'In the sun they'd cook': is the US south-west getting too hot for farm animals?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 11:00pm

As temperatures rise, farmers are being forced to adapt, experimenting with new breeds and cooling methods

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South-west of Phoenix, Arizona, in the hottest desert in North America, Beth and Tim Wilson use sprinklers to cool their 300 pigs. Nearby, the Adams Natural Meats bison ranch employs shaders and misters. North of the city, chicken farmer Dave Jordan says he cannot put his 10,000 birds out to pasture.

“If they were out in the sun, they would just get cooked.”

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Victoria unveils proposed cash for cans scheme ahead of rollout in 2023

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 6:35pm

Under container deposit scheme, Victorians will receive 10c for every empty can, small bottle and carton they drop off at a collection point

The Victorian government has called for public comment on a proposed container deposit scheme, due to be rolled out in 2023, finally ending its status as the only state or territory in Australia without one.

Under the proposal put forward by the state government, Victorians will receive 10c for every empty can, small bottle and carton they drop off at a collection point.

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Lack of climate action over 50 years will cost Australian economy $3.4tn and 880,000 jobs – report

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 9:30am

If policies promoting net zero emissions by 2050 are adopted 250,000 jobs would be created and $680bn added to the economy

Australia’s economy will be 6% smaller, there will be 880,000 fewer jobs and $3.4tn in economic opportunities will be lost if the climate crisis goes unchecked for the next 50 years, a report says.

On the other hand, the analysis by consultancy Deloitte Access Economics found policies consistent with a target of net zero emissions by 2050 and keeping global warming to 1.5C could expand the economy by 2.6%, or $680bn to the economy, and create 250,000 jobs.

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Russia rules out cutting fossil fuel production in next few decades

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 6:24am

Energy minister says Moscow will also focus on clean-burning hydrogen and carbon capture

Russia has no plans to rein in its production of fossil fuels in the coming decades despite the global efforts to shift towards low-carbon energy, according to its energy minister.

Alexander Novak told the Guardian that Russia did “not see that we will achieve a peak in [gas] production anytime soon” because the world’s appetite for gas would continue to grow in the decades ahead despite its growing number of climate targets.

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UK's bid to power every home via offshore windfarms by 2030 at risk

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 5:52am

Germany’s RWE says outdated regulation is slowing investment in onshore electricity grid

Britain’s bid to build enough offshore windfarms to power every home in the country by 2030 risks being derailed by outdated regulation which is slowing investment in the electricity grid, according to one of the industry’s biggest players.

Germany’s RWE has warned that work to connect the growing number of windfarms off the UK coast to the onshore electricity grid will not keep pace with the government’s goals unless decades-old regulation allows for faster investments.

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On the horizon: the end of oil and the beginnings of a low-carbon planet

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 2:00am

With demand and share prices dropping, Europe’s fossil fuel producers recognise that peak oil is probably now behind them

A year ago, only the most ardent climate optimists believed that the world’s appetite for oil might reach its peak in the next decade. Today, a growing number of voices within the fossil fuel industry believe this milestone may have already been passed. While the global gaze has been on Covid-19 as it ripped through the world’s largest economies and most vulnerable people, the virus has quietly dealt a mortal blow to oil demand too.

Energy economists claim with increasing certainty that the world may never require as much oil as it did last year. Even as economies slowly emerge from the financial fallout of the pandemic, the shift towards cleaner energy has gained pace. A sharp plunge in fossil fuel use will be followed in quick succession by a renewable energy revolution, which will occur at unprecedented pace. The tipping point for oil demand may have come and gone, and major oil companies are taking note.

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'Crossroads of the climate crisis': swing state Arizona grapples with deadly heat

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/11/01 - 12:00am

Maricopa county is home to America’s hottest city, where deaths from the heat are weighing on voters’ minds

Even now, Ivan Moore can’t think why his father didn’t didn’t tell anyone that the air conditioning in their house was busted. “I honestly don’t know what was going through his mind,” he said.

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