a $3.5tn budget package that could…
  • When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky
    When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky The Toba eruption left behind a 100km long lake where the volcano had once been. Clive Oppenheimer, Author provided Around 74,000 years ago, a “supereruption” on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, blasted out an estimated 5,000 cubic kilometres of magma. This was the…
  • The Guardian view on Germany’s floods: another wake-up call | Editorial
    The lethal destruction in western states will frame the debate ahead of September’s vital electionEarlier this month, the German Greens unveiled an election poster designed to reassure voters who might be wary of their environmental radicalism. “Economy and climate without crisis”, went its slogan, suggesting that ambitious carbon reduction targets could be met without undue…
  • Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry
    Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry The commercial race to get tourists to space is heating up between Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. On Sunday 11 July, Branson ascended 80 km to reach the edge of space…
  • The Amazon is now a net carbon producer, but there’s still time to reverse the damage | Ane Alencar and Adriane Esquivel Muelbert
    Brazil’s rainforest stores a huge amount of CO2. As it’s released at record rates, we may have passed a tipping pointThe Amazon acts as a vital organ for our entire planet. The largest rainforest in the world, it provides an important function to both the Earth’s water and carbon cycles. The region, home to abundant…
  • Climate crisis: 50 photos of extreme weather around the world – in pictures
    As temperatures rise and pollution increases, wildfires, floods and extreme winds have battered many parts of the world in the last six months Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/jul/19/climate-crisis-weather-around-world-in-pictures-wildfires-floods-winds
  • The illusion of choice: five stats that expose America’s food monopoly crisis
    Here are some key findings of the investigation the Guardian published this week into America’s monopolized food systemWhen you walk into a US grocery store the shelves seem to be teeming with choice, with countless brands appearing to offer every type of food and drink.But a joint investigation published this week by the Guardian and…
  • ‘Lightbulb moment’: the battery technology invented in a Brisbane garage that is going global
    Dominic Spooner’s startup Vaulta is working on a reusable battery casing to create less waste and a lighter productAs some of the world’s largest companies invest billions to advance battery technology, Dominic Spooner has been working at solving the next problem: the impact of unwieldy – and environmentally unfriendly – battery casings.Spooner runs his lightweight…
  • The farmers’ market on wheels tackling one of America’s worst food deserts
    A mobile market is helping to get healthy food into neighborhoods otherwise full of ‘fringe’ food stores like liquor shops“I like the purple cabbage,” says Matinah Muhammad as she peruses all the colorful produce available at today’s mobile farmer’s market. “I used to have to go all the way to wherever just to get some…
  • An Australian guide to cleaning out your wardrobe: recycling clothes without sending them to landfill
    Australia has a textile waste problem – but there are simple solutions to avoid contributing to itThere are several large clothing donation bins around the corner from my apartment. One morning I had to wait behind a truck that had stopped beside them. I watched as two men in bright orange vests hauled white garbage…
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