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Leading car in World Solar Challenge bursts into flames

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 6:16pm

NunaX car of Dutch team catches fire 250km before finish of 3,000km Darwin to Adelaide race

The leading car in the World Solar Challenge has caught fire and withdrawn from the race a little more than 250km from the Adelaide finish.

The NunaX car of Dutch team Vattenfall caught fire just before Mambray Creek on Thursday.

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Fastest ants in world found in northern Sahara, researchers say

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 3:00pm

Silver ants travel 108 times their body length per second and have stride rate 10 times that of Usain Bolt

The sand dunes of the northern Sahara are home to the fastest ants in the world, according to researchers who clocked the insects foraging for food in the blistering midday sun.

Video footage reveals the ants galloping across the scorching sand at speeds approaching one metre per second, the equivalent of a house cat tearing about at 120mph.

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Democrat calls on Google to stop funding climate crisis deniers

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 2:35pm

Kathy Castor’s letter to Sundar Pichai says it’s hard to ‘overstate the detrimental impact’ groups have had on the climate debate

A Democratic lawmaker has called on Google CEO Sundar Pichai to stop investing in organizations that deny the existence of the climate crisis, saying it was hard to overstate how detrimental the impact of such groups had been on the US climate debate.

Kathy Castor’s letter to Pichai followed a report in the Guardian last week that revealed Google had made “substantial” contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington, despite the internet giant’s insistence it supports political action to combat the crisis.

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Trees That Survived California Drought May Hold Clue To Climate Resilience

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 9:08am

When it comes to surviving the warming climate, scientists are finding that some plants and animals have an edge. The hope is that these "super adapters" can help preserve their species.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

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As The Climate Warms, Companies Scramble To Calculate The Risk To Their Profits

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 2:05am

Companies are trying to figure out the risks to their profits from a warming planet. Some of them are turning to high-tech tools of climate science.

(Image credit: Julian Stratenschulte/picture alliance via Getty Image)

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Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation | Lenore Taylor

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 1:20am

Guardian Australia editor says we can be a superpower of the post-carbon world economy if we set aside the self-defeating culture war

Australia’s climate “debate” has been bogged in a culture war for decades. What should be a straightforward discussion of scientific fact and possible responses has instead become a mire of misinformation and denial that has paralysed policy, clogged investment, increased power prices and delayed change.

National greenhouse gas emissions have risen every year since soon after the abolition of the carbon price in 2014, yet the prime minister stands on the international stage and insists Australia is “doing our bit on climate change and we reject any suggestion to the contrary”.

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Why the climate crisis is the most crucial story we cover in America | John Mulholland

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 1:16am

Guardian US editor explains how one of the big surprises in moving to America has been the media’s approach to the climate crisis. Here’s how the Guardian hopes to ignite the conversation – with support from you

In the 18 months I’ve lived in America, as editor of the Guardian’s US edition, this country has been hit by a string of natural disasters.

Related: How do we rein in the fossil fuel industry? Here are eight ideas

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Today we pledge to give the climate crisis the attention it demands | Katharine Viner

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/16 - 1:11am

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief explains why support from our readers is crucial in enabling us to produce fearless, independent reporting that addresses the climate emergency

At the Guardian we believe the climate crisis is the most urgent issue of our times. And we know that Guardian readers are equally passionate about the need for governments, businesses and individuals to take immediate action to avoid a catastrophe for humanity and for the natural world.

Today the Guardian is making a pledge to our readers that we will play our part, both in our journalism and in our own organisation, to address the climate emergency. We hope this underlines to you the Guardian’s deep commitment to quality environmental journalism, rooted in scientific fact.

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PM defends Coalition after IMF slashes economic growth forecast – question time live

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/15 - 8:49pm

Scott Morrison tells parliament IMF update ‘reflects the uncertainty of the times in which we live’. Plus, GetUp acknowledges it did not meet its election aims. All the day’s events, live

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Anthony Albanese is now moving to suspend standing orders to acknowledge the IMF report and the slowing economy.

This will fail, because Labor does not have the numbers in the House, but it does mean he can enter in Labor’s talking points on this into the Hansard.

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Alan Tudge is now talking about pipelines.

My split ends have never looked so interesting.

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Environment department illegally withholds thousands of FOI pages

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/15 - 8:33pm

More than 10,000 pages of documents have not been made public, including records on Adani and the Angus Taylor grasslands saga

Australia’s environment department is unlawfully withholding more than 10,000 pages of freedom of information documents from the public, including internal records on Adani and the Angus Taylor grasslands affair.

The department has failed to place documents on its FOI disclosure log for the past 10 months, meaning material it has released to individual applicants is not visible to the wider public.

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Humpback whales recorded using huge fins to forage

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/15 - 4:01pm

Researchers notice whales’ unusual feeding behaviour in south-east Alaska

Humpback whales have been captured on film herding shoals of fish into their cavernous mouths with their oversized pectoral fins.

Marine biologists recorded the extraordinary feeding behaviour for the first time off the coast of Alaska, where the whales lurk around salmon hatcheries that release juvenile fish into the sea.

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Trump Administration Moves To Expand Logging In Nation's Largest National Forest

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/10/15 - 3:24pm

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to end a nearly two-decade long limit on logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. Local officials have pushed for looser restrictions to boost the economy.

(Image credit: Elissa Nadworny/NPR)

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Concerns as EU bank balks at plan to halt fossil fuel investments

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/15 - 7:09am

Last-minute lobbying forces delay to ambitious move by European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has balked at a proposal to halt new investments in fossil fuels, raising concerns that Germany and other nations are plotting to water down what would be one of the financial sector’s most ambitious climate moves.

The EIB, the largest public bank in the world, announced this year that it would end lending to new gas projects, having already curtailed funding for coal and oil. This would free up more money for renewable energy developments. The details of the plan were expected to be confirmed by a board meeting of EU finance ministers on Tuesday but last-minute lobbying has forced a postponement.

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The Deadly Fight To Protect Brazil's Amazon

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 12:54pm

Brazilian activists fighting to protect the Amazon from deforestation face violent opposition — sometimes, death. Scores of people fighting to protect the forest have been killed in recent years.

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Cargo Ship In Georgia Leaked Oil In Marsh After Overturning

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 12:54pm

A 400-person, 70-vessel recovery effort is working to minimize the potential environmental damage from a capsized cargo ship off the Georgia coast.

(Image credit: Stephen B. Morton/AP)

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Protecting the planet for future generations | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 9:59am
John Bird outlines his new bill to tackle the climate crisis, academics call for protection of tropical habitats and Ahmad O Al-Khowaiter defends Saudi Aramco’s record. Plus letters from Wiebina Heesterman, Paul Donovan, Sarah Williamson and Siobhan Benita

The protests led by Extinction Rebellion remind us that there are more pressing problems than Britain’s withdrawal from the EU (Of course these protests are inconvenient. They are designed to disrupt us, Editorial, 11 October).

Exploitative capitalism has sacrificed our wellbeing – and much of the planet’s resources – on the altar of unlimited growth, binding the hands of those yet to be born.

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Cuadrilla says it is not planning to abandon fracking in Lancashire

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 9:55am

Green campaigners cheered removal of drilling equipment at weekend but firm to press on

Cuadrilla is not abandoning its fracking ambitions in Lancashire and still plans to apply for an extension to its shale gas campaign, the company has said.

The company hopes to apply to Lancashire county council to extend drilling at the Preston New Road site beyond a 30 November cut-off point. Work had been suspended in August after the location recorded its largest ever tremor and Cuadrilla hopes to lodge its appeal once a review of the quake is completed.

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How do we rein in the fossil fuel industry? Here are eight ideas

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 8:23am

Individual action alone won’t solve the climate crisis. So what political changes might help?

Individual actions, such as flying less or buying electric cars, are helpful, but they will be futile without collective political action to slash emissions on a corporate, national and global scale. Politicians need to feel this is a priority for the electorate. That means keeping the subject high on the agenda for MPs with questions, protests, emails, social media posts, lobbying by NGOs and most of all through voting choices. Politicians need to know the public is behind them if they are to take on the petrochemical industry.

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Rise of renewables may see off oil firms decades earlier than they think

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 8:23am

Pace of progress raises hope that fossil fuel companies could lose their domination

The world’s rising reliance on fossil fuels may come to an end decades earlier than the most polluting companies predict, offering early signs of hope in the global battle to tackle the climate crisis.

The climate green shoots have emerged amid a renewable energy revolution that promises an end to the rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, before the fossil fuels face a terminal decline.

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Extinction Rebellion activists arrested at Bank of England protest

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/10/14 - 7:35am

Dozens detained on ‘day of disruption’ targeting City firms profiting from climate crisis

Dozens of protesters, including a 77-year-old rabbi, have been arrested while blocking traffic in London’s financial district, as Extinction Rebellion switched its focus towards companies funding and profiting from the climate emergency.

Hundreds of demonstrators walked into the roundabout outside the Bank of England in the City and sat down in the road early on Monday morning.

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