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02/26/2021 - 14:01
United Nations calls on all countries to have ‘concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels as fast as possible’ CO2 emissions: nations’ pledges ‘far away’ from Paris target, says UN Australia has been accused of “shamefully doing nothing” and weighing down global action after a UN analysis found national pledges to cut greenhouses gas emissions over the next decade have barely begun to do what is necessary to tackle the climate crisis. The assessment of emissions reduction plans submitted to the UN by the end of last year found if all were fulfilled they would cut global CO2 by only 1% by 2030, compared with 2010 levels. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 14:00
The Queensland government has allowed the Central Queensland Coal project to move to the assessment stage Conservationists are urging the Queensland government to block plans by Clive Palmer to build a major coalmine 10km from the waters of the Great Barrier Reef after the proposal moved to a decisive stage of environmental assessment. Palmer’s Central Queensland Coal project would mine 10m tonnes of coal a year for 18 years to be used in power plants and steelmaking from two open-cut pits north of Rockhampton. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 14:00
The revised emissions data reflects better understanding of the role highly potent methane gas plays in global warming The Australian government has acknowledged it previously underestimated the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and has increased the official estimate for every year on record. Revised data in the latest quarterly emissions update shows Australia pumped out the equivalent of 272.5m more tonnes of heat-trapping gas between 2000 and 2020 than suggested in the last report three months ago. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 13:33
The 1,270sq km chunk separated from Brunt Ice Shelf near a British Antarctic Survey station on Friday An iceberg almost the size of Greater London has split off from Antarctica, near a British Antarctic Survey station. Related: Researchers rethink life in a cold climate after Antarctic find Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 12:03
Judge says firm’s breach of environmental standards in 2016 amounted to ‘high negligence’ Thames Water, the UK’s largest water company, has been fined £2.3m for a pollution incident in 2016 that resulted in the death of 1,200 fish and damaged the environment. The incident, involving a leak of untreated sewage with a high ammonia content into the Fawley Court ditch and stream that flows into the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames, happened between 21 and 24 April 2016. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 11:39
Luke air force base said studies showed high levels of contaminants had affected drinking water for about 6,000 people The US air force says it will be distributing bottled water to thousands of residents and business owners near its base in suburban Phoenix until at least April, marking the latest case of chemicals from military firefighting efforts contaminating the water supply in a nearby community. Luke air force base announced this month that studies showed high levels of contaminants had affected drinking water for about 6,000 people in roughly 1,600 homes as well as a few neighboring businesses. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 11:27
The best of the week’s wildlife pictures, including a bat rescue mission and knitted nests for injured birds Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 11:22
Secretary general António Guterres says first assessment of promises amounts to ‘red alert for our planet’ The first assessment of countries’ pledges to cut their greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, a vital component of the Paris climate agreement, has found they are only a fraction of the effort needed to avoid climate breakdown. If all of the national pledges submitted so far were fulfilled, global emissions would be reduced by only 1% by 2030, compared with 2010 levels. Scientists have said a 45% reduction is needed in the next 10 years to keep global heating to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris agreement. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 10:38
Researchers found that microbes living in ancient sediment below the seafloor are sustained primarily by chemicals created by the natural irradiation of water molecules. Results of this research may have implications for life on Mars.
02/26/2021 - 08:51
All eyes on budget as seaside town seeks funds for ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to boost local economy When Rishi Sunak stands up to deliver the budget on Wednesday, the chancellor’s speech will be watched with particular interest in one northern English seaside town. For several years, plans have been under way to build Eden Project North on Morecambe’s somewhat doleful seafront, a sister to the eco-friendly original in Cornwall, which has brought in more than £2bn to its local economy. Continue reading...