Pollution

Norway’s push for Arctic oil and gas threatens Paris climate goals – study

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Noway’s role as the world’s biggest fossil fuel exporter undermines its efforts to cut emissions at home, says NGO report Jonathan Watts The Guardian Norway’s plan to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic threatens global efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new study. The research says 12 gigatonnes of carbon could be added by exploration sites in the Barents Sea and elsewhere over the next 50 years, which is 1.5 times more than the Norwegian ... Read More »

Fossil Fuels Are Powering Trump’s Foreign Policy

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The president is remarkably consistent when it comes to pushing coal, oil, and gas on foreign leaders. Michael T. Klare The Nation Who says President Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy? Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement a clear international agenda. Look closely at his overseas endeavors, though, and one all-too-consistent pattern emerges: Donald Trump will do whatever it takes to prolong the reign of fossil fuels by sabotaging ... Read More »

Microbeads ban: Government to outlaw microplastics in cosmetic products

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Any kind of ‘rinse-off’ personal care and cosmetic products are affected, but not ‘leave-on’ make-up or sunscreen after industry complaints about the cost Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Independent The Government is to go ahead with a ban on “rinse-off” plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products following a public consultation, it has announced. The proposal comes amid increasing evidence that tiny plastic particles are damaging marine life and could even pose a serious risk to human… Microbeads ban: Government… Read More »

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change Tess Riley The Guardian Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro… Just 100 companies… Read More »

Global Meltdown? Nuclear Power’s Annus Horribilis

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This year will go down with 1979 (Three Mile Island), 1986 (Chernobyl) and 2011 (Fukushima) as one of the nuclear industry’s worst ever ‒ and there’s still another six months to go, writes Dr Jim… Jim Green New Matilda Two of the industry’s worst-ever years have been in the past decade and there will be many more bad years ahead as the trickle of closures of ageing reactors becomes a flood ‒ the… The likelihood of reactor start-ups matching closures ... Read More »

FOI documents confirm government holding almost one year’s worth of pollution data

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The federal government has been keeping almost a year’s worth of pollution data secret, despite it being scheduled for release in May, documents obtained under freedom of… Lucy Cormack The Age Independent estimates suggest Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen sharply since the government last released its quarterly data in December – a trend that would make the… Quarterly updates by the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, described as “up-to… FOI documents confirm… Read More »

France will ‘ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040’

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Environment minister unveils five-year-plan to fulfil country’s commitments under Paris Agreement Chloe Farand    Independent France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by… France will ‘ban… Read More »

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax

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Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax Dana Nuccitelli The Guardian What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White House to propose a revenue-neutral carbon tax… Exxon, Stephen Hawking… Read More »

Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

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Former US vice-president says green revolution is bigger than industrial revolution and happening at faster pace than digital revolution Damian Carrington The Guardian The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights, according to the former US vice-president and… The battle to halt climate change can be won, he said, because the… Al Gore: battle… Read More »

Sweden, Germany and France are the EU’s climate leaders, says study

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European leaders have vowed to continue fighting climate change after President Donald Trump announced last night he was pulling the US out of the… Catarina Walsh World Economic Forum So what are EU states doing – or not doing – to contribute to the bloc’s pledge of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared… According to a new study, only three European countries – Sweden, Germany and France – are doing enough to keep the EU on ... Read More »

Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

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Economists, including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, say taxes of $100 per metric tonne could be needed by… Phillip Inman Economics editor The Guardian A group of leading economists warned on Monday that the world risks catastrophic global warming in just 13 years unless countries ramp up taxes on carbon emissions to as much as $… Experts including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern said governments needed to… Sky-high carbon… Read More »

The world’s most toxic town: the terrible legacy of Zambia’s lead mines

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Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia The heavy legacy of lead in the world’s most toxic town – in pictures Damian Carrington Environment editor in Kabwe, Zambia The Guardian ” I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become ... Read More »

India will sell only electric cars within the next 13 years

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Every car sold in India from 2030 will be electric, under new government plans that have delighted environmentalists and dismayed the… Callum Brodie World Economic Forum It’s hoped that by ridding India’s roads of petrol and diesel cars in the years ahead, the country will be able to reduce the harmful levels of air pollution that contribute to a… India’s booming economy has seen it become the world’s third-largest oil importer, shelling out $150 billion annually for the resource – ... Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

As Pollution Levels Rise, China Looks to Clear the Air With ‘Vertical Forests’

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To address serious smog issues, the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will be building two skyscrapers covered in plants to help naturally filter out toxins from the… Sputnik On the Air Quality Index’s scale from 0 to 500, Nanjing rates a 132, which is considered unhealthy, especially for people dealing with respiratory… The towers will be designed by Italian firm Stefano… As Pollution Levels… Read More »

High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay

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Critics say air pollution issue is public health and not political issue and ministers must defend delay in high… Matthew Taylor The Guardian The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air… Politicians and environmental groups had complained that ministers were “hiding behind the election” after they said they could not publish the proposals because of… High court orders… Read More »