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12/13/2018 - 14:28
Key sticking point at UN negotiations is how countries should account for their greenhouse gas emissions China called on rich countries to “pay their debts” on climate change at global talks on Thursday, criticising developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the same. The trenchant intervention by Xie Zhenhua, the minister who leads the Chinese delegation and a veteran of the UN climate negotiations, came as China faced increasing pressure to shift its stance on some of the key rules required to implement the 2015 Paris agreement. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 13:44
Chile and Costa Rica thought to be considering alternative bids after Brazil withdrew offer Britain is bidding to host the UN climate change conference in 2020, the biggest since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015, as part of the government’s aim to be seen as a green leader. The conference will mark a vital deadline for countries to comply with their commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and move on to tougher targets for the decade to 2030, and so it is likely to be a fractious affair. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 12:00
Researchers conclude the most likely cause for the dramatic declines is commercial fishing Shark numbers along the Queensland coast have declined by more than 90% for some species in the past five decades, according to new research that calls for better protections for sharks in Australian waters. University of Queensland and Griffith University researchers analysed shark control program data to measure changes in shark populations along the Queensland coastline in a 55 year period. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 11:32
After months of protests, council says it won’t fell 87 trees earmarked for chop Sheffield city council has pledged to save nearly 100 trees that were marked for felling as it sought to defuse a bitter row that sparked scores of arrests and months of protests. The council has been locked in negotiations with campaigners over the future of its controversial scheme to fell thousands of trees to improve the condition of the city’s streets. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 08:54
Study shows people in cars and buses spend longer in toxic air, as do walkers on main roads Cyclists are the least exposed to air pollution on daily commutes into a congested city centre, research has shown. People in cars and buses spent longer in toxic air, as did walkers unless they made detours to avoid main roads. The work, conducted in Leeds, supports the investment in cycle lanes to both reduce air pollution by cutting vehicle journeys and improve citizens’ health. It also found that air pollution reached relatively high levels inside cars, echoing a recent warning that cars are “boxes collecting toxic gases”. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 06:48
UK Met Office professor tells UN summit Earth’s ‘energy balance’ is changing “Global heating” is a more accurate term than “global warming” to describe the changes taking place to the world’s climate, according to a key scientist at the UK Met Office. Prof Richard Betts, who leads the climate research arm of Britain’s meteorological monitoring organisation, made the comments amid growing evidence that rising temperatures have passed the comfort zone and are now bringing increased threats to humanity. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 05:00
Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent healthcare is being curtailed Dr James Brandon Crum was alarmed. For months, unemployed coalminers had been coming into his clinic in Coal Run Village, Kentucky, seeking chest radiographs. Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 04:00
More than 200 species make their homes at America’s most diverse sanctuary, but construction through the reserve could begin in February On any given day at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, visitors can to see more than 60 varieties of butterflies. In the spring and fall, monarchs and other species can blanket the center’s 100 acres of subtropical bushlands that extend from the visitor center to to the banks of the Rio Grande river, where their property, and US sovereignty, ends. “It’s like something from Fantasia,” said the center’s director, Marianna Wright. “When you walk you have to cover your mouth so you don’t suck in a butterfly.” Continue reading...
12/13/2018 - 02:02
Activist groups warn providing finance for coal-fired power stations is inconsistent with banks’ commitments to Paris agreement Environmental and progressive activist groups are urging Australia’s major banks and financial institutions not to fund new coal projects now that the Morrison government has flagged taxpayer assistance for power generation. The Australian Conservation Foundation, GetUp, Greenpeace, Environment Victoria, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility and the Australia Institute wrote on Thursday to chief executives of the major lenders, warning the provision of finance for new coal, or retrofits of old coal-fired power stations, would be inconsistent with their public commitments to the Paris agreement. Continue reading...
12/12/2018 - 21:38
If emissions continue at current rate, Australia will miss Paris target by 1.1bn tonnes, Ndevr Environmental predicts Australia’s carbon emissions are again the highest on record, according to new data from the emissions-tracking organisation Ndevr Environmental. Ndevr replicates the federal government’s national greenhouse gas inventory (NGGI) quarterly reports but releases them months ahead of the official data. Continue reading...