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04/22/2019 - 10:57
President praised the benefits of a ‘strong market economy’ but did not echo warnings from scientists on rising temperatures Donald Trump issued on Monday an Earth Day proclamation that omitted any mention of climate change or the cavalcade of environmental threats posed by deforestation, species loss and plastic pollution. The president chose instead to praise the benefits of a “strong market economy”. Related: Trump sues House oversight chairman to block subpoena of his financial records – live Continue reading...
04/22/2019 - 09:11
National Trust says blaze above village of Marsden was started by a barbecue The National Trust has said it is “devastated” after more than 280 hectares (700 acres) of moorland – home to an endangered species of bird – was destroyed in a fire started by a barbecue. An area above the village of Marsden, West Yorkshire, was engulfed in flames as temperatures soared on Easter Sunday. Continue reading...
04/22/2019 - 08:28
‘Die-in’ staged at Natural History Museum as protesters gather at legal site in Marble Arch 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 that as of 10am on Monday they had made 1,065 arrests and 53 people had been charged in relation to the protests. Police cleared activists from Waterloo Bridge late on Sunday after reopening sites at Oxford Street and Parliament Square earlier in the day. Protesters from those sites moved to the main camp at Marble Arch, where they have been given permission to gather. Continue reading...
04/22/2019 - 07:04
Campaigner and barrister attempted to create a law to criminalise ecological damage Polly Higgins, one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement, has died aged 50. Higgins, a British barrister, led a decade-long campaign for “ecocide” to be recognised as a crime against humanity. She sold her house and gave up a high-paying job so she could dedicate herself to attempting to create a law that would make corporate executives and government ministers criminally liable for the damage they do to ecosystems. Continue reading...
04/22/2019 - 07:00
Party sets sights on upsetting status quo on the front line of climate change Canadians on Prince Edward Island are preparing to vote on Tuesday in a regional election that could lead to a Green party forming a government for the first time in the country’s history. The party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker is a Scotland-born dentist who has transformed a routine election into a closely watched race as he seeks to upend expectation and precedent on 23 April. Continue reading...
04/21/2019 - 20:58
Candidates in the Victorian seat all say they are against the plan. Voters want to be sure they mean it In a few weeks, candidates in the seat of Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, will be asked a single question at a community forum: what will you or your party do about AGL’s proposal to develop a floating import gas terminal at Crib Point? It’s a simple question but one that some candidates may find difficult to answer. Continue reading...
04/21/2019 - 16:09
Arrests made after police urge activists to move to Marble Arch, where Greta Thunberg spoke to protesters on Sunday Police have cleared the remaining Extinction Rebellion activists from Waterloo Bridge in London, despite earlier calls on social media for people that were willing to be arrested to “go there and save it”. The roads around Parliament Square were cleared of protesters earlier on Sunday, with the northbound carriageway of Waterloo Bridge reopened to traffic by the evening. On Sunday night, police continued their operations, moving to remove the last activists, who had glued themselves to the bridge and to each other. Continue reading...
04/21/2019 - 06:29
Swedish climate activist’s speech comes amid police action to clear protesters from Waterloo Bridge Governments will no longer be able ignore the impending climate and ecological crisis, Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, has told Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered at Marble Arch in London. In a speech on Sunday night where she took aim at politicians who have for too long been able to satisfy demands for action with “beautiful words and promises”, the Swedish 16-year-old said humanity was sitting at a crossroads, but that those gathered had chosen which path they wish to take. Continue reading...
04/21/2019 - 04:59
The 15 floating solar islands will possess sunflower-like ability to turn to face the sun Dutch engineers are building what will be the world’s largest archipelago of islands made up of sun-tracking solar panels. Growing resistance to the construction of wind turbines or fields of solar panels on land has led the renewable energy industry to look for alternative options. Large islands of solar panels are under construction or already in place in reservoirs and lakes across the Netherlands, China, the UK and Japan. Continue reading...
04/21/2019 - 01:00
Extinction Rebellion protesters want a carbon-free UK by 2025. But can the financial and political hurdles be overcome? It is the near future. You wake in a house warmed by a heat pump that extracts energy from deep below the ground and delivers it to your home. (Your gas boiler was outlawed years ago.) You rise and make yourself a cup of tea – from water boiled on a hydrogen-burning kitchen stove. Then you head to work – in a robot-driven electric car directed by central control network to avoid traffic jams. At midday, you pause for lunch: a sandwich made of meat grown in a laboratory. At the end of the day, you are taken home by a robot car – through countryside festooned with solar panels and turbines. Continue reading...