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03/15/2019 - 05:00
As students around the world cut class to call attention to the threat of climate change, the Guardian asked young activists what motivated them to join the global climate strike. The Guardian asked student environmentalists from groups including the Youth Climate Strike US, the Sunrise Movement, Zero Hour, and Youth v. Apocalypse to explain why they are going on strike. Here are some of the responses we received, but you can read more on our 24-hour Climate Strike edition of our live blog. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 05:00
The last time Anza-Borrego park experienced a bloom about 200,000 visitors flocked to see the bonanza of spring flowers It’s lunchtime at Kesling’s Kitchen in Borrego Springs, and the line is out the door and down the block. It takes about 20 minutes to get inside to order food. The rush isn’t surprising: Borrego Springs is a small town that swells in size when people flock to see wildflowers around Anza-Borrego, California’s largest state park. Plentiful winter rain and precise conditions have led to a bonanza of spring wildflowers this season. And while that can be a great thing, it also raised fears that Borrego Springs could once again face what locals have dubbed “flowergeddon”, an apocalyptic situation caused by booming visitation. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 03:00
Your questions answered on climate strikes, cross-generational action and hope for the future Climate strikes – follow our live coverage 12.29pm GMT Almost time to close proceedings above the line here, but before we do so some final thoughts from the UKSCN’s Jake, in response to this question from reader Paul Nelson. Thank you to everyone for reading and taking part in the discussion. What type of world do you want to live in? 12.24pm GMT JamesMackay asks: I think the most important question is this: What practical steps can we take to help amplify young voices? Should we consider climate change strikes by workers? Should we donate money? As someone in employment, I feel that “share, like and subscribe” isn’t enough, but I don’t know what to do with my limited time and resources. Don't try to do anything alone. Work with existing groups like Extinction Rebellion to amplify your voice, and ensure you become part of an effective political wave. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 02:18
Josh Thomas, who worked with three Liberal environment ministers, will get an annual salary of $353,180 A former policy adviser to multiple Liberal party environment ministers has been appointed the new chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the government body responsible for managing the reef. Josh Thomas, who worked as an adviser to current minister Melissa Price, as well as former environment ministers Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt, will start a five-year term in the role on 18 March with an annual salary of $353,180. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 18:05
Young people, inspired by Greta Thunberg, rally to press politicians to act on climate change Sign up for our Green Light environment email Make a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting 9.43pm GMT We are living in the sixth mass extinction. Ice is melting. Forests are burning. Waters are rising. And we do not even speak of it. Why? Because admitting the facts means admitting crimes of epic proportions by living our daily lives. Because counting the losses means being overpowered by grief. Because allowing the scale of the crisis means facing the fear of swiftly impending disaster and the fact that our entire system must change. But now is not the time to ignore science in order to save our feelings. It is time to be terrified, enraged, heartbroken, grief-stricken, radical. It is time to act. 9.22pm GMT Here’s an excerpt from A manifesto for tackling the climate change crisis, by UK Student Climate Network: We’re young, we’re students and we’re calling for change. Our movement started in February when tens of thousands of young people took to the streets in towns and cities around Britain, in an unprecedented emergence of a youth climate justice movement. We’ve joined a movement that’s spreading rapidly across the world, catalysed by the actions of one individual in taking a stand in August last year. Greta Thunberg may have been the spark, but we’re the wildfire and we’re fuelled by the necessity for action. Related: A manifesto for tackling the climate change crisis | UK Student Climate Network Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 15:44
Mayor wants to protect Wall Street from floods and rising seas Plans to cost $10bn but federal funds might not be available Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, has announced a radical plan to meet the “existential threat” of climate change by constructing a new section of Manhattan , extending hundreds of feet out into the narrow East river, in order to protect Wall Street and other downtown areas. Related: Youth climate strikes to take place in more than 100 countries Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 12:00
Angus Taylor tells union leaders the opposition’s 45% reduction target will lead to a $9,000 wages cut The Morrison government, which is battling a persistent internal fracture on energy policy, is attempting to foment divisions between Labor and the union movement over the opposition’s 45% emissions reduction target in the run up to the election. The energy minister Angus Taylor, has written to trade union leaders claiming the 45% economy-wide emissions reduction target will lead to wages being cut by $9,000. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 12:00
Nopsema head Stuart Smith is listed to speak at The Great Australian Bight: The Big Opportunity Environmental groups have written to Australia’s offshore petroleum watchdog to urge him against speaking alongside the oil lobby at a pro-industry event titled The Great Australian Bight: The Big Opportunity. The head of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema), Stuart Smith, is listed as one of three keynote speakers at the South Australian “parliamentary friends of the resource sector” forum dinner on Tuesday. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 12:00
Lack of action on 14 expired coal seam gas exploration licences now an election issue for uncertain communities The New South Wales government has failed to close a loophole that effectively allows expired coal seam gas exploration licences to be extended indefinitely, despite calls from rural communities for certainty ahead of the state election. More than a dozen licences, mostly in the state’s north-west, have remained active past their expiration dates while the government assesses renewal applications from gas companies. In some cases, those applications have been held up in the system for years. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 05:45
Climate strike founder put up for award ahead of global strikes planned in more than 105 countries Listen to Greta Thunberg on the Today in Focus podcast Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, just before the biggest day yet of global action. Thunberg began a solo protest in Sweden in August but has since inspired students around the globe. Strikes are expected in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries on Friday, involving hundreds of thousands of young people. Continue reading...