The federal government says higher fuel prices and colder weather will add up to a steeper bill than last year for consumers heating their homes this winter.
According to folklore there could be several distinct spells of good weather in autumn, each named after a saint’s day
Spells of fine autumn weather used to be known as gossamer, a contraction of “goose summer”. The name was applied because this was when geese were eaten, having been fattened up in the previous months.
These spells were notable for gossamer threads, the mass of fine spider webs which catch the sun in stubble fields on a bright autumn morning. Now gossamer is used only to describe fine threads rather than weather.Continue reading...
Animal reportedly shot with tranquiliser dart after zoo said it was ‘managing an incident’
London zoo was placed under lockdown on Thursday after a gorilla escaped from its enclosure.
Armed police were called to the central London attraction and visitors were evacuated as keepers tried to recapture the animal.
Animal found on a pontoon near Kew Bridge brought to safety after a 90-minute rescue, to applause from watching public
A stranded seal has been rescued from the Thames to applause from the watching public in west London.
The animal was discovered on a pontoon near Kew Bridge in Brentford, and brought to safety after a 90-minute rescue involving the fire brigade and RSPCA.Continue reading...
Government proposals to tackle air pollution in five UK cities could see electric vehicle drivers using bus lanes and getting priority at traffic lights
Drivers of electric vehicles could be allowed to use bus lanes in five UK cities and even go first at traffic lights, to tackle illegal levels of air pollution, the government has suggested.
Launching its consultation on clean air zones to be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton, the environment department said air pollution killed 50,000 people each year at an annual cost to society of £27.5bn.Continue reading...
The Category 3 storm has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center calls it "extremely dangerous."
Researchers say forecasting tool will stop coastal plants from being shut down by swarms blocking cooling water intakes
Invasions of jellyfish have proved adept at shutting down power plants in recent years. But an early warning tool is now in development to alert power stations to incoming swarms which block the cooling water intakes of coastal plants.
EDF’s Torness nuclear power plant in Scotland was closed for a week in 2011 after a mass of moon jellyfish invaded and the company is now working with researchers from the University of Bristol to tackle the problem.Continue reading...
As Brexit puts the future of EU laws protecting the environment in doubt, Greenpeace sent photographer Vanessa Miles to Blackpool to recreate a series of images she took in 1990 when just one in five UK beaches met bathing guidelines
Ogwen valley, which allows easy defence against grey squirrels, is selected for new colony
Conservationists have turned to military strategy to ensure a new wild colony of red squirrels is protected from grey squirrels in Wales. A site at Ogwen valley, five miles from Bangor, has been selected because it is ringed by mountains and cut off from grey squirrels.
“It’s easier to defend an area if there are geographical pinch points,” said Craig Shuttleworth, a biologist based at Bangor Univserity and a specialist in squirrels. He added that he had adopted the approach of a “tactical military strategist” when planning where the colony should go.Continue reading...
American farmers receive billions of dollars each year in "conservation payments" that are intended to protect the environment. Some environmentalists say the payments deserve scrutiny — and reform.
The end-of-season classic is not only among the oldest races, but also one of the toughest. Peter Kimpton delves into its course, kit and culture
Snaking down forested hairpin bends towards the finish, just 61 riders remain from 201, most beaten down by a gruelling 240km and multiple climbs across some of Italy’s most challenging but beautiful terrain. Dubbed “la classica delle foglie morte” (the race of the falling/dying leaves), the Giro Di Lombardia recently completed its 110th edition.
This year it traversed the glimmering waters of Lake Como before climbing up through cobbles into the ancient walled section of Citta Alta in Bergamo, where buildings glow orange, brown, red and in the autumn light. A sprint finish in the town’s main square saw Italy’s Diego Rosa tearfully beaten to the line by the ever-smiling Colombian Esteban Chaves, the first non-European ever to triumph here.Continue reading...
China leads EU and US in market size, with Nissan Leaf taking the top spot for best-selling model followed by Tesla’s Model S and two Chinese-made models
The number of plug-in electric cars on the world’s roads is set to pass the landmark of 2m vehicles by the end of 2016, with industry observers saying the electric car revolution is finally underway.
A surging market in China is leading the way and Chinese-made models have pushed into the top five best-selling models. Europe is the second biggest market, followed by the US, but their traditional car manufacturers face a stern challenge from China and from Tesla, whose much-anticipated Model 3 is expected to go into production in 2017.Continue reading...
US agri-business declines to attend peoples’ tribunal at which toxicologists and scientists will argue its activities have harmed human health and environment
International judges will take evidence from 30 witnesses and “victims” of US agri-business Monsanto in an attempt by hundreds of grassroots groups to hold the company accountable for what they allege are human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and “ecocide”, or widespread environmental damage.
High-profile witnesses, including former UN special rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter, will give evidence alongside Argentine doctors, Mexican beekeepers and toxicologists and scientists from 15 countries. The five judges will deliver what is expected to be a lengthy advisory legal opinion.
Report from the Committee on Climate Change says a government strategy to deploy new, radical technologies at scale by 2050 must begin now
The UK government needs to kickstart technologies to suck carbon dioxide from the air if it is to play its part in meeting the goals of the Paris climate change agreement, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government’s official advisers.
The global climate deal, which the prime minister, Theresa May, says the UK will ratify by the end of 2016, pledges net zero emissions by the second half of the century, in order to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Given that some emissions, such as those from aviation and agriculture, will be very difficult to reduce to zero, that means removing some carbon from the atmosphere.Continue reading...
Environmentalists furious that 2020 moratorium on 400,000ha of Tarkine forests could be reversed to help Forestry Australia ‘stand on its own feet’
Old growth forests in the Tarkine could be logged by private companies under plans being considered by the Tasmanian government to reverse a moratorium on harvesting 400,000ha of high conservation value forests.
The forests were part of 500,000ha protected under the forest peace deal signed by the former Labor government in 2013, which would have seen them eventually gazetted into national parks.Continue reading...
People flock to Kwongan Heath to experience a living laboratory of plant species. But these unique wildflowers are under threat
Kwongan Heath country in the midwest of Western Australia is one of the of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Whereas Europe and North America have had the evolution of their flora species reset to near zero several times due to extended glacial periods, Western Australia is host to the longest unbroken evolution of plant species on the planet. You can literally see evolutionary history written in the landscape. Nutrient poor soils and continuous wet and dry cycles over millennia have produced an incredible array of adaptations, specialisation and coping methods to fill every available ecological niche.
There’s no better time than wildflower season (now) to experience this living laboratory, and people from all over the country, and indeed the world, come to experience the carpets of colour and marvel at each unique specimen.Continue reading...
Long-running YouGov poll shows support for shale gas extraction at 37.3% – just as industry gears up to begin drilling
The British public’s support for fracking has fallen sharply in the last year and is now at the lowest level ever, according to a long-running poll published as the industry gears up to begin drilling.
New polling by YouGov for the University of Nottingham, which has been tracking attitudes towards shale gas extraction for more than four years, shows support for fracking in the UK is now at 37.3%, down from 46.5% a year ago and 58% in the summer of 2013.Continue reading...
Seneca Rus, 25, was bitten by a suspected white pointer in surf in Ballina on Wednesday
The surfer attacked by a shark on the NSW north coast is worried the use of nets around beaches could hurt marine life.
Seneca Rus, 25, was bitten by a suspected white pointer on Wednesday at Sharpes beach in Ballina when surfing with his mates.Continue reading...
Making heritage buildings sustainable is just as important as preserving their history – and they can offer energy-efficiency lessons of their own
After grinding grain since 1897, Sydney’s Crago Flour Mill finally cranked to a halt in the mid 80s. Over the years, this handsome industrial Newtown site became rundown, a dusty labyrinth of rooms sprawled over four buildings.
Given the job in 2008 of transforming the mill into 47 strata studios, architects Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) made a strategic decision. By refusing to tear down the structure, they saved an estimated 21,000 tonnes of CO2. Preserving embodied energy (the energy consumed by the entire building process) was key, along with avoiding the physical energy needed to destroy a large structure.Continue reading...
On Tuesday, activists targeted five pipelines carrying crude oil into the U.S. from Canada, as construction resumed on a North Dakota pipeline.