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09/19/2019 - 15:31
As aviation hurtles towards electric planes, a zero-emission plane looks far off As a report claims that airlines are struggling to control their contribution to the climate crisis, the question grows more urgent for aviation: does it have a greener future, and will a zero-emission plane ever fly? Executives hope a combination of sustainable fuels, offsetting and improving flight paths can play a part in reducing aviation’s footprint until, if ever, carbon-free flying becomes a viable technological and commercial reality. For now, the best long-term hope for the airline industry appears to be electric planes. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 13:00
Open letter says the Australian government’s inaction on the climate crisis requires civil disobedience in response More than 250 academics at Australian universities say the federal government’s inaction on the climate crisis requires civil disobedience in response and they feel a “moral duty” to rebel and “defend life itself”. In an open letter, professors, researchers and lecturers from more than a dozen institutions have declared support for the Extinction Rebellion movement and its global week of non-violent civil disobedience in October. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 13:00
Union to tell parliamentary committee it’s ‘ludicrous’ to export uranium but not benefit from the energy source at home Nationals MPs have welcomed support from the Australian Workers’ Union for a domestic nuclear industry, as the union calls on progressives not to reject a “zero carbon compromise”. A House of Representatives committee chaired by Barnaby Joyce will hear from the union during a roundtable discussion in Sydney on Friday, before MPs visit the Lucas Heights nuclear facility for a site visit. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 13:00
Three billion birds have been lost across diverse groups and habitats, in what researchers describe as a ‘wake-up call’ The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds – a total of three billion – since 1970, culminating in what scientists who published a new study are calling a “widespread ecological crisis”. Researchers observed a 29% decline in bird populations across diverse groups and habitats – from songbirds such as meadowlarks to long-distance migratory birds such as swallows and backyard birds like sparrows. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 13:00
Global outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbugs linked to overconsumption of meat Hotspots of antibiotic-resistant superbugs are springing up in farms around the world, the direct result of our overconsumption of meat, with potentially disastrous consequences for human health, a study has found. Areas in north-east India, north-east China and the Red River delta in Vietnam were identified as hotspots in Asia, with areas as widely separated as Mexico and Johannesburg also affected. But the hotspots are expanding quickly. The study found areas where resistance to antibiotics among farm animals was starting to emerge in Kenya, Morocco, Uruguay, southern Brazil, central India and southern China. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 12:44
Millions will take to the streets in global climate crisis protests from 20 to 27 September Climate strikes: are you taking part in Friday’s protests? The global climate strike kicks off on Friday and will ripple across the world in more than 4,000 locations, the start of a weeklong movement to train international attention on the climate emergency. It’s the latest of a succession of strikes on Fridays led by schoolchildren – but this time adults are invited to join in. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 11:13
California governor Gavin Newsom tweets: ‘See you in court’ Administration formally revokes vehicle emissions waiver The Trump administration has formally moved to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards, in a decision certain to provoke a significant legal challenge. Related: Let's follow California's lead and regulate companies like Uber | Veena Dubal Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 09:55
Force says it will arrest those who break rules in London, as millions worldwide prepare to demonstrate The police are planning to impose restrictions on the global climate strike in London on Friday, warning that anyone who does not comply risks arrest. The event in London is part of what is expected to be the biggest mobilisation around the climate crisis the world has seen, with millions taking to the streets in demonstrations and strikes in cities on every continent except Antarctica. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 09:29
Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to fracking before the industry torpedoes efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The open letter to the UN secretary general, António Guterres, includes signatures from individuals representing global environmental movements, universities and faith groups. Continue reading...
09/19/2019 - 07:16
Adults, businesses and trade unions asked to join youth climate campaign Trade unions representing hundreds of millions of people around the world have come out in support of what is expected to be the biggest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen. The global climate strike on Friday is set to see thousands of walkouts and demonstrations in cities on every continent except Antarctica. Continue reading...