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Biden joins global push to cut climate-warming methane emissions

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 10:02pm

In a major expansion, proposed U.S. rules would apply not only to new oil and gas operations but also older ones. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas considered key to slowing global warming quickly.

(Image credit: Al Grillo/AP)

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Australia news live updates: NSW brings forward Covid freedoms for vaccinated; RBA holds cash rate at record low 0.1%

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 8:55pm

NSW brings forward freedoms for vaccinated people to Monday; Reserve Bank of Australia leaves official cash rate target unchanged; Victoria’s daily Covid numbers drop below 1,000; NSW records 173 cases and four deaths; Victorian MP Tim Smith advised not to contest 2022 election by Matthew Guy after crash; Malcolm Turnbull says Scott Morrison should apologise to French president. Follow all the day’s news

Cancer patients and those with acquired brain injuries were among the worst affected by Coalition reforms to the disability support pension that saw an overall increase in denied claims and a blowout in processing times, a new report shows.

The report by management consultants Health Outcomes International, commissioned by the federal government in response to an audit office report, examined the revised pension assessment process brought in under Tony Abbott’s prime ministership in 2015.

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Indigenous peoples to get $1.7bn in recognition of role in protecting forests

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 3:30pm

Cop26 pledge cautiously welcomed as ‘first step’ in making indigenous rights central to climate crisis talks

At least $1.7bn of funding will be given directly to indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in recognition of their key role in protecting the planet’s lands and forests, it will be announced at Cop26 today.

The governments of the UK, US, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands are leading the $1.7bn (£1.25bn) funding pledge, which is being announced as part of ambitious global efforts to reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, with campaigners cautiously hopeful that this conference of the parties (Cop) could be the first to properly champion indigenous peoples’ rights.

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Biden, Bolsonaro and Xi among leaders agreeing to end deforestation

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 3:30pm

Historic declaration at Cop26 commits countries to ending major cause of CO2 emissions

World leaders have agreed a deal that aims to halt and reverse global deforestation over the next decade as part of a multibillion-dollar package to tackle human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Xi Jinping, Jair Bolsonaro and Joe Biden are among the leaders who will commit to the declaration at Cop26 in Glasgow on Tuesday to protect vast areas, ranging from the eastern Siberian taiga to the Congo basin, home to the world’s second largest rainforest.

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The sense of purpose at Cop26 is tangible

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 2:16pm

Now most countries have experienced the climate crisis as wildfires, floods or heatwaves, leaders know they must deliver

For a conference that had already been delayed by a year, perhaps this was a fitting start for the delegates and world leaders who made their way to Cop26 with a mission to save the planet.

It was raining. There was no shelter. And the thousands of participants who had come to the UK from all four corners of the globe faced the mother of all queues to get inside.

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Ambassador on how U.S. will respond to climate change differently following COP26

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 1:43pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, about commitments to addressing climate change in light of the COP26 Conference.

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Scott Morrison tells Cop26 Australia will exceed 2030 target in bid to fend off criticism

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 1:16pm

Glasgow conference is focused on more ambitious 2030 cuts but, while PM says Australia may cut emissions by 35%, the 26% to 28% target won’t be changed

Scott Morrison has used his national statement at the Cop26 to emphasise that Australia will probably overachieve on its 2030 emissions reduction target in an effort to blunt international criticism about his government’s lack of climate ambition.

While the lead-up to the Glasgow summit was dominated by Morrison’s negotiations with the National party to land a net zero commitment by 2050, the UN-led event is focused on ambition for the 2030s.

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer tracks Glasgow’s Cop26 to … Edinburgh

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 12:34pm

The veteran news anchor tweeted presence of ‘20,000 world leaders and delegates’ 47 miles east of actual summit

Eyebrows were raised at Cop26 on Monday when a veteran US news anchor announced he would be covering the climate summit from Edinburgh – 47 miles east of Glasgow.

Wolf Blitzer, a news anchor with CNN, wrote on Twitter that he was reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland, “where 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the Cop26”.

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Cop26: Biden urges action on climate change and vows US will ‘lead by example’

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 10:01am

‘Right now, we are falling short,’ US president says, urging other world leaders to embark upon a shift to clean energy

Joe Biden has warned that the climate crisis poses “the existential threat to human existence as we know it” and urged other world leaders to embark upon a transformational shift to clean energy, as questions linger over the US president’s ability to deliver this vision at home.

Biden, addressing a sparse chamber at crucial UN climate talks that have begun in a frigid and drizzly Glasgow, said that the conference must act as a “kickoff of a decade of ambition and innovation to preserve our shared future”.

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What is deforestation – and is stopping it really possible?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 6:15am

As world leaders prepare to commit to halting the destruction of forests, here’s everything you need to know about some of the planet’s most biodiverse places

Forests and nature are centre stage at Cop26. On the second day of the Glasgow summit, world leaders are announcing a commitment to halting and reversing deforestation. As the second largest source of greenhouse gases after energy, the land sector accounts for 25% of global emissions, with deforestation and forest degradation contributing to half of this.

But why do forests matter to the climate, and how can we halt deforestation?

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Joe Manchin: who gave you authority to decide the fate of the planet? | Daniel Sherrell

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 3:26am

My rage against the senator might consume me if I couldn’t set it down here

Late in the evening on Friday 15 October an alert appeared on my phone that seemed at last to portend the end of the world. Two weeks before the UN climate summit in Glasgow – a make-or-break moment for American leadership and international ambition – Senator Joe Manchin had decided to gut our country’s best, and perhaps last, attempt to save itself. With three decades left to decarbonize the global economy, and a window of Democratic control unlikely to recur for years, Manchin’s benefactors in the coal and gas industry had managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, killing the Clean Electricity Performance Program that would finally have brought their lucrative global arson spree under control.

It was hard not to feel like this was game over, a sensation I’d grown accustomed to after a decade working in the American climate movement. It was the same feeling I’d had after the collapse of the Copenhagen climate talks, and the defeat of the Waxman-Markey bill, and the election of a president willing to drown the world to buoy his ego. But though each of those moments felt crushing, the news on the 15th felt worse.

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The ex-fitness trainers creating a Black-owned ranch: ‘We need a new system’

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 3:00am

The stress on the food system caused by the pandemic gave the Stewarts an idea: creating a commercial ranch in Arizona

On the eastern edge of the Sonoran desert, in the grasslands not 10 miles north of the US-Mexico border, James and Rachael Stewart have arranged a dozen weightlifting machines and dumbbell sets.

At sundown, as they and their four children herd lambs and alpacas into their stalls, the occasional chick or duck passes between these markers of the Stewarts’ previous life.

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Climate change is having an adverse effect on South Carolina's Low Country

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 2:03am

On the coast of the eastern U.S., a combination of climate change and development is threatening the fertile fishing grounds and salt marshes that have sustained and protected the region.

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News brief: climate summit, Texas abortion case, Rittenhouse trial

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 2:03am

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two challenges to a Texas law that bans most abortions. Jury selection begins Monday in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial. The U.N. climate summit is underway.

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After 30 years of Cop, our ex-environment editor is now optimistic

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 12:00am

The global hunger for change – evident as early as the Rio Earth summit in 1992 – is now insatiable

In September 2006, shortly before the annual UN climate talks to be held that year in Nairobi, Kenya, I looked for hope amid the predictions of ecological collapse and the total failure of countries to act on emissions. It was hard going. The best I could manage was to argue that political, social and technological awareness of the climate crisis was growing and starting to translate into action. It was now a race between new ideas and political realities.

A personal revolution was taking place, I wrote. “See how far we have [all] come in a generation … Have you thought about installing solar panels or bought renewable energy? Have you chosen not to take a plane or bought a less powerful car? Have you voted for a political party or an individual because of their record on the environment? Have you tried to recycle more? Have you linked heatwaves and hurricanes with climate change, or wondered what kind of physical world your children will inhabit?”

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The climate crisis explained in 10 charts

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 12:00am

From the seemingly inexorable increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to the rapid growth in green energy

The level of CO2 has been rising since the Industrial Revolution and is now at its highest for about 4m years. The rate of the rise is even more striking, the fastest for 66m years, with scientists saying we are in “uncharted territory”.

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Optimism for Cop26: we must win the climate battle – and we absolutely can

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/01 - 12:00am

As an environment writer, I have seen many setbacks – but also triumphs such as the tackling of acid rain

I’ve been covering climate and the environment for 17 years – it’s astonishing to me that so many positive things are happening in response to the crisis.

Of course, we should have been bringing down emissions much sooner, and lots of the things that should have happened didn’t. In particular, I’d point to energy efficiency, which we all thought would be a big win early on, and fossil fuel subsidies, which have not come down as fast as we would have hoped.

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The road to net zero: Aberdeen looks to a future without oil

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/31 - 11:00pm

Can the Granite city diversify into non-fossil fuel industries in time to avoid the fate of UK coal-mining areas?

The oil companies know it. The car dealers selling top of the range Porsches get it, as do the hoteliers and the restaurateurs. Change is coming to Aberdeen: the UK centre of North Sea fossil fuel production since the 1970s is trying to avoid becoming the city of stranded assets.

The Granite city became Scotland’s boom town almost by accident. It was Dundee down the coast that was originally identified as a probable hub for offshore production when exploratory work established large reserves of oil and gas under the continental shelf.

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Industry lobbies against 2040 UK ban on new diesel trucks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/31 - 11:00pm

HGV makers and operators urge MPs to delay end of fossil fuel use for new lorries

The UK automotive industry is privately lobbying against the proposed 2040 introduction of a ban on sales of new diesel trucks, amid a split between manufacturers over when heavy goods vehicles should abandon fossil fuels.

In July the government revealed plans to ban internal combustion engines in new lorries after 2040, following a ban on petrol and diesel cars after 2035 to help tackle the climate crisis. It is now consulting on the measure.

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