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Poverty, not climate breakdown, caused Madagascar’s food crisis, finds study

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/12/01 - 4:01pm

But scientists say ‘moral imperative’ remains to prepare vulnerable populations for increasingly extreme weather

Poverty and a heavy reliance on annual rains are the key factors behind the devastating food crisis in southern Madagascar not climate breakdown, a new study finds.

A million people in the region are struggling for food following the worst drought in 30 years. But the scientific analysis did not show a convincing link to global heating, despite the World Food Programme describing it as the “world’s first climate-induced famine”.

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‘Deluge of plastic waste’: US is world’s biggest plastic polluter

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/12/01 - 9:00am

At 42m metric tons of plastic waste a year, the US generates more waste than all EU countries combined

The US is the world’s biggest culprit in generating plastic waste and the country urgently needs a new strategy to curb the vast amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans, a new report submitted to the federal government has found.

The advent of cheap, versatile plastics has created “a global scale deluge of plastic waste seemingly everywhere we look”, the report states, with the US a leading contributor of disposable plastics that ends up entangling and choking marine life, harming ecosystems and bringing harmful pollution up through the food chain.

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Drax is expected to profit from UK energy crisis until 2023

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/12/01 - 8:28am

Company’s shares hit seven-year high after revealing plans to invest £3bn despite questions over biomass

The owner of the Drax power station is expected to profit from Britain’s energy crisis until 2023 and will plough billions into doubling its production of wood pellets for burning by 2030 despite mounting opposition from environmentalists.

The FTSE 250 energy company’s shares hit seven-year highs on Wednesday after it told investors it aimed to invest £3bn by 2030. Part of that investment would be directed towards doubling production and sales of biomass pellets, which Drax uses at its North Yorkshire power plant as an alternative to burning coal.

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Data storage, mining and wind: oceans seen as new frontier but at what cost?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/12/01 - 6:00am

Industries gazing out to sea for more space, more cold, clean water and more wind offer a glimpse of the future and its risks

In September 2017, a giant, floating fish farm capable of raising 1.5 million salmon was installed in central Norway. Besides its vast size – the circular structure is roughly the equivalent of two baseball fields – what set SalMar’s Ocean Farm 1 apart was its location three miles off the coast. It was hailed as the world’s first offshore salmon farm.

Four years later, there have been two production cycles with better growth and survival of salmon compared with inshore farms, according to the company, hence less food waste and a lower carbon footprint. Energy demand was also reduced compared with traditional inshore farms because seawater naturally flows through the nets, oxygenating salmon with no need for the pumps used on traditional inshore farms.

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Essex mega-prisons pose threat to rare wildlife, warn environmentalists

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/12/01 - 3:41am

Government accused of reneging on environmental pledges with plan to build on old airfield near Braintree

Campaigners have criticised plans to develop two mega-prisons on the site of a rare bird and amphibian habitat in England.

The government has been accused of reneging on commitments in the Environment Act to stop the decline of wildlife by proposing the development on the old Wethersfield airfield, which has become an important space for nature near Braintree, Essex.

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Shipping industry is pressured to cut pollution caused by merchant fleet

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/12/01 - 3:05am

The global shipping industry is coming under increasing pressure to cut the pollution created by the world's merchant fleet. The effort to reduce ship emissions isn't going well.

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More bigger badder laws are coming to stop climate activists | First Dog on the Moon

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 11:04pm

We are going to need more bigger badder climate activists

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England green homes scheme was ‘slam dunk fail’, says public accounts committee

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 11:00pm

Dame Meg Hillier says scheme cost £50m and delivered only a fraction of objectives

The government’s green homes grant scheme underperformed badly and risks damaging future efforts to deliver net zero, the public accounts committee (PAC) said.

Hailed by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, as a key plank in his green industrial revolution, the grants only upgraded about 47,500 homes out of the 600,000 originally planned. They also delivered a small fraction of the expected jobs.

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Renewable energy has ‘another record year of growth’ says IEA

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 11:00pm

Renewables will account for about 95% of growth in global power-generation capacity up to the end of 2026, finds energy agency

It has been another record year for renewable energy, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and rising costs for raw materials around the world, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, has been installed around the world this year, beating the previous record last year. On current trends, renewable energy generating capacity will exceed that of fossil fuels and nuclear energy combined by 2026.

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Australia’s biggest privately funded battery under construction at Hazelwood power station site

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 7:47pm

Engie closed the coal-fired plant in 2017 and expects its new $150m battery to be operating by November 2022

Australia’s biggest privately funded “big battery” is being built on the site of the former Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s Latrobe valley, Macquarie Group and Engie say.

The 150MW battery will use existing infrastructure at the Hazelwood site to connect to the electricity grid, the companies said in a statement.

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Auckland homeowners to pay $1.10 a week under ‘climate tax’ plan to green the city

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 6:58pm

The levy will raise $NZ574m over 10 years and will pay for 15,000 mature trees, 4,000 saplings, electric ferries, and new cycle paths

Homeowners in New Zealand’s largest city will have to chip in around a dollar a week to plant urban forests, pave cycle lanes and reduce Auckland’s emissions, under the city’s proposal for one of the world’s first climate-targeted rates.

Auckland’s mayor, Phil Goff, announced plans on Wednesday for a billion-dollar climate package to reshape the city’s infrastructure and reduce its carbon emissions, investing in electric ferries, cycling and walkways, and urban forests.

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NSW has wettest November in 121 years of records

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 6:10pm

Some towns in the state experienced four times the usual rainfall as the La Nina weather event took hold, the Bureau of Meteorology records show

NSW has experienced its wettest November since at least 1900, with some inland regions recording as much as four times the usual rainfall as the La Nina event in the Pacific took hold.

The Bureau of Meteorology, which will later today release more details on last month and the spring for the entire country, said a range of towns from Bathurst to Forbes beat previous rainfall records by a fifth.

This story was amended on 1 December 2021. An earlier version stated November was the coolest on record for NSW when it was the coolest since 1999.

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One in six Australian birds are now threatened, landmark action plan finds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 5:27pm

Once-in-a-decade study finds 216 out of 1,299 species are in danger – up from 195 in 2011

One in six Australian birds are now threatened, according to a once-in-a-decade study that finds the climate emergency is pushing species closer to extinction.

The action plan for birds is a major scientific study led by Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, with input from more than 300 bird experts.

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 4:11pm

 

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What's the environmental impact each time we hit 'buy now,' and can we change course?

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 2:36pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author J.B. MacKinnon about the impact of American consumerism on the environment, and how pulling back could positively affect the planet.

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends as the third most active year ever

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 2:19pm

Hurricane Ida alone caused more than $60 billion in damages, making it one of the five most costly U.S. hurricanes on record since 1980. Forecasters ran out of names for a record second year in a row.

(Image credit: NOAA)

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Energy firms fined after subsea cable delay pauses Scottish windfarms

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 10:38am

Turbine sites paid to switch off on windy days because there was no way to transmit power to south of UK

Two energy companies will pay a record £158m fine after delays to a major subsea power cable bringing renewable energy from Scotland to England and Wales caused home energy bills to rise.

National Grid and Scottish Power agreed to pay the penalty after an investigation by the industry regulator found many of Scotland’s windfarms were paid to turn off on windy days because there was no way to transmit the clean electricity to areas of high energy demand in the south of the UK.

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The plan to transform one of New York City’s dirtiest freeways into green space

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 4:00am

The noxious Cross Bronx Expressway could get an upgrade thanks to new federal funding

It’s an appalling freeway. It’s loud, congested, and contributes to some of the nation’s highest asthma rates.

But now, after years of organizing from community groups and state lawmakers, there’s federal funding to develop a plan: cover portions of the highway with green space and reconnect neighborhoods separated by the structure.

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Climate change is blamed for dramatic flooding in British Columbia

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2021/11/30 - 3:01am

British Columbia, devastated by wildfires last summer, is now coping with severe flooding — both dramatic examples of the impact of climate change.

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