Global heating: London to have climate similar to Barcelona by 2050

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 11:00am

Nearly 80% of cities to undergo dramatic and potentially disastrous changes, study finds

London will have a similar climate in three decades’ time to that of Barcelona today, according to research – but if that seems enticing, a warning: the change could be accompanied by severe drought.

Madrid will feel like present-day Marrakech by 2050, and Stockholm like Budapest, according to a report on the likely impacts of the climate crisis. Around the world, cities that are currently in temperate or cold zones in the northern hemisphere will resemble cities more than 600 miles (1,000km) closer to the equator, with damaging effects on health and infrastructure.

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High-Tide Flooding On The Rise, Especially Along The East Coast, Forecasters Warn

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 10:26am

As sea levels rise, coastal flooding that used to happen only during storms is increasingly occurring on sunny days. That has local officials reconsidering everything from zoning to police budgets.

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Brazil Judge Orders Mining Company To Pay For Damage From Dam Disaster

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 10:17am

Hundreds of people died when a ruptured dam unleashed a wave of mining waste in the town of Brumadinho in January. Mining giant Vale said it is committed to fixing the damage.

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Foresight 2020: Governor Jay Inslee

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 7:06am

Inslee's campaign focuses on fighting climate change.

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Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/07/10 - 4:00am

High in fiber and protein, chickpeas are playing a starring role on menus. They're also good for soil health — and growing demand could help restore soils depleted by decades of intensive farming.

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Japan's famous Nara deer dying from eating plastic bags

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 8:35pm

Tourists warned not to feed the animals after plastic waste found in stomachs of several dead deer

Authorities in Japan’s ancient capital Nara are warning visitors not to feed the city’s wild deer – a major tourist attraction – after several of the animals died after swallowing plastic bags.

Large amounts of plastic waste were found in the stomachs of nine of 14 deer to have died since March, according to a local wildlife conservation group.

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Pharma's market: the man cleaning up Africa's meat

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 8:00pm

In Namibia a country of meat-lovers, vital expertise is needed to stop livestock spreading diseases

Wreathed in barbecue smoke, Vetjaera Haakuria gestures at the men butchering meat and cooking it over hot coals behind his back. “What have you learned about the risks of eating this?” he asks his young audience, spotless in their white lab coats. “It might contain drug residues, right? And what about diseases?”

It’s nearly noon in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and the market is preparing grilled meat – known locally as kapana – for the lunchtime rush. Everyone comes here, from construction workers to members of parliament. Namibians love to eat meat, and he is no exception: his tribe, the Herero, traditionally eat nothing else.

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Quarter of world's biggest firms 'fail to disclose emissions'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 4:01pm

Grantham Research Institute found half do not factor climate crisis in decision-making

About a quarter of the world’s highest-emitting publicly listed companies fail to report their greenhouse gas emissions and nearly half do not properly consider the risks from the climate crisis in their decision-making, new research has found.

The findings show the distance even the world’s biggest companies still have to cover to meet the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change, according to the group of investors coordinating the report.

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Mineworkers fear 'reprisals' for raising safety concerns amid spike in deaths

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 3:00pm

Union worries about ‘reporting culture’ at Queensland mines, where most workers are now employed as casuals

Contract and casual mineworkers in Queensland are fearful of “retribution” if they complain about questionable safety practices, their union says, as the sector grapples with a sixth workplace death in the past year.

The recent cluster of accidents and deaths, the worst on record in Queensland for 22 years, has prompted the state government to commission two independent reviews into mine safety.

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France Plans To Put An 'Ecotax' On Nearly All Air Travel

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 2:27pm

The new tax could bring in some $200 million that would be used to support modes of travel that pollute less — such as trains.

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Why Only 13% Of California Homeowners Have Earthquake Insurance

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 2:01pm

Only 13% of California homeowners have earthquake insurance. In the wake of the earthquakes that struck last week, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy.

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Toxic Algae Bloom Closes 25 Beaches On Mississippi's Coast, Fed By Fresh Floodwaters

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 10:43am

The blue-green algae "can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting," the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says.

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Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 9:41am

Plastic waste litters cities, oceans and even the air. Largely overlooked is how making plastic affects the environment. Plastic is a big contributor to global warming. So are its alternatives.

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Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/07/09 - 4:59am

The Green party MEP for the south-west on why social justice is key to making the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050

Molly Scott Cato can hardly contain herself. Having spent more than 30 years as an activist in the ecology and the sustainability movement, the Green MEP for the south-west region feels the UK is finally starting to appreciate the scale of the climate emergency. “People are suddenly waking up to it, which is very exciting for someone like me who’s been banging on about this for years,” she says.

Take aviation. “We’re really getting a grip on that now. That was something where I was really out of line with other people. But in the last year, people have stopped thinking that I’m a loony not flying anywhere. They start by being admiring and then they start thinking ‘Oh God, I’m going to have to start doing that’. We’ve reached that point, it’s really encouraging.”

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This government is neglecting cycling – Labour would change that | Andy McDonald

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 11:00pm

MPs must stop prioritising cars over people if we are to stand a chance of meeting climate goals

The UK is among the worst countries in Europe for cycling participation, and the government is predicted to achieve just a third of the 800m extra cycling trips by 2025 it had aimed for. What’s more, much of the growth so far has been restricted to London.

This is why Tuesday’s debate among MPs on government support for cycling and walking – or rather, the lack thereof – is so important.

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How Florida’s summer of slime turned Republicans into eco-warriors

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 10:01pm

After toxins in the water killed animals and left humans scared to swim, the state’s future governor made cleanup a campaign issue

It was a sweltering late summer day in southern Florida when Becky Harris took her dogs to run along the bank of the St Lucie River. Her white Pomeranian, Pandora, was off leash while Kylie, her Rottweiler mix, trotted alongside her. Suddenly, Pandora took off down the grassy hill toward the beach and was soon tearing into a dead fish. Harris tried to yank it out of her mouth, but Pandora bolted under the sea grapes to polish it off.

Within hours, the normally bouncy Pandora was so lethargic that her head fell into her water bowl. Harris took Pandora to the closest veterinary ER. By the next day, Pandora’s liver was failing. Harris already suspected the cause: the toxic algal bloom. Gunk full of blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria had spewed from Lake Okeechobee into the river near her home in Stuart, a short drive north of West Palm Beach.

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Scientists renew calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling Basin plan

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 7:31pm

Experts warn ‘we are wasting a huge amount of money’ with no guarantee more water is reaching the environment

There are renewed calls for an independent commission of inquiry into the management of water flows in the Murray-Darling Basin with scientists warning billions have been spent without any guarantee more water is reaching the environment.

Richard Beasley SC, who was the counsel assisting the South Australian Murray-Darling royal commission, says there needs to be a national commission of inquiry established with a remit to conduct a “full independent audit” of water-saving schemes.

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E.ON UK to supply 3.3m customers with 100% renewable electricity

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 4:01pm

One of Britain’s biggest green energy switches to date will come at no extra cost

More than 3m homes are to automatically receive renewable energy from E.ON UK at no extra cost in one of the UK’s biggest green energy switches to date.

The big six supplier says it will respond to rising public concern over the climate crisis by supplying its 3.3 million customers with 100% renewable electricity as standard.

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Trump Touts 'Environmental Leadership,' Even As D.C. Has Floods And Critics Pounce

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 2:39pm

In an East Room event that played like a campaign rally, President Trump touted his push for clean air and "crystal clear" water. He made no mention of climate change, a growing concern for voters.

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Trump touts environmental record despite slashing climate regulations

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/07/08 - 1:56pm

In a White House speech, the president claimed clean air and water has been a priority but voters disapprove of his climate crisis handling

Donald Trump is arguing he has made America an environmental leader, despite moving to gut dozens of rules meant to safeguard clean air and water and rescinding every major US effort to stem the climate crisis.

Related: Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency

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