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‘Vandals’: Victoria, Queensland fume over federal climate intervention

The commonwealth has used new powers to cancel states’ participation in global climate actionDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingThe Morrison government has used sweeping new powers to override state and territory government support for an international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.The federal government has deployed recently passed laws to overturn the participation of five states and territories in the global Under 2 Coalition.Sign up to receive an email ...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Guardian Australia, Victoria Queensland, Climate Crisis


Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhereA Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say.Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximise returns, to identif...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Zoology, Coral, University Of Queensland, Harry Markowitz


SANParks shifts to solar and spekboom

Solar-generated pumps are pumping larger volumes of water for wildlife than diesel used to, and spekboom is helping offset carbon emissions The post SANParks shifts to solar and spekboom appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Drought, Elephant, Carbon Emissions, Solar, Addo Elephant National Park, St Croix Island, Bird Island, Top Six, Marine Protected Area, Carbon Offset, Sanparks, Spekboom, Big Seven, SANParks week


Easy rider? We’ll miss the roar, but electric motorbikes can’t kill our road romance

For bikers, combustive power is one of the thrills of a long-haul trip. But flat batteries and charging points will just become part of exciting new journeysA full tank of gas, a twist of the wrist, the roar of the exhaust as you speed towards the horizon … These are the visceral touchstones of the motorcycling experience, and all are a direct product of petrol-fuelled power, as is much of the biker’s lexicon: “open it up”, “give it some gas”, “go full throttle”. For a motorcycle rider, as oppos...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Travel and transport, European Commission, Motorcycling, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Adventure Travel


The Mozambican criminal who escaped from South African prisons, twice

A rhino-poaching suspect, who recently escaped from police custody, has been identified as a criminal who was serving multiple life sentences when he broke out of prison last year The post The Mozambican criminal who escaped from South African prisons, twice appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Criminal Justice System, Rhino Poaching, South African Police Service, Institute for Security Studies, Main, Top Six, Sabata Mokgwabone, Prison Escapes, Zeerust, ID system, Gareth Newham, Madikwe Game Reserve, SAPS, Subs-only, Kgosi Mampuru prison


Australia’s spy agency predicted the climate crisis 40 years ago – and fretted about coal exports

In a taste of things to come, a secret Office of National Assessment report worried the ‘carbon dioxide problem’ would hurt the nation’s coal industryThe report was stamped CONFIDENTIAL twice on each page, with the customary warning it should “not be released to any other government except Britain, Canada, NZ and US”.About 40 years ago this week, the spooks at Australia’s intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments (ONA), delivered the 17-page report to prime minister Malcolm Fraser....
Tags: Energy, Australia, Environment, US, Australia news, Fossil Fuels, Australian politics, Malcolm Fraser, Climate Crisis, Office of National Assessment, Britain Canada NZ, Office of National Assessments ONA


Succession’s plot twist prompts surge of interest in leaving money in wills to Greenpeace

When Cousin Greg was disinherited by his grandfather in favour of the environmental group, inquiries about such legacies soaredIn one bewildering and painful scene in the hit TV drama Succession, Cousin Greg sees his future of ease and wealth turn to dust. His grandfather, Ewan, announces he is giving away his entire fortune to Greenpeace, depriving Greg of his inheritance.Now Greenpeace is hoping to benefit in real life as well as in the fictional world of the media conglomerate Waystar Royco. ...
Tags: Television, Protest, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Greenpeace, Environmental Activism, Greg, Ewan, Succession


‘Taste this, it’s salty’: how rising seas are ruining the Gambia’s rice farmers

The farmers, mostly women, once grew enough but must now buy imported rice as the climate crisis edges them into povertyIn the sweltering heat of the late-morning west African sun, Aminata Jamba slashes at golden rice stalks with a sickle. “The rice is lovely,” she says, music playing in the background as her son, Sampa, silently harvests the grain. But even if the quality is high, the quantity is not.While once Jamba could have expected to harvest enough rice to last the whole year, this year s...
Tags: Food, Africa, Environment, Women, Life and style, World news, Oceans, Farming, Global development, The Gambia, Sea Level, Gambia, Extreme Weather, Jamba, Sampa, Climate Crisis


‘Atmospheric rivers’ threaten new floods in hard-hit Washington state

Western areas still assessing millions of dollars’ worth of damage from flooding earlier this monthFlood watches were issued for much of western Washington state on Friday, as storms associated with multiple “atmospheric rivers” threatened parts of the US north-west that saw heavy damage from extreme weather earlier this month.The National Weather Service warned that flooding was possible through Monday afternoon in places like Bellingham and the greater Seattle area. Heavy rains and rising rive...
Tags: National Weather Service, Washington, Environment, US, World news, US news, Flooding, US weather, Washington State, Seattle, Extreme Weather, Bellingham, Climate Crisis


Great Barrier Reef: how a spectacular coral spawning event is helping to breed heat-tolerant corals

Scientists have carefully collected spawn bundles by moonlight in a bid to help save the reefIt’s nearing 10pm, and Dr Kate Quigley is still waiting. Using red lights to minimise disruption to the animals’ behaviour, she is inspecting corals.Quigley, who studies reef restoration at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, is looking for “little red dots all over the surface”. A pimply appearance is a hallmark sign that a coral is about to spawn, releasing sperm and eggs in bundles resembling ...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Marine Life, Great Barrier Reef, Coral, Quigley, Climate Crisis, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Kate Quigley


South Africa’s newest national park will be in an agricultural landscape

People living on communal land and commercial farmers can incorporate their land into the new park and benefit from financial incentives The post South Africa’s newest national park will be in an agricultural landscape appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Nature, South Africa, Biodiversity, Top Six, Sanparks, WWF-SA, Biodiversity Stewardship, Kristal Maze, NE Cape Grasslands National Park, Thembananai Nsibande


‘I’m happy to lose £10m by quitting Facebook,’ says Lush boss

Losing 10m followers on sites such as Instagram is a price worth paying for co-founder of ethical beauty empireQuitting social media is hard to do, even when it doesn’t cost you anything. So when Lush’s chief executive, Mark Constantine, shut its thousands of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok accounts on Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, he knew dropping off millions of customers’ screens would damage his business.Its Facebook and Instagram accounts alone had 10.6 million foll...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, Fashion, Technology, Makeup, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Environment, Social Media, Life and style, Society, UK News, Snapchat, Mental Health


Shell’s Wild Coast exploration draws mounting public ire

Shell SA chair surprised by the scale of opposition to its planned 3D seismic survey The post Shell’s Wild Coast exploration draws mounting public ire appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Oil And Gas, 3D, Shell, Morgan Bay, Wild Coast, Main, Top Six, Amadiba Crisis Committee, Port St Johns, Nonhle Mbuthuma, Wessa, Seismic Survey, Hloniphizwe Mtolo, Underwater Blasting, Shell SA


Campaigners criticise European zoo proposals to cull adult male gorillas

Overcrowding of western lowland gorillas in zoos has led regulatory body to consider drastic measuresCampaigners are hitting back at zoo proposals to cull adult male gorillas, arguing they should be returned to the wild instead.Overcrowding of critically endangered western lowland gorillas in zoos has led the influential European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (Eaza) to consider killing adult males of the species. Eaza is the body that regulates most of the zoos in Europe.Western lowland gorill...
Tags: Europe, Zoos, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Conservation, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Eaza


The need to trespass: let people in to protect nature, says guerrilla botanist

Naturalist and campaigner Dave Bangs says limiting access to the countryside makes it harder to save our ancient landscapesIn a prehistoric bog where iguanodons once roamed and the early Britons first smelted ore into iron, what looks like a tiny orange candle peeps through the mire. It sends my companion into a paroxysm of joy.“That’s good! That’s new!” Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Farming, Trees and forests, Brighton, Rural affairs, Fungi, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Biodiversity


‘Brands have been getting away with murder’: Stella McCartney and leading fashion figures on the fallout of Cop26

After Glasgow, there is a clamour for fashion companies to increase their commitment to sustainability and supply chain transparency – and for legislation to hold them to their promisesAt the Cop26 conference, high-profile British brands including Stella McCartney, Burberry and Mulberry presented their visions for an ethical, sustainable industry. Now, there is an increasing demand for all fashion companies to make legally binding commitments to address the impact their supply chains have on the...
Tags: Fashion, Environment, Life and style, Paris, Glasgow, Sustainable Development, Zara, Stella Mccartney, Inditex, Gucci, Stella McCartney Burberry, Kering H M, UN 's Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action


Blowing the house down: life on the frontline of extreme weather in the Gambia

A storm took the roof off Binta Bah’s house before torrential rain destroyed her family’s belongings, as poverty combines with the climate crisis to wreak havoc on Africa’s smallest mainland country The windstorm arrived in Jalambang late in the evening, when Binta Bah and her family were enjoying the evening cool outside. “But when we first heard the wind, the kids started to run and go in the house,” she says.First they went in one room but the roof – a sheet of corrugated iron fixed only by a...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Poverty, Farming, Migration, Deforestation, Refugees, Global development, Mali, The Gambia, Fishing, Flooding, Burkina Faso, Soil, Sea Level


Down with Black Friday! Seven readers on how they turned their backs on consumerism

As the annual Christmas shopping frenzy begins, readers discuss how they have challenged this culture – from sewing to buying secondhand to instituting a ‘90 day rule’ With Black Friday marking the start of a frantic month of Christmas shopping, we asked our readers to get in touch about the ways they have challenged consumerism.Responses ranged from revolutionary changes such as giving up buying new clothes to subtler tweaks such as making sandwiches rather than buying a plastic-encased meal de...
Tags: Black Friday, Environment, Life and style, Shops and shopping


Sales of eco-friendly pet food soar as owners become aware of impact

Number of products in UK containing MSC-certified sustainable seafood has grown by 57% in last five yearsEco-friendly pet food is on the rise as dog and cat owners become more aware of the impact of their beloved pet’s diet. New figures released exclusively to the Guardian show that the number of pet food products containing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified sustainable seafood has grown by 57% in the UK during the last five years, from 49 to 77. In the last year alone consumers bought ...
Tags: Food, UK, Cats, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Environment, Fish, Marine Life, Fishing, Msc, Marine Stewardship Council MSC


The post-COP26 state of coal

Environmental organisations say that COP26 ended with ​​90 new coal power projects, worth a total of 88GW, are likely to be cancelled The post The post-COP26 state of coal appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Carbon Emissions, Dave Jones, International Energy Agency, University of Cape Town, EmbeR, Climate Crisis, Top Six, Groundwork, Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, Integrated Resource Plan, Cop26


The Canadian town of Tiny has the world’s purest water. A gravel mining operation could ruin it

The people of Tiny and neighboring First Nations are fighting the expansion of the quarry pits to keep their water pristineSome of cleanest water in the world fell to the ground about 70 years ago, passing through smoggy skies that stuffed the droplets full of ash, soot, vehicle exhaust, chemicals and heavy metals.It percolated through gravel, glacial silt and permeable rock and eventually gushed from a hose and into a pitcher held by Bonnie Pauzé. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Americas, Water, First Nations, Mining, Canada, Bonnie Pauzé


Shell Wild Coast oil drill plan triggers outrage

Shell has appointed Shearwater GeoServices to conduct a three-dimensional offshore seismic survey from Morgan Bay to Port St Johns The post Shell Wild Coast oil drill plan triggers outrage appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Oil And Gas, Shell, Morgan Bay, Kevin Cole, Wild Coast, Top Six, Seismic Blasting, Els Vermeulen, Dr Judy Mann, Seismic Survey, Shell Wild Coast, Shearwater GeoServices, Port St Johns The


Poaching moves to cattle as SANParks communities plead for help

Villages that neighbour the Kruger National Park face the terrors of armed stock thieves and poachers who are involved in cross-border crime The post Poaching moves to cattle as SANParks communities plead for help appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Cattle, Poaching, Kruger National Park, Main, Top Six, Sanparks, Matiyani


Pakistan orders Monday closure of schools and offices in Lahore to cut smog

Officials hope three-day weekend will help reduce toxic pollution levels in country’s second largest cityPakistan has ordered private offices and schools to remain closed on Mondays in Lahore in the hope that a three-day weekend will help reduce toxic levels of smog in the country’s second-largest city.The directive, issued by Punjab relief commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar, aimed to act “as a preventive and speedy remedy” during the winter smog season and will last until 15 January. Continue readi...
Tags: Environment, World news, Air Pollution, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, LAHORE, Punjab, Climate Crisis, Babar Hayat Tarar


Australia’s most expensive goat – a ‘very stylish buck’ – sells for record $21,000

Sold at auction in western NSW, Marrakesh has orders from his new owners to ‘go forth and multiply’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe owner of Australia’s most expensive goat has described his new acquisition as a “very stylish buck”.Andrew Mosely knew he would have to break the $12,000 Australian record to buy Marrakesh, a goat that went on sale in the western New South Wales town of Cobar on Wednesday. But he did not expect he would have to pay almost double that, forking...
Tags: Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, New South Wales, Marrakesh, Guardian Australia, Farm Animals, Rural Australia, Cobar, NSW Marrakesh, Andrew Mosely


‘It’s as if we’re in Mad Max’: warnings for Amazon as goldmining dredges occupy river

Hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges converge in search of metal as one activists describes it as a ‘free-for-all’Environmentalists are demanding urgent action to halt an aquatic gold rush along one of the Amazon River’s largest tributaries, where hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges have converged in search of the precious metal.The vast flotilla – so large one local website compared it to a floating neighbourhood – reportedly began forming on the Madeira River earlier this month after rumo...
Tags: Amazon, Environment, Americas, World news, Mining, Brazil, Amazon River, Madeira River


Environmentalists urge halt to gold rush along Amazon tributary

Hundreds of illegal gold-mining dredges converge in search of metal as one activists says ‘it’s as if we’re living in Mad Max’Environmentalists are demanding urgent action to halt an aquatic gold rush along one of the Amazon River’s largest tributaries, where hundreds of illegal gold-mining dredges have converged in search of the precious metal.The vast flotilla – so large one local website compared it to a floating neighbourhood – reportedly began forming on the Madeira River earlier this month...
Tags: Amazon, Environment, Americas, World news, Mining, Brazil, Amazon River, Madeira River


Fabrice Monteiro’s best photograph: a spirit emerges from a rubbish dump in Senegal

‘The model is holding a child’s doll, looking out over the wreckage. It represents the future generations we’re condemning to environmental catastrophe’Outside Dakar, Senegal’s capital, is a rubbish dump with its own name: Mbeubeuss. The land on which it sits was once flat swampland. It began as a landfill site in 1968; today, it is a mountain of rubbish. It has accumulated so much plastic waste from the city that to reach it you have to drive on a road of compacted trash.This is not the Africa ...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Environment, Senegal, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Plastics, Dakar Senegal, Fabrice Monteiro


Hemp permit process to litmus test cannabis sector inclusivity

The declaration of hemp as an agricultural crop now allows importation, exportation, cultivation, sale and research of hemp in South Africa The post Hemp permit process to litmus test cannabis sector inclusivity appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Marijuana, Environment, South Africa, Hemp, Top Six, Cultivation, DAGGA, Cannabis master plan, Illicit Cannabis Market


How wild turkeys’ rough and rowdy ways are creating havoc in US cities

Booming populations are a conservation success story, but not all terrorised residents are happy about itThere’s a violent gang stalking urban America.In New Hampshire a motorcyclist crashed after being assaulted. In New Jersey, a terrified postman rang 911 after a dozen members attacked at once. And in Michigan, one town armed public workers with pepper spray. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, US, US news, Birds, Wildlife, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Michigan