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11/17/2018 - 06:45
Driver accelerated when panicked by ‘yellow vest’ demonstration in Savoie, prefect says A protester has died after being hit by a motorist as demonstrators angry at fuel tax rises caused gridlock in parts of France on Saturday. Police said 47 other protesters had also been injured, three critically, as France’s newest people’s movement, the gilets jaunes (yellow vests), staged a day of action. Continue reading...
11/17/2018 - 06:11
Protesters plan to close five main bridges across Thames over extinction crisis Thousands of people have descended on central London for a “day of rebellion” in protest over the looming climate crisis. People began massing on five bridges over the River Thames from 10am on Saturday. By 11.30am organisers said all five target bridges in central London had been occupied. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 11:30
‘I remember the horror,’ says Baillie Gifford non-fiction prize-winner, who lived through the 1986 nuclear disaster Serhii Plokhy, who on Wednesday won the Baillie Gifford non-fiction prize for Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, always intended to write about the world’s worst nuclear disaster, not least because he lived through it. “I was there at the time,” he says of his days as a young university lecturer living 500km downstream from the explosion at the Ukrainian nuclear plant in 1986 that contaminated vast swaths of Europe, worrying if the waters of the Dnieper River had been contaminated. “I remember the horror.” Former classmates were directly affected by the radiation released by the explosion, and he suffered from an inflamed thyroid he believes may have been the result of exposure. Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union in 1986, and the disaster had such an impact on the country that the 61-year-old Plokhy, now professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard, felt he should tell its story. But he was almost too close to it; the testimonies of survivors were too emotional, too powerful. As a historian, he felt he lacked critical distance. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 10:49
Cuadrilla won’t say if it has halted Preston New Road exploration, at cost of £94,000 a day The shale gas firm Cuadrilla has refused to confirm whether it has halted fracking after triggering a series of minor earthquakes near Blackpool, raising questions over the operation’s future prospects. Dozens of small tremors have been registered near the company’s Preston New Road site, after it started pumping high volumes of water underground in October to explore for gas. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 09:00
Starlings over Rome and the ‘smiling angel’ of the Yangtze are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 07:46
Huge expansion of agri-food industry is harming environment, say investigators Green energy subsidies are fuelling the rise of poultry mega-farms across Northern Ireland, with owners accused of contaminating sensitive habitats with emissions from chicken faeces. An alliance of agri-food companies enlisted the support of Northern Ireland politicians to unlock an estimated £800m in subsidies for contractors. This has paved the way for industry expansion at the expense of the environment, according to an investigation by the not-for-profit journalism group SourceMaterial. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 05:00
Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries. The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature rise dangerously over 4C above pre-industrial levels says the paper, while even the EU, which is usually seen as a climate leader, is on course to more than double the 1.5C that scientists say is a moderately safe level of heating. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 03:00
Wool-shearing footage, filmed by campaigners on 49 farms, appears to show animals being kicked, slapped and beaten with metal clippers Footage that appears to show sheep being kicked, beaten and abused during wool-shearing on English and Scottish farms has been released by animal rights activists. Peta Asia carried out an undercover investigation over the summer in the British sheep shearing industry. The 18 minutes of footage released yesterday is part of a wider investigation, in which Peta documented alleged abuse on 25 farms in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Essex, and Northumberland counties. In Scotland they have collected evidence from 24 farms in West Lothian, Fife, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Midlothian and South Lanarkshire. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 01:00
Exclusive: failure to enforce ban on preventive use on farms would ‘pose risk to human health’ Letter: UK must commit to ban on preventive use of antibiotics in animals The leaders of the UK’s main medical associations have taken the unprecedented step of writing to the government to call for changes in the way farm animals are medicated, out of fear that current practices are causing resistance to antibiotics used in human medicine. Eleven of the UK’s most senior medics, including the presidents of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Faculty of Public Health, have signed the letter to the secretaries of state for health and environment. Continue reading...
11/16/2018 - 01:00
Exelon lobbies against proposals and says weakening emissions rule would kill jobs and waste billions in investments A leading US energy company is lobbying against the Trump administration’s move to roll back a major Obama-era environmental regulation, arguing that weakening a rule on mercury emissions would potentially kill jobs across the south and waste billions of dollars of investment. Exelon, one of the largest producers of electricity in the US, has also argued to the Environmental Protection Agency that compliance with the existing mercury rule, a 2012 regulation that limits how much of the toxic pollutant can be emitted from coal-fired power plants, has had “substantial” health and environmental benefits and has cost a small fraction of what was originally anticipated. Continue reading...