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Warwick asks voters to back radical council tax rise for climate action

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/03/05 - 8:13am

In first local referendum of its kind, district council proposes being carbon-neutral by 2025

A local authority is asking its residents to back an unprecedented 34% increase in its share of council tax bills – equivalent to £52 for a typical household – to fund a radical climate emergency action plan, in what is set to be the first local referendum of its kind.

Warwick district council’s proposed green levy would raise £30m over 10 years to invest in making council-owned buildings and vehicles energy efficient, reducing traffic congestion, and improving air quality. The authority aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025.

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Leading investor group tells companies to set out climate crisis plans

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 5:01pm

Investment Association gives UK companies three years to explain how they will adapt

An influential group of investors is for the first time demanding that all UK-listed companies disclose how the climate emergency will impact their business.

The Investment Association, which represents 250 members with £7.7tn under management, has set a three-year deadline for companies to explain in their annual reports how they plan to measure and manage the threat of global heating.

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Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 5:01pm

Funding is intended to help countries protect their people from the climate breakdown

People in some of the world’s poorest countries are receiving as little as $1 each a year to help them cope with the impacts of the climate crisis, despite rich countries’ promises to provide assistance.

Climate finance is intended to help developing countries cut greenhouse gases and protect their people from the consequences of climate breakdown, and forms a core part of the Paris agreement. Rich countries pledged more than 10 years ago to provide £100bn a year to the poor by 2020, but it is not certain that these commitments are being met.

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The Field Lab - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 3:42pm

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States Take The Wheel Promoting Electric Vehicles

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 2:19pm

There are nearly 1.5 million electric vehicles in the U.S. today. E.V. boosters want more government incentives to increase that. With little federal movement states like New Jersey are taking action.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Why China's Air Has Been Cleaner During The Coronavirus Outbreak

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 1:13pm

Air pollution levels have dropped dramatically as power plants and factories have slowed down — potentially saving lives. But the public health benefits aren't so simple to calculate.

(Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory )

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British Gas and VW unveil three-year electric vehicle deal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 12:27pm

Engineers to install fastest home car-charger available in exclusive one-stop package

British Gas has teamed up with Volkswagen to accelerate the rollout of its electric vehicles (EV) across UK roads by helping drivers to charge up at home at a lower price.

The UK’s biggest energy company has agreed a three-year deal with the carmaker to offer owners of new electric VW vehicles a one-stop package to help plug into home charging.

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Severn Trent to spend £1.2bn on protecting the environment

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2020/03/04 - 11:34am

UK water firm will power pumps with renewable energy in attempt to slash emissions

One of the UK’s biggest water companies plans to spend £1.2bn to help repair the environment and end its contribution to the climate crisis by 2030.

Severn Trent plans to cut its emissions to virtually zero within the next decade by using 100% renewable energy to power its water pumps and an all-electric fleet of vehicles.

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Spend £8bn to kickstart plan to decarbonise economy, chancellor told

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 11:01pm

Report claims Rishi Sunak has unique opportunity to invest in zero-carbon infrastructure

The author of a groundbreaking report on the economic impact of climate change has called on Rishi Sunak to spend more than £8bn in his first budget next week to kickstart a “massive and long-term” boost to “zero-carbon infrastructure, new skills and sustainable innovation”.

Lord Stern said the new chancellor had a unique opportunity to address regional inequalities and invest to meet the government’s target for net-zero emissions with measures already highlighted in the Conservative party manifesto.

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Climate action: the latest target of Europe's fossil fuel lobbyists

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 11:00pm

Fossil fuel firms are making good use of the many revolving doors available to them in Brussels

Picture the scene: a dinner for MEPs organised by leading fossil fuel firms to explain the lengths to which their industries have gone to combat climate emergency. On the guest list, the environment minister of Croatia, current holders of the EU’s rotating presidency, and Guido Bortoni, an adviser in the European commission’s energy directorate. Nobody at all from civil society or the NGO sector. In other words a perfect Brussels lobbying event.

Billed as “Oil and Gas and the Green Dealthis dinner took place on 17 February, just a fortnight before the unveiling of the EU’s first ever climate law. The meal was sponsored by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), which represents 29 of Europe’s main fossil fuel operators, including Total, Shell, BP and ExxonMobil.

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The government must abandon its fossil fuel power projects. If not, we’ll sue | George Monbiot

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 11:00pm

Last week’s Heathrow judgment was a watershed. Now we must target other projects that put profit before life on Earth

No longer should our survival be an afterthought. If we are to withstand the climate crisis, every decision should begin with the question of what the planet can endure. This means that any discussion about new infrastructure should begin with ecological constraints. The figures are stark. A paper published in Nature last year showed that existing energy infrastructure, if it is allowed to run to the end of its natural life, will produce around 660 gigatonnes of CO2. Yet, to stand a reasonable chance of preventing more than 1.5°C of global heating, we can afford to release, in total, no more than 580 gigatonnes.

Related: Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change

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World’s largest insurance broker under pressure over support for Adani and other coal projects

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 9:54pm

Exclusive: Marsh chief has defended company’s involvement in coal but says executives are meeting to ‘formulate a position’

Senior executives at the world’s largest insurance broker, Marsh, will meet in the US this week to decide a new global position on coal projects, including whether to continue support for the Adani Carmichael coalmine.

Marsh has come under pressure, in Australia and overseas, due to its work as a broker for the controversial Adani coal and rail project in north Queensland.

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 5:48pm
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Boris Johnson urged to speak out against climate deniers

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 12:00pm

As EU sets out its first ever climate law, critics fear UK may delay or water down green measures

Boris Johnson should publicly declare climate deniers as wrong in order to secure the UK’s standing in vital UN climate talks this year, campaigners have urged, as climate deniers with links to the Tory party prepare for a new battle.

As the UK leaves the EU, and its emphatic environmental commitments including the European green deal, those who want to see less action on the climate crisis are hoping Johnson’s government will be more amenable to delaying and watering down green measures.

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Tory donor invested in firm linked to Amazon deforestation

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 11:11am

Odey Asset Management understood to have sizeable stake in Brazilian firm SLC Agricola

Crispin Odey, one of the biggest donors to Boris Johnson’s Conservative party, has invested in a Brazilian company linked to deforestation in the Amazon, the Guardian can reveal.

SLC Agricola has been accused of clearing land for soy cultivation, mostly from the Cerrado ecosystem in Brazil, which is rich in wildlife and plant species and is an important carbon sink. It has requested licences to clear thousands of hectares of Cerrado land, on top of at least 30,000 hectares that it cleared between 2011 and 2017, which resulted in the Norwegian government pension fund divesting from the group.

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Let’s enjoy some good climate news: the block on UK onshore wind farms is no more | Max Wakefield

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 9:38am

Onshore wind companies can now compete for clean energy contracts. Despite onerous planning barriers, this is a big step

On Monday, the government did something remarkable. In the windiest country in Europe, it finally ended a five-year block on new onshore wind turbines. It’s a victory for campaigners, and anyone who wants action on the climate crisis and cares about lower energy bills in future.

Related: UK government lifts block on new onshore windfarm subsidies

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New energy watchdog boss vows to get tough on rip-off tariffs

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2020/03/03 - 9:15am

Jonathan Brearley says Ofgem needs to balance new net-zero carbon goals with protecting consumers

Jonathan Brearley might be the most important British climate pioneer you’ve never heard of. In the past 10 years, the former civil servant has quietly steered the UK to its first climate legislation, and then to the policy framework responsible for creating Britain’s cleanest electricity system since the 1880s. As the new chief executive of Ofgem, Brearley plans to inject climate action into the core of the UK’s energy regulation, too.

This may prove his toughest challenge yet.

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#FrontlineLive: experts answer your questions on the impacts of the climate emergency

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/02 - 9:30pm

To mark the end of The Frontline series a panel of experts answer your questions about the climate crisis and how it is affecting Australia.

Ask Prof Lesley Hughes, Greg Mullins, Prof Michael Mann and Assoc Prof Donna Green your questions, and see the answers on our live blog. Email frontline.live@theguardian.com or tweet #frontlinelive

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And for more on the topics we covered today, read the whole of The frontline:

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I’d like to thank all our experts today for their time and incredibly detailed answers. The knowledge you have is astonishing.

Thanks to Assoc Prof Donna Green, Prof Michael Mann, Greg Mullins and Prof Lesley Hughes.

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Barclays under investor pressure over fossil fuel stance

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/02 - 5:01pm

Jupiter Asset Management to back campaign resolution calling for halt to investment

Barclays is facing increasing pressure over its environmental stance after one of its top 25 investors came out in favour of a shareholder resolution urging the bank to stop lending to fossil fuel companies.

Jupiter Asset Management, which holds a 1.2% stake, is the largest shareholder to back the resolution, which will be voted on at Barclays’ annual investor meeting on 7 May.

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TV weather presenters 'have moral obligation' to explain climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/03/02 - 5:01pm

Ex-forecaster Francis Wilson says viewers need to be sure presenters are serious experts

The former weather presenter Francis Wilson has said it is now more important than ever for TV forecasters to be serious experts “in a time of floods and fires” caused by global heating.

Wilson, who presented forecasts on BBC Breakfast between 1981 until 1992 and at Sky News from 1993 until 2010, stressed the need to keep audiences engaged and to report accurately as extreme weather becomes more common.

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