Environment

France offers lessons on plastic bags | Brief letters

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/09 - 10:21am
Ecosystems | Fossil-fuel adverts | Brexit | Fracking | Compostable bags

It is good to see that an appalling future awaiting the planet is being recognised (Huge risk if global warming exceeds 1.5C, warns landmark UN report, 8 October) and brought to light by the IPCC. Is there now any hope that the Convention on Biological Diversity can be jolted into comparable action that promotes the possibly more important and urgent demise facing biodiversity and ecosystems on our planet?
Dr Geoff Meaden
Canterbury, Kent

• Important coverage of the IPCC’s landmark report on pages 1, 12 and 13 of the Guardian (8 October). On page 14? A full-page advert offering 25% off on 100,000 seats for easyJet. Time to ditch the fossil-fuel advertising, surely?
Ian Sinclair
London

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UK fracking rules on earthquakes could be relaxed, says minister

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/09 - 5:57am

Exclusive: Claire Perry says level at which operations must be halted could be raised

Rules designed to halt fracking operations if they trigger minor earthquakes could be relaxed as the shale industry begins to expand, the UK energy minister, Claire Perry, has said.

A series of small tremors seven years ago prompted tough regulations that mean even very low levels of seismic activity now require companies to suspend fracking.

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Amazon at risk from Bolsonaro's grim attack on the environment | Fabiano Maisonnave

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/10/09 - 3:32am

Threats to the rainforest and its people and an end to the Paris agreement are among the promises of Brazil’s presidential hopeful, reports Climate Home

No more Paris agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved highway cutting through the Amazon.

Not only that. Indigenous territories opened to mining. Relaxed environmental law enforcement and licensing. International NGOs, such as Greenpeace and WWF, banned from the country. A strong alliance with the beef lobby.

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Michael Upgraded To Category 4 'Major' Hurricane As It Approaches Florida Panhandle

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/09 - 3:23am

The storm is forecast to be the most destructive to hit the Panhandle in decades and expected to send life-threatening surges of ocean water into coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico.

(Image credit: NOAA/NWS, Esri, HERE, Garmin, Earthstar Geographics)

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In Changing Climate, Endangered Right Whales Find New Feeding Grounds

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/09 - 1:56am

North Atlantic right whales used to turn up large numbers off Maine's coast, but now, adapting to climate changes, they are being spotted further north in Gulf of St. Lawrence.

(Image credit: Murray Carpenter for NPR)

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Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/10/09 - 1:53am

Many farmers are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit the use of dicamba, a popular weedkiller that's prone to drifting into neighboring fields.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

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America's first autonomous robot farm replaces humans with 'incredibly intelligent' machines

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 10:00pm

Iron Ox, based in California, aims to improve labor shortages and pressure to produce crops by using AI and heavy machinery

America’s first autonomous robot farm launched last week, in the hopes that artificial intelligence (AI) can remake an industry facing a serious labor shortage and pressure to produce more crops.

Claiming an ability to “grow 30 times more produce than traditional farms” on the strength of AI software, year-round, soilless hydroponic processes, and moving plants as they grow to efficiently use space, the San Carlos, California-based company Iron Ox aims to address some of the agricultural industry’s biggest challenges.

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Plastic bottle washes up looking 'almost new' after nearly 50 years at sea

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 6:43pm

Coastguard expresses shock after decades-old piece of debris ends up on UK beach

A plastic washing-up bottle that is at least 47 years old has been found washed up on a beach in the UK with its lettering and messaging still clear, prompting warnings about the enduring problem of plastic waste.

The item, found by a coastguard warden at a beach in Somerset, “still looks almost new”, said the organisation. “We were staggered yesterday by how much debris has washed up on the beach,” wrote the Burnham Coastguard on Facebook. “It’s shocking how long … rubbish can survive and ultimately harm nature.”

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What It Would Take To Avert The Dire Situation Described In The U.N. Climate Report

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:29pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Andrew Jones of the nonprofit Climate Interactive about why he thinks people should fight to reverse the climate change trend, despite recent bleak projections.

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Co-Author Of United Nations' Climate Report Discusses Group's Findings

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:30pm

The United Nations' scientific panel released a report that paints a dire picture of the world in 2040. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with one of the co-authors, Professor William Solecki.

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Australian government backs coal in defiance of IPCC climate warning

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:28pm

Deputy PM Michael McCormack says policy will not change based on ‘some sort of report’

The Australian government has rejected the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s call to phase out coal power by 2050, claiming renewable energy cannot replace baseload coal power.

The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, said Australia should “absolutely” continue to use and exploit its coal reserves, despite the IPCC’s dire warnings the world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe.

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World leaders 'have moral obligation to act' after UN climate report

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 10:17am

Even half degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes, report shows

World leaders have been told they have moral obligation to ramp up their action on the climate crisis in the wake of a new UN report that shows even half a degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate corals and intensify heat extremes.

But the muted response by Britain, Australia and other governments highlights the immense political challenges facing adoption of pathways to the relatively safe limit of 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures outlined on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Disastrous Effects Of Climate Change Are Happening Now, Report Says

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:45am

The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report. Noel King talks to Kristie Ebi, a co-author of the report, about what it says about the consequences of climate change.

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IPCC climate change report calls for urgent action to phase out fossil fuels – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:16am

UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says coal-fired electricity must end by 2050 if we are to limit global warming rises to 1.5C

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Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), said:

This report from the IPCC is a wake-up call for governments and businesses across the globe. One of the goals of the international 2015 COP21 climate deal was to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. This latest IPCC report points to the urgency and scale of action required to achieve this, which should be keenly reviewed by every single boardroom. There is no doubt that business leaders need to make bold decisions today to transition to a low/no-carbon economy that can sustain future generations.

The construction and property industry in the UK is an economic juggernaut, and our buildings account for approximately 30% of carbon emissions. It is also the industry with the most cost-effective means of reducing carbon emissions so it will be a vital catalyst for change in the wider economy. At UKGBC we know that built environment businesses can, and must, lead the charge against climate change. Our Advancing Net Zero programme is a collaborative initiative to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment by 2050 – which would be commensurate with the 1.5°C limit. Only by all working together to effect change at speed and at scale will we stand any chance of rising to the challenge outlined today.

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Limiting warming to 1.5C is possible – if there is political will | Christiana Figueres

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 4:01am

The UN’s climate change report shows every fraction of a degree matters but world governments now have the chance to deliver a safer future

The new 1.5C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a sophisticated intelligence briefing on the fate of our planet. Its message is relevant to every human being on Earth.

Based on more than 6,000 scientific studies, the report was compiled by more than 80 of the world’s top climate scientists from nearly 40 countries, and calibrates 40,000 peer-review comments. It is a robust and outstanding example of international cooperation, and an extraordinary source of shared intelligence.

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The Trump administration has entered Stage 5 climate denial | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 3:00am

If we’re already doomed to disastrous climate change, then there’s no reason to cut carbon pollution, argues the Trump administration

Several years ago, I wrote about the five stages of climate denial:

In 2013 @dana1981 wrote about the 5 stages of #climatechange denial.

Stage 1: Deny the Problem Exists
Stage 2: Deny We're the Cause
Stage 3: Deny It's a Problem
Stage 4: Deny We can Solve It
Stage 5: It's too Late

Look where the Trump Administration is.https://t.co/FRQGZ8gQ4r

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Climate Report Warns Of Extreme Weather, Displacement Of Millions Without Action

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:40am

A scientific panel, convened by the U.N., lays out a challenging path to keep the global climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius — the red line for dangerous consequences.

(Image credit: Cllaudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

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New Global Report Warns Of Climate Change Consequences

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/10/08 - 2:00am

Noel King talks to Jim Skea, co-chair of the U.N.-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that called for urgent action to get climate change under control and warned of dire consequences.

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Adani given extra year to pay for water licence due to 'project delays'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 8:28pm

Queensland government move branded ‘another special deal’ for Carmichael mine

The Queensland government has quietly granted the Adani mining company a year-long extension to pay $18.5m for a water extraction licence, citing Carmichael coalmine “project timetable delays”.

The extension was branded “another special deal” by environmental groups, who said the government had consistently defended granting water access to Adani in the middle of a drought by stating the company would be made to abide by strict conditions.

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Great Barrier Reef faces dire threat with 2C global warming, UN report says

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/07 - 6:11pm

Distinct difference in amount of coral that would remain under two climate change scenarios

Limiting global warming to 1.5C rather than 2C would likely be the difference between the survival of some Great Barrier Reef coral and its complete decline, according to the latest United Nations assessment of climate change science.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, released in South Korea on Monday, found coral reefs were likely to decline between 70% and 90% if the temperature increased to that level. If global warming reaches 2C, more than 99% of coral reefs were projected to decline.

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