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Environment & Energy

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 patters, 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.

There is always hypocrisy in politics – but it can be good for the nation | Greg Jericho

There is always hypocrisy in politics – but it can be good for the nation | Greg Jericho From climate change to the budget, we see politicians pretend they think something then do the opposite You don’t need to observe politics for too long before realising that hypocrisy is the natural scent of the politics.It is a stench that pervades much of what is said and policy that is enacted.…

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Christiana Figueres on the climate emergency: ‘This is the decade and we are the generation’

Christiana Figueres on the climate emergency: ‘This is the decade and we are the generation’ The leader of the 2015 Paris accord talks about her new book, The Future We Choose, and why it’s crunch time for humanity• ‘The only uncertainty is how long we’ll last’: the worst case scenario for 2050• ‘Air is cleaner than before the Industrial Revolution’: the best case scenario for 2050Christiana Figueres is a founder…

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Inside Extinction Rebellion: Director’s message to the movement.

Inside Extinction Rebellion: Director’s message to the movement. Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +447482 729729Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets #ExtinctionRebellion #XR2020 #XRInsideStory Keo Films’ Tom Beard, Director, and Alice Henley, Producer, began following Extinction Rebellion in the run up to the October Rebellion, with intimate access to our headquarters (and thoughts) both before, during and after the two-week London protests. Their documentary goes behind the scenes of coordinated civil disobedience,…

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What lies beneath: the nature park covering up a dirty secret

What lies beneath: the nature park covering up a dirty secret Once one of western Europe’s biggest landfill sites, Thurrock Thameside is now a thriving haven for wildlifeStanding on top of the visitor centre at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, you could be forgiven for being disappointed by the view: a large field of brambles. But just 10 years ago, the same view would have been even more disappointing: mountains of…

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Alok Sharma can make Cop26 a success – but does he have the will? | Chaitanya Kumar

Alok Sharma can make Cop26 a success – but does he have the will? | Chaitanya Kumar As energy secretary and Cop president, Sharma is uniquely placed to tackle climate change at home and overseasThe wait is over for the new president of the all-important United Nations climate conference (Cop26) in Glasgow in November. Alok Sharma is set to take on this high-octane diplomatic role while also juggling the immensely…

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Drought, bushfires and rainstorms turn Australian rivers black – video

Drought, bushfires and rainstorms turn Australian rivers black – video Ash, along with other detritus, from Australia’s fierce bushfire season is being washed into rivers by heavy rainfall, depriving the rivers of oxygen, killing fish and turning the waters an inky, silty black Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2020/feb/15/drought-bushfires-and-rainstorms-turn-australian-rivers-black-video

PM must prioritise climate or Cop26 will fail, say leading figures

PM must prioritise climate or Cop26 will fail, say leading figures IEA welcomes appointment of Alok Sharma but others worry about nature of his dual roleBoris Johnson must put the climate crisis at the top of his government’s agenda if crunch UN talks this year are to be a success, leading international figures have told the Guardian.Alok Sharma was appointed on Thursday as the business secretary and president of Cop26,…

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Plane, train, or automobile? The climate impact of transport is surprisingly complicated

Plane, train, or automobile? The climate impact of transport is surprisingly complicated The 2020s will have to involve some very big decisions about transport – the UK’s most polluting sector. The UK government’s response so far has been erratic, choosing to intervene to prevent the collapse of Flybe (Europe’s biggest regional airline) and give the green light for the high-speed rail project, HS2. Decarbonising transport would eliminate 26% of UK…

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Protecting indigenous cultures is crucial for saving the world’s biodiversity

Protecting indigenous cultures is crucial for saving the world’s biodiversity Species are being lost at about a thousand times the natural rate of extinction. This is faster than at any other period in human history. Ecosystems — the vital systems on which all life depends — are being degraded across the globe. This crisis of biodiversity loss is finally getting some attention. But its connection to another loss – that…

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Extinction Rebellion escalates disruption of London Fashion Week with 2020 ultimatum

Extinction Rebellion escalates disruption of London Fashion Week with 2020 ultimatum Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: 07846202269, 07835186574, 07876636244Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|Media Assets #ExtinctionRebellion #fashionActNow #XRFashionAction Extinction Rebellion UK continue its ask for a cancellation of London Fashion Week and are joined by Caryn Franklin MBE, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Labour Behind The Label, Livia Firth of Eco-Age, Safia Minney MBE, UN officer, Simone Cipriani of Ethical Fashion Initiative, TRAID, and The Sustainable Angle among others.…

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We have a new day of mourning and tiny school children are reciting ‘How to be a citizen’ | First Dog on the Moon

We have a new day of mourning and tiny school children are reciting ‘How to be a citizen’ | First Dog on the Moon The nation pauses for Bramble Cay melomys Remembrance DaySign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source – Full Article…

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Newsletter 36: Waves of Worldwide Webellion

Newsletter 36: Waves of Worldwide Webellion Dearest rebels, Whether you swoon for Valentine’s Day or think it represents everything that’s wrong with the world, we hope you’ll accept this newsletter as a message of affection from us to you; putting the ‘love’ into ‘Love and Rage’. Today, we are proud to announce that we will rise up in Waves of Rebellion across the world! At an exciting international meeting, rebels…

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Welcome to the quarantine era, where bored, lonely and trapped indoors may be the new normal | Brigid Delaney

Welcome to the quarantine era, where bored, lonely and trapped indoors may be the new normal | Brigid Delaney Between the air pollution, storms and coronavirus, out there feels increasingly unsafe and unpredictableThis summer has seen mother nature banish us to our bedrooms.It’s been the summer of staying indoors – whether you’re in Australia sheltering from violent storms and avoiding the worst air quality in the world, or abroad, stuck…

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Climate change means longer take-offs and fewer passengers per aeroplane – new study

Climate change means longer take-offs and fewer passengers per aeroplane – new study Andrew Barker/Shutterstock The connection between your next flight and climate change is likely clear in your head. More aeroplanes emitting greenhouse gases means more global warming. Simple enough, but there’s an opposite side that you probably hadn’t thought of. As the local climates at airports around the world have changed in the past few decades, the conditions…

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What are the tasks facing Alok Sharma as new Cop26 president?

What are the tasks facing Alok Sharma as new Cop26 president? As governments dither and emissions rise, pressure will be on UK at UN climate summitAlok Sharma, the new president of the Cop26 climate conference to be held in Glasgow in November, has experience of working closely with developing countries on the climate crisis in his former role as secretary for international development.This may be valuable in helping him forge…

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Coal is our heritage, not our future: Extinction Rebellion support local campaigners’ calls to halt proposed expansion of Bank’s Mining Open-Cast Coal Site with the message, “If you’re in a hole, stop digging!”

Coal is our heritage, not our future: Extinction Rebellion support local campaigners’ calls to halt proposed expansion of Bank’s Mining Open-Cast Coal Site with the message, “If you’re in a hole, stop digging!” Email: press@risingup.org.uk Phone: +447482 729729 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | #XR2020 #ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow  In a climate and ecological emergency, Extinction Rebellion call on both the local council and the UK government to recognise…

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Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects

Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects Research shows abundance at sites in Europe has plunged by up to 80% in two decadesTwo scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades.The research adds to growing evidence of what some scientists have called an “insect apocalypse”, which is threatening a collapse in the…

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Bumblebees in crisis: insect’s inner lives reveal what the world would lose if they disappear

Bumblebees in crisis: insect’s inner lives reveal what the world would lose if they disappear Tobias Maschtaler/Unsplash, CC BY-SA I study insects for a living, and bumblebees are by far my favourite. They’re the most charismatic and friendly critters you’re likely to see out and about. Sadly, your chances of seeing a bumblebee in Europe and North America have dropped by a third since 1970, according to new research. Across…

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Ancient Antarctic ice melt caused extreme sea level rise 129,000 years ago – and it could happen again

Ancient Antarctic ice melt caused extreme sea level rise 129,000 years ago – and it could happen again A blue ice area, part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Professor Chris Turney, Author provided Rising global temperatures and warming ocean waters are causing one of the world’s coldest places to melt. While we know that human activity is causing climate change and driving rapid changes in Antarctica, the potential impacts…

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Extinction Rebellion UK launch new strategy: ‘In 2019 we demanded change. In 2020 we begin building the alternative’

Extinction Rebellion UK launch new strategy: ‘In 2019 we demanded change. In 2020 we begin building the alternative’ Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +447561 098449 / +447479 234522 / +447986 671716Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | #XR2020 #ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow Watch the XR 2020 Strategy video here | Full Strategy Document | Photos of relevance Today, Extinction Rebellion UK launched its new strategy for 2020 saying: ‘This is the year rebellion goes…

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XR 2020 Strategy – Power : Together

XR 2020 Strategy – Power : Together The world has changed significantly since Extinction Rebellion launched just over a year ago.  Inspired by activists around the world, arm in arm with other movements, thousands of people from all walks of life have been part of this change; united by courage and purpose and an itch for rebellion.  World leaders, although finally admitting we are in a crisis, are yet to offer the real solutions we need. They are not brave enough to face what’s asked of them.  This is their own story of inevitable failure; it doesn’t have to be ours.   In 2019 we demanded change. In 2020 we begin building the alternative.  Read the XR 2020 Strategy here The 2020 strategy is an expression of voices from across our…

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A humanitarian crisis looms in Africa unless we act fast to stop the desert locust

A humanitarian crisis looms in Africa unless we act fast to stop the desert locust The destructive migratory pest threatens catastrophe as it swarms through countries already plagued by food insecurityA colleague at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tells a terrifying story about the desert locust.In 2005 she visited farmers in Niger as they prepared to harvest their crops. Just hours later, a swarm of locusts swept through the area and destroyed everything. One month later, truckloads of families were forced to leave their homes because they had nothing to eat. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/12/a-humanitarian-crisis-looms-in-africa-unless-we-act-fast-to-stop-the-desert-locust