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Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine

Mining company was given permission to blast Juukan Gorge cave, which provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional ownersA sacred site in Western Australia that showed 46,000 years of continual occupation and provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional owners has been destroyed in the expansion of an iron ore mine.The cave in Juukan Gorge the Hammersley Ranges, about 60km from Mt Tom Price, is one of the oldest in the western Pilbara region and the only...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Australia news, Mining, Rio Tinto, Indigenous Australians, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Pilbara, Tom Price, Juukan Gorge, Hammersley Ranges


German court rules against Volkswagen in 'dieselgate' scandal

Carmaker must pay compensation to motorist who bought minivan fitted with emissions-cheating softwareVolkswagen has lost a landmark legal battle in Germany’s highest civil court over compensation for the buyer of a secondhand minivan fitted with emissions-cheating software.The world’s largest carmaker must take back the plantiff’s manipulated car and pay him €28,257.74 (£25,325), in a case that will lead to the company paying compensation to 60,000 German VW owners. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Money, Law, Climate Change, Germany, Environment, World news, Consumer affairs, Vw, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Volkswagen (VW


UK crowds enjoy the May sunshine as lockdown eases – in pictures

As coronavirus restrictions ease across the UK, people have been filling parks and beaches to make the most of the warm weatherCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Environment, UK News, Blackpool, Bournemouth, UK Weather, Southend-on-Sea


Film-maker captures dust storm enveloping Western Australia beach – video

Film-maker Chris Lewis has captured a blaze of red dust covering a beach in Geraldton, Western Australia, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga batters the southern part of the state. Lewis said the dust had travelled 'hundreds of kilometres away' to meet the sea. The ex-tropical cyclone has damaged homes and left thousands without powerVideo courtesy of Chris LewisEntire Western Australia coast to be battered by 'once-in-a-decade' storm Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Western Australia, Chris Lewis, Australia Weather, Lewis, Geraldton Western Australia, Chris LewisEntire


Australia’s ‘failing’ environmental laws will fuel further public health crises, Nobel laureate warns

Bushfires and Covid-19 highlight connection between human health and natural world, states letter by almost 200 doctors and scientistsLeading health professionals, including a Nobel laureate and a former Australian of the Year, say the government must put human health “front and centre” in a new generation of environment laws in the aftermath of the Covid-19 and bushfire crises.The Nobel prize-winning immunologist Peter Doherty and the epidemiologist and former Australian of the Year Fiona Stanl...
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Bushfires, Sussan Ley, Peter Doherty, Fiona Stanley


Covid commission boss Nev Power steps back at gas company amid conflict of interest concerns

The Morrison government commission has promoted gas as a key way to boost the economy after the coronavirus crisisThe head of the Morrison government commission tasked with coming up with plans to revitalise the economy after the coronavirus crisis, Nev Power, is to step aside from his position as deputy chairman of a gas company over conflict of interest concerns.“Because of the perceptions of conflict of interest he has stepped back from participating in board meetings and will not participate...
Tags: Business, Environment, Australia news, Gas, Fossil Fuels, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian economy, Morrison, Coordination Commission, Coronavirus outbreak, Nev Power, National Covid


‘Exploitative conditions’: Germany to reform meat industry after spate of Covid-19 cases

Ban on use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 for slaughterhouses breaching new labour regulations a ‘historic moment’, say campaignersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe German government has announced a series of reforms of the meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots.A number of meat plants across the country have...
Tags: Food, Europe, Germany, Environment, World news, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Meat Industry, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Virus Crisis Exposes Cascading Weaknesses in U.S. Disaster Response

Nonprofits are sending fewer volunteers. Local emergency managers risk being overwhelmed. FEMA is trying “virtual” assistance. And hurricane season starts June 1.
Tags: News, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fema, Nonprofit Organizations, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Volunteers and Community Service, Disasters and Emergencies, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Rare white grizzly bear sighted in Canadian Rockies

Family on remote highway stumble upon predator, whose highly unusual colouring is caused by a recessive geneCara Clarkson and her family were driving down a remote highway in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, when a figure glimpsed against the dark evergreen forest left them in disbelief. Related: Indigenous input helps save wayward grizzly bear from summary killing Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Wildlife, Clarkson, Rockies, Rocky Mountains


'They're behaving as capitalists': the film inspired by Iceland's farming stranglehold

His wry parable Rams won acclaim at Cannes, but for his new film The County, Grímur Hákonarson delves into a shady world of farming co-operatives‘The majority of people there support the co-operative, and if they found out we were criticising it, there might have been more complications.” Iceland’s buzziest director, Grímur Hákonarson, is talking about how he decided where to shoot his new film, The County. The shady agricultural co-operative it depicts was not completely fictional, he admits, s...
Tags: Europe, Film, Environment, World news, Culture, Farming, World cinema, Iceland, Cannes, Grimur Hakonarson, Hakonarson, Drama films, Skagafjördur


Young climate activists call for EU to radically reform farming sector

Fridays for Future to publish letter urging reform of common agricultural policy ahead of European commission meeting The EU’s farming sector needs radical reform, and the common agricultural policy (CAP) must be rewritten if the climate crisis is to be tackled, a group of young climate activists will urge.Fridays for Future, founded by teenagers in the wake of Greta Thunberg’s school strikes, will confront the European commission’s vice-president, Frans Timmermans, online to call for new plans ...
Tags: Europe, Climate Change, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Farming, European Commission, Frans Timmermans, Greta Thunberg


Microplastic pollution in oceans vastly underestimated – study

Particles may outnumber zooplankton, which underpin marine life and regulate climateThe abundance of microplastic pollution in the oceans is likely to have been vastly underestimated, according to research that suggests there are at least double the number of particles as previously thought.Scientists trawled waters off the coasts of the UK and US and found many more particles using nets with a fine mesh size than when using coarser ones usually used to filter microplastics. The addition of thes...
Tags: UK, Environment, US, World news, Pollution, Oceans, Plastics


Scientists Predict ‘Busy’ Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis

This year’s season is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, which makes relief strategies like group shelters risky.
Tags: News, Environment, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Disasters and Emergencies, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Scientists Predict a ‘Busy’ Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis

This year’s season is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, which makes relief strategies like group shelters risky.
Tags: News, Environment, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Disasters and Emergencies, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Scientists Predict Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis

This year’s season is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, which makes relief strategies like group shelters risky.
Tags: News, Environment, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Disasters and Emergencies, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Australian researchers claim world first in global race to develop better solar panels

Experimental cell using the potentially game-changing material perovskite passes a series of heat and humidity testsA team of Australian researchers are claiming a world first in a global race to develop cheaper, more flexible and more efficient solar panels after their experimental cell passed a series of heat and humidity tests.Using a type of crystal material known as perovskite, the group found that a simple glass and synthetic rubber coating around the cell was enough to stop it from degrad...
Tags: Energy, Science, Environment, Australia news, Solar Power


Scientists Predict Above-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis

This year’s season is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, which makes emergency management practices like group shelters risky.
Tags: News, Environment, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms


Australian government urged to back sustainable Covid-19 recovery with clean energy transition

Exclusive: Letter signed by business, union, investor and environment groups warns Australia’s prosperity depends on cutting emissionsA cross-society collection of groups – representing business, the energy industry, property owners, unions, major investors, disadvantaged people and the environment – have banded together to warn that Australia’s prosperity depends on eradicating greenhouse gas emissions.In a letter to the national cabinet, federal and state energy ministers and Nev Power, Scott ...
Tags: Energy, Business, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Renewable Energy, Australia news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Australian economy, COVID, Nev Power Scott Morrison


Bristol reveals plans to pedestrianise historic centre in Covid-19 revamp

Mayor sees pandemic as chance to change travel habits and revitalise cityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scheme to turn part of Bristol’s historic centre into a pedestrian-only zone within months has been set out as part of plans to change how people get around the city during and after the Covid-19 crisis.The city council hopes that by the end of the summer a tranche of the Old City area – which includes restaurants, cafes, independent shops and Bristol crown court...
Tags: Politics, Money, Environment, Society, UK News, Cities, Air Pollution, Transport, Local Government, Motoring, Bristol, Road transport, Transport policy, Old City, Pedestrianisation, Coronavirus outbreak


Antarctica: tiny algae turning snow green 'could create new ecosystem' – video

Antarctica is  turning green due to the climate crisis and the phenomenon is potentially offering sustenance to other species, according to the first large-scale algae map of the peninsular by University of Cambridge scientists.The map identifies 1,679 separate blooms of green snow algae, which together cover an area of 1.9 sq km, equating to a carbon sink of about 479 tonnes a year. This is equivalent to the emissions of about 875,000 petrol car journeys in the UK, though in global terms it is ...
Tags: UK, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Antarctica, University of Cambridge


Dam Failure Threatens a Dow Chemical Complex and Superfund Cleanup

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.
Tags: News, Environment, Floods, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Pollution, Midland Mich, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Superfund, Levees and Dams, Tittabawassee River (Mich, Dow Chemical Complex


Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Chemical Complex and Superfund Project

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.
Tags: News, Environment, Floods, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Pollution, Midland Mich, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Superfund, Levees and Dams, Tittabawassee River (Mich, Dow Chemical Complex


Michigan Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Toxic-Chemical Superfund Site

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.
Tags: News, Environment, Michigan, Floods, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Pollution, Midland Mich, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Superfund, Levees and Dams, Tittabawassee River (Mich


Michigan dam failures force thousands to flee flooding – video

Rapidly rising water overwhelmed dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where flooding struck communities along rain-swollen waterways and the governor said downtown could be 'under approximately nine feet of water' by WednesdayMichigan: thousands evacuated after 'catastrophic' dam failures Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, World news, US news, Michigan, WednesdayMichigan


Michigan: thousands evacuated after 'catastrophic' dam failures

Governor says town of Midland could soon be under 9ft of waterEdenville and Sanford dams along Tittabawassee River burstRapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where flooding struck communities along rain-swollen waterways and the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately nine feet of water“ by Wednesday. Related: Florida scientist says she was fired for refusing to change Covid-19 data 'to support reopen plan' Co...
Tags: Florida, Environment, World news, US news, Flooding, Michigan, Midland, Tittabawassee River


Coronavirus fallout to slow global growth in renewable energy

Pace will slow for first time in 20 years with fewer windfarms and solar plants being built but rebound possible in 2021The global growth of renewable energy will slow for the first time in 20 years due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which will “hurt but not halt” the rise of clean energy.The world’s energy watchdog has warned that developers will build fewer wind farms and solar energy projects this year compared with a record roll out of renewables in 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Business, Environment, Renewable Energy, Economics, World news, Energy industry, Global Economy, Coronavirus outbreak


Judge approves plan to retrieve telegraph on Titanic that sent distress signals

Unmanned submersible will descend nearly 2.5 miles to bottom of the ocean to get radio, believed to still be near grand staircaseA federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic.The order is a big win for RMS Titanic, the court-recognized salvor, or steward, of artifacts from the doomed ocean liner. Continue reading...
Tags: Virginia, Environment, UK News, World news, US news, Oceans, The Titanic


Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions

Responses to coronavirus crisis cause sharpest drop in carbon output since records beganSteep fall in emissions during coronavirus is no cause for celebrationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCarbon dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically since lockdowns were imposed around the world due to the coronavirus crisis, research has shown.Daily emissions of the greenhouse gas plunged 17% by early April compared with 2019 levels, according to the first definitive study of g...
Tags: Energy, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Coronavirus outbreak


EU plan for 3bn trees in 10 years to tackle biodiversity crisis

Concern that new strategy, which also includes protecting primeval forests, ‘lacks tools’The European commission will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis on Wednesday, including a call for 3 billion trees to be planted in the EU by 2030 and a plan to better protect the continent’s last primeval forests.The draft policy document, by an environmental NGO, admits that to date in the EU, “protection has been incomplete, restoration has been small-scale, and the implem...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Biodiversity


Millions of US farm animals to be culled by suffocation, drowning and shooting

Closure of meat plants due to coronavirus means ‘depopulation’ of hens and pigs with methods experts say are inhumane, despite unprecedented demand at food banksMore than 10 million hens are estimated to have been culled due to Covid-19 related slaughterhouse shutdowns. The majority will have been smothered by a water-based foam, similar to fire-fighting foam, a method that animal welfare groups are calling “inhumane”.The pork industry has warned that more than 10 million pigs could be culled by...
Tags: Food, Animals, Environment, US, World news, US news, Farming, Meat Industry, Farm Animals, Coronavirus outbreak



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