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Greens' hot air balloon protest deflated by new flight restriction over parliament

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/10/13 - 10:00am

Party vows to go ahead with climate protest in Canberra despite ‘unprecedented decision to block air traffic’

The Greens’ hopes of flying a hot air balloon over Parliament House to protest global heating have been deflated by a last-minute restriction on flights due to security concerns.

Despite blocking the balloon plan, parliament’s presiding officers have approved an Extinction Rebellion protest at the authorised assembly area in front of parliament from 14 to 18 October, the Senate president, Scott Ryan, has revealed.

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Lake District authority accused of turning region into ‘theme park’

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/10/13 - 7:34am

Angry protests follow move to resurface cycle path and refusal to ban 4x4s on farm trails

The authority responsible for the Lake District has become the focus of angry protest from residents and campaigners over accusations that it has turned the region into a theme park.

Keswick town council passed a historic and unanimous vote of no confidence against the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) over its decision to resurface a path to make it more accessible to cyclists. Keswick represents almost 20% of the population of the Lake District.

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Divestment works – and one huge bank can lead the way | Bill McKibben

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/10/13 - 7:31am

On 15 October, the European Investment Bank meets to decide its policy on fossil fuels. The hand of history is on its shoulder

Millions of people marched against climate crisis over the past two weeks, in some of the largest demonstrations of the millennium. Most people cheered the students who led the rallies – call them the Greta Generation. But now we’ll start to find out if all their earnest protest actually matters.

Related: EIB plans to cut all funding for fossil fuel projects by 2020

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Don’t frack with us: meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/10/13 - 4:00am

After almost 1,000 days camping out in a field near Blackpool and obstructing fracking operations, the ‘Nanas’ have seen off energy company Cuadrilla. James Cartwright meets the fearless female activists behind the yellow pinnies

While the world applauds the child protesters taking to the streets, fewer eyes are on their mums and grandmothers, whose activism is altogether quieter. In August 2014, gangs of older women in yellow tabards and headscarves started to become a common sight on Preston New Road in Lancashire. They call themselves the “Nanas”, though not all are grandmas. They took the name as a nod to trust, family and tea, leaning into stereotypes of northern matriarchy. Their first project was to capture a field under planning application by Cuadrilla, a UK fossil fuels company seeking exploratory drilling rights for shale gas. They hopped over the fence, set up tents and claimed squatters’ rights, staying for three weeks. By the time they left, the Nanas had earned the support of 14,000 local residents and appointments at Manchester’s High Court, and their action, along with that of other campaigners, led to Lancashire County Council rejecting Cuadrilla’s fracking application, a decision later overturned by the then secretary of state, Sajid Javid.

In the years since, the Nanas have mounted an often good-humoured war of attrition against Cuadrilla, whose drilling has caused tremors in the area. At the Bell Mouth, the entrance to the Preston New Road site, they sing, dance, knit, pray, read poems and monologues, and obstruct fracking activity wherever possible. They even have their own stage show and samba band. And every Wednesday, dressed in white, they stage a call for calm at a site where tensions between protesters and police often erupt into violence.

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Top investment banks provide billions to expand fossil fuel industry

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/10/13 - 4:00am

Exclusive: analysis reveals lenders provided $700bn to expand sector since Paris climate pact

The world’s largest investment banks have provided more than $700bn of financing for the fossil fuel companies most aggressively expanding in new coal, oil and gas projects since the Paris climate change agreement, figures show.

The financing has been led by the Wall Street giant JPMorgan Chase, which has provided $75bn (£61bn) to companies expanding in sectors such as fracking and Arctic oil and gas exploration, according to the analysis.

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Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/10/13 - 4:00am

Bank of England governor warns of financial collapse linked to climate emergency

Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned.

Mark Carney also told the Guardian it was possible that the global transition needed to tackle the climate crisis could result in an abrupt financial collapse. He said the longer action to reverse emissions was delayed, the more the risk of collapse would grow.

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NSW to get new dam as part of $1bn drought emergency boost

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 6:11pm

Conservation groups denounce plan, saying dams don’t provide water security and slashing water allocated to big irrigators is the best way to tackle shortages

The federal and New South Wales governments are investing $1bn in water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW.

“Our response to the ongoing drought impacting rural and regional communities is comprehensive and committed,” the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said in a statement on Sunday.

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more concrete coming up...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 3:17pm
Jackhammered a 10" diameter hole 30" deep through solid rock on Friday.  Picked up a 13' long 4"x4" steel post this morning to set in with concrete tomorrow morning.  This if for Big Bend Telephone to mount their dish to in order for the Casita to have phone and internet by the end of the month.  We would've had to wait 90 days for the phone company to come out and do this at a cost of over $250.  It took me 90 minutes and $30 bucks worth of my time to make this happen sooner than later.  Video Monday... 68,76,52,0,B
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Philadelphia Promotes Tap Water Amid National Distrust

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 2:08pm

Philadelphia is trying to convince residents to drink tap water. But national studies show low-income and minority groups are less likely to trust public water.

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Southern California Wildfires Rage

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 2:08pm

Firefighters are battling several wildfires in California, including the Saddleridge fire in Los Angeles County, which has burned more than 7,500 acres.

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Typhoon Hagibis Leaves 2 Dead As Flooding And Landslides Threaten More Lives

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 1:46pm

The typhoon, which has now passed to the northeast of Tokyo, was the largest to hit Japan in 61 years, since the 1958 Kanogawa Typhoon that killed more than 1,200 people.

(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)

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Climate rebels open new fronts across capital as protests escalate

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 11:00am

Activists block trade at Billingsgate fish market and target headquarters of energy company Shell to ‘raise awareness’

Climate protesters on Saturday intensified efforts to disrupt life in London, and targeted sites including Billingsgate fish market and Shell’s headquarters. They said police took at least 28 of their supporters into custody. That number means that more than 1,200 Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested in London since their protests, over the government’s “failure” to act over climate change, were launched last Monday.

And those detained include Belgian Princess Esméralda who was taken into a police van for questioning and held for about five hours after she joined a sit-in at Trafalgar Square on Thursday. “The more people from all sections of society protest, the greater the impact will be,” the 63-year-old said. Other protests launched on Saturday included one by more than 50 healthcare professionals – wearing scrubs and singing the Extinction Rebellion anthem – who gathered outside Shell’s headquarters before they marched to Parliament Square. “We are meeting outside Shell because they are one of the biggest companies involved in the oil and energy industry, and they have real power to decarbonise that industry,” said Alex Turner, 36, a paediatric and emergency doctor from Bristol. “We are protesting illegal levels of air pollution.”

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The IMF thinks carbon taxes will stop the climate crisis. That's a terrible idea | Kate Aronoff

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 6:17am

The IMF’s proposed $75-per-ton tax would exacerbate rampant inequality. There are better ways to fund decarbonization

A well-circulated statistic this week, from a new book by the University of California, Berkeley, economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, shows that the richest 400 families in the United States now pay a lower tax rate than the bottom 50% of families. Those 400 families – the 0.01% – own more wealth than 60% of households in the US. The top 0.1% own more than 80%. Rates for the top 0.01% and the bottom 50% have been creeping closer since 1960. Also this week, the Guardian’s polluters series found that just 20 private and state-owned fossil fuel producers are responsible for 35% of manmade carbon dioxide and methane emissions over a similar period.

On Thursday, the IMF suggested a $75-per-ton global carbon tax is the most efficient way to fight greenhouse gas emissions and keep warming below 2C. The tax is, if anything, far too low.

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Wildfires In Southern California

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 5:12am

Wildfires in Southern California have burned over 47,000 acres and forced tens of thousands to evacuate. High winds and dry conditions are causing the fires to spread quickly.

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Fossil fuel bosses must change or be voted out, says asset manager

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 4:02am

State Street chief says it could use shareholder powers to force boards to act on climate

The world’s biggest fossil fuel companies must take action on climate change or their directors could face being voted out of their jobs, the head of one of the world’s leading asset managers has warned.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Ron O’Hanley, the chief executive of State Street, said his firm could consider taking the radical step of voting against the reappointment of entire company boards if they were not taking sufficient action to deal with the climate crisis.

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How real is Saudi Arabia's interest in renewable energy?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 4:00am

Ambitious plans have not been matched by progress, but there may finally be signs of change

It was the largest renewables project ever announced: $200bn (£158bn) worth of solar panels stretching across hundreds of square kilometres of the Saudi Arabian desert.

The massive solar initiative was billed by the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as a “huge step in human history” when it was unveiled in March last year. It was cancelled by October.

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World's top three asset managers oversee $300bn fossil fuel investments

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 4:00am

Data reveals crucial role of BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard in climate crisis

The world’s three largest money managers have built a combined $300bn fossil fuel investment portfolio using money from people’s private savings and pension contributions, the Guardian can reveal.

BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street, which together oversee assets worth more than China’s entire GDP, have continued to grow billion-dollar stakes in some of the most carbon-intensive companies since the Paris agreement, financial data shows.

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PHOTOS: After The Storm, Haitians In The Bahamas Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/10/12 - 4:00am

One woman turned her home into an ad hoc shelter for Haitians displaced by the storm and facing discrimination.

(Image credit: Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR)

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Extinction Rebellion: elderly protesters arrested and charged in Tasmania

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/11 - 9:16pm

Four people, all aged 77, among nine protesters arrested and charged at Launceston protest

Four Tasmanians aged in their late 70s are among a swag of climate activists charged over a protest in Launceston.

About 100 people attended the Extinction Rebellion protest in Launceston on Friday and police say most were well-behaved, but nine refused to move on when the demonstration’s permitted time ran out.

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'If they don't do it, we will': Greta Thunberg rallies climate strikers for long haul

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/10/11 - 7:28pm

At rally in Denver, Swedish activist again scolds leaders for ignoring science

Young people must be prepared to strike for a long time for action on climate change and not back down, the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally in Denver.

Thunberg said she and fellow youth activists would not beg those in power to act because she expected leaders to keep ignoring them.

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