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.

  • Malcolm Turnbull on Murdoch, lies and the climate crisis: ‘The same forces that enabled Trump are at work in Australia’
    Systematic partisan lying and misinformation from the media, both mainstream and social, has done enormous damage to liberal democracies, the former PM writesThe United States has suffered the largest number of Covid-19 deaths: about 600,000 at the time of writing. The same political and media players who deny the reality of global warming also denied…
  • The US has a silent pig pandemic on its doorstep once again
    As America readies to protect its pork industry, the Dominican Republic has been accused of using an outbreak of African Swine Fever to wipe out smaller producersA pandemic is silently sweeping across the globe – and it is not Covid-19. Since African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in the Americas more than two months ago,…
  • Coal-state Democrat set to scupper Biden clean energy plans
    White House forced to rewrite domestic bill as it makes late bid to secure backing for international dealPresident Joe Biden is likely to abandon a clean energy programme that was the centrepiece of his efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions at home, US media reported, because of opposition from a swing-vote Democratic senator from a…
  • Eco-friendly, lab-grown coffee is on the way, but it comes with a catch
    Beanless brews can cut deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions dramatically – but what will happen to workers in traditional coffee-growing regions? Heiko Rischer isn’t quite sure how to describe the taste of lab-grown coffee. This summer he sampled one of the first batches in the world produced from cell cultures rather than coffee beans.“To describe…
  • Australia’s climate indecision continues as Scott Morrison heads to Glasgow
    Katharine Murphy speaks to Guardian Australia’s climate and environment editor Adam Morton about the Coalition’s approach to net zero emissions and the global push for greater action on global heating Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2021/oct/16/australias-climate-indecision-continues-as-scott-morrison-heads-to-glasgow
  • Seven ways to save lives on the frontline of the climate crisis
    Seven ways to save lives on the frontline of the climate crisis Women in an Indonesian village plan strategies for reconstruction after extreme weather. World Bank/Flickr Every year the lives of millions of people are destroyed by disasters, both caused and made worse by the climate crisis. From wildfires to droughts, rich and poor countries…
  • Our green royals – saving the planet one helicopter ride at a time | Marina Hyde
    The Queen, Charles and William have hit out at those who are all talk on the climate crisis. One has to wonder who they meanI understand why they go out, “but it isn’t helpful to do it in a way that alienates people,” explained Prince Charles of Insulate Britain, in an interview this week in…
  • How making homes energy efficient could boost the economy and create jobs
    How making homes energy efficient could boost the economy and create jobs Brizmaker/Shutterstock Making homes and buildings energy efficient is a win-win for people and the planet. Homes with well-insulated walls and windows need to burn less gas in a boiler to keep warm, reducing household greenhouse gas emissions and energy bills. In a new…
  • Queen ‘irritated’ by world leaders talking not doing on climate crisis
    Overheard comment suggests anger at possible no-shows at Cop26 by leaders of countries with worst CO2 emissions The Queen has criticised world leaders’ inaction on addressing the climate crisis, admitting she is “irritated” by individuals who “talk but don’t do”.She made the remarks, which were picked up on a livestream, at the opening of the…
  • Most businesses have already been hit by extreme weather, but still aren’t preparing for future climate disruption
    Most businesses have already been hit by extreme weather, but still aren’t preparing for future climate disruption Watching news reports of severe flooding in Europe, of devastating wildfires in the US, of melting ice caps at the poles, very few people now would deny that our climate is changing. The UK’s Environment Agency has just…
  • Fire-ravaged Greek island of Evia hit by floods and mudslides
    Experts say loss of forests, which act as natural flood control mechanism, has worsened impact of heavy rain Storms and heavy rain have laid bare the scale of the destruction wreaked by massive fires on the Greek island of Evia, with communities now having to deal with flooding and mudslides.After a summer of record temperatures…
  • The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it
    The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it Global plastic supply chains have been altered by COVID-19. Filmbetrachter/Pixabay The investor Warren Buffett once remarked that “only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked”. For the plastics recycling industry, the pandemic was a bit like the…
  • News Corp climate campaign pledged ‘positive stories’ only. Also excluded, any mea culpas | Graham Readfearn
    From attacking people who are anti-nuclear to blaming Greens for lack of climate action, what was that about no partisan sniping or politicising?Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingNews Corp Australia has launched its Mission Zero series of articles with the kinds of stories on the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions…
  • Energy price rises: tips on how to save money on your bills and be greener from an expert
    Energy price rises: tips on how to save money on your bills and be greener from an expert Turning down the heating just 1C in a room can produce significant savings, our energy expert says. Syda Productions/Shutterstock The price of gas and electricity has been increasing sharply on the back of energy shortages. This is…
  • UK, US, China: how the world’s carbon ‘centre of gravity’ moved over 200 years
    The geographic centre of the world’s carbon emissions used to sit atop the UK. Now it sits squarely over ChinaA new Guardian visualisation reveals how the “centre of gravity” of global emissions has moved over the past 200 years.The analysis shows how the geographic centre of the world’s carbon emissions used to sit directly atop…
  • The path to net zero. Climate Fight podcast part 2 transcript
    The path to net zero. Climate Fight podcast part 2 transcript What needs to happen to get the world to net zero? Coatesy/Shutterstock This is a transcript of part two of Climate Fight: the world’s biggest negotiation, a series from The Anthill podcast. In this episode, we talk to experts about the grand goal of…
  • Flying surfboards and smart stand mixers: Australia’s Good Design awards 2021 – in pictures
    Judged on design excellence, innovation and impact – whether it be social, commercial or environmental – the best in class gong at the Good Design awards is one of the country’s highest design honours.Winners are chosen by a panel of more than 70 industry experts. This year’s awards received a record 930 applications across 12…
  • China’s wildlife food ban is vital for public health and threatened species – our research reveals what must happen next
    China’s wildlife food ban is vital for public health and threatened species – our research reveals what must happen next Amnat30/Shutterstock World leaders are attending an online summit to discuss the future of life on Earth. With one million species threatened with extinction this century, the UN biodiversity conference, known as COP15, is supposed to…
  • Climate crisis: what can trees really do for us?
    Climate crisis: what can trees really do for us? Alejandro Cuevas/Pixabay, CC BY-SA By the power of sunlight, forests turn huge amounts of carbon in the air into food: sugars for themselves and leaves, bark and roots that feed animals and microbes. Respiration, which happens in the cells of all living things in the forest,…
  • Greta Thunberg: I’m open to meeting Biden at Cop26 but don’t expect much
    The activist says she will continue to repeat her message until governments take meaningful steps to address the climate crisis Greta Thunberg is “open” to meeting with Joe Biden at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, though the young Swedish activist does not expect much from either the US leader or the make-or-break summit…
  • A publicly owned energy industry could help tackle energy poverty and increase renewables
    A publicly owned energy industry could help tackle energy poverty and increase renewables Renewable energy is a fast-growing industry. Oimheidi/Pixabay Recent queues at petrol stations across the UK point to significant issues with fuel supply chains in the wake of Brexit. But a lack of fuel where it is needed has been causing problems in…
  • David Littleproud says states should compensate farmers for past emissions reductions
    Federal agriculture minister wants states to ‘kick the tin’ to farmers over historical land clearing laws as Coalition negotiations on climate policy intensifyGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has rejected demands from farmers for compensation for emissions reductions agreed more than two decades ago, saying the…
  • Solar panels on half the world’s roofs could meet its entire electricity demand – new research
    Solar panels on half the world’s roofs could meet its entire electricity demand – new research Covering roofs with solar panels could significantly contribute to decarbonising global energy systems. MaddyBris/Pixabay Rooftop solar panels are up to 79% cheaper than they were in 2010. These plummeting costs have made rooftop solar photovoltaics even more attractive to…
  • To save forests, researchers are hooking trees up to Twitter
    To save forests, researchers are hooking trees up to Twitter Huge amounts of revealing data can be collected from sensors attached to trees. Gennaro_Leonardi/Pixabay In July 2018, a century-old red oak went live on Twitter. The account @awitnesstree, tweeting from the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, introduces itself in its bio: Witnessing life as a…
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