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Growing demand for SUVs 'could negate electric car benefits'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 5:13pm

Global energy watchdog issues warning in climate forecast for the next two decades

The world’s thirst for oil will continue to grow over the next two decades, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040, the global energy watchdog has warned, pointing the finger at the growing appetite for gas-guzzling cars.

Growing demand for SUVs in the US, China, Europe and elsewhere could negate all the environmental benefits of the increased use of electric cars, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. Because of their size, SUVs are harder to electrify than smaller vehicles.

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4 Dead As 'Tinder Box-Like Conditions' Fuel Catastrophic Bushfires In Australia

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 2:08pm

The latest remains were found in a burned forest in New South Wales on Wednesday night. As of Thursday morning, there were nearly 70 fires in that state, and more than 70 in neighboring Queensland.

(Image credit: Dan Peled/AP)

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Greta Thunberg Sets Sail For Home — And The U.N. Climate Conference

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 10:38am

When the next round of climate talks was suddenly moved to Europe, the young activist needed to hitch a ride back across the Atlantic. And she had a message for the U.S. as she waved farewell.

(Image credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

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Why I'm voting No 1 superb fairy-wren and you should too | Holly Parsons

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 10:00am

The lying, the scheming and the intrigue puts storylines on The Bold and the Beautiful to shame

If this was a poll on which Australian bird is featured most frequently on homewares, superb fairy-wrens would win by a mile. Teacups, plates, tea towels and cushions across the country are adorned with their image. The combination of their tiny size (they weigh about the same as a 20c piece), pointing up tail and the way they cuddle together makes them pretty darn adorable. I’m going to argue though that there are many more reasons that you should vote for them in 2019 than simply “they look cute”.

It is not only the public that is drawn to this gorgeously sweet bird. Superb fairy-wrens are actually one of our most well-studied Australian birds (heck I did my PhD on them). The more we learn about them the more we realise that that image of a sweet happy family unit is far from reality.

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Cows swept off island during Hurricane Dorian found after swimming for miles

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 9:06am

Cows missing for two months were located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after ‘mini tsunami’ carried wildlife away

Three cows swept off an island during the raging storm of Hurricane Dorian have been located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after apparently swimming four miles during the storm.

Related: ‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to all life on Earth, conservationists warn

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'Venice Is On Its Knees': Mayor Blames Worst Flood Tide In 50 Years On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/11/13 - 8:15am

The highest tide since 1966 brought seawater into the city, threatening monuments and works of art. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro is asking Italy's central government for help.

(Image credit: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

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Greens 'exploiting tragedy to pump up their cult', Craig Kelly says – politics live

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 9:39pm

Wildfires are not getting worse globally, the Liberal MP says, but ‘actually declining’. All the day’s political events, live

4.27am GMT

I can’t see this tweet, because Malcolm Roberts blocked me on Twitter a really long time ago (about the time Adam Gartrell and my reporting got him section 44’d, and also our reporting on his staffer being accused, and then later convicted, of rape).

But apparently Roberts has responded to this quote from Justine Keay with “Ok Doomer”

Go away for a very, very long time, YOU IDIOT. 11,000 scientist or you....REALITY CHECK, you’re the stupid one.

4.16am GMT

#Senate #qt is over. @murpharoo @mpbowers @AmyRemeikis pic.twitter.com/hR4OUOga2Y

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Greta Thunberg to hitch a ride to Europe with Australian YouTube influencers

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 8:08pm

Swedish climate activist will join Riley Whitlum, Elayna Carausu and their baby, who have been sailing the world for five years

Greta Thunberg will hitch a ride with two Australian sailing YouTubers on her low-emissions voyage from America to the UN climate change conference in Madrid.

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist had initially been stranded in the United States after the location of the conference was abruptly changed from Chile to Spain at the last minute.

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Climate change: do more now or risk catastrophe, warns energy agency

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 5:01pm

IEA says deep disparity between words and action on climate change risks failing to cap global temperatures

The world’s existing climate policies will not be enough to end the upward march of record energy emissions rising beyond 2040 without a “grand coalition” of governments and investors, according to the global energy watchdog.

The International Energy Agency said carbon emissions from the global energy industry reached a new record in 2018 despite progress in renewable energy in recent years.

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If the US military is facing up to the climate crisis, shouldn't we all? | Michael Klare

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 6:12am

Pentagon officials view climate breakdown as an existential threat to human society – and are already taking action

We have heard from the scientists on climate change, with their meticulous data on ecosystem degradation and species loss. We have heard from the climate deniers, with their desperate attempts to deploy countervailing arguments. Both groups have mobilized substantial blocs of voters in pivotal countries, producing gridlock in global efforts to slow the pace of global warming. It is time, then, to hear from another group of informed and influential professionals: senior military officers.

Military leaders have not said much in public about global warming, in part because they’re reluctant to become involved in partisan political issues (as climate has become) and partly because top government officials—in the United States, at least—have actively discouraged such involvement. Nevertheless, senior officers are fully aware of warming’s deleterious effects and have devised a thorough analysis of its strategic implications. As I demonstrate in my new book, All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change, senior American officers believe that global warming is already threatening the survival of many poor, resource-deprived countries and poses a significant risk to even the wealthiest of nations.

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Norway flaunts its green credentials – so why is it drilling more oil wells? | David Boyd

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/11/12 - 3:46am
Never mind how many electric cars are sold there – Norway has to change tack and end prospecting for new oil reserves

• David Boyd is the UN special rapporteur on the environment and human rights

On my official UN visit to Norway in September, I found inspiring examples of leadership on climate change. I encountered a nearly emissions-free electricity system, the highest share of zero-emission vehicle sales in the world (almost half of all new cars sold are fully electric), and billions of dollars being invested in a Green Climate Fund that provides support to developing countries, as well as a burgeoning Climate and Forest Initiative.

However, Norway continues to explore for oil and gas at a time when the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that meeting the vital 1.5C target in the Paris agreement requires that the majority of existing fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned.

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'We depend on the Tongass': Alaskans fight to save US’s largest national forest

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

Tribal leaders to testify before Congress in battle against Trump administration’s assault on environmental protections

Tribal leaders, fishermen and environmentalists from Alaska will testify before Congress on Wednesday in an effort to save America’s biggest national forest – the latest battle against the Trump administration’s assault on environmental protections.

The Tongass national forest, one of the world’s last intact temperate rainforests which plays a crucial role in fighting the climate crisis, is under threat of logging as Alaska seeks exemption from the Roadless Rule, which protects millions of acres of pristine forests across the US. The Tongass is considered the “crown jewel” of the national forest system, sequestering huge amounts of carbon dioxide to keep the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.

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School strikers try to unite divided Belgium over climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 10:00pm

Young Belgian activists are among the most enthusiastic, but their country is lagging behind on action

When Greta Thunberg began her school strike outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, she was alone. Within months, thousands and then millions followed her example.

Some of the most enthusiastic school strikers have been in Belgium, inadvertently launching a national movement that bridges the country’s entrenched linguistic divide.

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Greens senator says major parties are 'no better than arsonists' – politics live

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 9:35pm

Jordon Steele-John uses energy debate to attack Labor and Coalition support of coal industry. Earlier, Barnaby Joyce claimed two people who died in fires ‘most likely’ voted for Greens. Follow all the day’s event’s live ...

4.31am GMT

The solicitor general, Stephen Donaghue, has asked the high court to refuse Annika Smethurst’s bid to order police to destroy evidence seized in the raid of her home to preserve evidence for possible future prosecution.

Donaghue noted that evidence seized in the raid can be used to prosecute offences other than the one listed on the warrant – namely, the police could use it to prosecute Smethurst’s source.

4.27am GMT

Mark Butler has put out this statement on Angus Taylor:

Today it was revealed in a Senate estimates spill-over hearing that the minister’s department provided a draft letter to the Minister’s office which responded to the letter from the lord mayor of the City of Sydney. That draft letter is very different to the final letter sent by Minister Taylor to the lord mayor. The department’s draft letter provided to the minister’s office contained no reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure.

Senator Keneally: Did that draft response include reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure?

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New Zealand twitchy amid claims of Russian meddling in bird of the year contest

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 8:38pm

Hundreds of votes were cast in Russia, but organisers say the email addresses appeared to be legitimate

It’s an election that has spawned meme wars, full-size billboards, trash talking between rival campaigns, and now, accusations of Russian electoral fraud. Organisers of New Zealand’s bird of the year contest – a wholesome poll that raises awareness about the plight of native species – have denied claims the 2019 result was marred by fowl play after revealing a high number of votes cast from other countries.

“People are coming up with all kinds of theories about Russian involvement in New Zealand elections,” said Megan Hubscher, a spokesperson for Forest and Bird, the independent conservation group that runs the annual vote. “But we can assure everyone that everything seems above board this time around.”

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Adani mine could snuff out black-throated finch’s last chances of survival

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 5:56pm

Development has long been given priority over the endangered bird’s welfare – and is set to again with the Carmichael coalmine

The black-throated finch is a refugee. For decades, progress has forced the small, rotund, patchwork finch to retreat to a few pockets of grassland in central and north Queensland. Now the largest colony will be forcibly moved from the best remaining habitat to make way for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine.

Since it was listed as endangered and protected under Australian law, 775 development applications have proposed removing or damaging potential finch habitat. One has been rejected.

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Australia Wildfires: State Of Emergency Declared Over 'Catastrophic' Danger

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/11/11 - 1:55pm

Residents in the greater Sydney area have been warned of "catastrophic fire danger," the country's highest danger rating. At least three people have died in the fires in the state of New South Wales.

(Image credit: Dan Himbrechts/AP)

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Cornish homes take part in trial to supply clean power to grid

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 11:01pm

Project links solar-fitted premises in ‘milestone’ to form a mini virtual power plant

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall have started selling electricity to their local energy network and the national energy system in a pioneering move.

The trial is the first time that traditional energy users – such as homes, hotels and businesses – have acted as suppliers in a microcosm of a full energy system.

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Norway's Equinor must modify environmental plan to drill in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 11:00pm

Federal regulator wants to know more about the consultation Equinor conducted and the risks posed by oil spills

Norwegian energy company Equinor has been ordered to modify and resubmit an environmental plan to drill an oil exploration well in the Great Australian Bight.

The company has exploration rights on a site about 370km off the South Australian coast and first submitted its environmental statement on the drilling proposal in April.

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Coalition grilled on regional jobs package – Senate question time live

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 9:54pm

The Senate-only sitting week has started in the midst of a debate on climate change as ‘catastrophic’ blazes threaten swathes of NSW and Queensland. All the day’s events, live

Follow all the latest news on NSW and Queensland bushfires – live

4.32am GMT

Someone is having fun.

STATEMENT | Nationals kill dairy rescue bill.

Senator Pauline Hanson's private senator’s bill to introduce a minimum farm gate price for milk has been defeated by 31 votes to 30.#auspol #qldpolhttps://t.co/lXoeaHjP3Q

4.22am GMT

Breaking: Norwegian oil giant, Equinor has had their environmental & safety plan to drill in the Great Aust Bight rejected. The risk of an oil spill is too big and the damange to local fishing & tourism jobs too great. It’s time to protect the Bight from big oil once and for all

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