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10/24/2021 - 00:00
Top climate official issues strong warning on effect of unchecked greenhouse gases ahead of summit Global security and stability could break down, with migration crises and food shortages bringing conflict and chaos, if countries fail to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, the UN’s top climate official has warned ahead of the Cop26 climate summit. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: “We’re really talking about preserving the stability of countries, preserving the institutions that we have built over so many years, preserving the best goals that our countries have put together. The catastrophic scenario would indicate that we would have massive flows of displaced people.” Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 19:43
Kean also took a swipe at MPs supporting nuclear power, saying they are ‘chasing a unicorn’ Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The New South Wales treasurer, Matt Kean, says the Nationals will need to decide if they want to resign and “support a Labor government” if they don’t back a federal commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The comments come ahead of a critical Nationals party room meeting in Canberra on Sunday afternoon, which will consider the party’s position after it sent a list of demands to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Thursday. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 16:45
Northern California faces flash flood risk and threat of mudslides, especially in fire-charred areas A huge Pacific storm is poised to unleash conditions known as an “atmospheric river”, with torrential rains and strong winds putting about 10 million people at risk of flash floods in parts of northern California this weekend. The incoming tempest has raised fears of mudslides, especially in areas charred during record-setting wildfires this summer. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 14:00
Converting every vehicle to electric by 2035 would halve costs, Australian Conservation Foundation report finds Australia may be left with almost a $1tn health bill by 2050 if it doesn’t boost the take-up of electric vehicles, according to a new report released on Sunday. But this could be slashed in half by setting an ambitious target to convert every car in the country to electric by 2035. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 14:00
Those born in the small NSW town of Nundle are generally in favour of a new windfarm, while many tree changers object Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community In the small town of Nundle, a story of rural change is playing out. The picturesque little New England town of 289 people, nestled in the Great Dividing Range, has traditionally relied on farming and increasingly tourism to keep it ticking over. The Hills of Gold Wind Farm has reversed the usual expected lines of division. A section of those born and working in the district are generally in favour of the green energy project and the income it may bring, while tree changers or retirees are opposed. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 09:00
Agriculture turns full-circle as the trend for ripping out hedges is reversed… and farmers hail the ecological benefits The emerald-green five-year-old hawthorn hedge glistens in autumnal sunshine. In the cider apple orchard and grass pastures below, younger hedges shoot off towards a fast-flowing trout stream. History has come full circle in Blackmore Farm, which nestles in the foothills of the Quantocks in Somerset. The owner, Ian Dyer, remembers helping his father, who arrived as a tenant farmer in the 1950s, grub out old hedges in the 1960s and 1970s. But – like increasing numbers of landowners – he has hired a hedgelayer to bring back his hedges to provide habitats for wildlife, capture carbon and slow water pouring off fields into rivers. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 03:24
Government urged to carry out comprehensive review of curriculum and decarbonise school estate by 2030 Climate crisis education should become fully embedded in the system, unions have urged. A joint letter to the education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, calls for a review of the curriculum to ensure everyone is mobilised for a “sustainable future”. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 03:00
I’ve worked in oil for decades, and seen what happens when jobs dry up with no plan B. Now industry leaders must face reality too Moving to a green energy system and a zero-emissions society without leaving people behind is an enormous challenge. Many oil and gas workers are actually ready for the change, but the oil and gas industry itself is slowing the process, holding back real progress. Having worked in the oil industry in Aberdeen and abroad for decades, what I have seen feels like the industry applying all of its power to self-preservation, in the face of the immutable truths that fossil fuels will one day run out and that we must keep what of them remains in the ground. Erik Dalhuijsen is a consultant petroleum and sustainability engineer and a climate change activist living in Aberdeen Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 03:00
Ambivalence, industrial disputes and other issues are complicating city’s build-up to the climate conference Diwali candles in pretty terracotta pots are stacked around the counter at Suresh & Sons grocer in Finnieston, the Glasgow district that borders the UN-managed “blue zone” of the Scottish Event Campus. Next weekend more than 30,000 delegates from 196 countries will converge on the area for the crucial two-week Cop26 climate conference. Four days into the event is the Hindu festival of lights, Leena Kumar explains. The council advised her to talk to suppliers about getting stock delivered before the road closures begin this weekend, but it is not that easy, she says. “We are well-informed, but we still don’t know what’s going to happen,” she laughs. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 02:00
From grassroots campaigners to Hollywood actors, 21 climate rebels tell their stories Tap on each activist to read their story Continue reading...