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08/20/2018 - 01:25
Malcolm Turnbull gives in to conservative members of his party who demanded he axe carbon emission reduction targets Australia’s prime minister has abandoned plans to rein in greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to stave off a leadership coup from within his own party. The Australian government had proposed using a broad energy policy, called the National Energy Guarantee, to bring in a carbon emissions reductions target in the energy sector of 26% by 2030, which would have helped Australia meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 01:01
More than 70% would make homes more energy efficient given government support More than half of the British public would install solar panels and home batteries to tackle climate change if there was greater assistance from the government, polling has found. While many have already made their home more energy efficient, 62% said they wanted to fit solar and a surprisingly high 60% would buy an energy storage device such as those sold by Tesla. Continue reading...
08/19/2018 - 22:19
Supermarket group’s CEO says removal of the throwaway bags had a greater impact than the company expected Woolworths’ ban on single-use plastic bags has hurt the supermarket group’s sales, the chief executive admitted. Although Woolworths on Monday delivered a 12.5% jump in annual net profit to $1.7bn, Brad Banducci said sales in the first seven weeks of the new financial year slowed as customers adjusted to the removal of the throwaway plastic bags from all checkouts across Australia in June. Continue reading...
08/19/2018 - 14:12
New policy threatens to undermine decades of campaigns for efficient cars and other conservation programs Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the US, the Trump administration has declared in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for efficient cars and other conservation programs. Related: California vows to 'fight this stupidity' as EPA moves to scrap clean car rules Continue reading...
08/19/2018 - 09:22
Focus shifts to providing help for 600,000 in relief camps as rain forecast to ease Water levels have started to fall in the southern Indian state of Kerala and rain is predicted to ease in the coming days as rescue operations continue to free thousands of people still marooned by the worst flooding in a century. With the lull in heavy rain on Sunday, focus began to shift to providing for the more than 600,000 people sheltering in relief camps, with shortages of medicine, fuel and fresh water reported. Continue reading...
08/19/2018 - 07:04
Official figures show there are 50m pigs to 46.5m humans in country famed for its pork Spain’s pigs outnumber the human population for the first time, according to figures released by the country’s environment ministry, which reveal there are now 50 million pigs, 3.5 -million more than humans The figures show an increase of about 9 million animals since 2013 and there are growing concerns about the environmental impact of an industry that produced more than 4m tonnes of pork products and generated €6bn (£5.4bn) last year. Continue reading...
08/19/2018 - 01:00
The parasites, picked up on planes, trains and in hotels, are spreading into homes The UK is facing an exponential increase in bedbug infestation as a result of this summer’s hot weather, which is exacerbating a major problem in densely populated cities, experts are warning. In higher temperatures, the reproductive cycle of the bugs – Cimex lectularius – shortens from 18-21 days to eight or nine days, according to David Cain, of extermination company Bed Bugs Limited. Continue reading...
08/18/2018 - 21:24
Daniel Andrews says owner-occupiers will have access to more than $4,000 each to install panels Victorian owner-occupiers will get half-priced solar panels for their homes with no upfront cost under a $1.24bn election promise by the state Labor government. The premier, Daniel Andrews, unveiled the plan in suburban Moorabbin on Sunday, promising that 650,000 homeowners over 10 years will get access to more than $4,000 each to install panels, paying back half over four years with their savings. Continue reading...
08/18/2018 - 18:37
Sixty affected councils across Queensland and NSW to be handed $1m each Communities reeling from Australia’s worst drought in more than 50 years will be given extra funding to help deal with the dry conditions in their own way. Sixty drought-affected councils across western Queensland and New South Wales will be handed $1m each by the federal government to spend on anything from trucking in drinking water to building new community facilities. Continue reading...
08/18/2018 - 12:47
Apryl Rogers says she has no hard feelings as officials admit ‘the bear is as traumatized as this poor woman was’ A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman who lost an eye when she was mauled by a black bear inside her house is still recovering from her injuries, but said she has no hard feelings towards the ursine home invader. Apryl Rogers was woken in her home on 17 July and discovered the bear in her kitchen. The animal apparently entered the home through a door that was not fully latched. Continue reading...