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10/16/2021 - 14:00
More than 80 landowners and conservationists team up to design a new brokerage model Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community An Australian farmer-owned mutual has been established to give landowners greater access to the growing environmental goods and services markets as the world transitions to net zero. More than 80 farmers, conservationists and landcarers behind Regen Farmers Mutual have designed a new brokerage model to reduce transaction costs and enable farmers to aggregate their market power to sell environmental services. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 13:12
With weeks to go before the Cop26 climate summit, documents show PM being warned about the risks of damage to the UK from green investment Confidential documents leaked to the Observer reveal an extraordinary rift between Boris Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, over the potential economic effects of moving towards a zero-carbon economy, with just weeks to go before the crucial Cop26 climate summit. As Johnson prepares to position the UK at the head of global efforts to combat climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions as host of the Glasgow Cop26 meeting, the documents show the Treasury is warning of serious economic damage to the UK economy and future tax rises if the UK overspends on, or misdirects, green investment. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 13:00
AFL Players For Climate Action counts members from the men’s and women’s leagues and hopes to build club and fan support Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australian rules footballers have come together to tackle the climate crisis with more than 260 players from the men’s and women’s competitions signing up to the newly formed AFL Players For Climate Action group. The group is thought to be the largest from any single Australian professional sporting code – all of which leave heavy carbon footprints due to the regular and extensive travel involved – to collectively put their names to a climate campaign. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 11:00
Wildlife groups call for protection as numbers fall due to human activities around UK coast This month should be prime pupping season on the spectacular Cornish coast, whose rich waters and sheltered coves attract grey and common seals from all around the British Isles and beyond. But wildlife groups are concerned that seal numbers appear to be lower than in previous years – and part of the reason is down to a rise in “silent” water sports. Up and down the country there has been an alarming increase in incidents where humans, dogs or drones have caused disturbance to one of the UK’s most important wildlife populations. The number of recorded seal disturbances in Cornwall alone has doubled since last year, according to data collected by the Seal Research Trust. It believes that the huge growth in kayaking, paddleboarding and wild swimming is now a significant factor. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 10:08
The 80-strong bloat, originally part of the Colombian drug lord’s estate, present an environmental concern as an invasive species A group of rampant hippopotamuses, introduced by the late Colombia drug lord Pablo Escobar to his private zoo, are being sterilized by the country’s wildlife services, after mounting concern that the 80-strong herd presented a potential environmental disaster as an invasive species. The so-called “cocaine hippos”, whose number has more than doubled since 2012, were sterilized after worries have mounted over their environmental impact, including a threat to human safety. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 09:00
Those who helped fuel China’s growth fear for livelihoods, while power shortages create transition dilemma for Xi Jinping When he was a little boy in the 1980s, Wang Xiaojun was taught to be proud of his home town of Lüliang in the north-western Chinese province of Shanxi. Shanxi is China’s biggest coal-producing region, and Lüliang was a significant base for the army during the second world war. Nestled in the mountains of the dusty Loess Plateau, Lüliang, a city of 3.4 million people, has had less to shout about in recent years. A series of corruption scandals in the city brought down several high profile officials shortly after President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013; there are concerns over the high number of babies born with congenital defects, blamed by experts on air pollution; and, last week, a huge flood forced coal mines to close just as China scrambles to tackle its energy crunch. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 05:00
The mayor of Imperial Beach, California, says big oil wants him to drop the lawsuit demanding the industry pay for the climate crisis Serge Dedina is a surfer, environmentalist and mayor of Imperial Beach, a small working-class city on the California coast. He is also, if the fossil fuel industry is to be believed, at the heart of a conspiracy to shake down big oil for hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 02:00
An insider talks about efforts to cut methane, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases but which has had little attention While global climate efforts have tended to focus on the fight against carbon dioxide, many other threats that attract less attention are just as dangerous to our planet. Negotiations over these more granular issues take place away from the limelight. But the policies and agreements that emerge are some of the most vital steps in the fight against climate change. 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. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 02:00
Campaigners fear net zero strategy is being hamstrung by Rishi Sunak, who refuses to provide adequate funding Boris Johnson faces a significant test of his leadership before the Cop26 climate summit as the chancellor and business secretary are at war over the imminent plan for reaching net zero carbon dioxide emissions. The government is poised to publish its long-awaited net zero strategy on Monday, setting out how the UK will meet its targets to cut CO2 emissions by 78% by 2035 and reach net zero by 2050. This will also include the heat and buildings strategy for insulating draughty homes and phasing out gas boilers, along with a massive expansion of offshore wind, and building electric vehicle charging networks. Continue reading...
10/16/2021 - 01:00
Xi Jinping’s vision for a greener future was showcased at the UN biodiversity summit in Kunming this week, but what does it mean for China and the world? This week, China took charge of hosting a major UN environmental conference for the first time, at the opening of Cop15 in Kunming. The world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter and largest consumer of natural resources might seem a strange choice to host talks to stop the destruction of ecosystems and mass extinctions of wildlife, but the conference marks a tipping point in China’s development and an international debut for “ecological civilisation”, a little-known phrase outside its borders with big implications for the planet. Amid uncertainty around whether President Xi Jinping will attend critical climate talks at Cop26 in Glasgow, the environmental slogan is at the heart of a potential misunderstanding between China and the west. Some commentators have been quick to suggest that Xi’s reported absence is proof that China has reverted to type, an example of the world leaders that “talk but don’t do” who have so irritated the Queen. But others point out that Xi, who has not left China since last year – he did not attend the UN general assembly in New York – and did not even travel to Kunming for the Cop15 summit that China was hosting this week, has been clear about his guiding principles on the environment. Continue reading...