Environment and Climate Change

Ineos buys fracking rights around Grangemouth and Firth of Forth

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News of Ineos’s move into shale gas extraction comes amid nationwide protests against companies involved in fracking  Jump to comments Ineos, the company at the centre of last year’s bitter dispute with unions at its Grangemouth petrochemical plant, has bought the rights to explore fracking for shale gas in a 127 square mile area around Grangemouth and the Firth of Forth. The company, ... Read More »

‘Water war’ in Brazil as Rio’s supply threatened

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São Paulo and Rio authorities battle over scarce water resources as reservoirs run dry A severe drought affecting Brazil’s biggest city has led to a “water war” that could cause the water supply to collapse in parts of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Authorities in São Paulo have been battling a water crisis for months as reservoirs run dry ... Read More »

US administration and Tony Abbott have ‘meeting of minds’ on climate change

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The Abbott government has discussed with the Obama administration the subject that was supposed to be unmentionable between them – climate change. A senior US official said ”there was a meeting of the minds on the significance of the challenge” when the two countries held their annual Ausmin consultations in Sydney this week. The subject was not mentioned at the ... Read More »

Forests for the future: Kenya’s carbon credit scheme

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When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land. She watched forests dwindle and rivers dry up across her homeland of Kasigau—a semi-arid savanna grassland dotted with shrubs, woodland and small rugged hills—as people cut down the trees to scratch a living ... Read More »

Emma Thompson visits Arctic to send Tony Abbott a climate change message

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Actor singles out Australian prime minister while travelling with Greenpeace to Svalbard’s Smeerenburg glacier Jump to comments British actor Emma Thompson has staged a solo protest against Tony Abbott’s stance on climate change during a trip to the icy wilderness of the Arctic. Thompson singled out the Australian prime minister for criticism while on a visit to the remote island ... Read More »

Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun?

Laundry hangs on the edge of the lagoon, near Funafuti, Tuvalu, March 24, 2004. A far-flung scattering of islands in a turquoise sea, Tuvalu is one of the planets' smallest and most remote nations, just west of the International Date Line, just south of the equator. (Richard Vogel/AP)

Tuvalu’s coastline consists of white and sandy beaches, green palm trees and mangroves. It is hard to imagine that anybody would want to leave this small island nation, located between Australia and Hawaii, voluntarily. But Tuvalu has become the epicenter of a landmark refugee ruling that could mark the beginning of a wave of similar cases: On June 4, a family was granted residency by the ... Read More »

Farming practices and climate change at root of Toledo water pollution

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The toxins that contaminated the water supply of the city of Toledo – leaving 400,000 people without access to safe drinking water for two days – were produced by a massive algae boom. But this is not a natural disaster. • Toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie caused by phosphorus runoff• 400,000 affected by unsafe water supply in Ohio city• Bottled water ... Read More »