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10/05/2022 - 20:24
The Australian conference supposedly devoted to ‘bold action’ from the right spent much of its time pouring scorn on any form of climate action Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Climate science is a fraud, according to one speaker; renewable energy has pushed up electricity prices for Australians and the case that carbon dioxide drives global warming is unproven, according to others. Those were just some of the themes at last weekend’s annual conference in Sydney of the Conservative Political Action (CPAC) network – billed as the “largest and most prominent conference for conservatives and liberty lovers in Australia”. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 20:00
Shehbaz Sharif says he wants ‘climate justice’ from rich polluting countries after monsoons put a third of his country under water Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister, has said Pakistan should not be forced to go out with a “begging bowl” to rich polluting nations after the floods that have devastated the country and said he would be seeking “climate justice” from the international community. Speaking from his home in Lahore, Sharif warned that Pakistan is facing an unprecedented crisis of health, food security and internal displacement after the “apocalyptic” monsoons which put a third of Pakistan’s regions under water. Some areas were hit by 1.7m of rainfall, the highest on record. Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 18:01
A group of 50 NGOs found that bank and subsidiaries had funded oil refinery and gas processing The World Bank has provided nearly $15bn of finance directly to fossil fuel projects since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015, and is likely to have spurred far greater investment indirectly, new research has found. Funding for “upstream” oil and gas projects from the World Bank was meant to stop from 2019, but the Big Shift Global, a coalition of more than 50 NGOs, has found the bank and its subsidiaries funding oil refinery and gas processing since then. Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 17:30
Particles breathed by mothers pass to their vulnerable foetuses, with potentially lifelong consequences Toxic air pollution particles have been found in the lungs, livers and brains of unborn babies, long before they have taken their first breath. Researchers said their “groundbreaking” discovery was “very worrying”, as the gestation period of foetuses is the most vulnerable stage of human development. Thousands of black carbon particles were found in each cubic millimetre of tissue, which were breathed in by the mother during pregnancy and then passed through the bloodstream and placenta to the foetus. Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 13:09
A lack of rain on the western coasts saw 65,000 dead salmon wash up on the creek Tens of thousands of dead wild salmon scattered along a creek bed are the latest casualty of a drought that has gripped the province of British Columbia for more than a month and left communities bracing for more devastation. In a video clip posted to social media, the carcasses of pink and chum salmon are seen piled near the community of Bella Bella. Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 12:23
Scientists say behaviour, filmed in South Africa, has never been seen in detail before – and never from the air Scientists have published findings confirming that orcas hunt great white sharks, after the marine mammal was captured on camera killing one of the world’s largest sea predators. A pod of killer whales is seen chasing sharks during an hour-long pursuit off Mossel Bay, a port town in the southern Western Cape province, in helicopter and drone footage that informed a scientific study released this week. Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 12:15
Caroline Lucas responds to the business secretary’s claim that only she and ‘the socialists’ do not support his plans If Jacob Rees-Mogg really believes that the only people who don’t like fracking are “the socialists and Caroline Lucas”, he’s clearly not been paying attention (Rees-Mogg tells Tories he’d welcome fracking in his back garden, 3 October) This may come as no surprise since, until recently, his most memorable position on the green benches at Westminster has been horizontal. But if he couldn’t see the large numbers of his own party’s backbench MPs queueing up to voice their outrage at his proposal to restart fracking when he made his announcement a few weeks ago then he should certainly have been able to hear them. Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 11:30
‘It’s like putting in a transmission line over the Opera House,’ says National Parks Association of NSW Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast A long swathe of Kosciuszko national park will be cleared for giant power transmission lines, visible for many kilometres, after New South Wales altered a park management plan to allow a link between the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project and the wider grid. The revision to the 2006 park plan, which environmental groups say they only learned of weeks later, altered a provision requiring “all additional telecommunication and transmission lines to be located underground”. The state government inserted “except those constructed as part of the Snowy 2.0 Project”. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/05/2022 - 09:33
The RSPB, National Trust, green farmers and anti-frackers all got it in the neck at the Conservative conference Politics live – latest updates In the middle of Liz Truss’s speech, at the end of a chaotic and divisive conference, a protest by Greenpeace activists was perhaps inevitable given the frustration and concern that has been brewing among environmentalists over the direction of government policy. The prime minister’s words will have only heightened their anxiety. Continue reading...