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10/20/2020 - 05:00
Researchers say Black infants may be more at risk while about 80% of homes had detectable levels of lead in tap water This story is co-published with Consumer Reports Not long after Peter and Erica Finin moved from Michigan to Pittsburgh, they had the tap water in their new home tested for lead. It was 2017, and “the whole [lead] situation in Flint was very much in the news”, Peter says. They’d been thinking about starting a family, and wanted to be safe. Related: 'It was everywhere': how lead is poisoning America's poorest children Continue reading...
10/20/2020 - 02:00
Some of the solutions sound fantastical – but their proponents argue that there are precious few other options Time is running out for the Arctic. The region continues to warm at two or three times the global rate and scientists now predict that we could see Arctic summer ice disappear as early as 2042. As the realization sets in that existing emission reductions and renewable energy programs in place won’t be enough to save the Arctic, alternative geoengineering projects have gained traction as scientists look for a last-ditch solution. Some of them sound fantastical – but their proponents argue that there are precious few other options. Continue reading...
10/20/2020 - 01:00
Critics say move an example of ‘cosy relationship’ between industry and regulator One of the most senior executives at the Environment Agency is leaving to join a water company that is under criminal investigation by the watchdog. The departure of Dr Toby Willison, the director of operations for the EA, to take up a role at Southern Water has angered campaigners seeking to reduce pollution in rivers and coastal waters. Willison has previously been the acting chief executive of the environmental watchdog. Continue reading...
10/20/2020 - 00:28
Authorities step up sandbagging amid drop of several metres from top of crumbling dunes down to the beach in NSW tourist town Australia’s famous Byron Bay beach has been closed to swimmers and surfers as authorities carry out emergency sandbagging to prevent further damaging erosion. Escalating erosion at Main Beach and Clarkes Beach in the northern New South Wales town has left a drop of several metres from the top of crumbling dunes down to the beach. Continue reading...
10/20/2020 - 00:00
In the past four years, Trump has shredded environmental protections for American lands, animals and people Continue reading...
10/20/2020 - 00:00
Despite a grim outlook for American biodiversity, Trump has lifted protections for at-risk animals as part of his aggressive rollback of environmental rules 75 ways Trump made America dirtier and the planet warmer The prognosis for biodiversity on Earth is grim. According to a sobering report released by the United Nations last year, 1 million land and marine species across the globe are threatened with extinction – more than at any other period in human history. According to a recent study, about 20% of the countries in the world risk ecosystem collapse due to the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, a result of human activity in tandem with a warming climate. The United States is the ninth most at risk. Continue reading...
10/19/2020 - 18:01
Countries that did least to cause crisis having to take loans to protect themselves, says charity Billions of dollars are being loaned on high-interest terms to poor countries seeking help to cope with the impacts of climate breakdown, according to an Oxfam report. The loan terms risk storing up debt burdens lasting far into the future, the charity says. Continue reading...
10/19/2020 - 18:01
Loose fruit and veg to cost no more than wrapped as part of move to cut down on single-use plastics Asda is to unveil a strategy to help cut down on single-use plastics, pledging that “greener” products without packaging will not carry a hefty price tag, as it opens a sustainability trial store. To encourage customers to shop sustainably across all its stores, the UK’s third largest supermarket is launching Greener at Asda Price, a promise that loose and unwrapped fruit and vegetables will not cost more than their wrapped equivalents at any of it stores. It aims to tackle criticism that shoppers who want to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging are being punished by being charged more for loose produce. Continue reading...
10/19/2020 - 14:15
Investigation alleges Lactalis breached environmental regulations at several plants and released milk derivatives that killed fish France’s largest dairy company has repeatedly polluted the country’s rivers over the past decade, according to a new report by French media organisation Disclose. During a year-long investigation into dairy giant Lactalis, Disclose found that 38 of the company’s production sites in France had breached environmental regulations. In many cases, according to the report, this involved the release into rivers of milk-related derivatives – which can be deadly to aquatic life in large volumes – or byproducts from wastewater treatment plants. The report contains evidence of several instances that it says resulted in the death of fish. Continue reading...
10/19/2020 - 12:28
Firm will install public chargers in poorer boroughs to persuade its drivers to switch to electric cars Uber has pledged to invest more than £5m in public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in some of the poorest boroughs in London, to help persuade its reluctant drivers to switch to electric cars. The global ride-hailing firm will announce the investment, which it admits is only a fraction of the money needed, as it seeks to highlight the imbalance across the capital in the installation of charge points. Continue reading...