Category: Environment

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Good News: Pikas Now Predicted to Persist

By Bambam
A relative of rabbits, tiny, cute and charismatic American pikas typically live in cool, mountain environments and find refuge from the hot sun under boulders and rocks. Because the animals are sensitive to high temperatures, some researchers in the recent past have predicted that as the climate warms, pikas will have to move to ever-higher [&hellip

Seattle Experiences Driest Spring and Summer Ever Recorded in 77 Years

By Bambam
In the Northwest, record-challenging dry weather and warmth have been predominant for almost all summer, but AccuWeather forecasters reveal a change in this pattern will finally provide some relief, meaning there will both lower temperatures and required precipitation. Since scientists started record-keeping at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, it has been the driest spring and summer ever witnessed in 77 years.

Wildfire Burn Scars Can Initiate Thunderstorms, Increasing Risk of Flooding

By Bambam
Every year, wildfires consume millions of acres of land and it leaves changed landscapes that are susceptible to flooding. But it is less known that these regions already left susceptible can also intensify, triggering thunderstorms in some cases. Wildfire burn scars are usually left with small vegetation and very dark soil surface that is likely to repel instead of taking in water.

Preserving 80% of Amazon Rainforest Can Save it for the Future Generations

By Bambam
The top conservation body in the world is poised to make a decision on whether its 1,400 members can make a formal indication of their choice on a contentious proposal which indigenous groups put forward. The measure demands a “global action plan” so as to put a stop to uncontrolled deforestation and the extraction of valuable minerals and oil which could be destructive.

Global Warming

By Bambam
Dwindled Giant South America’s once- mighty Paraná River is now at its lowest level since 1941, causing thousands of acres of wetlands to dry up as well as threatening public water supplies and the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers. Experts say they don’t know if this is part of a natural cycle or climate change. …

Global Warming

By Bambam
Polluters Are Trying to Ensure They’re Never Held Responsible for Climate Change Last week, Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc from Louisiana to New York — but that wasn’t the only part of the country or world experiencing extreme weather events. The day before Ida raged through New Orleans, fire tornadoes blazed in California, a state currently …

News Corp Australia won’t muzzle commentators as it ramps up climate coverage

By Bambam

Newspapers to cover ‘all views’ and ‘not just the popular ones’, indicating the Murdoch empire may continue its pattern of climate science denial

News Corp Australia has confirmed it will ramp up its company-wide coverage of climate change next month but says its stable of commentators won’t be “muzzled”.

The executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, Michael Miller, says the mastheads will cover “all views” and “not just the popular ones”, indicating the Murdoch empire may continue its pattern of climate science denial and ridicule towards climate action.

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Labor contender in blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Higgins courts voters concerned about climate

By Bambam

Michelle Ananda-Rajah says climate change and Covid will be front and centre in a ‘watershed election’

Labor’s candidate for the Melbourne seat of Higgins, Michelle Ananda-Rajah, says the government’s lack of action on climate change will be a decisive issue for voters at the next election, as she eyes winning the seat off the Coalition for the first time in more than 70 years.

Ananda-Rajah, who will take on the sitting Liberal MP, Katie Allen, says climate change is the “number one” issue raised with her by voters, and will be a key part of Labor’s campaign as it targets progressive voters in the affluent inner-city seat.

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Disastrous season means UK shoppers could pay 50% more for pasta

By Bambam

Price of durum wheat up by 90% after drought devastates harvest in Canada, one of the biggest producers

Shoppers can expect to pay more for their pasta in coming months amid shortages of its key ingredient following a disastrous growing season.

A scramble for durum wheat has pushed the price up nearly 90% this summer after drought and soaring temperatures hit farms in Canada, one of the biggest producers.

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Scottish campaigners condemn Cop26 as ‘the most exclusionary ever’

By Bambam

Activists say almost 2,000 people on waiting list for place to stay owing to lack of affordable accommodation

Scotland-based climate campaigners have condemned “the most exclusionary Cop ever”, as they reveal a waiting list of nearly 2,000 delegates and activists who were still seeking affordable accommodation for November’s summit in Glasgow.

The Cop26 Homestay Network, which was launched in May, and is described by organisers as a “non-corporate Airbnb”, aims to match local hosts from across the central belt of Scotland with visiting climate change campaigners, scientists and non-governmental organisations.

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Netherlands proposes radical plans to cut livestock numbers by almost a third

By Bambam

Dutch farmers could be forced to sell land and reduce the amount of animals they keep to help lower ammonia pollution

Dutch politicians are considering plans to force hundreds of farmers to sell up and cut livestock numbers, to reduce damaging ammonia pollution.

After the highest Dutch administrative court found in 2019 that the government was breaking EU law by not doing enough to reduce excess nitrogen in vulnerable natural areas, the country has been battling what it is calling a “nitrogen crisis”.

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Criticism of animal farming in the west risks health of world’s poorest | Emma Naluyima Mugerwa and Lora Iannotti

By Bambam

In the developing world most people are not factory farming and livestock is essential to preventing poverty and malnutrition

The pandemic has pushed poverty and malnutrition to rates not seen in more than a decade, wiping out years of progress. In 2020, the number of people in extreme poverty rose by 97 million and the number of malnourished people by between 118 million and 161 million.

Recent data from the World Bank and the UN shows how poverty is heavily concentrated in rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America where people are surviving by smallholder farming. This autumn there will be two key events that could rally support for them.

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The Australia deal shows the UK is happy to compromise climate goals for trade | Gwen Buck

By Bambam

Leaked documents that reveal the removal of references to temperature targets set a worrying precedent

When the prime minister, Boris Johnson, launched trade negotiations with Australia in June last year, he lauded the opportunities of trading with a like-minded country, a land that could ply the UK with reasonably priced chocolate biscuits and cheap wine.

Except, of course, when it came down to it, there would always be more to this deal than swapping Penguins for Tim Tams. For the environment, current Australian rules do not match up to ours. On animal welfare, pesticide standards and climate change, the approach of the current Australian government isn’t the same at all.

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How much of the world’s oil needs to stay in the ground?

By Bambam

Analysis shows future is bleak for fossil fuel industry with trillions of dollars of assets at stake

The vast majority of fossil fuel reserves owned today by countries and companies must remain in the ground if the climate crisis is to be ended, an analysis has found.

The research found 90% of coal and 60% of oil and gas reserves could not be extracted if there was to be even a 50% chance of keeping global heating below 1.5C, the temperature beyond which the worst climate impacts hit.

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Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work | George Monbiot

By Bambam

Climate policies commit us to a calamitous 2.9C of global heating, but catastrophic changes can occur at even 1.5C or 2C

If there’s one thing we know about climate breakdown, it’s that it will not be linear, smooth or gradual. Just as one continental plate might push beneath another in sudden fits and starts, causing periodic earthquakes and tsunamis, our atmospheric systems will absorb the stress for a while, then suddenly shift. Yet, everywhere, the programmes designed to avert it are linear, smooth and gradual.

Current plans to avoid catastrophe would work in a simple system like a washbasin, in which you can close the tap until the inflow is less than the outflow. But they are less likely to work in complex systems, such as the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. Complex systems seek equilibrium. When they are pushed too far out of one equilibrium state, they can flip suddenly into another. A common property of complex systems is that it’s much easier to push them past a tipping point than to push them back. Once a transition has happened, it cannot realistically be reversed.

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