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Resisting drought's day zero: the NSW towns close to running dry

After water restrictions and emergency infrastructure, the final drought strategy is sheer perseverance People have started visiting the outback town of Pooncarie just to see a place that’s running dry.Josh Sheard, the publican at the Pooncarie hotel, says the remote town in far south-west New South Wales needs the attention. Continue reading...
Tags: Drought, Water, New South Wales, Australia news, Environment


Forget campfires… today’s scouts focus on climate crisis and homelessness

Spurred on by the likes of Greta Thunberg, the movement is now engaging with social problemsInspired by a wave of youth activism, scouts from across Britain are setting aside campfires and hobby badges to tackle some of the UK’s biggest social issues, from homelessness and the climate crisis to migrants and mental health.The 112-year-old movement has enlisted the support of British astronaut Tim Peake to lead its campaign, in part spurred on by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Co...
Tags: UK, Children, Environment, UK News, Homelessness, Britain, Volunteering, Bear Grylls, Scouts and scouting, Tim Peake, Greta Thunberg


New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists

President Trump said he would “drain the swamp,” but with the elevation of a former auto lobbyist to be energy secretary, he is sticking to the trend of filling his cabinet with Washington insiders.
Tags: News, Washington, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Dioxide, Trump, Appointments and Executive Changes, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Lobbying and Lobbyists


Recycled plastic to soon pave Los Angeles roads

To better manage plastic waste, Los Angeles is in talks with Technisoil, an innovative manufacturing company, to viably incorporate plastic into the city’s roads. Typically viewed as an ecological scourge, plastic waste can also be seen as a valuable resource when repurposed. Substituting asphalt road materials with upcycled plastic waste could spell cost savings for both road construction and waste management endeavors. Because plastic does not degrade easily, it has now become a significant en...
Tags: Design, News, California, China, Environment, Los Angeles, Recycling, Southern California, Waste Disposal, Recycled Plastic, Technisoil, Keith Mozee, Department of Street Services


Proposed Florida bill could require prescription for sunscreens in effort to save coral reefs

In a bid to protect the Sunshine State’s reefs from coral bleaching, a new legislative bill has been proposed that requires a physician’s prescription for sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, on grounds that these chemicals are harmful to marine coastal environments. The two ingredients are found in roughly 80 percent of all commercially available sunscreens. Discouraging their widespread use can help protect Florida’s fragile coral ecosystems. Following in the footsteps of Hawaii an...
Tags: Florida, Design, News, Environment, Policy, United States, Conservation, Hawaii, Noaa, Coral, Marine Conservation, Pacific, Ecosystem, Coral Reefs, Eco-friendly, Coral Reef


Second whale found dead in Thames in less than two weeks

Discovery of whale’s body near Gravesend follows death of young humpback this monthA second whale has been found dead in the Thames less than two weeks after a humpback nicknamed Hessy died near the same stretch of water.The Port of London Authority confirmed the suspected fin whale was discovered in the river at Denton, near Gravesend, on Friday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Thames, Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Marine Life, Whales, Cetaceans, Denton, Gravesend, Port of London Authority, Hessy


Calls for Nationals MP Kevin Humphries to face Icac over alleged advice on land clearing

MP says Humphries should face Icac for allegedly telling farmers they would not be prosecuted for land clearing that was later found to be illegalThe New South Wales government is being urged to refer a Nationals MP to the corruption watchdog after the Guardian revealed that at least two farmers facing court said they broke land-clearing laws on his alleged say so.Two farmers who were being sentenced in the NSW land and environment court in recent months have told the judges hearing their cases ...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Humphries, ICAC, Kevin Humphries, Barwon Kevin Humphries


Queensland claims cabinet confidentiality to block release of climate protest details

Details of photos used to justify new protest laws blocked from releaseThe Palaszczuk government has blocked the release of basic information about climate protests – including dates and locations of photographs used to justify controversial proposed laws – by claiming the details are subject to cabinet confidentiality.At an inquiry hearing last week, the Queensland police tabled photographs of “locking devices” that are proposed to be banned by the new legislation. Continue reading...
Tags: Activism, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, Australia news, Queensland, Queensland politics, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Extinction Rebellion


Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

The San Francisco Fed warned that banks, communities and homeowners face significant financial risk from climate change and offered proposals for banks to do more to help.
Tags: News, Environment, Mortgages, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Floods, Carbon Dioxide, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco Fed, Banking and Financial Institutions, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, United States Politics and Government, Federal Reserve System, San Francisco (Calif


Climate crisis will not be discussed at G7 next year, says Trump official

Mick Mulvaney: ‘Climate change will not be on the agenda’Summit to take place at Trump’s National Doral MiamiThe climate crisis will not be formally discussed at the G7 summit in June next year, Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff said on Thursday.“Climate change will not be on the agenda,” Mick Mulvaney told reporters, without elaborating. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, White House, Environment, World news, US news, Donald Trump, G7, Trump, Mick Mulvaney, Trump Administration, Trump 's National Doral


Scotland bans plastic-stemmed cotton swabs in bid to combat plastic pollution

Following backlash concerning plastic waste buildup in beaches and oceans, Scotland is now the first country in the United Kingdom to officially ban the manufacture, supply and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, commonly known by the brand name of Q-tips. Environmentalists and conservationists are hailing the change as wonderful news for wildlife and ecosystems. Before the new ban came into effect, several cosmetic giants already made the switch to manufacturing more biodegradable alternative...
Tags: Design, News, Scotland, Environment, Policy, United Kingdom, Johnson, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Science Advances, World Economic Forum, Envrionment, U K, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Marine Conservation Society


Extinction Rebellion rush-hour protest sparks clash on London Underground

Commuters clash with demonstrators over morning rush hour disruptionExtinction Rebellion activists have disrupted London’s public transport network during rush hour, in an action that is likely to polarise opinion on the environmental movement’s tactics.There were clashes at Canning Town tube station as commuters dragged a protester from the roof of a Jubilee line train and set upon him. He had to be defended by London Underground staff and other passersby. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Protest, Police, Environment, UK News, World news, Transport, Rail transport, Metropolitan Police, London Underground, Environmental Activism, Canning Town, Extinction Rebellion


Finland’s ‘Be more like a Finn’ campaign joins growing list of tourism pledge initiatives

Campaigns to encourage more sustainable and respectful travel are increasing, though some industry figures doubt their power to effect changeFinland has become the latest destination to introduce a tourism pledge, asking visitors to the country to promise to respect its nature, culture and inhabitants.Forming part of a wider sustainability drive that focuses on Finnish values and traditions, such as embracing the outdoors, foraging and recycling, the pledge requires visitors to “be more like a F...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Environment, World news, Finland, Green travel


Extinction Rebellion activist dragged from roof of London Underground train

Commuters clash with demonstrators over morning rush hour disruptionExtinction Rebellion activists have disrupted London’s public transport network during rush hour, in an action that is likely to polarise opinion on the environmental movement’s tactics.There were clashes at Canning Town tube station as commuters dragged a protester from the roof of a Jubilee line train and set upon him. He had to be defended by London Underground staff and other passersby. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Protest, Police, Environment, UK News, World news, Transport, Rail transport, Metropolitan Police, London Underground, Environmental Activism, Canning Town, Extinction Rebellion


Morrison accuses Albanese of 'throwing tantrums' – politics live

In Question Time, the prime minister says opposition are addicted to panic and crisis. All the day’s events, live 4.45am BST Anthony Albanese to Scott Morrison:My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Given that yesterday the Treasurer falsely claimed that drought was the number 1 call on the budget, will the Prime Minister agree to have a debate on Australia’s economy and in particular the plight of farmers today based upon the facts? Mr Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition s...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Farming, House, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Far Right, Morrison


Labor and Greens team up to oppose expansion of fast-track visas – politics live

Labor says controversial process ‘is neither fast nor fair’. All the day’s events, live 3.39am BST This is an interesting story from AAP:The Canberra bubble is truly full, with countries looking to set up shop in the capital being turned away because of a lack of available land. 3.31am BST Just for a bit more context on that spat Sky’s Thomas O’Brien has been reporting on – the Nationals have been annoyed about how the drought policy has been handled for quite some time.There was agitat...
Tags: Labor, Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Farming, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Anthony Albanese, Far Right


Peter Dutton claims war veterans want medevac laws scrapped – politics live

Home affairs minister appears to court Jacqui Lambie’s vote as drought dominates the agenda. All the day’s events, live 2.40am BST Nick Martin (the doctor from the post a few down) approves this messageNailed it. https://t.co/B0IJJYu7ep 2.31am BST Here’s the dairy industry inquiry motion Pauline Hanson put up and won (with the support of most of the Senate, excluding the government).That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committe...
Tags: Australia, Senate, Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Farming, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Liberal party, Jacqui Lambie, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Anthony Albanese


Leading car in World Solar Challenge bursts into flames

NunaX car of Dutch team catches fire 250km before finish of 3,000km Darwin to Adelaide raceThe leading car in the World Solar Challenge has caught fire and withdrawn from the race a little more than 250km from the Adelaide finish.The NunaX car of Dutch team Vattenfall caught fire just before Mambray Creek on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Australia news, Motor sport, Adelaide, Solar Power, South Australia, Darwin, Vattenfall, Mambray Creek


Drought approaching 'wartime-like situation', Labor says – politics live

Calls for a holistic strategy to deal with the big dry grow louder. All the day’s events, live 1.41am BST Oh FFS.From AAP:Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has claimed Australian war veterans want refugee medical evacuation laws scrapped.Mr Dutton is locked in negotiations with Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie, herself an army veteran, as he seeks to repeal the so-called medevac laws. 1.40am BST We were expecting a press conference on the party’s position on free trade agreements after ...
Tags: Labor, Indonesia, Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Farming, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Liberal party, Jacqui Lambie, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Anthony Albanese


Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's plans to ease protections on an iconic western bird's habitat -- and open it to oil and gas exploration.
Tags: News, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Dioxide, Trump, Bureau of Land Management, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, United States Politics and Government, Grouse (Bird, Court Blocks Trump


Exmoor river 'reset' aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife

Work begins on scheme that will encourage river to flow through multiple channels Pioneering work to return a river to its natural path in an attempt to improve the diversity of flora and fauna and reduce the risk of flooding has been launched on Exmoor in Somerset.The scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, has been inspired by projects in the north-west of the US, in which rivers and streams have been encouraged to flow through multiple channels, pools and shallow riffles as they would have d...
Tags: UK, Wales, Environment, US, UK News, Wildlife, The National Trust, Flooding, Rivers, Somerset


Drought policies developed in 'vacuum', farmers' lobby says – politics live

The National Farmers’ Federation’s calls for a holistic drought strategy grow louder. All the day’s events, live 11.42pm BST The prime minister is talking to John Laws on 2SM, but none of us can listen in, because the 2SM site is down. 11.37pm BST AAP on the NDIS announcement:The next boss of the agency responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a former senior NSW bureaucrat. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Farming, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Far Right, NSW, National disability insurance scheme, Rural Australia


Footage shows world's fastest ants at top speed – video

New video footage reveals the world's fastest ants galloping across the scorching sand of the Sahara at speeds approaching one metre per second, which is the equivalent of a house cat tearing about at 120mph.Researchers have found that at full pelt the Saharan silver ants can travel 108 times their body length per second in gallops that brought all six legs off the ground at onceFastest ants in world found in northern Sahara, researchers say Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, Insects, Sahara


Fastest ants in world found in northern Sahara, researchers say

Silver ants travel 108 times their body length per second and have stride rate 10 times that of Usain BoltThe sand dunes of the northern Sahara are home to the fastest ants in the world, according to researchers who clocked the insects foraging for food in the blistering midday sun.Video footage reveals the ants galloping across the scorching sand at speeds approaching one metre per second, the equivalent of a house cat tearing about at 120mph. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, Insects, Sahara, Northern Sahara


Drought policies developed in 'vacuum', says farmers' lobby – politics live

The National Farmers’ Federation’s calls for a wholistic drought strategy grow louder. All the days events, live 10.31pm BST The attorney-general Christian Porter will introduce amendments to native title today.From his release:The Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 implements a range of measures recommended by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). It was also informed by extensive consultation with native title claimants who...
Tags: Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Liberal party, Bill, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Far Right, Christian Porter, Rural Australia, Council of Australian Governments Coag


Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

Exxon, Marathon, BP and others are flaring natural gas, a wasteful practice with consequences in the fight against climate change, at a record pace. 
Tags: News, Environment, Global Warming, Air Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Natural Gas, Methane, Shale, Carbon Dioxide, Woods, Hydraulic Fracturing, Dudley, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Williams Companies Inc


Stripped bare: Australia's hidden climate crisis

An epidemic of land clearing is sabotaging efforts to address climate change. Farming communities are bitterly divided over the issue – but it also has global consequences Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Drought, Australia news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales


Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

Indonesian villagers are trying out a treetop surveillance system that uses recycled phones and artificial intelligence software to detect chain saws.
Tags: News, Environment, Global Warming, Artificial Intelligence, Forests and Forestry, Sumatra (Indonesia


Thousands of invasive carp found dead in mass fish kill near Menindee

A small number of dead Murray cod also discovered at Lake PamamarooThousands of invasive European carp and a small number of native Murray cod have perished in a fish kill at Lake Pamamaroo in far western New South Wales, near Menindee, according to visiting filmmakers.The filmmaker Rory McLeod and anthropologist Peter Yates, both of Maldon, Victoria, told Guardian Australia they arrived in the area on Tuesday to investigate reports of a possible mass fish kill. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Water, Drought, Australia news, Fish, New South Wales, Rivers, Murray, PETER YATES, Rory McLeod, Menindee, Lake Pamamaroo, Maldon Victoria


How do we feed the world without destroying it? | Bob Geldof

An international summit next year will tackle the world’s most enduring crisis – hunger. Radical action is neededHunger is the most awful and profound expression of poverty. It exists in every country. It is something that most people can identify with on some perhaps primordial level. It is innate. The fear of hunger is etched into our DNA, passed down the generations from hungry, scared ancestors. It is in our bones. It is in my Irish bones.First, the good news. For several decades global hung...
Tags: Science, Environment, Society, World news, Hunger, Bob Geldof, Agriculture, Global development, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goals



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