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05/25/2020 - 11:48
Carmaker must pay compensation to motorist who bought minivan fitted with emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has lost a landmark legal battle in Germany’s highest civil court over compensation for the buyer of a secondhand minivan fitted with emissions-cheating software. The world’s largest carmaker must take back the plantiff’s manipulated car and pay him €28,257.74 (£25,325), in a case that will lead to the company paying compensation to 60,000 German VW owners. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 10:56
Even though the deeper layers of the ocean are warming at a slower pace than the surface, animals living in the deep ocean are more exposed to climate warming and will face increasing challenges to maintain their preferred thermal habitats in the future.
05/25/2020 - 05:25
Forecasts that turned out to be accurate were made available to governments and fire agencies in the middle of 2019 The fires that caused 33 deaths, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and burned more than 10m hectares of bushland were accurately predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology and in line with predictions Australia’s peak scientific body laid down 30 years ago. And according to evidence given in the first day of public hearings in the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements on Monday, fires of that scale will occur with greater frequency as the climate continues to heat. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 03:56
The reports that would have been the biggest in the world if Covid-19 had never emerged Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage What if it had just fizzled out? What if leading Chinese scientist Zhong Nanshan had gone on state television on 20 January and delivered news that the unusual virus detected in Wuhan was not spreading between people, instead of what he really said that night: that human-to-human transmission was certain? The infection might have been traced to animal carcasses piled in a seafood market’s lanes, and after they were destroyed – and experts issued their usual warnings that a more serious outbreak was inevitable – the coronavirus story might have ended. What would we be talking about instead? What stories would have defined 2020 so far? Even before the worst pandemic in a century, tectonic shifts were already under way. The news felt exhausting. But the world is still turning, despite the movements of half of humanity being restricted in some way. Even apart from Covid-19, it has been a year of significant developments. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 01:47
Eight chimneys at Victoria’s defunct, coal-fired Hazelwood power station have been demolished. Built in the 1960s, they operated for more than half a century before the brown coal-fuelled power station was shut down in March 2017 Hazelwood power station's eight chimneys demolished in live stream viewed by thousands Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 01:10
Built in the 1960s, each chimney contained around 50kg of asbestos but owner Engie says there is ‘no risk’ it will be airborne Eight chimneys at Victoria’s defunct, coal-fired Hazelwood power station have been demolished. The chimneys, which soared 137 metres above the town of Morwell in the Latrobe Valley, came down just before 12.30pm on Monday. Continue reading...
05/25/2020 - 00:00
Research shows consumers are following younger generation’s lead in move towards sustainable fashion With the high street and the fashion industry brought to its knees by the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘buy less, buy better’ ideology of generation Z – those aged 18 to 24 – could see the beginning of the end of fast fashion, new research suggests. If generation Z’s habits are adopted by the population as a whole there could be a shift to consumers with a “divided wardrobe” – featuring rented items and others bought from resale vendors – becoming the new normal. Continue reading...
05/24/2020 - 23:00
Farmers faced with worst plague in recent history say they have been left to fend for themselves Mir Gul Muhammad, a farmer in Balochistan province, was blunt. “The worst that we have ever seen, ever, in our whole life,” he said of the swarms of locusts that descended on his village of Gharok. “I cultivated around 50 acres of cotton crops and all of them have been eaten and destroyed by locusts,” he said. “Besides cotton, my other crops – onion, chilli and tomato – have been affected badly too. It is a loss of around 10m rupees [£51,000]. As a farmer, it will take years to recover from this loss.” Continue reading...
05/24/2020 - 12:30
Bushfires and Covid-19 highlight connection between human health and natural world, states letter by almost 200 doctors and scientists Leading health professionals, including a Nobel laureate and a former Australian of the Year, say the government must put human health “front and centre” in a new generation of environment laws in the aftermath of the Covid-19 and bushfire crises. The Nobel prize-winning immunologist Peter Doherty and the epidemiologist and former Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley are among 180 professionals who have warned the government that Australia’s “failing” environmental laws will fuel further public health crises. Continue reading...
05/24/2020 - 12:30
Residents say South Coast site saved from bushfires by volunteer firefighters should be preserved for threatened species The residents of the small south coast town of Manyana have enlisted the help of actor Claudia Karvan in a last-ditch campaign to save the only significant unburnt piece of bushland for kilometres from clearing. The 20 hectares, which was saved by volunteer firefighters protecting nearby houses during the Christmas-New Year bushfires, has development consent dating back to 2008. Continue reading...