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US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows
Annapolis is seeing seas rise at about twice the global rate, and flooding there foreshadows the problems other coastal communities can expectWhen the parking lot in the bustling tourist zone of downtown Annapolis floods, the employees at Pip’s Dock Street Dogs restaurant take off their socks and shoes, wrap their legs in trash bags and wade out into the water.A lot of the time, it’s not even raining. High tides intensified by sea-level rise are just pushing the water inland, overwhelming the drainage system. Continue reading...
School pupils call for radical climate action in UK-wide strike
Former UN climate chief says it is time to ‘heed voice of youth’ as thousands join protest
Climate strike: thousands of students take to UK streets in call to stop global warming – as it happened
Walkouts held in towns and cities across Britain in protest at environmental crisis
Danish economist chosen as new UN environment chief
Inger Andersen expected to replace Erik Solheim, who quit amid travel expenses outcryThe UN secretary-general has picked the Danish economist and environmentalist Inger Andersen as its new environment chief, according to a letter seen by Agence France-Presse, turning the page on a scandal over expenses that rocked the UN agency.Andersen, who heads the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) NGO, is set to succeed Erik Solheim of Norway, who resigned in November amid an outcry over his huge travel expenses. Continue reading...
Toxic black snow covers Siberian coalmining region
Activists say ‘post-apocalyptic’ scenes in Kuzbass highlight manmade ecological disasterResidents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos online showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a manmade ecological catastrophe.In one video, filmed in Kiselyovsk, a town in the Kuzbass region, a woman drives past mounds of coal-coloured snow stretching to the horizon, covering a children’s playground and the courtyards of residential buildings. The scenes in the footage were described as “post-apocalyptic” by Russian media. Continue reading...
Week in wildlife – in pictures
Hungry polar bears, the oldest known breeding bird and a new frog species in this week’s gallery Continue reading...
'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes
The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act
Scorched film sets: a Hollywood park after wildfires
Recent blazes scorched 90% of the federally protected Santa Monica Mountains – destroying a 1950s Hollywood set and affecting biodiversity. But life is slowly coming backThe fire came quickly. Fueled by dry, blustering winds, officials were unable to contain the Woolsey fire before it scorched the canyons of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, taking close to 97,000 acres and 1,500 properties with it.One of the great casualties was the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area. Nearly 90% of the federally owned land burned in the November 2018 blaze. The park is home to popular hiking trails, a rich ecosystem of plant and wildlife, including mountain lions and coyotes, as well as famous spots such as the Paramount Ranch’s “Western Town” (a well-known Hollywood set location), the historic 1927 Peter Strauss Ranch house, a research field station and ranger residences. Nearly all of them burned to the ground. Continue reading...
Meal kits cut food waste but packaging is a problem, study finds
Deliveries ‘almost always’ use more energy than buying ingredients from supermarketHome delivery meal kits can slash food waste by more than two-thirds, but suppliers need to switch to reusable packaging to make them environmentally friendly, researchers say.Tailor-made meal kits save waste by providing people with precise amounts of fresh ingredients for chosen recipes, meaning leftovers are minimised and less food goes off before people have a chance to use it. Continue reading...
Murray-Darling Basin's outlook is grim unless it rains, authority's report warns
Focus for year ahead will be on ‘providing drought refuges and avoiding irreversible loss of species’The outlook for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin, particularly in the north, is extremely challenging and there will be almost no scope for environmental flows for the remainder of the 2018-19 year unless it rains, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has warned.It says the focus will be “on providing drought refuges and avoiding irreversible loss of species”. Continue reading...
Trump administration condemned over delaying action on toxic drinking water
EPA to spend at least another year considering whether to restrict toxic chemicals found in drinking water
Renewable energy will be world's main power source by 2040, says BP
Annual energy forecast predicts record surge in wind, solar and other renewablesRenewable energy sources will be the world’s main source of power within two decades and are establishing a foothold in the global energy system faster than any fuel in history, according to BP.The UK-based oil company said wind, solar and other renewables will account for about 30% of the world’s electricity supplies by 2040, up from 25% in BP’s 2040 estimates last year, and about 10% today. Continue reading...
Oil firm aims to extend Dorset coast drilling despite marine life risk
Environment groups oppose licence for Corallian Energy extractions along protected coastline running to MarchAn oil company drilling off the Dorset coastline is attempting to extend its licence into the spring, challenging the conditions imposed to protect the sea’s many sensitive wildlife species.Corallian Energy has set up a rig visible from the protected coastline and in close proximity to 58 marine and coastal protected areas. Sensitive and protected species offshore include bottlenose dolphins, seahorses, rays and breeding populations of seabirds including sandwich terns and little terns. Continue reading...
Green party's Siân Berry to run for London mayor again in 2020
Co-leader will take part in mayoral election in capital for second time in a rowThe Green party co-leader Siân Berry is to stand again as its candidate in the 2020 London mayoral election.Berry, a London assembly member and councillor, took over the joint leadership alongside Jonathan Bartley in September. She was the Greens’ candidate at the 2016 mayoral election, finishing third behind Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith of the Conservatives. Continue reading...
Headteachers in a bind as pupils prepare to go on UK climate strike
Unions urge pupils not to walk out of class but some schools may adopt relaxed attitudeSchool leaders are having to wrestle with their consciences over pupils joining the nationwide climate strike to be held on Friday afternoon, caught between their duties as teachers and instincts as educators.Thousands of the more than 8 million school pupils in the UK are expected to walk out of lessons to show their concern about the threat of escalating climate change. Continue reading...
Former NSW minister said farmer could use river water in dry spell, court hears
Kevin Humphries denies telling cotton farmer Anthony Barlow he could pump water during embargo
Bavaria campaigners abuzz as bees petition forces farming changes
10% of German state’s voters sign, obliging authorities to preserve species diversityA petition in Bavaria on preserving species diversity, popularly known as the “save the bees” campaign, has garnered sufficient support to enforce significant changes to the state’s farming practices.The organisers reached their target of securing the signatures of 10% of eligible voters in the southern German state well before the Wednesday evening deadline. Continue reading...
Restaurants could make £7 for every £1 invested in cutting waste, report reveals
Global study sets out how industry could make waste reduction pay, using data taken from across 12 countries
NSW 'accounting trick' lets miners dodge appropriate rehabilitation costs
Exclusive: Lock the Gate accuses state government of placing interests of mining sector over those of taxpayersNew South Wales taxpayers could be shortchanged up to $500m by a state government “accounting trick” that allows mining companies to dodge paying appropriate contingency costs for site rehabilitation.A 2017 report by the NSW auditor general found that security deposits paid by miners for future rehabilitation were inadequate and made several recommendations, including that the “contingency” costs be increased. Continue reading...
Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists
Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem ‘collapse of nature’Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists.Related: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' Continue reading...
School pupils issue fake parking tickets to tackle pollution
Tameside head came up with idea after noticing increase in asthma among childrenPrimary school pupils in Greater Manchester have started patrolling the streets outside their schools as uniformed “junior” police officers, issuing fake parking tickets to parents parked on the pavement or sitting with their engines running.The junior PCSOs (police community safety officers) were the brainchild of Steve Marsland, the headteacher of Russell Scott primary in Denton in Tameside, after he noticed a huge increase in the number of children with asthma. Eighteen months ago, he started to use an inhaler after having trouble breathing dangerously polluted air. Continue reading...
Academics back UK schools' climate change strikes
More than 200 sign letter to the Guardian saying pupils right to be angry at inaction
'Uniquely American': Senate passes landmark bill to enlarge national parks
Bill sets aside more than 1m acres of new wilderness and conservation areas including rivers in California and UtahJoshua Tree and Death Valley national parks are to be enlarged, and stunning river landscapes in California and Utah will be protected, under new legislation that passed the US Senate on Tuesday.In all the public lands package sets aside more than a million acres of new wilderness and conservation areas in western states. Continue reading...
Water flows at key sites in Murray-Darling are worse than before basin plan, report says
Wentworth Group finds the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s environmental objectives are not being metWater flows at key environmental sites in the Murray-Darling Basin are unimproved or worse than before the basin plan was implemented, a scientific report has found, raising serious questions about where the $8.5bn of environmental water purchased by taxpayers is going.The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a group of eminent environmental scientists formed a decade ago to advocate for the river system, have looked at two key sites which they identified when the plan was put in place in 2010. Continue reading...
Taiji dolphin hunt: activists to launch unprecedented legal challenge
Exclusive: lawsuit in Japan contends that dolphins are wrongly classified as fish and should be protected as mammalsAnimal rights activists have launched an unprecedented legal challenge to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, claiming that fishermen are routinely violating animal welfare laws and exceeding government-set quotas.The London-based organisation Action for Dolphins and the Japanese NGO Life Investigation Agency on Wednesday submitted evidence they hope will halt the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, a whaling town on Japan’s Pacific coast, the Guardian can reveal. Continue reading...
How to make an incinerator popular? Put a ski slope on it
Idea of topping municipal plant in Copenhagen with urban ski resort won accolades for Danish architecture firm
Their chips are down: New Zealand seagulls under threat after 'unbelievable declines'
The birds are severely at risk, but there is little public awareness or sympathy for their plightSquawking, chip-stealing seagulls are under threat in New Zealand, with some colonies experiencing “unbelievable declines”, and others disappearing altogether over the past few decades.New Zealand is home to three species of seagull but the native red-billed seagull – the beady-eyed interloper who makes an appearance at every beach picnic up and down the country – is the most common. Continue reading...
Ogoni widows testify at The Hague over Shell's alleged complicity in killings
Four Nigerian women bring landmark case over state executions of nine activists in a military courtFour Nigerian women at the centre of a long-running legal battle against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell saw their historic case reach the Hague on Tuesday.The company is accused of complicity in the state execution of nine Ogoni protesters and human right abuses dating back to 1993. The allegations concern the 1990s violent government crackdown in Ogoniland, in the oil-rich Niger delta region, where oil spills inflicted environmental damage on a huge scale. Continue reading...
Brazil environment minister's dismissal of slain Amazon defender stirs outrage
Ricardo Salles’ comments fuel criticism of administration’s stance, which environmentalists say is excessively pro-businessBrazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”.Related: Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister Continue reading...
Fracking firm Cuadrilla loses planning appeal for second UK site
Communities secretary James Brokenshire cited traffic issues in rejecting plans for four wellsCampaigners have welcomed the government’s decision to reject a planning appeal by shale gas firm Cuadrilla to frack at a second site in Lancashire, capping a week of bad news for the industry.James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said he was turning down the appeal for planning permission to develop four fracking wells in the Fylde area because of traffic concerns. Continue reading...
Australia won’t meet the Paris targets despite what recent research claims | Bill Hare
There’s no way we’ll achieve the targets five years early without major policy changes, which are unlikely under the current governmentThe Australian National University has been making headlines for its analysis that, with the current rate of renewable energy growth, Australia will achieve its Paris agreement targets five years early – by 2025. Unfortunately, after a careful review, we find their analysis doesn’t stack up.The ANU briefing note has surprised, if not shocked, many in the expert and analytical community with detailed knowledge of Australia’s climate and energy policy. Continue reading...
After six years of drought, Mount Isa residents prayed for rain. Then it flooded
For graziers who sweated to keep their herds alive, praying for rain, the scale of the flood is hard to take• Satellite images before and after the floods reveal devastationOut the back of Mount Isa, in late January, the locals marked a wry milestone.For an unbroken stretch of 43 stinking afternoons, the temperature at Cloncurry and Camooweal had topped 40C. The herds of cattle in Queensland’s north-west, the ones that had survived through six years of drought, started to show signs of severe heat stress. They became thinner, weaker. Continue reading...
'A legacy of plastic waste': Coles launches new collectables series
As new promotion launches, volunteers are still cleaning up debris from the Little Shop campaign on Australian beachesColes is launching a new collectible promotion of plastic toys on Wednesday, while the vestiges of the supermarket giant’s last campaign are still having a negative impact on the environment.From this week, shoppers can collect one of 24 plastic fruit or vegetable toys for every $30 they spend in-store as part of the Coles Stikeez campaign. Continue reading...
Labour to set out plans to decarbonise UK and fulfil green jobs pledge
Party says Labour government would tackle climate change by starting economic revolutionLabour is to set out how the UK can move swiftly to a decarbonised future to tackle the unfolding climate crisis and put “meat on the bones” of its promise to create hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, unionised green jobs.Trade unionists and industry leaders will come together with academics, engineers and public institutions to build detailed regional plans setting out the challenges and opportunities ahead. Continue reading...
Harrison Ford: leaders who deny climate change are 'on the wrong side of history'
Actor attacked Trump and other leaders at World Government Summit for denying science to justify not facing the ‘moral crisis’Harrison Ford has launched a scorching attack on Donald Trump and other world leaders, for denying science in order to justify doing nothing to face the “moral crisis” of climate change.Related: European colonization of Americas killed so many it cooled Earth's climate Continue reading...
Sheffield council says sorry for misleading residents over tree felling
Ombudsman finds authority ‘deliberately set out not to reveal true advice’ about alder treeSheffield council has apologised after a year-long independent investigation found it “deliberately” misled residents over the city’s street tree-felling programme.A resident, Sally Goldsmith, questioned the decision to remove an alder tree in Aldam Way, Totley, and was told by a council contractor in August 2017 that removal was recommended because of “decay within the stem”. It added that an independent surveyor had “confirmed a decay pocket … as well as damage to the highway network”. A similar email was sent to another complainant. Continue reading...
Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study
Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nationsElectric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research.The study examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version was the cheapest in all places – UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and Norway – owing to a combination of lower taxes, fuel costs and subsidies on the purchase price. Continue reading...
Solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in US last year, but future looks bright – report
Despite second consecutive year of declines, report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positiveThe solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday.But according to the Solar Foundation the future is still bright for solar. Despite the two-year dip, solar employment has grown 159%, from just over 93,000 to more than 242,000 jobs in all 50 states over the past nine years and the report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positive. Continue reading...
Calls for inquiry as Adani confirms it released contaminated water
Conservationists urge Queensland government to investigate mining company over Caley Valley pollutionActivists have called on the Queensland government to investigate after mining company Adani confirmed that contaminated water released into the Caley Valley wetlands during last week’s Queensland floods occurred at almost twice the rate it is licensed for.The company issued a statement on Tuesday to say investigations at Abbot Point had concluded the flood waters did not enter the Great Barrier Reef marine park area. Continue reading...
'We need more people to go by bike': meet Amsterdam's nine-year-old junior cycle mayor
As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycleDuring Amsterdam’s chaotic rush hour, nine-year-old Lotta Crok cycles to a very busy junction. “Look,” she says. “There’s traffic coming from everywhere. Four trams from four different directions. For a child on a bike that’s really confusing!”Lotta is the first junior cycle mayor in the world and her working area is the Dutch capital. It is her mission to inspire children to cycle every day and draw attention to the obstacles that kids on bikes are facing. Continue reading...
Nearly a fifth of the EU's budget goes on livestock farming, says Greenpeace
Europe urged to promote diets lower in meat and dairy and restrict animals to grass-based systems to free land for cropsNearly a fifth of the EU’s total budget – more than £24bn of taxpayer money – goes to support livestock farming across Europe, according to new research by Greenpeace.At a time when scientists are calling for significant reductions in meat consumption, the report’s authors say taxpayers’ money should be redirected away from grain-fed, industrial animal farming. Continue reading...
Climate and economic risks 'threaten 2008-style systemic collapse'
Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report saysThe gathering storm of human-caused threats to climate, nature and economy pose a danger of systemic collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report that calls for urgent and radical reform to protect political and social systems.The study says the combination of global warming, soil infertility, pollinator loss, chemical leaching and ocean acidification is creating a “new domain of risk”, which is hugely underestimated by policymakers even though it may pose the greatest threat in human history. Continue reading...
Biggest offshore windfarm to start UK supply this week
High hopes for Hornsea One as developer says its output could fill the gap left by nuclearAn offshore windfarm on the Yorkshire coast that will dwarf the world’s largest when completed is to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week.The Danish developer Ørsted, which will be installing the first of 174 turbines at Hornsea One, said it was ready to step up its plans and fill the gap left by failed nuclear power schemes. Continue reading...
Critics attack secrecy at UN body seeking to cut global airline emissions
Body in charge of cutting aviation’s carbon footprint meets behind closed doorsA UN body tasked with cutting global aircraft emissions is covertly meeting this week for discussions dominated by airline industry observers.The environment committee of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) meets on Monday in Montreal behind closed doors to discuss measures to reduce emissions from international aircraft. Domestic and international flights emitted 895m tonnes of CO2 last year – 2.4% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, according to Carbon Brief. In terms of emissions, if aviation were a country it would be the sixth largest in the world. Continue reading...
The Green New Deal offers radical environmental and economic change | Ann Pettifor
The proposal is incredibly ambitious, both on climate change and with its reimagining of society
What is the Green New Deal and how would it benefit society?
Republicans call it a ‘social manifesto’, environmental groups hail it, and some say it doesn’t go far enoughCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, along with dozens of co-sponsors, have introduced a vision for the Green New Deal. One Republican called it a “socialist manifesto”. Many environmental advocacy groups have hailed it, but some say it doesn’t go far enough. Others warn that its broad scope and the long list of progressive social programs it endorses could hinder its climate efforts. Continue reading...
Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears
Experts deployed to remove dozens of hungry bears besieging Novaya ZemlyaAnalysis: what the polar bears reveal about the climate crisisRussian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.
Bourke cotton farmers to challenge water laws they are accused of breaching
Trial of Peter and Jane Harris, accused of illegal pumping from Barwon-Darling river, set to become a test of NSW regimeA landmark trial of prominent Bourke cotton farmers accused of illegal pumping from the Barwon-Darling when the river was low is set to become a test of the robustness of New South Wales’s water laws.Michael Elliott SC foreshadowed in the NSW Land and Environment Court today that the defendants, Peter and Jane Harris, would challenge every aspect of the state’s water laws they are accused of breaching, including the accuracy of the government’s water gauges and administrative procedures followed. Continue reading...
Up to 500,000 drought-stressed cattle killed in Queensland floods
After years of drought graziers were elated when the rain came. Now floods have created a humanitarian crisisIn north-west Queensland it hadn’t rained, any decent rain, for more than five years.When the downpour finally came last week, graziers were elated. Now it’s feared up to 500,000 cattle, mostly from severely drought-stressed herds, have been killed in widespread flood waters. Continue reading...
Hunter Valley coalmine ruling buoys other anti-mine campaigners
Bylong Valley residents hope Rocky Hill decision will sway state commission to reject proposed open-cut mineActivists and residents fighting against a proposed coalmine in central New South Wales are hoping last week’s historic judgment in the Rocky Hill case will sway the state’s Independent Planning Commission to reject the project.The NSW land and environment court ruled last week Gloucester Resources’ Rocky Hill coalmine in the state’s Hunter Valley should not go ahead, in part because of its social impact on the town of Gloucester and because a new coalmine was not compatible with Australia’s commitments under the Paris agreement. Continue reading...
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