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10/23/2020 - 00:04
Donald Trump presented a fantasy world in which fossil fuels are ‘very clean’ but realpolitik tempers Biden’s climate crisis stance In Donald Trump’s world – laid bare during Thursday night’s final presidential debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden in Nashville – fossil fuels are “very clean”, the US has the best air and water despite his administration’s extensive regulatory rollbacks, and the country can fix climate change by planting trees. Related: Biden mauls Trump's record on coronavirus in final presidential debate Continue reading...
10/22/2020 - 23:34
Environmental organisation says ‘dangerous’ levels of carbon-14 exist in water that could soon be released into Pacific ocean Contaminated water that will reportedly be released into the sea from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains a radioactive substance that has the potential to damage human DNA, a Greenpeace investigation has said. The environmental group claims the 1.23m tonnes of water stored in more than 1,000 tanks at the plant contains “dangerous” levels of the radioactive isotope carbon-14, in addition to quantities of tritium that have already been widely reported. Continue reading...
10/22/2020 - 23:22
Insurance Australia Group says ‘significant cultural heritage sites and important natural habitats’ could be damaged Insurance Australia Group no longer supports raising the height of Warragamba dam because of the “probable loss” of significant cultural heritage sites and natural habitats. IAG’s chair Elizabeth Bryan announced the decision to pull back from its initial support at the company’s annual general meeting on Friday. Continue reading...
10/22/2020 - 03:30
As much as $321bn could be saved with complete switch to clean energy sources, Rewiring America analysis finds An aggressive push towards 100% renewable energy would save Americans as much as $321bn in energy costs, while also slashing planet-heating emissions, according to a new report. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has vowed to eliminate greenhouse gases from the US power grid within 15 years and essentially zero out emissions by 2050, a plan assailed by Donald Trump as costly and detrimental to the American economy. Continue reading...
10/22/2020 - 03:00
Tom Udall’s ‘30 by 30’ proposal seeks to align US with international goals to protect and preserve global ecosystems A US senator has introduced a proposal to conserve 30% of the country’s lands and seas in the next 10 years, amid a surge of similar proposals. Continue reading...
10/22/2020 - 01:30
YouGov poll found positive views on LTNs are three times higher than negative ones They are not purely, or even mainly, about cycling, but the row about low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), – where some residential streets are closed to through motor traffic – epitomises broader attitudes in the UK towards safer, more human-friendly streets. And amid the daily froth of sometimes entirely false stories about LTNs closing roads, or slowing emergency service response times, one thing is often forgotten: these schemes tend to be very popular. Continue reading...
10/21/2020 - 20:00
Some 300 out of just 1,449 mature plants removed, conservationists say Queensland environment authorities say they are investigating the suspected illegal clearing of a “significant portion” of a critically endangered plant species in the state’s Granite Belt region. The plant, black grevillea, was listed as “critically endangered” by the Queensland government last year after a submission from a local conservation group. The known world population of the plant is 1,449 mature plants. Continue reading...
10/21/2020 - 17:50
Wholesale prices fall 45% to 48% lower than last year in all eastern states except Tasmania Australians’ embrace of rooftop solar panels and the Covid-19 shutdown in Victoria have combined to reduce the amount of power being drawn from the national grid, with several states setting record lows for daily large-scale electricity consumption. The drop in electricity use contributed to wholesale electricity prices being 45% to 48% lower than at the same time last year in all eastern states and territories except Tasmania. Continue reading...
10/21/2020 - 15:30
Developing ocean-atmospheric phenomenon will influence our weather in the coming months There is a phenomenon developing in the Pacific Ocean that will be the cause of many weather events over the coming months. Its name: La Niña. La Niña is an ocean-atmospheric coupled phenomenon occurring every few years where sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are below normal. Stronger than normal trade winds across the central Pacific advect warmer sea surface temperatures into the far west Pacific towards Indonesia. This encourages strong upwelling of the typically colder waters along the west coast of South America, later extending into the central Pacific. Continue reading...
10/21/2020 - 13:04
Analysis by UBS suggests shift away from fossil fuel vehicles may be imminent Electric cars will cost the same to make as conventional cars, with internal combustion engines, by 2024 and an acceleration in the shift away from fossil fuel vehicles may be imminent, according to new research. The extra cost of manufacturing battery electric cars versus their fossil fuel equivalents will diminish to just $1,900 (£1,470) per car by 2022, and disappear completely by 2024, according to research by the investment bank UBS. The research is based on detailed analysis of batteries from the seven largest manufacturers. Continue reading...