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Climate disasters in the US broke records in 2020. Scientists may now know why: Earth was the hottest it has ever been.

Sled dogs wade ankle-deep through water on top of a melting ice sheet in northwestern Denmark. Steffen Olsen/Danish Meteorological Institute NASA announced that 2020 was likely Earth's hottest year on record, just edging out 2016 (though the difference was small enough to consider it a tie). Last year brought a record-breaking hurricane season, extreme wildfires, heat waves, and flood-inducing storms to the US. The intensity of these climate disasters is, in part, linked to rising temperat...
Tags: Amazon, Science, News, Climate Change, Australia, California, Oregon, Environment, US, Trends, Global Warming, Nasa, Earth, Philippines, Oceans, Wildfires


Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling

Call for world leaders to act in wake of French extradition case turning on environmental concernsAir pollution does not respect national boundaries and environmental degradation will lead to mass migration in the future, said a leading barrister in the wake of a landmark migration ruling, as experts warned that government action must be taken as a matter of urgency.Sailesh Mehta, a barrister specialising in environmental cases, said: “The link between migration and environmental degradation is ...
Tags: Environment, World news, Air Pollution, Pollution, Sailesh Mehta


Pope’s adviser says Covid has highlighted ‘existential’ climate risk

Focus must be on justice for those fleeing impact of extreme weather events, says new scientific adviser to VaticanThe pope’s newly appointed scientific adviser said the coronavirus pandemic has forced world leaders to face up to the “existential risk” of the climate crisis.Prof Ottmar Edenhofer said rich countries now had a moral duty to compensate poor countries already suffering the impacts. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Religion, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Migration, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Global development, The papacy, Pope, Migration And Development, Ottmar Edenhofer, COVID


Nose his business: New Zealand trains dogs to sniff out deadly kauri tree disease

Dogs are able to detect kauri dieback in seconds rather than weeks, greatly speeding up diagnosis New Zealand is deploying dogs to sniff out a deadly disease that is causing havoc to ancient kauri trees in the North Island.Four-year old English springer spaniel Pip and five-year-old jagdterrier Mawhai have spent over a year training to sniff out kauri dieback, in the hope the Auckland council biosecurity team can stop it spreading to islands off the gulf and the parts of the Waitakere Ranges, wh...
Tags: Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, PIP, Auckland, Pacific Islands, Waitakere Ranges, Mawhai


Australian government raises fears about the 'human cost' of China coal standoff

Like other Australian ministers, Keith Pitt has been unable to secure a call with his Chinese counterpart amid ongoing tensionsThe Morrison government is appealing to China to rule out discriminating against Australian coal, with the resources minister raising fears about the “human cost” of the standoff as seafarers are stuck aboard more than 70 ships waiting to unload the product.In an interview with Guardian Australia, Keith Pitt said the cost of coal had increased as a result of the impasse ...
Tags: Business, China, Environment, Australia news, Beijing, Mining, Asia Pacific, Coal, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Canberra, Morrison, Keith Pitt, Australian foreign policy


How China ended the lie of recyclable plastic

The plastics industry did a great job of convincing everyone that their product was easily recyclable, but China finally put an end to that pleasant fiction in 2017. A 2017 memo sent by China to the World Trade Center sent the global recycling industry into a tailspin. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, China, Environment, Plastic, Explainer, Recycling, World Trade Center


And then there were two: can northern white rhinos be saved from extinction?

There are only two remaining rhinos of this species, a mother and daughter, but scientists see new hope in stem cell breakthroughs “I watch these beautiful animals walk the path toward extinction every day,” keeper James Mwenda tells me. He’s out in the Kenyan bush, swatting flies. The anti-poaching K-9 dogs bark in the background. “I’ve watched their numbers fall from seven to two ... Working with them and watching what’s happening – it’s an emotional free fall.” He smiles, clearly resigned to ...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Kenya, Fatu, Najin, James Mwenda


Countries adapting too slowly to climate breakdown, UN warns

Report says not enough funding is being made available to deal with effects of extreme weatherMillions of people around the world are facing disaster from flood, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather, as governments fail to take the measures needed to adapt to the impacts of climate breakdown, the UN has warned.Nearly three-quarters of countries around the world have recognised the need to plan for the effects of global heating, but few of those plans are adequate to the rising threat, a...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, United Nations, Un, Flooding, Extreme Weather, Climate Finance, Hurricanes


Labor fears humanitarian crisis on Australian coal ships stranded off China

The opposition calls on the Morrison government to work to repair the relationship with Beijing as exporters face a ‘grim’ year Australian exporters face another “grim” year driven by tensions with China while a standoff over more than 70 ships stranded with Australian coal on board threatens to cause an international humanitarian crisis, the opposition has said.While warning of the mounting economic costs to Australia, the shadow trade minister, Madeleine King, called on the Morrison government...
Tags: Business, Australia, China, Environment, Australia news, Beijing, Mining, Coal, Coalition, Labor party, Morrison, Madeleine King, Dan Tehan, Australian foreign policy


'Carbon-neutrality is a fairy tale': how the race for renewables is burning Europe's forests

Wood pellets are sold as a clean alternative to coal. But is the subsidised bioenergy boom accelerating the climate crisis?Kalev Järvik stands on a bald patch of land in the heart of Estonia’s Haanja nature reserve and remembers when he could walk straight from one side of the reserve to the other under a canopy of trees.Järvik has lived in the Haanja uplands in the southern county of Võru for more than 10 years. His closeness to the forest has shaped his life as a carpenter and the fortunes of ...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Climate Change, Environment, Renewable Energy, European Union, World news, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Estonia, Uk Coal, Biomass And Bioenergy, Voru, Järvik, Haanja


'Tree of life': aerial photos reveal arboreal patterns at Lake Cakora in NSW – in pictures

Amateur photographer Derry Moroney lives on the mid-corth coast of New South Wales in the community of Brooms Head. For the past three years he has been photographing landscapes, animals and insects. ‘With our pristine beaches and Yuraygir national park on my doorstep, I really didn’t have to travel very far,’ he says. In July 2020 Moroney followed the water upstream from the estuary at Brooms Head and stumbled on to Lake Cakora. Using his drone he captured stunning images of arboreal-like drain...
Tags: Photography, Environment, Water, Australia news, Oceans, New South Wales, Moroney, Lake Cakora, Derry Moroney, Brooms Head, Lake Cakora Using


Swedish postage stamp celebrates work of Greta Thunberg

Illustration of activist is part of a series highlighting government’s environmental quality goalsThe environmental activist Greta Thunberg has been featured on a new Swedish postage stamp, in recognition of her work to “preserve Sweden’s unique nature for future generations”.Thunberg, who turned 18 on 3 January, is pictured standing on a rocky cliff top wearing a yellow raincoat, with swifts flying around her, as part of a set by the artist and illustrator Henning Trollbäck titled Valuable Natu...
Tags: Europe, Design, Sweden, Environment, World news, Culture, Art and design, Stamps, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Henning Trollbäck


Wildlife rangers in UK: Jobs offer, no bison experience required

Wilder Blean project advertises two roles in readiness for introduction next year of four European bison to ancient woodlandCan you handle a beast as heavy as a small car, that can hurdle high fences from a standing start, and is a peaceful bulldozer for biodiversity?If you’re not intimated by the weightiest wild land mammal in Europe, you could become Britain’s first ever bison ranger. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Wildlife, Conservation, Netherlands, Zoology, Insects, Extinct wildlife, Wilder Blean


Turkey drought: Istanbul could run out of water in 45 days

Water at critically low levels across Turkey after lack of rainfall leads to most severe drought in a decadeMajor cities across Turkey face running out of water in the next few months, with warnings Istanbul has less than 45 days of water left.Poor rainfall has led to the country’s most severe drought in a decade and put the megacity of 17 million people close to running out of water, according to Turkey’s chamber of chemical engineers. The Ankara mayor, Mansur Yavaş, said earlier this month the...
Tags: Environment, Water, Drought, World news, Turkey, Istanbul, Ankara, Mansur Yavas


Yellow mealworm safe for humans to eat, says EU food safety agency

Move paves way for high-protein maggot-like insect to be approved for consumption across EuropeYellow mealworm finger foods, smoothies, biscuits, pasta and burgers could soon be mass produced across Europe after the insect became the first to be found safe for human consumption by the EU food safety agency.The delicacies may not be advisable for everyone, however. Those with prawn and dustmite allergies are likely to suffer a reaction to the Tenebrio molitor larvae, whether eaten in powder form ...
Tags: Food, Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Food Safety, Insects


Philippines' Taal volcano, one year on – in pictures

When Taal volcano, a popular tourist site in Batangas, erupted a year ago 5,000 people fled the island. It’s still considered dangerous. The government bans former residents from returning but some still live there in tents Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Environment, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Art and design, Volcanoes, Batangas, Philippines Taal


Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption

Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisisThe planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises.The 17 experts, including Prof Paul Ehrlich from Stanford Univer...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, US, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Science policy, Stanford University, Paul Ehrlich, Mexico Australia


Australia the only developed nation on world list of deforestation hotspots

WWF report finds area six times the size of Tasmania has been cleared globally since 2004Australia remains one of the world’s hotspots for deforestation according to a new report by WWF, which finds an area six times the size of Tasmania has been cleared globally since 2004.The analysis identifies 24 “deforestation fronts” worldwide where a total of 43 million hectares of forest was destroyed in the period from 2004 until 2017. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Australia news, Deforestation, Wwf, Tasmania, Logging and land-clearing


Indian court suspends new agriculture laws after mass protests

Judges order committee to look into grievances, but unions vow further demonstrations until laws repealedIndia’s supreme court has suspended a series of controversial new agriculture laws that had prompted hundreds of thousands of farmers to stage a months-long protest in Delhi over fears their livelihoods were at stake.Since November, upwards of half a million farmers had marched to the peripheries of Delhi and occupied roads and highways going into the capital, setting up a 24-hour protest cam...
Tags: India, Environment, World news, South and Central Asia, Farming, Delhi


Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic

Polyester fibres that injure marine life were found in sea water across regionThe Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic clothes by people in Europe and North America, research has found.The most comprehensive study to date found the microplastics in 96 of 97 sea water samples taken from across the polar region. More than 92% of the microplastics were fibres, and 73% of these were made of polyester and were the same width and c...
Tags: Europe, Environment, World news, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Arctic, North America, Plastics


Dalai Lama says he ‘felt real hope’ after hearing Greta Thunberg speak on climate crisis - video

The Dalai Lama met climate activist Greta Thunberg virtually on Saturday.The Tibetan spiritual leader said: 'I heard this young girl from Sweden. I really felt: Oh, there is real hope from our younger generation who really thinking this environment and these things.'During their conversation, Thunberg said she had heard a call to action and urged people to educate themselves on climate issues.'If I could have ask one thing of you, it would be to educate yourself, to try to learn as much as you p...
Tags: Sweden, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Dalai Lama, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg


'There's real hope': Dalai Lama discusses climate crisis with Greta Thunberg – video

The Dalai Lama met climate activist Greta Thunberg virtually on Saturday.The Tibetan spiritual leader said: 'I heard this young girl from Sweden. I really felt: Oh, there is real hope from our younger generation who really thinking this environment and these things.'During their conversation, Thunberg said she had heard a call to action and urged people to educate themselves on climate issues.'If I could have ask one thing of you, it would be to educate yourself, to try to learn as much as you p...
Tags: Sweden, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Dalai Lama, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg


Baby sharks emerge from egg cases earlier and weaker in oceans warmed by climate crisis

Weaker sharks less effective hunters, which can upset the balance of the ecosystem, say authors of study into impacts of hotter oceansBaby sharks will emerge from their egg cases earlier and weaker as water temperatures rise, according to a new study that examined the impact of warming oceans on embryos.About 40% of all shark species lay eggs, and the researchers found that one species unique to the Great Barrier Reef spent up to 25 days less in their egg cases under temperatures expected by the...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Animal behaviour, Great Barrier Reef, Sharks


'Loophole' will let UK continue to ship plastic waste to poorer countries

Post-Brexit regulation doesn’t match new EU rules to tackle ocean pollution, despite UK being Europe’s largest plastic waste producerThe UK has been accused of failing to honour its promise to curb shipments of plastic waste to developing countries, after it emerged Britain’s new post-Brexit regulations are less stringent than those imposed by the EU.From 1 January, shipments of unsorted plastic waste from the EU to non-OECD countries were banned. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Environment, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Marine Life, Oceans, OECD, Brexit, Plastics, EU From


More than 50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth's land and oceans

Coalition says promise is key to preventing mass extinctions and ensuring clean air and waterA coalition of more than 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife.The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, which includes the UK and countries from six continents, made the pledge to protect at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans before the One Planet summit in Paris on Mo...
Tags: UK, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Paris, Biodiversity, Emmanuel Macron, One Planet


Macron tells Idris Elba he will invite young Africans to summit, not leaders

French president vows to overhaul France-Africa event to help mobilise Africa’s young peopleThe French president, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to invite young Africans rather than their political leaders to a key France-Africa summit in a video call with the actor Idris Elba.The Élysée Palace said Elba, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ international fund for agricultural development, had asked to speak to the French leader. The Guardian was the only newspaper invited to attend the d...
Tags: Europe, France, Africa, Environment, World news, Paris, United Nations, Idris Elba, Emmanuel Macron, Elysee Palace, Elba, Macron, Coronavirus, One Planet, France Africa


50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth's land and oceans

Coalition says promise is key to preventing mass extinctions and ensuring clean air and waterA coalition of 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife.The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, which includes the UK and countries from six continents, made the pledge to protect at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans before the One Planet summit in Paris on Monday, host...
Tags: UK, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Paris, Biodiversity, Emmanuel Macron, One Planet


Nigeria cattle crisis: how drought and urbanisation led to deadly land grabs

The death toll of animals and humans is mounting as herders seeking dwindling reserves of pasture clash with farmersIn February last year, Sunday Ikenna’s fields were green and lush. Then, one evening, a herd of cattle led into the farm by roving pastoralists crushed, ate, and uprooted the crops. “I lost everything. The situation was sorrowful, watching another human being destroy your farm,” says Ikenna, a father of 10 who farms in Ukpabi-Nimbo in Enugu state, southern Nigeria. “I farmed a smal...
Tags: Business, Climate Change, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Environment, Cattle, Water, Drought, World news, Farming, Global development, Enugu, Ukpabi Nimbo, Ikenna


Athletes and scientists explore snowy endangered forests

Treeline is a beautiful documentary that looks at old growth forests around the world, interspersed with amazing footage of skiing and snowboarding: Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Japan, News, Environment, Trees, Nevada, Forests, British Columbia, Forestry


Government breaks promise to maintain ban on bee-harming pesticide

Farmers ‘relieved’ as chemical sanctioned for emergency use, despite EU-wide ban backed by UK A pesticide believed to kill bees has been authorised for use in England despite an EU-wide ban two years ago and an explicit government pledge to keep the restrictions. Following lobbying from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar, a product containing the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam was sanctioned for emergency use on sugar beet seeds this year because of the threat posed by a virus. Cont...
Tags: UK, England, Environment, Eu, UK News, Bees, Wildlife, Pesticides, Farming, Insects, National Farmers ' Union NFU



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