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03/15/2019 - 18:04
Environmentalists say changes will make it harder to stop the long-term decline of the species The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the west, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. But environmentalists said the widely-anticipated move will undermine protections for the chicken-sized grouse. It would allow more oil and gas drilling, mining and other activities that can disrupt grouse breeding grounds. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 13:29
Commitments agreed at UN conference in Kenya do not go far enough, say green groups Environmental groups involved in talks at a United Nations conference in Kenya have accused the US of blocking an ambitious global response to plastic pollution. Representatives of countries at the UN environment conference in Nairobi this week agreed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over the next decade but the voluntary pledges fell far short of what was required, according to green groups. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 12:30
New group Wild Justice challenging Natural England over licence to slaughter certain wild birds The killing of thousands of “pest” birds each year including crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies and woodpigeons is to be challenged in court by wildlife campaigners including Chris Packham. Wild Justice, a group newly created by Packham and fellow conservationists Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, is launching legal action against Natural England, the government’s conservation watchdog, for issuing a general licence that allows the unlimited slaughter of certain wild birds all year round. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 11:19
A starry dwarf frog, blooming poppy fields and a black-winged kite Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 09:10
School and university students continue Friday protests to call for political action on crisis From Australia to America, children put down their books on Friday to march for change in the first global climate strike. The event was embraced in the developing nations of India and Uganda and in the Philippines and Nepal – countries acutely impacted by climate change - as tens of thousands of schoolchildren and students in more than 100 countries went on “strike”, demanding the political elite urgently address what they say is a climate emergency. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 07:51
To tackle the oil and gas giants driving climate change, young people of all nations must act together Brexit is reversible. Article 50 can be juggled, delayed, and bounced around until the government decides to reboot and restart the process. In the meantime, another meaningless “meaningful vote” could happen in the next few days – while we ignore the only threat that truly matters. The effects of climate change are irreversible. That’s why it’s a crisis. The UN’s warning last year lays bare the dangers of this emergency. And these are dangers that we can only attempt to predict, because Earth has never faced a disaster of this nature before: the future is volatile on an unprecedented scale, with famines, floods, and droughts looming over us. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 07:00
O’Rourke wants to be everything to everyone. To take a look back at his career, that’s an invitation he’s extended to the fossil fuel industry “We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of this Earth,” Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke ended a video announcing his presidential bid. “At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, let’s show ourselves and those who will succeed us in this great country just who we are and what we can do.” Related: Beto O'Rourke is the new Obama. And that's the last thing we need | David Sirota Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 06:47
As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US is offering extensive live coverage of the strikes – and devoted our entire front page to climate change to climate change for 11 minutes earlier today Make a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting Today, American students from all 50 states are taking part in what could be one of the largest environment protests in history: a global school strike to demand that adults take action on climate change. In addition to a major rally at the US Capitol and more than 70 events around the country, the actions included an 11-minute school walkout at 11am ET to draw attention to a recent UN report warning that we have just 11 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe. 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...
03/14/2019 - 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...