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Queensland police refuse to remove traditional owners occupying Adani’s coalmine site

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/10/02 - 12:00pm

Miner says group is ‘trespassing’ but police have acknowledged their cultural rights under human rights act

Queensland police have told a group of First Nations people occupying the site of Adani’s Carmichael coalmine for the past five weeks that they have no intention of removing them from the area “at this time”.

The group of Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners opposed to the coalmine project began an ongoing cultural ceremony within the boundary of Adani’s mining lease in late August.

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Queen calls on Scottish parliament to tackle climate change

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/10/02 - 5:23am

Monarch urges MSPs to build ‘fairer and greener future’ as she opens parliament ahead of Cop26

The Queen has urged Scotland’s MSPs to tackle climate change and “help create a better, healthier future” in a speech ahead of the Cop26 climate conference.

The Queen also reflected on the “deep and abiding affection” and happy memories she and the late Duke of Edinburgh shared of Scotland as she formally opened the new session of the Scottish parliament.

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Pushed to the edge, tribe members in coastal Louisiana wonder where to go after Ida

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/10/02 - 4:01am

By nature and necessity, the Houma people are a sprawling but tight-knit community in the bayou region. Federal recognition for the tribe could keep them out of harm's way.

(Image credit: Annie Flanagan for NPR)

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Tell us: how has the climate crisis changed your home?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/10/02 - 3:00am

Homes in America are changing, inevitably and irreversibly. We want to hear from you what this looks and feels like

For many in America, 2021 has been the year that the climate crisis matured from a worrying abstraction into a very present catastrophe, with much of the country ensnared in a vicious cycle of heatwaves, drought, wildfires and flooding.

As ever, the effects have not been evenly distributed. Poorer people are the worst hit – more likely to work outside, with less access to air conditioning and public services, and fewer resources to relocate to safer ground. But the emergency has never felt so close for so many people.

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From Corrie to car ads, carbon literacy training pushes climate to the fore

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/10/02 - 1:00am

Project has trained more than 21,000 staff and pupils, aiming for changes on whole-organisation level

The cobbled streets of Coronation Street may not be the most obvious platform for conversations about the climate crisis, but the UK’s longest-running soap opera has increasingly turned its attention to the environment in recent years.

From smaller plot points such as Sally Metcalfe discussing climate change with her partner over dinner, to 10-year-old Liam Connor collapsing on the street from an asthma attack caused by air pollution, environmental issues frequently crop up on the show.

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Poor countries must not be forced to take on debt to tackle climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/10/02 - 12:00am

A Cop26 insider from a developing nation on why the richer world needs to meet its funding targets

One of the biggest issues at Cop26 is climate finance, the funding that is supposed to be provided by the rich world to developing countries to help us cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impact of the climate crisis.

Back at the Copenhagen Cop in 2009, we were promised at least $100bn (£74bn) a year in climate finance by 2020 and every year after that to at least 2025. But that target has been missed. Recently, we saw an OECD report which found that in 2019 only about $80bn was provided.

Every week we’ll hear from negotiators from a developing country that is involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and will be attending the Cop26 climate conference.

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Humpback whales are bouncing back in Alaska after a deadly blob heatwave

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 1:18pm

Humpback whales are rebounding after a warm water event that killed off sea life in the North Pacific. Researchers at Glacier Bay say it's a relief to see baby whales in the water again.

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NSW environment minister urges moderate Liberals to push the party harder on net zero

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 1:00pm

Matt Kean says Matt Canavan and George Christensen ‘never worry about rocking the boat, so why should progressive, economically rational Liberals not do likewise?’

The New South Wales environment minister Matt Kean has called on fellow Liberal moderates in Canberra to replicate the forceful lobbying of National MPs, and insist that Scott Morrison takes a net zero target to the Cop26 in Glasgow.

Kean has warned in an interview with Guardian Australia’s politics podcast that traditional Liberal voters are prepared to rise up against Liberal governments failing to take ambitious action to reduce emissions and transition to a sustainable economy.

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Coalition approves plan to award carbon credits to CCS fossil fuel projects

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 1:00pm

Decision follows lobbying by oil and gas company Santos, who have said they would not start a CCS project without access to carbon credit revenue

The Morrison government has increased support for controversial fossil fuel projects that promise to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions by approving a plan to award them carbon credits.

It followed the oil and gas company Santos saying a proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its Moomba gas well in South Australia hinged on whether it had access to carbon credit revenue.

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39 Insulate Britain activists arrested after halting traffic on M1 and M4

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 10:22am

Climate activists stage 10th day of protests as they call on PM to ‘get on with job’ of insulating homes

Thirty nine activists from Insulate Britain have been arrested after the climate campaign group staged its 10th day of protest in three weeks, as it called on the prime minister to “get on with the job” of insulating homes.

Shortly after 8am on Friday, activists glued themselves to the ground and to each other at junction 3 of the M4 near Heathrow airport, west London, and at junction 1 of the M1, near Brent Cross in north London. At about 11am, a third group blocked junction 25 of the M25, near Enfield.

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Cumbria coalmine would hit global decarbonisation efforts, inquiry hears

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 10:11am

UK ‘would be seen as worst hypocrite imaginable’ if plans for deep mine are approved, say environmentalists

Approving a new deep coalmine in Cumbria would stifle international efforts to decarbonise industry and could produce a chain-reaction effect boosting prospective overseas mining projects, the public inquiry into the UK scheme has heard.

Boris Johnson’s aspirations to cast his government as an international climate leader at the upcoming Cop26 summit would be fatally undermined, the inquiry’s closing session also heard, if the mine were given the green light by the Planning Inspectorate.

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Swedish fuel retailers required to display eco-labels at pumps

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 7:01am

Colour-coded labels will show buyers the percentage of renewables and fossil raw materials, and fuel’s origin

Fuel retailers in Sweden are now required to display eco-labels at pumps in what is thought to be the first initiative of its kind in the world.

From today, it will be compulsory for dispensers of fluid and gas transportation fuels to be labelled with its climate intensity, renewable share and origin.

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10 great city projects for nature – from vertical forests to a ‘gangsta garden’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 4:01am

Around the world, architects, activists and communities are finding ways to bring wildlife into urban areas

Many readers have noticed wildflowers thriving in urban areas as city councils decide to let grass grow wild. These colourful little patches may seem like window dressing in the face of vast decline, but across the world people are welcoming wildlife into cities, where more than half of us live. Here is a look at 10 of the most exciting and innovative urban biodiversity projects popping up.

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5 Midwestern governors agree to create a network to charge electric vehicles

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 4:00am

The bipartisan plan will help the Midwest "lead on electric vehicle adoption, reduce carbon emissions, spur innovation, and create good-paying jobs," says Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

(Image credit: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 4:00am

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including Siberian wolves, a long-tailed hummingbird and a hungry polar bear

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Is it too soon to declare the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/10/01 - 2:00am

Scientists have searching for the bird ever since a kayaker apparently spied one in 2004 – can we be sure it’s really gone?

This week the US government declared the ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 species extinct. They were officially removed from the endangered species list because they hadn’t been documented in the wild for many years.

The loss of the species was hailed by many as a consequence of human population growth and the attendant loss of natural habitats and growth in pollution, as well as the climate crisis.

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Apple and Disney among companies backing groups against US climate bill

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/09/30 - 11:00pm

Amazon and Microsoft also supporting groups fighting legislation despite promises to combat the climate crisis, analysis finds

Some of America’s most prominent companies, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney, are backing business groups that are fighting landmark climate legislation, despite their own promises to combat the climate crisis, a new analysis has found.

A clutch of corporate lobby groups and organizations have mobilized to oppose the proposed $3.5tn budget bill put forward by Democrats, which contains unprecedented measures to drive down planet-heating gases. The reconciliation bill has been called the “the most significant climate action in our country’s history” by Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the US Senate.

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‘Innately low-impact’: Chloé brings eco-chic to Paris fashion week

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/09/30 - 11:09am

Gabriela Hearst showcased artisan pieces handmade from leftover fabric, with Gillian Anderson and Demi Moore in the front row

Gabriela Hearst, the creative director of Chloé, is bringing the values of the climate emergency era to Paris fashion week’s top table. The Chloé woman, once all carefree insouciance, now cares very much.

For almost 70 years, under stellar designer alumni from Karl Lagerfeld to Phoebe Philo, Chloé’s USP was that it consistently made the prettiest clothes in Paris. Since Hearst’s arrival last year, Chloé has been trying to make the most sustainable clothes instead.

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Treasury minister branded ‘ridiculous’ after claiming HGV driver shortage nothing to do with Brexit – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/09/30 - 9:02am

Simon Clarke, chief secretary to the Treasury, tells BBC: ‘The idea that this is somehow just a British problem is fundamentally wrong’

Keir Starmer was interviewed on the Today programme this morning only a few minutes after Simon Clarke, the Treasury minister, and he was asked why Labour is not explicitly saying that Brexit is to blame for the HGV driver shortage.

Starmer said it was a factor, but he mostly criticised the government for not planning for this. He replied:

Well, it’s certainly a contributing factor. Whether you voted to leave or remain, it was obvious that if we were to leave the EU, we would have less HGV drivers than we would otherwise have.

I think the British public should be angry and frustrated. This is a total lack of planning. It was predicted, and it was predictable, and for five years we’ve known that we’re leaving the EU and the government’s got to a position where we haven’t got an answer.

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Demand for private jets soars as rich travellers try to avoid ‘mosh pit’

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/09/30 - 8:45am

Bookings for autumn getaways higher than usual in UK, Europe and beyond as Covid travel rules ease

Private jet providers are experiencing “unprecedented demand” from wealthy customers seeking to avoid the “mosh pit” of commercial flights on autumn getaways as coronavirus travel restrictions ease.

Flexjet and PrivateFly, which supply private jets to rich families and business executives, said they were “experiencing exceptionally strong demand” for September and October travel at a time of year when bookings normally fall away.

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