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Aviva sets target for net zero carbon footprint by 2040

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 5:01pm

Asset manager tells 30 biggest carbon dioxide emitters in its portfolio to set net zero goals

Aviva has become the first leading insurer worldwide to set a target to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2040, a decade earlier than most banks.

The firm, one of the UK’s top asset managers with £300bn of investments under management, said it had written to the 30 biggest CO2 emitters in its portfolio, comprising companies in the oil and gas, utilities and mining sectors, asking them to sign up to the science-based targets aligned to the Paris climate agreement and to set net zero emission goals with fixed deadlines of 12 to 36 months.

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Denmark’s climate policies 'insufficient' to meet 2030 target

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 7:57am

Report says country set to cut carbon emissions by 54% compared with 1990 levels, not 70% as planned

The Danish government’s efforts towards meeting the country’s ambitious target of reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 have been judged “insufficient” by the body tasked with monitoring its progress, with measures so far announced only likely to take it a third of the way.

In its first annual status report, the Danish Council on Climate Change said new laws, inter-party agreements and initiatives announced since the country’s climate law came into effect last June would reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7.2m tonnes of CO2 by 2030, which is only enough to reduce Denmark’s emissions by 54% compared with 1990 levels.

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It's Not Just Texas. The Entire Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade For Extreme Weather

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 5:00am

The Texas blackout is a reminder that climate-driven extreme weather stresses the U.S.'s power system in many ways. Much is needed to harden the grid for the future as the number of outages increase.

(Image credit: John Antczak/AP)

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'It's a toxic blend': where the kids are warned not to swallow the bath water

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 4:00am

Predominantly Latino towns in California like East Orosi face huge obstacles getting clean drinking water

An invisible line splits the rural road of Avenue 416 in California’s Tulare county, at the point where the nut trees stretch east toward the towering Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance.

On one side of the line, residents have clean water. On the other side, they do not.

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How Deb Haaland's confirmation bid became a 'proxy fight' over fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 3:00am

Joe Biden’s progressive nominee for interior secretary faced harsh questions from lawmakers with deep industry ties

Partway through the sometimes contentious confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland as US secretary of the interior last week came an acknowledgement of the two powerful forces, with very different attitudes to the climate crisis, that have squared off over the nomination.

“I almost feel like your nomination is a proxy fight over the future of fossil fuels,” Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, told Haaland during the Senate hearing.

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Miami Beach to cut back on famous palm trees over climate concerns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/02/28 - 1:00am

City to plant shadier trees to preserve its environment, keep people cool, reduce urban warming and improve air quality

As a poster child for the climate emergency, Miami Beach has become a world leader in mitigating the effects of sea-level rise. Now the subtropical Florida city is cutting back on its famous swaying palm trees as it seeks shadier alternatives to preserve its environment and try to keep residents and visitors cool.

Related: Republicans push 'blue-collar comeback' – but is the party a true friend of the worker?

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Old-school Stellantis car factories gear up for the shock of electric

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 5:05pm

Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant is one of many whose future lies in the hands of the merged auto giant

Carlos Tavares is an unashamed petrolhead, with a rally-racing hobby that harks back to an earlier automotive age. Yet carmakers like Stellantis, which he leads, and its rivals have had to set aside affection for roaring internal combustion engines as environmental rules set the limits for the industry.

Stellantis was formed in January in a €50bn (£43bn) merger between France’s Peugeot and Italian-American Fiat Chrysler, in one of the clearest responses to the Tesla-driven electric revolution: the merger will allow them to share expensive investments in battery technology.

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Beauty Of California's Highway 1 Also Means Frequent Damage

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 3:22pm

A winter rainstorm has again washed out a section of California's coastal Highway 1. The stunningly beautiful drive has a history of closures that affect both residents and tourists.

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 2:46pm


Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine just approved.  "No more tears"?  There will probably be plenty more tears as we may reach 1 million dead by the end of this year because millions are still Covid deniers...not to mention the millions of idiots who are anti-vaxxers.  75,84,52,0,B 

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Oregon wolf makes history on lengthy journey to California

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 9:57am

Male called OR-93 makes longest tracked journey of any wolf in a century but elsewhere in US killing of wolves resumes

A grey wolf has made the longest tracked journey of any wolf over the last century, venturing hundreds of miles from its home range in Oregon to California’s Sierra Nevada.

Related: 'There's a degree of mistrust': a third of US military personnel refuse Covid vaccine

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Search For Coyote Continues After Several Attacks In The San Francisco Bay Area

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 6:01am

At least five people have reported being bitten. The unusual behavior has residents worried and wildlife authorities working overtime to capture the animal.

(Image credit: San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst N/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Imag)

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Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by 'entire countries'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 1:00am

Bitcoin mining – the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithm – is a deeply energy intensive process

It’s not just the value of bitcoin that has soared in the last year – so has the huge amount of energy it consumes.

The cryptocurrency’s value has dipped recently after passing a high of $50,000 but the energy used to create it has continued to soar during its epic rise, climbing to the equivalent to the annual carbon footprint of Argentina, according to Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, a tool from researchers at Cambridge University that measures the currency’s energy use.

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Geordie shore: the river Tyne's 'soft, gentle' kittiwakes fly into trouble

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/02/27 - 12:30am

The gull that ‘won’t eat your fish and chips’ is about to make its annual return to the UK – but a favourite nesting spot is under threat

Daniel Turner first became enamoured with the kittiwake when he was a teenager growing up in North Shields in the 1970s, where the North Sea meets the River Tyne.

“I would cross the Tyne on the Shields ferry and on the way I would also observe some of the plant life of the limestone grassland at the clifftops,” he remembers.

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Victoria bans single-use plastics by 2023 to slash amount going to landfill

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 8:35pm

Environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio says single-use plastics such as straws and plastic cups make up a third of the state’s litter

Victoria has become the third Australian jurisdiction to ban single-use plastics, including polystyrene containers, straws, cutlery, plates and plastic cotton bud sticks.

On Saturday the environment minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced a phase-out and ban of specific single-use plastics by 2023, including at bars, cafes and restaurants, in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes to landfill each year.

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Paramotors at TFL...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 1:45pm
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US House passes historic public lands bill pledging to protect nearly 3m acres

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 1:09pm

Large land protection package combines various bills that languished under Trump – but now must pass a divided Senate

The US House of Representatives has passed a historic public lands preservation bill that pledges to protect nearly 3m acres of federal lands in Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona.

The act combines various bills that languished without Senate approval during the Trump administration. Key provisions include permanently banning new uranium mining on land surrounding the Grand Canyon, giving wilderness designation to 1.5m acres of federal land, and preserving 1,000 river miles by adding them to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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Australia accused of 'shamefully' holding back global action on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 12:01pm

United Nations calls on all countries to have ‘concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels as fast as possible’

Australia has been accused of “shamefully doing nothing” and weighing down global action after a UN analysis found national pledges to cut greenhouses gas emissions over the next decade have barely begun to do what is necessary to tackle the climate crisis.

The assessment of emissions reduction plans submitted to the UN by the end of last year found if all were fulfilled they would cut global CO2 by only 1% by 2030, compared with 2010 levels.

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Clive Palmer coalmine near Great Barrier Reef must be blocked, conservationists say

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 12:00pm

The Queensland government has allowed the Central Queensland Coal project to move to the assessment stage

Conservationists are urging the Queensland government to block plans by Clive Palmer to build a major coalmine 10km from the waters of the Great Barrier Reef after the proposal moved to a decisive stage of environmental assessment.

Palmer’s Central Queensland Coal project would mine 10m tonnes of coal a year for 18 years to be used in power plants and steelmaking from two open-cut pits north of Rockhampton.

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Australia pumped out an extra six months' worth of emissions than previously recorded

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 12:00pm

The revised emissions data reflects better understanding of the role highly potent methane gas plays in global warming

The Australian government has acknowledged it previously underestimated the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and has increased the official estimate for every year on record.

Revised data in the latest quarterly emissions update shows Australia pumped out the equivalent of 272.5m more tonnes of heat-trapping gas between 2000 and 2020 than suggested in the last report three months ago.

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Iceberg size of Greater London breaks off Antarctica

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/02/26 - 11:33am

The 1,270sq km chunk separated from Brunt Ice Shelf near a British Antarctic Survey station on Friday

An iceberg almost the size of Greater London has split off from Antarctica, near a British Antarctic Survey station.

Related: Researchers rethink life in a cold climate after Antarctic find

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