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Alok Sharma ‘deeply frustrated’ by India and China over coal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/14 - 12:41pm

Cop26 president says nations will have to ‘explain to climate-vulnerable countries why they did what they did’

India and China will “have to explain themselves to poor nations” after watering down the Glasgow climate pact, warned the Cop26 president, Alok Sharma, adding that their actions had left him “deeply frustrated”.

He told the Guardian: “We are on the way to consigning coal to history. This is an agreement we can build on. But in the case of China and India, they will have to explain to climate-vulnerable countries why they did what they did.”

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Boris Johnson plays down weakening of Cop26 coal ambitions

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/14 - 12:17pm

PM says ‘not much difference’ between ‘phasing down’ and ‘phasing out’ of the fossil fuel

Boris Johnson has said it was disappointing that China and India had watered down the Cop26 climate agreement, but claimed there was little difference between “phasing out” and “phasing down” coal usage.

The prime minister declared the summit in Glasgow a historic success, rating it “more than 6/10”, but acknowledged his “delight at this progress is tinged with disappointment”.

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Cop26: death knell for coal has been sounded, says Boris Johnson – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/14 - 11:33am

Agreement arrived at on Saturday night made progress in some important areas but poor countries say it is not nearly enough

Sharma says nations like China and India will have to justify themselves to developing nations.

“This deal does keep 1.5C in reach,” insists Sharma, who says he has received many messages of thanks from around the world for the deal.

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India criticised over coal at Cop26 – but real villain was climate injustice

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/14 - 9:23am

Experts say country’s watering down of fossil fuel pledge reflected its lack of choices

It was a dramatic 11th-hour decision, portrayed as a devastating blow to the success of Cop26.

After pressure exerted by India and China, the wording of the final deal was watered down to a pledge to “phase down” rather than “phase out” coal. Alok Sharma, the president of Cop26, was on the brink of tears as he explained what had happened and the last-minute alteration brought sharp words of rebuke from the US and other nations.

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Three snow leopards die of Covid-19 at children’s zoo in Nebraska

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/14 - 5:58am

Lincoln Children’s Zoo says deaths of Ranney, Everest and Makalu are ‘truly heartbreaking’, as two tigers recover

Three snow leopards have died at the Lincoln children’s zoo in Nebraska of complications from Covid-19.

The zoo made the announcement in a Facebook post on Friday, describing the deaths of the three leopards – named Ranney, Everest, and Makalu – as “truly heartbreaking”.

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Where voters and consumers lead on the climate crisis, businesses will have to follow | Will Hutton

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/14 - 2:30am
The Cop26 outcome may disappoint campaigners but the talks are part of a wider shift in which everyone has agency

Capitalism has divided opinion violently in Glasgow over the past fortnight. Prince Charles rewarded those global businesses delivering on their commitments to net-zero carbon emissions with his Terra Carta award, declaiming that only the private sector could and would deliver, while Mark Carney, co-chair of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, boasted of the $130tn (£97tn) of private investment funds – doubled in six months – committing to invest in companies signed up to net zero. But capitalism, growth, greenwashing and self-seeking lobbying were denounced by activists and NGOs as the root of the problem. Prince Charles and Carney were dismissed as little better than collaborators in our collective downfall.

In truth, a complex but ultimately hopeful dance is being performed before our eyes. The growing conviction of voters and consumers, further intensified by environmental campaigners at Cop26, that the climate crisis is real is forcing change. Last week, rivalling in importance to what was unfolding at Cop26, came the news from New York that electric pick-up truck manufacture Rivian, hardly in production, had floated for more than $100bn, valuing it at more than Ford and General Motors. It’s the kind of mind-boggling welcome Wall Street gave to young companies making petrol-propelled cars a century ago.

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Cop26 president declares ‘fragile win’ for climate despite watered-down coal pledges – live updates

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 9:50pm

Other countries say that although they disagree with elements of the text, they are reluctantly willing to support it

The veteran climate activist Bill McKibben has written in today’s Guardian about how any progress that has been made is as a result of protest and citizens holding governments to account.

Copenhagen failed because there was too little movement building in the years preceding it, allowing a leader like Barack Obama to go home empty-handed and pay no political price. The global climate movement remedied that deficiency before Paris: many governments had no choice but to reach some kind of credible deal and hence a workable framework emerged, albeit without the actual pledges to make it capable of the task. Glasgow was supposed to be the place where countries lived up to the resolutions they’d proudly announced in France, and the decidedly mixed results reflect, at least in part, the difficulties activists have faced over the last few years.

“This text is still pretty good and one I hope that all countries can embrace. It continues to request countries to deliver more ambitious pledges next year.

“Countries will leave Glasgow painfully aware that collectively current pledges for emissions cuts by 2030 are not ambitious enough. They are not aligned with the goal of the Paris Agreement of holding the rise in warming to well below 2C degrees, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C. The draft text also still calls on all countries to accelerate efforts towards the phase-out of unabated coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

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Australia live news updates: Queensland passes 70% vaccination milestone; Cop26 coal deal sends ‘clear message’ to Coalition; 905 Covid cases in Victoria

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 9:48pm

Queensland passes 70% double-dose vaccination; ABC chair Ita Buttrose accuses Morrison government of ‘political interference’; Cop26 agreement made in Glasgow aims for ‘phasing down’ of coal; Victoria records 905 Covid cases and four deaths; NSW reports 195 cases, one death; 15 new cases in Canberra. Follow live

Stepping away from Glasgow for a moment, Victoria has recorded 905 new Covid cases and four deaths.

Climate Action Network Australia’s executive director, Julie-Anne Richards, said Australians had “every reason to feel let down” by the Morrison government.

Our allies like the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and others moved ahead with more ambitious climate plans. The United States and China agreed to increase their ambition going forward. Important neighbours like Indonesia and India flagged their intention to phase down coal. Whereas prime minister Scott Morrison let our country down by treating the Cop like a trade show for fossil fuels, spruiking for giant gas corporations and fossil-fuel technology that has for decades failed to reduce pollution.

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Greg Hunt refuses to say if Morrison government will update 2030 emissions target as required under Cop26 deal

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 8:26pm

Minister welcomes summit outcome but sidesteps questions on updating target, instead quoting Shakespeare

Senior minister Greg Hunt has refused to say whether Australia under a Morrison government will update its 2030 emissions target as required under the Glasgow Cop26 agreement and instead quoted Shakespeare.

But separately, the foreign minister and emissions reduction minister said in a joint statement on Sunday: “Australia’s 2030 target is fixed and we are committed to meeting and beating it, as we did with our Kyoto-era targets.”

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Snake on a boat: 7ft python hitches 100-mile ride round Florida coast

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 3:56pm

Invasive species that wreaks havoc on land found on vessel after trip from Indian Key to Marco Island

A python sneaked aboard a sailboat in the Florida Keys and lurked undetected until the boat finished a near-100-mile voyage, police said.

The crew found the 7ft snake in the boat’s shower after docking on Friday at Marco Island, on the south-west Florida Gulf coast, after a trip from Indian Key, a distance of about 95 miles around the southern tip of the state.

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 3:54pm

 

Rogers has repeated some of the most common misinformation about the vaccines and treatments that are circulating - a synthesis (or "best hits") of all the major myths, misinformation and bogus claims.  When they are repeated by someone with his level of celebrity and influence, it is very dangerous.  The stupid leading the stupid... 73,78,44,0,B


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Maine’s lobster fishers caught up in fierce fight with conservationists over entangled whales

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 3:17pm

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are dying in alarming numbers after getting caught in lobster trap ropes

A fierce fight is being waged in the Gulf of Maine between lobster fishers desperate to maintain their way of life and conservationists who argue that the waters are a vital haven for the threatened North Atlantic right whale.

Last month, a federal judge in Maine rejected a federal ban on lobstering in a section of the Gulf of Maine that is meant to protect the whales.

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Growers are working to make our coffee habit more sustainable

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 3:04pm

Experts say the way we cultivate and grow coffee isn't sustainable. Some coffee growers are hoping to change that.

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Here's what world leaders agreed to — and what they didn't — at the U.N. climate summit

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 1:39pm

Intense climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, brought about major breakthroughs and compromises, as world leaders sought to avert extreme climate change.

(Image credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Winter, celebrity dolphin given prosthetic tail, died of twisted intestines

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 1:29pm

Clearwater Marine Aquarium mourns dolphin whose recovery after losing tail was chronicled in the film Dolphin Tale

Florida’s most famous dolphin, Winter, beloved by fans around the world and star of the movie Dolphin Tale, died of twisted intestines, according to necropsy results released by an aquarium on Saturday.

The dolphin’s intestines were in an area impossible to reach through surgery.

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It could have been worse, but our leaders failed us at Cop26. That’s the truth of it | John Vidal

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 12:55pm

Countries who take this crisis seriously must seize the initiative, and make the rest pariahs

Where now? Governments have agreed a weak climate deal which gets us a smidgen closer to holding temperatures to a rise of 1.5C. But as regards all the most important pledges to phase out coal, reduce subsidies and protect forests, Glasgow failed.

The fossil fuel lobby, led by India, held its line, dramatically succeeding in watering down – at the last minute and without due, transparent process – the move to ‘phase out’ coal power, pledging instead to ‘phase down’. The poor came away with next to nothing, there was little urgency and we are still heading for catastrophe. Any chance of halving fast-rising emissions by 2030 – the declared aim of the talks – is now negligible.

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Few changes as Cop26 draft text homes in on make-or-break issues

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/13 - 4:27am

Analysis: Fossil fuel phaseout stays in but promise of funds for climate change damage may not be enough to sway poorer nations

The new Cop26 draft text released on Saturday morning has relatively few changes, showing that the global climate summit is narrowing down on the most contested issues that will make or break a strong agreement.

The call for the phaseout of coal and fossil fuel subsidies remains, which is positive as many observers thought fossil fuel-rich nations would get it deleted.

Decides that the Santiago network will be provided with funds to support technical assistance for the implementation of relevant approaches to avert, minimise and address loss and damage

Decides to establish the [NAME] dialogue between parties, relevant organisations and stakeholders to discuss the arrangements for the funding of activities to avert, minimise and address loss and damage associated with the adverse impacts of climate change to take place at the first sessional period of the SBI, concluding at its 60th session

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The elephant in the room: a Thai village’s unwelcome guests – photo essay

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/12 - 10:00pm

Humans have encroached on the animals’ habitat – now villagers face daily raids as the elephants break into their homes in search of food

It was around midnight when Kittichai Boodchan heard two loud crashes coming from in front of his home. He knew immediately what was happening. An elephant was outside, and it wanted the family’s stash of bananas.

Boonchuay, a local bull from the nearby Kaeng Krachan national park notorious for his habit of raiding the village in search of snacks, had come to call. Kittichai had earlier bought 200kg of bananas to sell and, although stored inside, the sweet scent had undoubtedly piqued Boonchuay’s interest.

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Australia live news update: Victoria records four Covid deaths; anti-pandemic law protesters seen carrying prop gallows; Cop26 in extra time

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/12 - 9:50pm

Thousands march in Melbourne CBD as Victoria reports 1,221 new Covid-19 cases, NSW 250 and the ACT 11. Follow live

The Victorian numbers have also been published. The state recorded 1,221 new Covid-19 cases.

Sadly four people infected with the virus have died.

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