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Wild boar on streets of Rome are being used against me, says mayor

With just over a week until the city goes to the polls the animals may help to unseat Virginia RaggiA group of wild boar strutting along a traffic-filled road in Rome has catapulted the issue of the Italian capital’s state of decay to the top of the debate ahead of mayoral elections.Much to the bemusement of onlookers, about 13 boar, distinguished by their coarse hair, sturdy bodies and sharp tusks, walked among the traffic on Via Trionfale, a busy road in the northern suburb of Monte Mario. Con...
Tags: Europe, Virginia, Animals, Environment, World news, Rome, Cities, Wildlife, Italy, Monte Mario Continue


Climate crisis: fifth of London schools now susceptible to flooding

Sadiq Khan to warn time is running out to tackle emergency as he puts pressure on UK government to actA fifth of London’s schools are now susceptible to flooding and millions of people living in the capital are at “high risk” of suffering from the effects of the climate crisis, according to analysis from City Hall, as Sadiq Khan warns time is running out to tackle the issue.In a speech on Thursday, the London mayor is due to pile pressure on the UK government to ensure bold action is taken when ...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Environment, Society, UK News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Labour, Local Government, Mayoral elections, Local Politics, Glasgow, Flooding, Road transport, City Hall, Sadiq Khan


Boris Johnson tells UN that Cop26 must be ‘turning point for humanity’

UK PM says it is time for the world to ‘grow up’ and ‘listen to scientists’ in speech to general assemblyCop26 must be a “turning point for humanity” in just 40 days’ time, Boris Johnson has urged in a call to arms to fellow global leaders ahead of the climate summit in Glasgow.Addressing the UN general assembly in New York on Wednesday evening, Johnson warned it was time for humanity to “grow up”. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, New York, Environment, World news, United Nations, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Johnson, UN General Assembly, Climate Crisis, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021


China pledge to stop funding coal projects ‘buys time for emissions target’

China was lender of last resort for overseas governments seeking finance for coal projectsXi Jinping’s announcement that China will stop funding overseas coal projects could buy the world about three more months in the race to keep global heating to a relatively safe level of 1.5C, experts say.Although the impact will depend on implementation, China’s declaration should also help to kill off coal, which has been humanity’s primary power source for most of the last 200 years. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Coal, Fossil Fuels, projectsXi Jinping


‘Grave mistake’: climate scientists issue dire warning over Beetaloo Basin fracking plans

Gas projects must be halted if the Northern Territory government cannot meet promise to fully offset emissions, scientists sayGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingMore than 60 leading climate scientists have issued a dire warning over the plan to frack the Beetaloo Basin, saying it must be halted if the Northern Territory government cannot meet a promise to fully offset emissions.The Morrison government is using $50m in grants to incentivise gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin ...
Tags: Energy, Environment, Australia news, Gas, Mining, Fracking, Fossil Fuels, Northern Territory, Morrison, Beetaloo Basin, Empire Energy


Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring beganRussia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country’s modern history, according to recent data from the Russian Forestry Agency analysed by Greenpeace.Fires have destroyed more than 18.16m hectares of Russian forest in 2021, setting an absolute record since the country began monitoring forest fires using satellites in 2001. The previous record was set in 2012, when fires cove...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Environment, World news, Wildfires, Arctic, Greenpeace, Climate Crisis, Russian Forestry Agency, Greenpeace Fires


‘Betting on a low carbon future’: why China is ending foreign coal investment

Xi Jinping’s promise reflects growing awareness of the climate crisis in China and falling renewable pricesTuesday’s pledge by China’s president, Xi Jinping, to cease building new coal-fired power projects outside the country is welcome news to environmentalists around the world. It came on the anniversary of Xi’s unilateral pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. Last year, Xi also promised that China will peak its emissions by 2030.“China will step up support for other developing countries ...
Tags: Energy, China, Environment, World news, Xi Jinping, Coal, Un, Environmental Sustainability, Climate Crisis, Paris Climate Agreement


‘Smoke cows’: Could more US wildfires mean less milk from Oregon’s huge dairy herd?

A team at the University of Oregon has begun a three-year study looking at the effects of poor air quality on cattleJuliana Ranches drove to work in eastern Oregon in early September through wildfire smoke so thick that, for a moment, she thought it was just a grey, foggy day and it would soon start to rain.Ranches is a livestock researcher relatively new to living in the area, and the conditions were unlike anything she had experienced before, leading her to ask questions about the animals that...
Tags: UK, California, Oregon, Animals, Environment, US, World news, US news, Farming, Wildfires, Animal Welfare, University of Oregon, University of Idaho, Cruickshank, Farm Animals, Jenifer Cruickshank


‘Ecofeminism is about respect’: the activist working to revolutionise west African farming

Mariama Sonko is an unstoppable force who continued her work even when she was ostracised by her community in SenegalOutside Mariama Sonko’s home in the Casamance region of southern Senegal pink shells hang on improvised nets that will be placed in mangroves to provide a breeding spot for oysters.Normally, women collecting oysters chop at the branches – a method that can harm the mangroves. But these nets allow them to harvest sustainably, says Sonko, who is trying to revolutionise agriculture i...
Tags: Food, Africa, Environment, Women, Senegal, Society, World news, Farming, United Nations, Global development, Sustainable Development, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security, Casamance, Sonko, Women's rights and gender equality


Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows

Figures from EU monitoring service for August are highest since it began measurements in 2003August was another record month for global wildfire emissions, according to new satellite data that highlights how tinderbox conditions are widening across the world as a result of the climate crisis.The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service of the EU found that burning forests released 1.3 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide last month, mostly in North America and Siberia. This was the highest since the org...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trees and forests, Wildfires, Siberia, North America, Climate Crisis, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service


Energy crisis forces EU ministers to face up to reliance on natural gas

Analysis: As governments shield consumers against soaring prices, Russia and renewables are coming under scrutinyThe UK is far from alone in its energy crisis. Across Europe, governments are acting to shield consumers from soaring bills, with nerves growing about the coming winter. EU energy ministers will meet this week at an Alpine castle in Slovenia, where they will discuss global gas shortages and the union’s energy policy.Since the start of the year, wholesale gas prices in Europe have rise...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Business, UK, China, Russia, Environment, Renewable Energy, Eu, UK News, World news, Commodities, Energy industry, Gas, Slovenia, Alpine


‘The challenge for us now is drought, not war’: livelihoods of millions of Afghans at risk

After years caught in the crossfire between the Taliban and security forces, farmers in Kandahar face a new threat, as water sources dry upThe war in Afghanistan might be over but farmers in Kandahar’s Arghandab valley face a new enemy: drought.It has hardly rained for two years, a drought so severe that some farmers are questioning how much longer they can live off the land. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Water, Drought, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Farming, Global development, Access to water, Kandahar, Arghandab


Guardians of the Sea: Cape Verde ‘fish detectives’ try to keep extinction at bay

As boats from bigger islands flock to fish off Maio, locals take turns to safeguard their pristine watersOlder fishermen such as Boaventura Martins, 60, have noticed the fish have not only become more scarce, but smaller. Some species have disappeared, he says.On a good day, Martins will catch 10kg (22lb) of fish, which is barely enough to cover his fuel costs. When he began fishing 40 years ago, he would bring home hundreds of kilos – enough to give away part of his catch to his community on th...
Tags: Food, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Cape Verde, Martins, Maio, Boaventura Martins


Guardians of the Sea: Cape Verde’s ‘fish detectives’ try to keep extinction at bay

As boats from bigger islands flock to fish off Maio, locals take turns to safeguard their pristine watersOlder fishermen such as Boaventura Martins, 60, have noticed the fish have not only become more scarce, but smaller. Some species have disappeared, he says.On a good day, Martins will catch 10kg (22lb) of fish, which is barely enough to cover his fuel costs. When he began fishing 40 years ago, he would bring home hundreds of kilos – enough to give away part of his catch to his community on th...
Tags: Food, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Cape Verde, Martins, Maio, Boaventura Martins


‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires

Region’s leaders make joint declaration vowing to step up efforts to address extreme weatherWith the catastrophic effects of this summer’s unprecedented wildfires still being counted, leaders from around the Mediterranean – the European region most at risk from climate change – have vowed to intensify their efforts to tackle the challenges posed by extreme weather.A joint declaration, signed in Athens, has fired the starting shot on what is hoped will bring groundbreaking change in how the neigh...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Environment, Spain, World news, Cyprus, Athens, Extreme Weather, Mediterranean, Climate Crisis


Ark on Scottish hillside attracts rising tide of interest

Structure was built by Tighnabruaichs’s Extinction Rebellion chapter to raise awareness about climate crisisWhen Argyll and Bute council’s planning department asked David Blair if the huge wooden ark he had raised on a hillside overlooking the Kyles of Bute was a permanent structure, he did not think long about his answer.“I told them it’s not permanent in the same way that humanity won’t be if we don’t take action on the climate,” says Blair, with a laugh that does not diminish the urgency of h...
Tags: Protest, Scotland, Environment, UK News, World news, Environmental Activism, Blair, Argyll, Bute, David Blair, Bute Council, Kyles, Extinction Rebellion, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021, Tighnabruaichs


Climate crisis leaving ‘millions at risk of trafficking and slavery’

Droughts and floods forcing workers from rural areas, leading to their exploitation in cities, report warnsMillions of people forced to leave their homes because of severe drought and powerful cyclones are at risk of modern slavery and human trafficking over the coming decades, a new report warns.The climate crisis and the increasing frequency of extreme weather disasters including floods, droughts and megafires are having a devastating effect on the livelihoods of people already living in pover...
Tags: Law, Africa, Environment, Water, Drought, World news, Wildfires, Global development, Slavery, Human Trafficking, Flooding, Climate Crisis, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021


Electric vehicles divide opinion as car-loving Germany goes to polls

Election has framed future of automobility as showdown between petrolheads and green zealotsThe second Steve Dumke spots a gap in the traffic on the road from Eggersdorf to Strausberg, his white Hyundai Ioniq lurches forward and nestles between two fast-moving Volkswagens in the right-hand lane. “A tap on the accelerator and the gap is mine,” he howls with glee.Dumke, a 37-year-old former chef, is less a speed freak than, in his own words, “a vehicle eroticist”. “I love cars with curves and the ...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Environment, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living, Travel and transport, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Strausberg, German federal election 2021, Steve Dumke, Eggersdorf, Dumke


New Zealand is not as clean or green as we think – plastic waste is creating a crisis | Lizzy Carmine

Ignorance about plastic recycling has tricked us into guilt-free consumption – decision makers have to give us sustainable optionsGrowing up my school lunches were covered in plastic wrapping, like those of many of my schoolmates. I was taught from a young age to pick up my rubbish and recycle, and I trusted the recycling systems in place especially because New Zealand streets were so clean. Years later, I saw a video on Facebook of a turtle with a straw in its nose, but I knew Kiwis weren’t to ...
Tags: Facebook, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, South Island, Plastics, Project Blue, Plastic Free, Lizzy Carmine


Bees kill 63 endangered penguins in South Africa

Postmortems showed the African penguins had multiple stings around their eyesA swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said.The protected birds were found dead in Simon’s Town, a small town near Cape Town home to a colony of penguins, and taken for post-mortems. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, South Africa, Wildlife, Cape Town, Simon


Climate top of the agenda as knife-edge race to lead Germany enters final stage

Cheers and jeers greet political rivals trying to succeed Merkel, as they chase green votes in the former DDRAs Annalena Baerbock steps on to the stage, the downpour that minutes before had soaked those gathered on Chemnitz’s Theater Platz ceases. The Green party candidate is quick to use the opportunity to stress that everything is still possible. “Minutes ago it was raining, now the sun has come out – it can happen,” she says with a huge grin, hinting that the change in the weather is a good o...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Angela Merkel, Environment, World news, Merkel, Climate Crisis, Annalena Baerbock, Baerbock, Chemnitz 's Theater Platz


California wildfires reach edge of sequoia grove containing world’s largest tree

Firefighters were temporarily driven away as two blazes merged and made a run to the edge of the Giant Forest in Sequoia national park Two lightning-sparked wildfires in California have merged and made a run to the edge of a grove of ancient sequoias, briefly driving away firefighters as they tried to protect the world’s largest tree by wrapping its base in protective foil.A shift in the weather fanned flames in the Sequoia national park in the Sierra Nevada on Friday, the National Park Service ...
Tags: California, Environment, World news, US news, Trees and forests, Wildfires, Sierra Nevada, Sequoia, National Park Service, Giant Forest, Climate crisis in the American west


‘Like nothing in my lifetime’: researchers race to unravel the mystery of Australia’s dying frogs

After asking for public help with their investigations, scientists have received thousands of reports and specimens of dead, shrivelled frogsIn the middle of Sydney’s lockdown, scientist Jodi Rowley has been retrieving frozen dead frogs from her doorstep.Occasionally one will arrive dried and shrivelled up in the post. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, New South Wales, Sydney, Jodi Rowley


Scientists investigate hundreds of guillemot deaths on UK coastline

Seabird carcasses discovered along Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Scottish shores, with many more found emaciatedSeveral hundred seabirds have been found dead along the coasts of north-east England and Scotland, while many have been discovered emaciated.The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), which is investigating the cause of the deaths, said the majority of the birds were guillemots. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, England, Scotland, Environment, UK News, Birds, Wildlife, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Northumberland North Yorkshire, UK Centre


California wildfires burn into some groves of giant ancient sequoias

National Weather Service issues weather watch for critical fire conditions in Sequoia national parkCrews continue to battle California wildfires that have burned into some groves of gigantic ancient sequoias, the world’s largest tree. Related: World’s largest tree wrapped in fire-resistant blanket as California blaze creeps closer Continue reading...
Tags: National Weather Service, California, Environment, World news, US news, Trees and forests, Wildfires, Sequoia, Climate crisis in the American west


California wildfires burn into some groves of ancient giant sequoias

National Weather Service issues weather watch for critical fire conditions in Sequoia national parkCrews continue to battle California wildfires that have burned into some groves of ancient giant sequoias, the world’s largest tree. Related: World’s largest tree wrapped in fire-resistant blanket as California blaze creeps closer Continue reading...
Tags: National Weather Service, California, Environment, World news, US news, Trees and forests, Wildfires, Sequoia, Climate crisis in the American west


The German activists starving themselves to make politicians face the climate crisis

The Last Generation, a six-strong group, is camping out near the Reichstag determined to force a commitment to limit global heatingIn a cluster of tents close to the Reichstag building in Berlin are a group of activists who have said they are prepared to starve themselves to death to highlight the lack of ambition among Germany’s main political parties to confront the climate emergency.Since 30 August the six-strong group who call themselves The Last Generation have been on hunger strike in what...
Tags: Europe, Protest, Germany, Berlin, Environment, World news, Green politics, Climate Crisis


Waste from one bitcoin transaction ‘like binning two iPhones’

Study highlights vast churn in computer hardware that the cryptocurrency incentivisesA single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones in the bin, according to a new analysis by economists from the Dutch central bank and MIT.While the carbon footprint of bitcoin is well studied, less attention has been paid to the vast churn in computer hardware that the cryptocurrency incentivises. Specialised computer chips called ASICs are sold with no other pu...
Tags: Technology, Environment, World news, E-commerce, Mit, Bitcoin, Waste, Cryptocurrencies


Faroes PM pledges dolphin hunt review amid outcry at carnage

Faroese have been killing whales since Viking times but many islanders now oppose annual slaughterIn a parked car overlooking the ocean sit two of the biggest whale killers in the Faroe Islands. They look exhausted, but not from hunting. Ólavur Sjúrðaberg, 75, and Hans J Hermansen, 73, have been on the phone constantly since a mass killing of 1,428 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands on Sunday sparked international outrage and led the Faroes prime minister to announce on Thursday that the ...
Tags: Environment, World news, Dolphins, Wildlife, Marine Life, Faroe Islands, Cetaceans, Faroes, Hermansen, Ólavur Sjúrðaberg, Hans J Hermansen, Sjúrðaberg, Faroese Whalers Association


The murder of Fikile: the woman who took on a coal mine

Fikile Ntshangase was involved in a legal dispute over the extension of an opencast mine when she was shot dead in her home. Her daughter Malungelo Kakaza tells her story to Rachel HumphreysIn October last year, Fikile Ntshangase, 65, was at her home in Ophondweni in South Africa when three men burst in and she was shot dead. The murder was witnessed by her 13-year-old grandson. No one has so far been charged with any part in the crime.Ntshangase’s daughter Malungelo Kakaza tells Rachel Humphrey...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, South Africa, Climate Crisis, Ntshangase, Rachel Humphreys, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021, Fikile Ntshangase, Tendele Coal, Somkhele, Ophondweni, Malungelo Kakaza, Rachel HumphreysIn October



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