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.

  • ‘Putin rubbing hands with glee’ after EU votes to class gas and nuclear as green
    Parliament backs plan to classify some projects as clean power investmentsThe European parliament has backed plans to label gas and nuclear energy as “green”, rejecting appeals from prominent Ukrainians and climate activists that the proposals are a gift to Vladimir Putin.One senior MEP said the vote was a “dark day for the climate”, while experts said the EU had set a dangerous precedent for countries to follow. Continue reading…
  • Why fruit-picking is ripe for robots to take over | Letter
    Agricultural work might seem bucolic, but the reality is it’s grinding and arduous, says Peter EnglishI felt compelled to write in response to Nell Frizzell’s article (I’m sure robots are very nice, but I don’t want them picking my fruit, 4 July). I note that she refers to the pleasure of sharing a motel with…
  • North Wales’ ancient felled Pontfadog oak returns in five cloned saplings
    A 2013 storm toppled the tree that had stood in the Ceiriog valley for 1,200 years – but now it lives onOn a stormy night in April 2013, a resounding crack echoed around a valley in north-east Wales and when day broke a melancholy sight met the eyes of villagers.The mighty Pontfadog oak, a glorious…
  • BP accused of dumping industrial waste in marine-protected area off Shetland
    UK regulator gave oil firm clearance to drop thousands of tonnes of pipes and cables after drilling finishedBP has been accused of dumping industrial waste at sea after starting to drop thousands of tonnes of oil pipes in a legally protected marine wildlife zone in the Atlantic.Confidential documents seen by the Guardian show the oil…
  • ‘Putin rubbing hands with glee’ after EU votes to class gas and nuclear as green
    Parliament backs plan to classify some projects as clean power investmentsThe European parliament has backed plans to label gas and nuclear energy as “green”, rejecting appeals from prominent Ukrainians and climate activists that the proposals are a gift to Vladimir Putin.One senior MEP said the vote was a “dark day for the climate”, while experts…
  • BP accused of dumping industrial waste in marine-protected area off Shetland
    UK regulator gave oil firm clearance to drop thousands of tonnes of pipes and cables after drilling finishedBP has been accused of dumping industrial waste at sea after starting to drop thousands of tonnes of oil pipes in a legally protected marine wildlife zone in the Atlantic.Confidential documents seen by the Guardian show the oil company sought approval to dump 14 pipes and control cables 120 miles west of Shetland after finishing drilling at the site. Continue reading…
  • Methane emissions reach new highs despite pandemic – they are four times more sensitive to climate change than first thought
    Methane emissions reach new highs despite pandemic – they are four times more sensitive to climate change than first thought Wildfires may be slowing the rate at which the atmosphere removes methane. Gonzalo Keogan/Shutterstock Eliminating emissions of CO₂ is high up the environmental agenda – but the world should not lose sight of the threat…
  • ‘Every year it gets worse’: on the frontline of the climate crisis in Bangladesh
    Young volunteers are leading rescue teams helping women and girls hardest hit by catastrophic flash floods in SylhetEver since she was a little girl, Amina Ahmed has been afraid of the water. Growing up in Sylhet, north-east of Bangladesh, the heavy rainfall that typically occurs during monsoon season would make her anxious.But this year’s flooding…
  • The UK urgently needs to cut its methane emissions by 2030: cows and sheep hold the key to success
    The UK urgently needs to cut its methane emissions by 2030: cows and sheep hold the key to success Cow burps are a major contributor to methane emissions. Shutterstock When it comes to climate change, the focus tends to be on carbon dioxide. But hot on its heels is methane (CH₄), the second most important…
  • Extinction Rebellion targets Vanguard – and wins!
    June was a huge success for Extinction Rebellion groups standing up to corporate lies and greenwash in the investment industry. On the first day of Vanguard Asset Managements UK ‘Sustainable Life’ roadshow, XR disrupted the conference in Glasgow, resulting in Vanguard cancelling the whole UK tour and moving it online. Concerned over further humiliation, company…
  • I led the US lawsuit against big tobacco for its harmful lies. Big oil is next | Sharon Y Eubanks
    We may be approaching a legal tipping point for fossil fuel companies and the spin masters that work for themIn 2005, I was the lead counsel on behalf of the US in one of the biggest corporate accountability legal actions ever filed. That trial proved that the tobacco industry knew it was selling and marketing…
  • Democrats have a month to revive the climate deal our planet needs | Daniel Sherrell
    In the glare of history, failure on climate will overshadow any other fact about their tenure. Let’s hope they feel the heat as much as we doOn Thursday, the supreme court of the United States struck down the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, sharply limiting the federal government’s ability to fight climate change.With Earth’s temperature rising…
  • Dangerous strain of salmonella becoming more common in UK meat
    Unpublished government records show rise in poultry products testing positive for salmonella infantisPotentially deadly superbug found in British supermarket porkA dangerous strain of salmonella is becoming more common in meat in the UK, unpublished government records show.Test results obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) and the Guardian reveal a rise in poultry products…
  • Australia is woefully unprepared for this climate reality of consecutive disasters | Greg Mullins
    We lost a critical decade of preparation under the Coalition. As floods hit NSW again, we cannot afford to lose a minute moreAlmost unbelievably, communities in New South Wales are once again having to flee the fourth major flooding event in the state in just 18 months.It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but there’s no…
  • ‘Every time, we wonder if the bridge will go under’: for Hawkesbury residents flooding is now a part of life
    Among those whose livelihoods are thrown into disarray whenever it rains, frustration is growing at the lack of actionGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastIsaak Salami is stuck on the wrong side of the Windsor bridge, with a fractured arm and a resignation the rising Hawkesbury River will likely prevent…
  • Events like Italian glacier collapse likely to increase as planet heats
    Analysis: Effects of climate change already affecting mountaineering beyond deadly glacier collapse on MarmoladaFull story: search resumes for missing hikersEvents like the collapse of a glacier on the Marmolada mountain, which has killed at least seven people, are likely to become more common as the planet heats, according to scientists who spend their life scrutinising the ice on mountains.With this particular glacier, experts have pointed to the scorching heatwave in Italy as a factor, as it is likely to have melted large amounts of ice. Continue reading…
  • Events like Italian glacier collapse likely to increase as planet heats
    Analysis: Effects of climate change already affecting mountaineering beyond deadly glacier collapse on MarmoladaFull story: search resumes for missing hikersEvents like the collapse of a glacier on the Marmolada mountain, which has killed at least seven people, are likely to become more common as the planet heats, according to scientists who spend their life scrutinising…
  • I’m sure robots are very nice, but I don’t want them picking my fruit | Nell Frizzell
    The more we automate our farms, the less we understand about our food. Let’s not get too hands-offAfter one of my regular 4.30am starts last week, I caught a snippet of a feature on Farming Today about fruit-picking robots. Hearing about the multi-billion-pound mechanical arms and 3D sensors of this new machine, I was filled…
  • ‘Slow-burning problem’: residual ill will about chemical spray drift
    Farmers in NSW’s central west fear chemical exposure is becoming a threat to food production and authorities are slow to respondSign up for the Rural Network email newsletterJoin the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the communityGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastA tourist barrelling along the…
  • ‘It’s hot’: UK interest in solar power heats up as energy bills soar
    Boom clouded by supply chain disruption, a fragmented industry as well as ethical issues“It’s hot,” says Steve Springett, a director of the renewable energy brand Egg, cheerily assessing the solar market. “There’s two key factors: people are understanding the environmental benefits of it better, and energy is really, really expensive at the moment.”Consumer interest has…
  • Sex on the beach: a beloved California fish wriggles ashore to spawn
    Grunion run has fascinated scientists and locals for decades, but their future is threatened by the climate crisisOn certain nights on a quiet California beach, thousands of small, silvery fish gather in the moonlight to perform a unique mating ritual.Known as the “grunion run”, the spectacle is one of the lesser known natural wonders of…
  • Labour pledges to create 30,000 jobs at electric car battery gigafactories
    Party makes promise amid reports UK is falling behind European rivals in production capacity for EVsLabour has pledged to create at least 30,000 jobs by promising to build three gigafactories for electric car battery production in Britain by 2025, as it warned the country was falling behind its European competitors in the race to ditch…
  • Air flows, draught sealing and double glazing: how homeowners can retrofit houses for warmth
    Methods of keeping living spaces warm range from cheap gap-sealing to expensive double-glazing, but the first step is to find and see the problemIt’s minus four degrees when scientist Jenny Edwards arrives to inspect my bitterly cold Canberra home. Huddled inside with a coffee, dressed for an ascent to Everest base camp, I’m fretting over…
  • Australasia’s remarkable reptiles and amphibians – in pictures
    A new book showcases spectacular photos of frogs, crocodiles, tuataras, turtles, lizards and snakes of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New GuineaGet our weekend culture and lifestyle email and listen to our podcast Continue reading… Source – Full Article Australasia’s remarkable reptiles and amphibians – in pictures
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