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.

  • Green homes: how to shut out the winter cold and save cash
    Some households could be wasting £330 a year because of poor heating and insulationWith storms and snow sweeping much of the country this week, many people’s thoughts will have turned to how to make their home warmer and more energy efficient.According to research from Nationwide building society, shared with Guardian Money, some households could be…
  • How creating wildlife crossings can help reindeer, bears – and even crabs
    Sweden’s announcement this week that it is to build a series of animal bridges is the latest in global efforts to help wildlife navigate busy roads Every April, Sweden’s main highway comes to a periodic standstill. Hundreds of reindeer overseen by indigenous Sami herders shuffle across the asphalt on the E4 as they begin their…
  • In the early days of Covid-19, we stopped consuming and rather loved it. But it didn't stick | Sarah Wilson
    In April of last year, Australians stopped spending – but where some label current highs in consumption as ‘recovery’, Sarah Wilson sees a cultThis week I found myself thinking back to early Covid. The globe had been suspended in an eerie pause and many of us were given the most unique of opportunities: time and…
  • The Guardian view on electric cars: greener roads are good | Editorial
    Technological advances combined with tough emissions targets are bringing the end of petrol and diesel traffic into view The prospect of a cleaner motor vehicle fleet is drawing closer. In November, the UK government announced that a ban on new petrol and diesel car sales would be brought forward to 2030. Advances in battery technology…
  • One-third of US rivers have changed color in recent decades, research finds
    Significance of changes are unclear and could reflect various ways in which humans are impacting the environment Rivers may seem like immutable features of the landscape but they are in fact changing color over time, a new study has found.Researchers compiled a database of satellite images of major rivers in the United States from 1984…
  • George Eustice says water firms must cut sewage releases into rivers and sea
    Environment secretary says water companies too reliant on overflows discharging pollution after stormsThe environment secretary, George Eustice, has made a commitment to reducing releases of raw sewage by water companies into rivers and coastal waters. Eustice said there was “still too much reliance” by water companies on storm overflows to discharge sewage into waterways.A government…
  • Small but mighty, Pacific states have led the charge for banning nuclear weapons | Emily Defina
    A global treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons becomes international law today. But the fight to rid the world of these dismal weapons continues.In 1995, thousands of people marched peacefully hand-in-hand through the Tahitian capital of Pape’ete. The palm-lined streets were awash with songs of protest.On a nearby shorefront, Cook Islanders had just arrived by traditional voyaging…
  • Legal bid to stop UK building Europe's biggest gas power plant fails
    Plan has been approved despite environmental objections and criticism over climate leadership A legal challenge to the UK government’s approval of a new gas-fired power plant has failed in the court of appeal.The challenge was brought after ministers overruled climate change objections from the planning authority. The plant is being developed by Drax in North…
  • 'No more broken treaties': indigenous leaders urge Biden to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
    Tribes and environmentalists hail decision to cancel Keystone XL pipeline but call on president to go furtherIndigenous leaders and environmentalists are urging President Joe Biden to shutdown some of America’s most controversial fossil fuel pipelines, after welcoming his executive order cancelling the Keystone XL (KXL) project.Activists praised Biden’s decision to stop construction of the transnational…
  • Activists use Barclaycards to make reparations on bank’s behalf in Money Rebellion’s #RepairHarm debt strike
    Email: moneyrebellionpress@protonmail.comWebsite | Twitter | Facebook  | Instagram | Media Assets | Donate#MoneyRebellion #RepairHarm Today, activists from Money Rebellion (a group within Extinction Rebellion) and Animal Rebellion have taken on credit card debt to pay reparations on behalf of Barclays, calling on the bank to cancel the debt and start repairing the harm they and…
  • Country diary: the power of water in the valley
    St Dominic, Tamar valley: Rainfall may have destroyed the weir, but there are still old methods present to pump water back uphill The beat of a hydraulic ram reverberates along the deep ditch, running fast with spring water towards a little tributary originating from beneath Viverdon Down. The water joins other streams along the incised…
  • Wild lynx could be reintroduced into Scottish Highlands
    Study tests public support for bringing back species after 500-year absence, while farmers fear for sheepA consortium of conservationists that hopes to release wild lynx into the Scottish Highlands has launched a year-long study to see whether the public supports their reintroduction.The study, part-funded by two billionaire Danish estate owners in the Highlands, Anders Povlsen…
  • Sweden to build reindeer bridges over roads and railways
    ‘Renoducts’ will help animals who have to roam further for food due to global heatingSweden is to build up to a dozen bridges so reindeer can safely cross railway lines and major roads in the north of the country as global heating forces them to roam further afield in search of food.State broadcaster SVT said…
  • 'One of a kind': calls to protect Alabama's 60,000-year-old underwater forest
    Efforts are under way to designate site of submerged forest off the Alabama coast a marine sanctuaryWhen divers jump into a particular stretch of water off the coast of Alabama, they travel back to a time before humans arrived in the new world.Submerged below the waters are the remains of a cypress tree forest that…
  • Limiting air pollution 'could prevent 50,000 deaths in Europe'
    World Health Organization estimates air pollution kills more than 7 million people each yearLimiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to research.The WHO estimates air pollution kills more than 7 million people each year and is one of the leading causes…
  • Shark tourism and conservation off South Africa – in pictures
    Conservationists are strongly critical of the system used to prevent shark attacks off the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal, an area where sharks can be viewed by divers without cages Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/19/shark-tourism-off-south-africa-in-pictures
  • The green cleaner: 15 natural ways to spruce up your home – from nettles to rainwater
    Former Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle says we have been ‘brainwashed’ into believing we need harsh chemicals to clean our homes. Here’s how to take a more environmentally friendly approachIt was a filthy washing machine that prompted Nancy Birtwhistle to embrace the power of eco-friendly cleaning. “I was nearly at the point where I thought…
  • Biden to 'hit ground running' as he rejoins Paris climate accords
    President-elect to block Keystone XL pipeline among other swift environmental moves – but challenges lie aheadJoe Biden is set for a flurry of action to combat the climate crisis on his first day as US president by immediately rejoining the Paris climate agreement and blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, although experts have warned lengthier, and…
  • Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia
    Birds that became tangled in baited lines appear to be scared off by coloured pipesA cheap and simple change to the equipment used by Namibian fishing boats is saving tens of thousands of vulnerable seabirds annually, researchers have estimated.Some industrial fleets often use long lines fitted with thousands of baited hooks, which attract seabirds. In…
  • That’s barking! Why all dog owners need a poo wormery
    It’s no longer enough to bag it and bin it – the green approach is to let worms munch through your dog’s wasteName: Dog poo wormeries.Age: They’ve been around for a while, but thankfully you didn’t know about them. Until now. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2021/jan/18/eco-friendly-pet-owners-dog-poo-wormery
  • A natural beauty? How to give your bathroom shelves a green makeover
    Pretty packaging and exotic ingredients mean many beauty and makeup products come with a high environmental cost. But there are easy ways to make your skincare regime greenerBeneath its shiny layer of glossy, luxurious perfection, the environmental impact of the beauty industry makes grim reading. Companies produce a reported 120bn units of packaging (much of…
  • Biden to cancel $9bn Keystone XL pipeline's permit, says source
    Rescinding permit is on list of executive actions thought to be scheduled for first day in officeJoe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9bn Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts as president, perhaps as soon as his first day in office, according to a source familiar with his…
  • The weather's dismal but it shouldn’t stop us enjoying our local wildlife this lockdown | Chris Packham
    Winter is when you get the very best out of your senses. Bare trees mean that you can hear every sound and watch for birdsDo you remember the first lockdown? We were scared but for most of us it was easier than this gloomy winter shutdown. We hadn’t endured a year of the coronavirus crisis…
  • Is the boom in communal living really the good life?
    Driven by green concerns, house prices, the desire for a simpler existence – and now Covid, too – there’s been a boom in communal livingAfter 40 years, Dave Hodgson has a sixth sense when it comes to an aspiring communard. “If they take one look at our shared bathrooms and say they need a good…