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‘Free public transport works’: a Q&A with Boston mayor Michelle Wu

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2022/06/22 - 2:30am

Wu’s vision for transport is informed by her life story – as the first mother elected to run the city

Nine months ago, Boston voters voted in a history-making mayor. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Michelle Wu became the first woman, first person of color, first mother and first millennial elected to run the city of Boston.

Now she is making headlines for another reason: championing free public transportation as part of a broader focus on affordability and tackling carbon emissions. This March, the city dropped the $1.70 fare for three bus lines that serve predominantly low-income areas and people of color. Amid budgetary concerns, the city will use a Covid-19 relief fund to make up for $8m of lost revenue. Ridership on the first free bus line has soared by 48%, from 47,000 to 70,000 weekly riders.

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Want to hunt pythons in Florida this summer? This professional has tips

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2022/06/22 - 2:00am

Registration has opened for Florida's annual python hunting challenge. The competition is not for the faint of heart.

(Image credit: Rhona Wise/AFP via Getty Images)

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Americans connect extreme heat and climate change to their health, a survey finds

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2022/06/22 - 2:00am

A new NPR survey shows 11% of Americans have experienced extreme heat in the past five years and had health problems stemming from a lack of air conditioning at home.

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More than 900 people have reportedly been killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2022/06/22 - 12:18am

The hardest hit areas were remote farming villages in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. "All the village completely is destroyed," said one man, showing collapsed homes on a cell phone video.

(Image credit: Bakhtar State News Agency via AP)

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More flowers, fewer cars: the rewilders turning parking spaces into parks

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 10:15pm

Across the UK and Europe, the ‘parklet’ movement is gaining pace, transforming dead spaces where cars used to be into pockets of green

As told to Phoebe Weston

As more towns and cities bring in measures to curb traffic and the number of cars on the streets, the idea of converting parking spaces into “parklets” is gaining traction. These tiny green parks are part of a trend in urban rewilding by individuals that is boosting biodiversity across the world.

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Australia news live updates: NSW passes motion calling on premier to halt Barilaro appointment; nation records 63 Covid deaths

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 8:46pm

Dominic Perrottet called on to halt Barilaro appointment pending inquiry; PM says Greens leader should ‘work to promote unity and work to promote reconciliation’; Victoria debates treaty authority bill; at least 63 Covid deaths recorded nationwide. Follow all the day’s developments live

NSW teacher strike ‘about politics, not pay’, Kean says

Matt Kean has hit out at plans by public and Catholic school teachers to strike next Friday after receiving a 3% pay rise offer, well below the rate of inflation.

Our 3% pay increase is far more than the Labor government’s 1.5% pay increase for public servants down in Victoria.

So the same unions complaining about our generous pay rise up here in NSW and protesting aren’t marching in the streets down in Victoria.

A senior woman, a senior public servant with knowledge of financial markets and trade particularly with the United States was offered the job, it was rescinded by the New South Wales government.

We don’t know by whom. And then John Barilaro mysteriously was given it just last week.

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Nationals won’t back a bigger medium-term emissions cut, David Littleproud says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 8:12pm

‘Big hand of government’ isn’t needed to drive transition, Nationals leader says

The Nationals leader, David Littleproud, says his party will not support legislating a more ambitious medium-term emissions reduction target over the coming parliamentary term because the “big hand of government” isn’t necessary to drive the transition to low emissions.

In the wake of the Coalition’s devastating election loss, moderate Liberals are now urging Peter Dutton to let the party room adopt a more ambitious position on climate change policy, and at least two MPs have signalled they would be prepared to cross the floor to support Labor’s 2030 target of 43%.

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Energy market operator to investigate breakdown that triggered suspension and energy crisis

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 8:00pm

Aemo says it ‘wants to understand comprehensively the lessons learned’, with trading to resume at 4am on Thursday

The operator of Australia’s main electric grid plans to conduct a “detailed investigation” into the breakdown of the country’s wholesale power market that triggered an unprecedented suspension during last week’s energy crisis.

The Australian Energy Market Operator said on Wednesday it plans to resume trading in a two-stage process starting with the market setting prices again from 4am AEST on Thursday. After monitoring conditions for 24 hours, Aemo will decide whether the market suspension will be formally lifted.

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more bronze

The Field Lab - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 4:31pm

Five pounds of freshly blended bronze poured this morning in 4 batches.  Each batch is 600 grams of copper and 60 grams of aluminum.  93,97,70,0,B

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Conservationists in court bid to halt $16bn Scarborough gas project citing damage to barrier reef

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 10:30am

Australian Conservation Foundation says global heating from fossil fuel development will compound coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef

An environment group has launched a legal bid to halt a $16bn gas development in Western Australia, arguing the effect of its greenhouse gas emissions on the Great Barrier Reef will be significant and should be assessed under national environment law.

Documents lodged by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) in the federal court on Tuesday said Woodside’s Scarborough gas project would likely affect the 2,300km reef system’s world and natural heritage values by adding to mass coral bleaching.

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Rewinding 100 years: the Devon neighbours who united to rewild on a grand scale

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 4:15am

A forester, a farmer and a child psychologist have formed a pioneering group to bring even more nature back to their valley

Dorette Engi, a child psychotherapist from north London, moved to rural Devon in 2020 during lockdown. Motivated by doing something practical about the climate and wildlife crises, she bought a 92-hectare (230-acre) farm and started a process of “creative destruction”.

Within 15 minutes of my arrival at her house in Tiverton, Engi, 69, has spoken about animals she wants to reintroduce, including beavers, pine marten, storks and – perhaps sometime in the future – lynx. She has already put 15 explosive devices in trees to create cavities for bats, and sought a quote for setting off a cannon in her overgrown plantation of Sitka spruce to create more diversity.

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The tale of a distressed American town on the doorstep of a natural paradise

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 3:30am

The town of Orick sits just steps away from Redwood National Park. It has prime real estate for recreation and tourism, so why are its motels and restaurants shuttered and its residents impoverished?

(Image credit: Mark Stephenson/Flickr)

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Cities are banning new gas stations. More should join them | Nathan Taft

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 3:22am

Gas stations are environmental liabilities and hugely expensive to remediate. Electric cars are making gas stations obsolete

Whether or not we’ve all realized it, the era of gasoline-powered cars is rapidly winding to a close – and with it, gas stations and the pollution they bring to communities.

People are tired of being forced to pay obscene amounts of money for fuel every time there’s an international incident. Meanwhile, the cost of battery tech is just 10% of what it was a decade ago, and is expected to continue dropping as the decade wears on. And just this month the Biden administration announced its plan for making EV charging stations accessible across the US.

Nathan Taft is the digital and communications lead for Stand.earth’s Safe Cities initiative

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Montreal to host delayed Cop15 summit to halt ‘alarming’ global biodiversity loss

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 2:55am

Experts warn ambitious targets for nature must be agreed at UN meeting, moved from China to Canada after two-year wait

The date for a key UN nature summit has finally been confirmed after more than two years of delays and amid fears momentum to halt biodiversity loss across the globe has been lost.

Ahead of the latest round of negotiations in Nairobi this week, the UN convention on biological diversity confirmed that the Cop15 biodiversity conference will now take place in Montreal, Canada, from 5 to 17 December, after it became clear China would not be able to host the event in Kunming due to the country’s zero-Covid policy.

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You've likely been affected by climate change. Your long-term finances might be, too

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 2:14am

Most Americans have recently been affected by extreme weather and support efforts to protect against future disasters, a new survey finds. And many people suffer long-term financial problems.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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If you can't get in to Yellowstone, here are some ways to salvage your trip

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2022/06/21 - 2:00am

Yellowstone is working to fully reopen, but there are new entry restrictions and many could be turned away at the gates. Here are some other vacation options nearby that are worth your while.

(Image credit: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

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World's largest freshwater fish, almost 660 pounds, is found in Cambodia

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 11:29pm

Scientists say a fisherman caught a giant stingray that measured almost 13 feet from snout to tail in the Mekong River.

(Image credit: Chhut Chheana/AP)

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‘We make nature here’: pioneering Dutch project repairs image after outcry over starving animals

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 10:15pm

Oostvaardersplassen reserve reshaped conservation in the 1980s as nature was allowed to take its course, now it is rewilding in a more managed way

We are in a 4x4 driving through long grass on a bit of land that was once at the bottom of the North Sea. Drained in 1968, this landscape forms part of the world’s largest artificial island, home to Oostvaardersplassen, one of Europe’s most controversial and influential rewilding projects.

Herds of free-ranging horses, white-tailed eagles, cattle egrets, high-speed trains, planes, powerlines, wind turbines and the city skyline of Almere all fit in a single frame. It is 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres), roughly the size of Manhattan, and 30 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam. Everything you can see is less than 50 years old.

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Young people go to European court to stop treaty that aids fossil fuel investors

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 10:00pm

Five claimants aged 17-31 want their governments to exit the energy charter treaty, which compensates oil and gas firms

Young victims of the climate crisis will on Tuesday launch legal action at Europe’s top human rights court against an energy treaty that protects fossil fuel investors.

Five people, aged between 17 and 31, who have experienced devastating floods, forest fires and hurricanes are bringing a case to the European court of human rights, where they will argue that their governments’ membership of the little-known energy charter treaty (ECT) is a dangerous obstacle to action on the climate crisis. It is the first time that the Strasbourg court will be asked to consider the treaty, a secretive investor court system that enables fossil fuel companies to sue governments for lost profits.

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Australia news live updates: RBA governor says he does not expect a recession; Dutton won’t budge on climate

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2022/06/20 - 8:49pm

Phil Lowe warns of further interest rate rises; ACCC to examine whether power companies are gaming the system; Dutton says Coalition will stick with climate policies; nation records at least 59 Covid deaths. Follow all the day’s developments

Victoria is reporting a spike in Covid related deaths, after 28 people lost their lives overnight:

Rally outside NSW parliament to protest government’s wages policy

We are losing skilled teachers, nurses, cleaners – and we’re going to have more pressure in NSW for services to be provided that we can’t retain.

It’s not much to ask and the government needs to act.

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