Environment and Climate Change

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Review: Sonic Sea at the Environmental Film Festival

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The sounds of the sea are associated with tranquillity and relaxation. Gary Truong  Tracey Rogers People go to the beach to enjoy the soothing crash of ocean waves. But beneath the surface of the ocean, there is no peace and quiet for whales and dolphins. The increasing use of the… Review: Sonic Sea at… Read More »

US energy shakeup continues as solar capacity set to triple

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Solar expected to almost triple in less than three years by 2017 as coal continues to fall, solidifying gas as country’s chief electricity source, reports Climate Central Bobby Magill for Climate Central, part of the Guardian Environment Network Solar power capacity in the US will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the… US energy shakeup… Read More »

A Nuclear Conspiracy: Jim Green Responds To Geoff Russell

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As part of an ongoing debate over the capacity of nuclear energy to tackle climate change, Friends of the Earth’s Jim Green responds to New Matilda’s recent coverage. By Jim Green New Matilda editor Chris Graham writes in an October 13 editorial that those responding to Geoff Russell’s pro-nuclear articles “never seek to punch holes in a… A Nuclear Conspiracy… Read More »

Fishing is worth more than jobs and profits to Australia’s coastal towns

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Many of the iconic coastal villages of Australia have a close association with professional fishing. In New South Wales, towns up and down the coast historically supported fishing fleets which supplied the seafood needs of locals, Sydney and the broader state community. Michelle Voyer  Alistair McIlgorm Kate Barclay  But the NSW fishing industry has changed significantly in the past 30 years, in response to a… Fishing is worth… Read More »

British doctors and health professionals call for rapid coal phase-out

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Group of health bodies says tackling climate change and air pollution linked to coal would improve health and reduce NHS costs John Vidal Groups representing Britain’s 600,000 doctors and health professionals say it is “imperative” to phase out coal rapidly to improve health and reduce NHS costs. The doctors and… Read More »

Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons

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Global deal on HFCs – greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide – seen as ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’ Associated Press, in Rwanda A worldwide deal has been reached to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to… Climate change: global… Read More »

British households fail to recycle a ‘staggering’ 16m plastic bottles a day

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Almost half of all plastic bottles used in the home end up in landfill sites, research shows, with huge impacts on marine life Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent British households are failing to recycle as many as 16m plastic bottles every day – a “staggering” number and nearly half the… British households fail… Read More »

PNG villagers teach ancient practices to celebrate culture, protect environment

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Some of Papua New Guinea’s most isolated villagers are being encouraged to celebrate their culture to balance the negative impacts of resource extraction and development. By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek Dancing, costume-making and natural oil harvesting have all been demonstrated at one of PNG’s most remote cultural events — the… PNG villagers teach ancient practices to… Read More »

Our love of cheap seafood is tainted by slavery: how can it be fixed?

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Murder and slavery have become endemic in the global fishing industry. Tom Levitt Will an ongoing legal case recognise crew members’ rights? And how can the industry police and fix itself? Arusting, unusable boat, abandoned at sea. Its crew left to fend for… Read More »

Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement

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The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world’s first global agreement. The deal aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature increases “well below” 2C. Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement… Read More »

Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study

Current greenhouse gas concentrations could warm the world 3-7℃ (and on average 5℃) over coming millennia. Andrew Glikson  That’s the finding of a paper published in Nature today. The research, by Carolyn Snyder, reconstructed temperatures over the past 2 million years. By investigating the… Source: Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

Stillwater, Okla. — There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country’s food and fiber. By JAYSON LUSK Large farmers — who are responsible for 80 percent of the food sales in the United States, though they make up fewer than 8 percent ... Read More »

375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat

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John Abraham: 375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change John Abraham Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the… Source: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing

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Roadsides are a haven for rare species, but council mowing is a threat. New schemes offer hope Jessica Aldred Orchid-spotters have long-known that the best site in the UK to take in a display of pyramidal orchids is a roadside verge in Warwickshire, yet the… Source: Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing | Environment | The Guardian Read More »