Campaigners say a charitable scheme to install solar panels in schools in England and Wales will be ‘unsustainable’ if cuts to the feed-in tariff go ahead
A charitable project that has installed more than 1,000 solar panels on schools in England and Wales will close next summer if government proposals to cut support for renewable energy go ahead.
Campaigners said on Wednesday that the “solar schools” project run by environmental charity 10:10 would become unsustainable under government proposals to dramatically cut the feed-in tariff for householders and communities who install solar panels on rooftops.Continue reading...
On one of the finest autumn days for years, sharply lit under a Wedgwood sky, the oak bears strange fruit. Little green and brown apples covered in horny, foliate protuberances grow where acorns should be. They formed last month when a tiny gall wasp, Andricus quercuscalicis, inoculated embryonic acorn buds with her eggs. The oak responded in an entirely specific way to this wasp by producing growths known as knopper galls, from a German name for a type of helmet.
They weren’t seen in Britain until the 1960s, but there was a spike in the knopper population in 1979 and people were worried that the iconic British oaks were in danger of not producing viable acorns. Although the wasps have spread as far north as Scotland, this has not been the case, and knopper galls have joined the rich community of life that inhabits the oaks. The galls are communities themselves, too, containing microhabitants such as inquilines (cynipid wasps lay eggs in the gall and their larvae feed on the oak tissue) and parasitoids (chalcid and ichneumon wasps inject their eggs into the gall wasp larvae to feed on them).Continue reading...
Australia opposed the plan for a group to assist migration, and it has been left off the draft agreement for UN climate talks in Paris
Australia’s opposition to the creation of a body to help people escaping the ravages of climate change appears to have paid off, with the idea dropped from the draft agreement for the crucial UN climate talks in Paris.
A previous draft of the deal to be thrashed out by nations included a “climate change displacement coordination facility” that would provide “organised migration and planned relocation”, as well as compensation, to people fleeing rising sea levels, extreme weather and ruined agriculture.Continue reading...
Matthias Mueller tells German newspaper recall of vehicles will begin in January
Volkswagen’s chief executive Matthias Mueller said in an interview with a German newspaper that the company would launch a recall for cars affected by its diesel emissions rigging in January and complete the fix by the end of next year.
“If all goes according to plan, we can start the recall in January,” Mueller told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “All the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016.”Continue reading...
A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.
Company’s CEO given top industry award as Greenpeace says it has spent £20m funding researchers and thinktanks that promote misinformation
A major oil and gas conference in central London was blockaded by a protest against a top industry award given to the head of ExxonMobil, the oil company that is reported to have funded climate change denial.
Protesters blocked the entrance on Tuesday evening by glueing themselves to the doors at the Oil and Money conference at the Dorchester on Park Lane, which brings together the most senior executives in the industry. Signs on their backs read “Climate change is nothing to celebrate” and “You can ignore the science but you can’t ignore us”.Continue reading...
For a week each spring about 140 people record every animal they spot to help researchers understand the health of a population threatened by cats and foxes
In backyards across the suburban fringe of Perth, people have been excitedly checking for cone-shaped divots in preparation for the annual spring quenda count, which is in its third year.
Quendas are a subspecies of the southern brown bandicoot, a small, ground-dwelling marsupial that has been hunted to critically low numbers by cats and foxes in south-eastern Australia.Continue reading...
In a vote Tuesday, Hoesung Lee was chosen to replace Rajendra Pachauri, who was forced to step down after being accused of sexual harassment
The United Nations Nobel-winning climate science panel – the ultimate authority tracking the extent of global warming and its consequences for humanity – has a new leader after 13 years.
In a vote in Dubrovnik on Tuesday, governments chose Hoesung Lee, the long-serving vice-chair of the climate panel, to replace Rajendra Pachauri, who was forced to step down after being accused of sexual harassment by a female employee at his research institute in India.Continue reading...
The sun is back out in South Carolina, but the problems are far from over. Dams have given way and roads have buckled under the weight of historic floods that have devastated parts of the state. The death toll from the severe flooding has now risen to 14 with hundreds of people still living in shelters after losing their homesContinue reading...
Maintaining a fire tower lookout can be costly for wildfire agencies, but in the West, many towers are still staffed by seasonal employees. Now the Oregon Department of Forestry is phasing out human lookouts in exchange for highly sensitive cameras. These cameras have the potential to change the way fire departments detect fire nationwide.
Parks and wildlife authority says cyanide used to kill three animals in Matusadona, and 11 in Hwange, with tusks cut off in some cases
Fourteen elephants have been poisoned by cyanide in Zimbabwe, two years after poachers killed more than 200 elephants by poisoning, the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said.
Three elephants were killed in Matusadona national park in northern Zimbabwe and 11 more were found dead in two different spots in Hwange national park in western Zimbabwe over the past two weeks, the authority announced on Tuesday.Continue reading...
Board member says Volkswagen faces multibillion-euro bill in emissions-rigging scandal and anything not economical will be questioned
The new chief executive of Volkswagen has warned the carmaker’s staff that the fallout from the diesel emissions scandal “won’t be painless” and that the company needs to make “massive savings” as it faces the prospect of a multibillion-euro bill.
Matthias Müller told a gathering of 20,000 workers at VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg that “every euro that stays in the company helps us”.Continue reading...
Linda Martinez, 62, believed to have drowned in caravan when river flooded campsite near Antibes where she was staying with husband
A British woman killed in the flooding in southern France at the weekend has been named as Linda Martinez.
The 62-year-old from Lancashire is believed to have drowned when a river flowing past the campsite where she was staying with her husband burst its banks.Continue reading...
Ben van Beurden points to first mixed signals of a recovery though raises concern that prolonged low prices could lead to a sudden increase
Shell’s chief executive has said there are signs the price of oil could start to recover and warned that prices may spike if they stay low for a long period.
Ben van Beurden told a conference there are four “signposts” for short-term oil prices: demand for oil in the global economy, the behaviour of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), the US shale industry, and the cost of production.Continue reading...
‘It’s learning-by-living rather than chalk-and-talk’ – Matthew Jenkin explores the schools at the cutting edge of sustainability
Nestled among the swaying palms and lush jungle of Bali is an international school where children learn in bamboo pavilions and read from whiteboards made out of recycled car windows. The classrooms, which have no walls, are designed to help pupils feel more connected to their natural surroundings while studying a curriculum with an environmental twist. It has been hailed as the greenest school on Earth, but it is actually one of many adapting to the changing climate.
Green school Bali is the brainchild of John and Cynthia Hardy, who moved from North America to the Indonesian paradise in the 1970s. They sold their successful jewellery business in 2007 and used the profits to start a school that would pioneer sustainability in education. The couple had the idea after searching for a school for their children but being put off by the unimaginatively designed spaces and curriculums on offer.
Anonymous source says Thomas Nilsen, who had extensively covered oil drilling in the Arctic, was sacked at the behest of the Russian intelligence
A Norwegian Arctic newspaper editor who has extensively covered oil drilling in the region was sacked at the behest of the Russian intelligence service, according to Norway’s public service broadcaster.
Thomas Nilsen told the Guardian he had no reason to disbelieve the report from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), and that it would be awful if it were true that the FSB, Russia’s security agency, was involved.Continue reading...
OrthoMetals is working with more than half of the UK’s crematoriums to melt down and sell on replacement hips and knee joints
Our bodies might not live forever, but the prospect of an afterlife beckons for the metal hips or knees we might be carrying. The recycling of prosthetics such as titanium hip replacements and cobalt chrome knee joints from crematoriums is a growing trend across the UK and in some parts of Europe where cremation rates are high.
Nobody wants their garden of remembrance to be listed as a landfill site.Continue reading...
George Osborne needs to stop pushing 20th-century fuels as the solution for 21st-century energy problems
The Conservative leadership once advocated powering 21st-century Britain with a green industrial revolution based on the smart, internet-linked, decentralised technologies being invested in by Silicon Valley, China, and others.
Now, unified in majority government, they seem intent on the reverse: exploiting shale gas, building new nuclear facilities, and actively undermining clean-energy competition. It is the new Labour leader who offers the vision of a renewable-powered UK economy today, one maximally efficient and optimally wired, allowing avoidance of both shale and new nuclear.Continue reading...
Labor leader says Australia can have a ‘battle of ideas’ over which party has the best climate change policies, but is yet to detail the ALP’s alternative plans
Bill Shorten says his goal to source 50% of Australia’s power from renewables by 2030 is a “declaration of intent”, to be achieved by Labor’s yet-to-be-detailed policies including an emissions trading scheme, as well as increased consumer demand for clean energy.Continue reading...
Detergents contain dozens of potentially harmful ingredients but with just three simple ingredients you can make a cheap, environmentally friendly alternative
My daughter just turned three. She loves being naked and disrobes at every opportunity, including in the middle of her recent dinosaur-themed birthday party.
I get it – who doesn’t love to be in the buff? But bar those of us lucky enough to live alone in the woods, pesky social norms dictate that we wear clothing. So we wear fabric. And even if you enjoy the thrill of sleeping nude, you’re still nestled into pillowcases and snuggled up to soft sheets.
The point? You presumably wash these textiles at least occasionally, and it’s worth thinking about the ingredients in your detergents.