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11/17/2019 - 11:07
Election contenders have been setting out plans to win over voters concerned about the environment Labour’s “green new deal” – or “green industrial revolution” – puts a radical environmental plan at the heart of the party’s election offer. It proposes a massive programme of state investment to rapidly decarbonise the economy, which it says would create hundreds of thousands of green jobs. Continue reading...
11/17/2019 - 11:00
Conservative environmental policies since 2010 have been characterised by confusion and mixed messages Scientists and climate advisers condemn Tory record How do the parties propose to tackle the climate crisis? Just after calling the general election, Boris Johnson’s government made two almost simultaneous policy announcements that encapsulated the longstanding contradictions of environmental policy over the past decade. His decision to announce a moratorium on fracking – which, as the Labour party pointed out, was a temporary commitment rather than a ban – made headlines and was heralded as a signal of green intentions, but the go-ahead for a new deep coalmine in Cumbria was slipped out to little fanfare. Continue reading...
11/17/2019 - 11:00
Party under pressure on climate crisis as Corbyn says Johnson can not be trusted The Tories’ green commitments The parties’ climate proposals Latest election news - live updates The Conservative party’s record on tackling the climate crisis has been condemned by leading scientists and former government advisers, as the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, warned that the forthcoming election was the last chance to halt the escalating emergency. Experts accused the Conservatives of copying rightwing politicians in the US by deliberately weakening environmental protections. Meanwhile, analysis by Labour reveals that environmental policies put forward since 2017 and opposed by the Tories would have led to emissions reductions of over 70m tonnes a year by 2030 – more than the annual emissions of Portugal. Continue reading...
11/17/2019 - 08:28
Italian city suffers worst series of high tides since 1872, with an estimated cost of €1bn Venice has closed St Mark’s Square as the city suffered a third major flooding in less than a week, while rain lashed the rest of Italy and warnings were issued in Florence and Pisa. Venice was hit with an “acqua alta”, or high water, of 150cm (5ft) on Sunday, lower than Tuesday’s 187cm – the highest level in half a century – but still dangerous. Continue reading...
11/17/2019 - 05:14
70 warnings issued as rivers Severn and Avon burst banks, but drier weather forecast Large parts of Britain remain flooded and experts are warning the chaos could continue until Tuesday. There were 53 flood warnings from the Environment Agency (EA) in effect on Sunday evening, meaning flooding was expected and immediate action required. A further 89 flood alerts where possible flooding may occur had also been issued. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 14:00
Exclusive: Newly elected QFF head promoted tour by controversial scientist Peter Ridd and said reef regulation was based on ‘dodgy modelling’ The Queensland Farmers’ Federation’s newly elected president once called Great Barrier Reef science “unsubstantiated scaremongering”, which has prompted calls for the suspension of the organisation’s reef foundation grants. The peak body for Queensland farmers, the QFF manages water quality improvement grants from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation totalling $4.6m – among the most awarded to a single organisation under a controversial $443m federal funding deal. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 14:00
Australians are embracing the ‘virtual power plant’, which advocates say can protect the grid, save money and combat the climate crisis Power to the people might remain a political pipe dream, but changes taking place in the energy market across Australia are making suburban homeowners the unlikely disruptors in an Uber-style revolution that promises to change how we all live. Despite a toxic political debate about energy that cost the last prime minister his job, thousands of households are showing Canberra the way forward as they group their individual solar systems together to form local networks that help to slash bills, stabilise the electricity grid and cut carbon emissions. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 02:00
Mark Ibbertson and his son helped children, elderly people and a hedgehog to safety When the floodwaters rose in Bentley in Doncaster on Friday last week, Mark Ibbertson and his teenage son Logan ventured out with their summer holiday dinghy and began to rescue people from their homes. By the end of the day they had taken to safety more than 20 people, including babies and older people, and even a hedgehog. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 01:00
Jo Swinson sets out ‘largest tree-planting programme in UK history’ to fight climate crisis Latest election news – live updates The Liberal Democrats have pledged to plant 60m trees every year if they get into government, increasing the UK’s forest cover by 1m hectares by 2045. The party’s leader, Jo Swinson, will make a trip to Hampstead in north London on Saturday to plant a tree and set out proposals for what she described as the largest tree-planting programme in UK history. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 16:30
Tracking technology has been developed to reduce emissions in climate change fight The type of fuel used by ships has a substantial effect on cloud formation. Exhausts from dirty heavy oils leave a telltale trail of such dense cloud that they can be tracked from space. While ship emissions contain many chemicals including black carbon, researchers have discovered that it is the sulphate aerosols formed from the sulphur in the oil that is responsible for the clouds that sometimes trail behind ships for hundreds of miles. The tracking technology was developed because researchers are trying to discover what effect this pollution is having on climate change and rainfall but also it will help enforce new regulations to curb these emissions. Continue reading...