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08/10/2022 - 15:10
Charge of up to $23 a day would reduce number of cars entering Manhattan by 15-20%, assessment says New York City could introduce a traffic congestion charge of up to $23 a day late next year, which a study released on Wednesday projected would reduce the number of cars entering Manhattan by 15-20%. The city wants to charge a daily variable toll for vehicles entering or remaining within the central business district, defined as between 60th Street in midtown Manhattan and Battery Park on Manhattan’s southern tip. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 12:30
AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin among businesses study says not on track to meet global climate goals to limit heating to well below 2C Australia should abandon goal to limit global heating to 1.5C, says gas company eyeing Beetaloo Basin Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Nine out of 10 major Australian electricity companies are failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement, a study has found. Businesses not acting in accordance with the 2015 Paris agreement goal of limiting global heating to well below 2C since pre-industrial times included the generators and retailers AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin, according to the study led by University of Queensland researchers. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 12:30
Federal, state and territory ministers are set to make emissions reduction a priority for the national electricity market Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Australia’s main electricity market will prioritise cutting emissions as part of its objectives for the first time since its creation a quarter of a century ago, a shift that could set up conditions for a carbon price, experts said. Federal, state and territory energy ministers are scheduled to meet in Canberra on Thursday for a dinner before holding formal talks on Friday. It will be the first gathering since the national electricity market (NEM) was suspended in June after the market operator had to resort to whiteboards and spreadsheets to order generators online. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 11:00
Mining could begin in less than a year after talks fail to produce regulatory framework despite growing calls to halt harm to oceans The negotiations on opening the world’s first deep-sea mines ended in Kingston, Jamaica, last week with no agreement, meaning that less than a year remains before a legal clause kicks in that could see seabed mining commence without any environmental or economic regulations in place. Three weeks of discussions on the “two-year rule” at the council headquarters of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) – the UN body that oversees mining in international waters – ended in stalemate on 4 August. The two-year rule was triggered in July 2021 when the Pacific nation of Nauru declared its plan to start seabed mining. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 10:47
Research finds UK homes rated band F for energy performance likely to have gas bills £968 higher than homes in band C Poorly insulated homes will have to pay almost £1,000 more than others on their energy bills this winter, according to research by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). The analysis found that homes rated band F on the energy performance certificate (EPC) system are likely to have a gas bill £968 higher than a home rated EPC band C. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 10:05
LV=GI says it is dealing with claims worth £1.2m after the heatwave of 17 to 20 July One of the UK’s largest home insurers has warned over the impact of record temperatures on claims, saying the climate crisis was already resulting in a rise in fire and subsidence cases this year. LV=General Insurance (LV=GI), which was bought by the German insurer Allianz in 2019, said it was dealing with claims worth £1.2m after the extreme heat that hit the country between 17 and 20 July. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 10:00
Trees are advancing into the Arctic tundra and retreating from boreal forests further south, where stunting and die-offs are expected Forests from the Arctic to the Amazon are transforming at a “shocking” rate due to the climate crisis, with trees advancing into previously barren tundra in the north while dying off from escalating heat farther south, scientists have found. Global heating, along with changes in soils, wind and available nutrients, is rapidly changing the composition of forests, making them far less resilient and prone to diseases, according to a series of studies that have analyzed the health of trees in north and South America. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 10:00
Sudy suggests waste disposal system of the creatures, which look like little chimneys, is more complex than thought Birds do it, reptiles do it, and humans do it with an almighty “achoo!” – now it has emerged that sponges can also sneeze, casting off accumulations of particles trapped in mucus on their surface in the process. The team behind the research said that while the aquatic organisms had previously been observed making contractions, which they had dubbed “sneezes”, the details of the process remained unclear. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 10:00
Melting of the world’s biggest ice sheet would cause catastrophic sea level rise, but can be avoided with fast climate action The fate of the world’s biggest ice sheet rests in the hands of humanity, a new analysis has shown. If global heating is limited to 2C, the vast East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable, but if the climate crisis drives temperatures higher, melting could drive up sea level by many metres. The East Antarctic ice sheet (EAIS) holds the vast majority of Earth’s glacier ice. Sea levels would rise by 52 metres if it all melted. It was thought to be stable, but is now showing signs of vulnerability, the scientists said. Continue reading...
08/10/2022 - 08:58
Antony Blinken announces formal working group during Kinshasa visit, while voicing concerns over auction of oil and gas permits The US and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have agreed to form a working group to protect the enormous Congo basin rainforest and peatlands, which are threatened by oil and gas exploration. The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, made the announcement in Kinshasa on Tuesday while expressing his concern over the sale of dozens of oil and gas permits in the DRC that included blocks in Virunga national park and the Cuvette Centrale tropical peatlands, part of an area described as “the worst place on the planet” to drill for oil and gas. Continue reading...