Environment and Climate Change

London Marathon hands out edible water capsules to reduce plastic bottle waste

Organisers hope to reduce number of plastic bottles on course by more than 215,000 Sarah Young The Independent Thousands of edible water bottles were handed out at the London Marathon today in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The aftermath of the marathon is usually a sea of plastic waste as thirsty runners attempt to stay hydrated by drinking from then discarding bottles of water as they go. Bu for the 2019 London Marathon, organisers arranged for participants to be handed edible pods ... Read More »

Can Capitalism Beat Climate Change?

Only clear targets can transform rational self-interest from a potentially catastrophic force into a powerful driver of beneficial change. Adair Turner Project Syndicate Once investors know that the non-negotiable end point is zero carbon in 2050, they will desert any company whose plans are incompatible with that objective. LONDON – Easter visitors to London have found some streets and buildings occupied by “Extinction Rebellion” activists, warning of climate catastrophe and rejecting “a… Followers of central bank thinking have seen the ... Read More »

‘Outrage is justified’: David Attenborough backs school climate strikers

Exclusive: broadcaster says older generations have done terrible things and should listen to young Damian Carrington The Guardian The outrage of the students striking from school over climate change inaction is “certainly justified”, according to Sir David Attenborough, who said older generations had done terrible damage to the planet. In an interview with the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, the broadcaster and naturalist dismissed critics of the widely praised global movement of school strikes as cynics. “[Young people] understand the ... Read More »

Global inequality is 25% higher than it would have been in a climate-stable world

Those least responsible for global warming will suffer the most. Poorer countries – those that have contributed far less to climate change – tend to be situated in warmer regions, where additional warming causes the most devastation. Nicholas Beuret The Conversation Extreme weather events such as Syria’s prolonged drought, South Asia’s catastrophic monsoon floods, and Cyclone Idai in South-East Africa, the third deadliest cyclone on record, are becoming more likely and more severe. These events are disproportionately bringing death, displacement, ... Read More »

Message to the EU: you have the chance to stop fuelling devastation in the Amazon

The effects of European consumption are being felt in Brazil, driving disastrous deforestation and violence. Authors: The Conversation But the destruction can end if the European Union demands higher environmental standards on Brazilian goods. Hundreds of scientists and Indigenous leaders agree: the time to act is now, before it’s too late. In an open letter published today in the journal Science, more than 600 scientists from every country in the European Union (EU) and 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups asked the ... Read More »

Extinction Rebellion arrests pass 1,000 on eighth day of protests

‘Die-in’ staged at Natural History Museum as protesters gather at legal site in Marble Arch Frances Perraudin The Guardian More than 1,000 people have been arrested at Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London, police have said, in what organisers described as “the biggest civil disobedience event in modern British history”. The Metropolitan police said on Monday that as of 10am they had made 1,065 arrests and that 53 people had been charged in relation to the protests. Police cleared activists from Waterloo Bridge ... Read More »

Brian Monteith: Climate change isn’t the biggest threat to life on Earth

Policies advocated by uber-green protesters would imperil recent improvements in global living conditions, writes Brian Monteith. Brian Monteith The Scotsman Is the human race about to become extinct in the next 50 years? Really? Last Wednesday London, Edinburgh and other UK cities found some of their city centre roads closed and traffic brought to a halt by demonstrators. The intention was to alert us to an escalating peril where the combination of a growing world population, finite resources and a ... Read More »

Logged native forests mostly end up in landfill, not in buildings and furniture

Victoria has some of the most carbon-dense native forests in the world. Advocates for logging these forests often argue that wood products in buildings and furniture become long-term storage for carbon. Authors: The Conversation However, these claims are misleading. Most native trees cut down in Victoria become woodchips, pulp and pallets, which have short lifespans before going to landfill. In landfill, the wood breaks down and releases carbon back into the atmosphere. On the other hand, our evolving carbon market means Australia’s native ... Read More »

New NOAA OceanReports Tool Brings Ocean Data to Your Fingertips

A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by NOAA and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is giving… Tammy Waitt American Security Today The new OceanReports web tool, available at http://www.marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports/, provides users specialized “ocean neighborhood analyses” including maps and graphics by… U.S. ocean waters comprise nearly four million square miles and is one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world. What is the EEZ? The exclusive economic zone ... Read More »

Gina Rinehart company revealed as $4.5m donor to climate sceptic thinktank

Billionaire’s company gave significant donations to the Institute of Public Affairs in 2016 and 2017 Graham Readfearn The Guardian Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, has been revealed as a key funder of the rightwing thinktank the Institute of Public Affairs – a consistent promoter of climate science scepticism. Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, donated $2.3m to the IPA in 2016 and $2.2m in 2017, according to disclosures made to the New South Wales supreme court. As part of a long-running legal ... Read More »

Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable

Humanity survived the cold war because no one pushed the button. On climate change, the button has been pushed again and again Tim Winton The Guardian I’ve been asking myself a question – and even posing it makes me queasy. Is it too late – are we beyond saving? As a culture and a polity, when it comes to climate change, have we arrived at a point where we are now expected – even trained – to abandon hope and ... Read More »

Meet ‘Mr. Earth Day,’ the Man Who Helped Organize the Annual Observance

Nearly 50 years after 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 190 countries mark the annual day for raising awareness of environmental causes. Olivia B. Waxman Time And the stakes only grow as the years go by. Though Earth Day has been dogged by rumors that it was founded by a murderer and as communist propaganda, the truth is much more straightforward — but no less fascinating. TIME spoke to Denis Hayes, ... Read More »

It’s not just the protests. Here’s how young people are helping the planet

According to the latest World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Survey, which covers more than 30,000 individuals under the age of 30 from 186 countries, climate change and the destruction of nature remain the… Natalie Pierce World Economic Forum Put clearly, our planet is under threat, and we know it. That’s why members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Communitylaunched Voice for the Planet at the Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos. It’s a global activation campaign calling on governments, businesses and… ... Read More »

Act on climate change like you did on Notre-Dame, activist Greta Thunberg begs EU

Sweden’s teenage activist Greta Thunberg choked backed tears as she warned of climate disaster and urged Europeans to vote in next month’s elections to press for decisive action on cutting… SBS Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has inspired a movement of children against global warming, urged leaders on Tuesday to act to save the planet in the same way they are pledging to… “Yesterday, the whole world witnessed with sadness and despair the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, but Notre-Dame ... Read More »

Thousands block roads in Extinction Rebellion protests across London

Climate group occupies major landmarks in campaign that could last several days Matthew Taylorand Damien Gayle The Guardian Thousands of people have blocked well-known landmarks and a bridge in central London, bringing widespread disruption to the capital in a “climate rebellion” that organisers say could last several days. Parents and young children joined older people, scientists, teachers and long-term environmentalists to occupy major junctions and demand urgent action over the escalating ecological crisis. The protests are part of a global campaign organised ... Read More »

Sikhs to plant a million trees to mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Sikhs aim to plant a million new saplings as their ‘gift to the entire planet’, in a bid to reverse the effects of environmental degradation and help young people to reconnect with nature. Avneet Arora SBS The Sikh community across the globe has taken on a challenge to plant a million trees to commemorate 550 years since the birth of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. Through the ‘Million Tree Project’, Sikhs around the world aim to plant new saplings as ... Read More »