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09/29/2022 - 09:14
Bill would see 570 EU-derived environmental laws removed at end of 2023, with little time to replace them The government’s “Brexit freedoms bill” could see all legal protections from pesticides abolished, wildlife campaigners have warned, putting insects, wildlife and human health in danger. The bill, published a week ago by prime minister Liz Truss’s new administration, would result in all EU-derived laws being removed at the end of 2023, including 570 environmental regulations. The government could retain or amend some regulations, but has not set out plans to do so. Campaigners are worried there is insufficient time to put new regulations in place. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 07:17
MI5, Royal Navy and RAF could be called upon to provide support for industry if situation escalates British authorities are taking “precautionary” steps to ensure UK oil rigs are not vulnerable to interference after drones were spotted near Norwegian rigs and the Nord Stream pipelines were damaged. Executives in the energy industry are coordinating efforts with government agencies to assess security arrangements at offshore and onshore sites, to determine whether any best practices employed in other countries, in particular Norway, should be introduced. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 07:00
Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Fiona dumped great amounts of water across larger stretches of land – global heating is to blame “It’s all about the water,” warned meteorologists as Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico last week and as category 4 Hurricane Ian edged closer and eventually hit Florida on Wednesday. The water refers to the rainfall and storm surge – both of which are becoming more intense and destructive thanks to global heating, changing the pattern of hurricanes across the world. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 06:52
Asked what local consent looks like, PM hesitates and says she will make sure there is local consent Liz Truss has refused to give details of how local consent would be given for fracking in a particular area, amid growing evidence that it will be pushed through as a national infrastructure project. In an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire, the prime minister said she was not familiar with the Preston New Road site in the county and had never visited. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 06:26
Co-leader Adrian Ramsay says energy and cost of living crises means party’s policies have never been more needed Green policies have never been more relevant or urgently needed given the energy and cost of living crises, the party’s co-leaders have said before a conference seen as a crucial chance to influence the UK’s political direction. Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay will use the Greens’ annual get-together in Harrogate from Friday to unveil details of a wealth tax that would pay for policies, including insulating millions of homes. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 05:30
On Mongolia’s coal highway to the Chinese border, truck driver Maikhuu dreams of a better life and financial security for her three children. However, the road from the mines to China is riddled with accidents, toxic pollution, poor hygiene and now, amid the Covid crisis, drivers face days of quarantine on the border. Trapped in a hazardous industry, Maikhuu’s journey reflects the human and environmental costs of Mongolia’s mining boom Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 05:30
On Mongolia’s coal highway to the Chinese border, truck driver Maikhuu dreams of a better life and financial security for her three children. However, the road from the mines to China is riddled with accidents, toxic pollution, poor hygiene and now,  amid the Covid crisis, drivers face days of quarantine on the border. Trapped in a hazardous industry, Maikhuu's journey reflects the human and environmental costs of Mongolia’s mining boom Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 04:28
Energy giant says it will need to find $20bn to meets its goal of adding 12 gigawatts of new wind and solar plants and storage by 2036 Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Patricia McKenzie, AGL Energy’s new chair, breezily declared on Thursday “we’re in a very changed world now”, and she wasn’t wrong. Her 185-year-old company had just announced what might be its last chance at a strategy that services its 4.2m gas and power customers while addressing mounting pressure from shareholders that AGL has a plausible date to exit coal. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 01:05
Annastacia Palaszczuk unveils details about 5GW renewables project that is estimated to cost $12bn Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says she has had preliminary conversations with the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, seeking federal backing for plans to build the world’s largest pumped hydroelectricity project in the state’s north. Palaszczuk was in Mackay on Thursday to unveil details about the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin project, which will take about a decade to plan and build. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 00:41
State environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio and federal counterpart Tanya Plibersek announce change as part of $515m recycling reform Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast All Victorian households will soon have four wheelie bins at home and be able to recycle pizza boxes and soft plastics, as part of the state government’s $515m reform of the recycling system. Victoria’s environment minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, was on Thursday joined by her federal counterpart, Tanya Plibersek, to announce the framework for the four-bin system, as well as a joint $14.3m worth of funding for recycling projects in Victoria. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...