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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.

  • I met my first Australian sea lion 57 years ago. Today I fear for this delightful animal | Valerie Taylor
    I’ve seen sea lion populations decimated. I want people to understand how wonderful an unafraid wild creature can beEared sea lions, or, as most Australians call them, seals, must be about the sweetest, and most loveable of all sea creatures.Man is their great enemy. Another is that incredible predator the great white shark, or white…
  • The Guardian view on secondhand clothes: the thrill of the old | Editorial
    Big business is getting in on the act as sales of ‘preloved’ garments boom. But can the trend curb our love for fast fashion?“Few articles change owners more frequently than clothes. They travel downwards from grade to grade in the social scale with remarkable regularity,” wrote the journalist Adolphe Smith in 1877 as he traced…
  • EU court upholds ban on insecticides linked to harming bees
    European Union’s top court dismisses appeal by Bayer against partial ban on use of substances on certain crops The European Union’s top court has upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops.The European court of justice on Thursday dismissed an appeal by Bayer to overturn…
  • ‘Rolling Justice’ – Helen Schlesinger, Clare Summerskill and April de Angelis to join event marking Tim Crosland’s Supreme Court trial
    For further enquiries please email: lola@climatekeys.comFacebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow From 10am on Monday May 10th actors and public figures – including Helen Schlesinger, playwright Clare Summerskill and dramatist April de Angelis – will join a rolling online event marking the Supreme Court trial of Tim Crosland, former Barrister and director of climate litigation charity Plan B.…
  • Wyoming stands up for coal with threat to sue states that refuse to buy it
    Republican governor says measure sends message that Wyoming is ‘prepared to bring litigation to protect our interests’Wyoming is faced by a transition to renewable energy that’s gathering pace across America, but it has now come up with a novel and controversial plan to protect its mining industry – sue other states that refuse to take…
  • Cut methane emissions to rapidly fight climate disasters, UN report says
    Fossil fuels, cattle and rotting waste produce greenhouse gas responsible for 30% of global heatingSlashing methane emissions is vital to tackling the climate crisis and rapidly curbing the extreme weather already hitting people across the world today, according to a new UN report.In 2020 there was a record rise in the amount of the powerful…
  • Using hydrogen fuel risks locking in reliance on fossil fuels, researchers warn
    Electrification of cars and home boilers best choice to fight the climate crisis, say scientistsUsing hydrogen-based fuels for cars and home heating risks locking in a dependency on fossil fuels and failing to tackle the climate crisis, according to a new analysis.Fuels produced from hydrogen can be used as straight replacements for oil and gas…
  • Wetter the better: Gothenburg’s bold plan to be world’s best rainy city
    It rains nearly 40% of the time in the Swedish city – so why not try to make the most of it?When they wake up on a Saturday morning to find rain coursing down the windows of their Gothenburg apartment, four-year-old Enja Bäckström and her six-year-old brother Charlie often still want to go out to…
  • The ersatz hedge: how we’re debasing England’s rural landscape | Richard Mabey
    Spindly rows of plastic-wrapped trees represent a misguided urge to control nature and risk polluting our countrysideRemember the English hedge? That meandering, bushy-bottomed muddle of blossom and blackberries, honeysuckle and wild rose, singing warblers and gothic trees half-buried in the greenery? More than 150,000 miles were grubbed out by farmers between the end of the…
  • Liechtenstein prince accused of shooting Romania’s largest bear
    Environmental groups say Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein shot bear, named Arthur, in a protected areaEnvironmental groups have accused a prince from Liechtenstein’s royal family of shooting and killing the largest bear in Romania, in contravention of a ban on the trophy hunting of large carnivores.The Romanian NGO Agent Green and the Austrian NGO…
  • Weatherwatch: the havoc caused by solar storms
    UK group has put forward proposals for mitigating effects of any future solar stormIn May 1921, a giant sunspot erupted, ejecting masses of solar material towards the Earth. This solar storm produced auroras visible all the way to the equator, and a rash of fires.A telegraph exchange in Sweden was the first to burst into…
  • Floating ‘WALL-E’ scarecrow stops seabirds diving into fishing nets
    Googly-eyed device to be tested in gillnet fisheries after study finds it deters long-tailed ducks Scarecrows may be outstanding in their field, but now scientists have created an unusual floating version that could help reduce the number of vulnerable seabirds caught by fishing nets.The device, known as a looming-eyes buoy (LEB), and developed in collaboration…
  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation still well short of fundraising target, auditor general finds
    Foundation was controversially awarded $443m grant by Turnbull government in 2018 on the basis it would be able to leverage money from private sector The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has managed to raise just $53.6m towards a $357m fundraising target, according to an auditor general’s review of its controversial partnership with the federal government.The report…
  • ‘Decades ahead of his time’: history catches up with visionary Jimmy Carter
    A new film rejects the popular narrative and recasts the former president, 96, as hugely prescient thinker, particularly on climate changeWhen I reach Jimmy Carter’s grandson by Zoom, he answers wearing a Raphael Warnock campaign T-shirt. Jason Carter is a lawyer and politician himself, mid-40s, animated and well-read, with blue eyes reminiscent of his grandfather’s.…
  • The Story of Plastic (Animated Short)
    The Story of Plastic (Animated Short) pulls back the curtain on the plastic pollution headlines, revealing the true causes and consequences of the global plastics crisis.
  • UK Newsletter Special: Rebellion Of One
    Dear rebel, Rebellion has returned to the UK for May Day, and in a whole new way. The Rebellion of One (Ro1) saw over 200 rebels come out onto the streets to take part in single-person roadblocks all over the country. They may have looked alone, but each rebel sitter had a hidden support team,…
  • Carbon offsets used by major airlines based on flawed system, warn experts
    Guardian investigation finds carbon credits generated by forest protection schemes are based on flawed systemWhat is carbon offsetting and how does it work?The forest protection carbon offsetting market used by major airlines for claims of carbon-neutral flying faces a significant credibility problem, with experts warning the system is not fit for purpose, an investigation has…
  • We’ve had information campaigns on Brexit and Covid. What about the climate? | George Marshall
    In the runup to Cop26, public knowledge about the crisis is shallow, with few understanding the scale of the threatOne of the key lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic is that strong policies require strong public engagement: people needed to understand the nature of the virus before they would tolerate constraints on their lives or provide…
  • Why won’t this giant oil pipeline reveal its secret backers?
    Expansion will stretch hundreds miles and is fiercely opposed by numerous groups – but despite repeated calls the Canadian government has not forced the pipeline reveal its insurersNestled in the harbors of Vancouver, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation has lived for thousands of years within an inlet set against the mountain views of the Pacific north-west.But across…
  • The Seaspiracy controversy: should we stop eating fish?
    The Netflix documentary on the impact of commercial fishing has received celebrity endorsements and a huge audience around the world, but it has also attracted criticism from experts who accuse it of making misleading claimsThe Netflix documentary Seaspiracy, made by the team behind the award-winning 2014 film Cowspiracy, critiques the idea of sustainable fishing and…
  • Air pollution spikes may impair older men’s thinking, study finds
    Even short, temporary increases in airborne particles can damage brain health, research suggestsTemporary rises in air pollution may impair memory and thinking in older men, according to research that indicates even short-term spikes in airborne particles can be harmful to brain health.Scientists found that the men’s cognitive performance fell following rises in air pollution during…
  • Poem of the week: Grey Natural Light by Katherine Horrex
    Climate change and pollution make for surreal and ghostly imagery in this understated and restrained poemGrey Natural Light by Katherine HorrexIt breaks through voile and stainslike tannin leaching into a cup; Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/03/poem-of-the-week-grey-natural-light-by-katherine-horrex
  • ‘Reconnect with nature’ by all means – but don’t forget its lethal power | Julian Sheather
    The natural world is a place of both bluebells and deadly viruses. Over-sentimentalising it is dangerousIt was a near-perfect day on the south coast – blue sky, blue sea, enough breeze to offset the heat of the sun. The beach may have been a little full, but it wasn’t long before I was in the…
  • The Guardian view on German politics: is green the new normal? | Editorial
    Global heating is now setting the parameters of political debateThese are heady days to be a German Green. Last month, Die Grünen chose 40-year-old Annalena Baerbock as their candidate for chancellor in September’s federal election. Since then there has been a huge influx of new members excited by the prospect of what is shaping up…