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02/06/2023 - 01:00
The unhoused teen, barred from an air-conditioned store, ‘didn’t need handcuffs – he needed help’, his father says Caleb Blair entered the Circle K gas station in Phoenix asking for help. “I can’t breathe, I’m hot, I need to sit down. I can’t breathe,” he told the male cashier. He was sweaty, panting heavily, and struggling to stand up straight. It was 10 June 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona, and the city was experiencing the season’s first extreme heatwave. The temperature outside was 112F (44C) and rising. Continue reading...
02/06/2023 - 01:00
Scientists urge people to stop ‘spraying gardens with poison’ and adopt wildlife-friendly practices Gardeners who use pesticides are contributing to the decline of British songbirds, a study suggests. Scientists have urged people to stop “spraying their gardens with poison” in order to halt bird decline and adopt instead wildlife-friendly practices. Continue reading...
02/05/2023 - 21:00
In this special rebroadcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Emilie Mazzacurati, a climate tech entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience at the intersection of climate risk and financial markets. Previously serving as the Global Head of Moody's Climate Solutions, Emilie is now focused on increasing understanding of climate risk in the financial sector to drive investments in adaptation and resilience. Join the conversation as Emilie shares her insights and expertise on navigating the challenges and opportunities in this important field.
02/05/2023 - 11:00
Exclusive: Looming auction to earmark £1.5bn to put power generators on standby and keep the lights on The billionaire West Ham United investor Daniel Křetínský and Swiss commodities giant Vitol are among bidders hoping to land hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies to keep the lights on in Great Britain. National Grid’s electricity system operator is preparing to announce successful bidders in a “capacity market” auction this month for 2026. Continue reading...
02/05/2023 - 09:00
Private sector is not seen to be ready to act as main buyer and draft is similarly worded to a Morrison-era bill Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast An Albanese government environment plan to encourage companies to invest in nature merely expands a Coalition proposal under Scott Morrison and is at risk of failing due to a lack of business interest, experts say. The federal government is consulting on legislation to establish a scheme to incentivise investment in nature restoration by creating tradable certificates for projects that protect and restore biodiversity. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/05/2023 - 06:00
Subsidence from the world’s biggest iron ore mine threatens to swallow up the Arctic town of Kiruna. But what does its relocation mean for the local Sami reindeer herders? In the far north of Sweden, 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, sits the church of Kiruna, once voted the most beautiful old building in the country. The cosy terracotta-coloured church, with its fairytale rooftop points, is designed to resemble a hut of the indigenous Sami people. It opened in 1912, with almost no religious symbols, and is described by the vicar, Lena Tjärnberg, as “the living room of the community”. But if Kiruna church is to stay the same, it must go. In 2026, the entire 600-tonne wooden building will be loaded on to trailers and moved to a new spot near the local graveyard. It’s just one large – and technically tricky – piece of a project to move Kiruna to a new home, three kilometres (1.9 miles) east of the old town. Billed as the world’s most radical relocation project, Kiruna is moving because subsidence from the local iron ore mine is threatening to swallow the town. Cracks have already appeared in the hospital; a school is no longer safe for its pupils. Continue reading...
02/05/2023 - 05:00
Reforming the scheme would shrink the budget deficit and help Australia hit net zero emissions by 2050, the Grattan Institute says Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The Albanese government has been urged to halve the $8bn a year in fuel tax credits it gives mining trucks, semi-trailers and other heavy vehicles, with a new report finding changes are crucial for budget repair and meeting emissions targets. Fuel tax credits have been “gnawing away an ever-growing share of fuel tax revenue”, with only half of the current amount spent justified in economic or social terms, according to a Grattan Institute report released on Monday. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/05/2023 - 04:00
Warning comes as ornithologists call for the government to step up testing to monitor the impact of the deadly H5N1 strain A devastating new outbreak of avian flu – which has already wiped out wild bird populations across the UK – is likely to hit Britain in the spring. That is the stark warning made last week by ornithologists who said the disease has now established itself across many parts of the country. “Wild birds arriving in Britain in a couple of months are very likely to trigger new outbreaks of the disease,” said Claire Smith, senior conservation officer for the RSPB. “A few months ago, I was relatively optimistic about its likely impact this year but outbreaks have continued throughout winter and the outlook for 2023 now looks much grimmer.” Continue reading...
02/04/2023 - 17:46
Genes of Turquet’s octopus hold memories of melting of previous Antarctic ice sheet, raising fears of what another thawing could bring Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Deep in the DNA of an Antarctic octopus, scientists may have uncovered a major clue about the future fate of the continent’s ice sheet – raising fears global heating could soon set off runaway melting. Climate scientists have been struggling to work out if the ice sheet collapsed completely during the most recent “interglacial” period about 125,000 years ago, when global temperatures were similar to today. Sign up for a weekly email featuring our best reads Continue reading...
02/04/2023 - 13:41
Tremor hit at depth of 1.2 miles outside the village of Weeton just after 7.30pm on Friday Blackpool has been struck by a 1.5-magnitude earthquake, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The tremor struck at a depth of 1.2 miles (2km) outside the village of Weeton just after 7.30pm on Friday. Residents within Blackpool, as well as in the neighbouring villages of Little Plumpton and Westby, reported feeling the tremor. Continue reading...