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09/16/2021 - 05:00
The Cop26 climate summit will be an opportunity to put fossil fuel companies on trial through the court of public opinion Fossil fuel companies bear as much responsibility as governments do for humanity’s climate predicament – and for finding a way out. Our planetary house is on fire, and these companies have literally supplied the fuel. Worse, they lied about it for decades to blunt public awareness and policy reform. There’s no better time for ExxonMobil and other petroleum giants to be held accountable than at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November. The Glasgow summit is more than just another international meeting. It is the last chance for world leaders to limit future temperature rise to an amount that civilization can survive. Doing so, scientists say, will require a rapid, global decline in oil, gas and coal burning. Continue reading...
09/16/2021 - 05:00
EPA data reveals that one of America’s biggest PFAS-making plants is second largest polluter of highly damaging HCFC-22 gas A new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data has revealed that PFAS chemicals – often known as “forever chemicals” due to their longevity in the environment – are contributing to the climate crisis as their production involves the emission of potent greenhouse gases. In recent years, an ever-expanding body of scientific research has shown that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are among the most toxic substances widely used in consumer products. Continue reading...
09/16/2021 - 04:34
Doctors say Mathew Richards’ life expectancy has been shortened due to exposure to hydrogen sulphide fumes The high court has ruled the Environment Agency must do more to protect a five-year-old boy from landfill fumes which doctors say are shortening his life expectancy. In a judicial review, brought on behalf of Mathew Richards, lawyers argued his respiratory health problems were being worsened by fumes from a landfill site near his home in Silverdale, near Newcastle-under-Lyme. Continue reading...
09/16/2021 - 04:00
When residents in Union Hill, Virginia, decried the pipeline as a form of environmental racism, the energy company insisted it wasn’t As fracked gas fields in West Virginia boomed over the past decade, energy companies jumped at the chance to build massive new pipelines to move the fuel to neighboring east coast markets. The 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline would have been the crown jewel. But Union Hill, Virginia – a community settled by formerly enslaved people after the civil war on farm land they had once tilled – stood in the way. Residents fought against a planned compressor station meant to help the gas move through the pipeline, arguing that because Union Hill is a historic Black community, the resulting air pollution would be an environmental injustice. Continue reading...
09/16/2021 - 03:38
Online retailer also says it will ensure that 50% of managers are women, and 15% are from ethnic minorities Asos will target net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and will aim to match the general population in gender and ethnic diversity among its leaders as the fast fashion company responds to shoppers’ rising demand for ethical brands. Fast fashion retailers have faced persistent criticisms from campaigners over the environmental footprint of cheap clothing that is treated as disposable by many customers. It is estimated that fashion accounts for about 10% of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. Continue reading...
09/16/2021 - 03:38
Case, launched by two Melbourne EV drivers, will argue the levy is unconstitutional and ‘similar to the GST which is a commonwealth tax’ Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Two electric vehicle drivers have launched a high court challenge to Victoria’s electric vehicle tax, arguing that the levy is unconstitutional. The challenge was filed Thursday by Equity Generation Lawyers, the legal firm that represented eight teenagers in a federal court case that found the federal environment minister Sussan Ley had a duty to protect young people from the climate crisis. Continue reading...
09/15/2021 - 23:00
Last week, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) world conservation congress took place in Marseille. Guardian biodiversity reporter Phoebe Weston was there and heard about the latest updated ‘red list’ of threatened species, which included a warning that over a third of all shark and ray species now face extinction. To find out more, Anand Jagatia spoke to Phoebe about the findings and what they mean for the fate of sharks, rays and the ecosystems they inhabit Archive: TODAY News, Sky News Australia Continue reading...
09/15/2021 - 21:05
Sussan Ley’s decision denounced as a ‘betrayal of young people’ and follows a federal court ruling that she has a duty of care to protect young people from the climate crisis Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning The federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, has approved Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery mine extension in northern New South Wales in a decision environmental advocates have described as a betrayal of Australian children. Ley’s decision to approve the mine comes six weeks before world leaders are due to meet for the United Nations Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow where Australia is under pressure to announce tougher national emissions reduction targets. Continue reading...
09/15/2021 - 18:00
Scientists say ozone hole is unusually large for this stage in season and growing quickly The hole in the ozone layer that develops annually is “rather larger than usual” and is currently bigger than Antartica, say the scientists responsible for monitoring it. Researchers from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service say that this year’s hole is growing quickly and is larger than 75% of ozone holes at this stage in the season since 1979. Continue reading...
09/15/2021 - 13:15
Creature was a dead spotted lanternfly – an invasive moth-like bug that has been causing massive damage to plants in eastern states A young contestant’s proud entry at the Kansas state fair caused a flap when a judge saw the specimen submitted in the boy’s exhibition box – and it prompted a federal investigation. The show item was a dead spotted lanternfly the boy had discovered at his home – an invasive moth-like bug that has been causing massive damage to plants in US eastern states but had not previously been thought to have reached Kansas. Continue reading...