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06/29/2022 - 10:59
The fences Joe Ricketts erected around his ranch in the middle of the Blackfeet reservation are a deadly hazard for wildlife Almost immediately after their new billionaire neighbor put up miles of 5ft fences around his Montana ranch, complaints started coming in to the Blackfeet tribe. In photos and videos captured by Blackfeet tribal members and reviewed by the Guardian, animals such as elk, deer, moose and grizzly bears can be seen struggling to navigate around or over the fences as they follow a historical migration path. Sometimes, they are trapped in corners of the fences, or wounded and limping after failed attempts to jump over the barriers. On numerous occasions, mother moose have been seen separated from their young. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 08:31
Lawyers had sought leniency as Parnas had helped inquiry Mixed results for Trump-backed candidates in primaries Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email • It was a mixed Tuesday for Donald Trump-backed candidates in Republican primary elections around the country. Colorado voters largely rejected most Trump-supporting candidates in Tuesday’s GOP primaries, although Lauren Boebert, the extremist Colorado Republican congresswoman, won her bid for relection. • In Illinois, Mary Miller, who had been criticized after she declared the Supreme Court’s abortion decision as a “victory for white life” – a spokesman said she had mixed up her words – won in after she was backed by Trump. Darren Bailey, who was also endorsed by Trump, won the Republican gubernatorial primary in the state. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 07:33
Palace says cheesemakers to Queen must keep up with environmental standards or risk removal of coat of arms The Queen could remove the royal warrant from her favourite cheddar cheese after its producer filled a river with a noxious black sludge, the Guardian has learned. Sources at Buckingham Palace said the warrant for Davidstow cheddar, produced by Dairy Crest, could be removed on environmental grounds after it was fined £1.5m by the Environment Agency. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 07:30
Prime minister will say food insecurity has become a significant challenge and Australia has a major role to play in meeting the challenge ​​Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Australia’s prime minister Anthony Albanese will declare the world must raise ambition to reduce the risks of runaway global heating and cooperate amid national policy differences even when “long shadows of conflict and crisis are threatening our shared security”. The prime minister will use a speech to a special session of the council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris to launch a clarion call for international cooperation on climate policy, as well as practical measures to safeguard energy and food security, as the world grapples with disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 05:40
Climate activists say plight of jailed Alaa Abd El Fattah shows protesters’ voices will be ignored at Sharm el-Sheikh summit Five months before a pivotal UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, one of Egypt’s most prominent political prisoners remains behind bars. Now on his 89th day of a hunger strike, Alaa Abd El Fattah is subsisting on just a hundred calories a day, normally in the form of skimmed milk or a spoonful of honey in his tea. Abd El Fattah, a figurehead of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, has spent most of the past decade in prison. First jailed for organising demonstrations against a law that in effect banned protest altogether, he was re-arrested in 2019 during anti-government protests in which he had no involvement, and last year was sentenced to a further five years in a maximum security prison on charges of “spreading false news undermining national security”, for comments about torture on social media. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 04:30
Just two species of the freshwater fish still exist in the ancient waters of Lake Lanao in the Philippines after predatory fish were accidentally introduced It was a celebrated clan: a group of 17 carp species found nowhere else in the world except for an ancient freshwater lake in the Philippines. One so fat it could be fried without oil, another sought after for its delectable egg-filled ovaries, a third known, oddly enough, for its endearing overbite. Yet in recent years 15 of them have been declared extinct, victims of mismanaged fish farming efforts that accidentally introduced predatory fish into their home. In all likelihood, these invaders will continue to menace the native carp until none of them are left. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 03:19
Climate change minister says inquiry needed as carbon offset scheme is integral to target of 43% emissions reduction by 2030 Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast The climate change minister, Chris Bowen, is poised to unveil a sweeping review into Australia’s carbon credit system after an expert whistleblower characterised it as a fraud and a waste of taxpayer money. Bowen confirmed the imminent announcement of the review, which is expected on Friday, during a wide-ranging address at the National Press Club in which he outlined the Albanese government’s initial reforms to climate and energy policy and signalled Labor could strengthen efforts to cut emissions from transport with new vehicle emissions standards. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 01:30
Remaining curbs on food imports imposed after 2011 nuclear disaster to be scrapped Food from Fukushima will be freely available in the UK from Wednesday, weeks after Boris Johnson snacked on popcorn from the Japanese prefecture hit by a triple nuclear meltdown in March 2011. Britain restricted Fukushima imports after the disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, but has gradually lifted them, even as other countries limit or ban produce from the region. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 00:00
In our writer’s garden, and across the country, the scourge of Dutch elm disease has not been entirely eliminated Look up. If you do, you’ll almost certainly see butterflies where you’ve never noticed them before. The hairstreaks are hugely overlooked mostly treetop-dwelling butterflies. Two species are active now: the white-letter hairstreak and the purple hairstreak. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 00:00
UK government put under ‘considerable pressure’, says chair of all-party parliamentary group on banning trophy hunting The US hunting lobby has spent £1m putting pressure on the government to delay the trophy import ban, a new report by MPs has found. Boris Johnson promised to ban the imports of these trophies three years ago, but the legislation has still not gone through parliament. Because of the delay, the Conservative MP and animal welfare campaigner Henry Smith has put forward his own private member’s bill to ban imports of hunting trophies. Continue reading...