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‘Nobody works like Jane’: hundreds join Fonda at latest climate protest

Activists of all ages join actor in Washington for her fifth Fire Drill Friday, focused on the military Hundreds of protesters joined the celebrity activist Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her fifth Friday urging radical change to fight the climate crisis. In front of the US Capitol, Fonda spoke of the urgency of the climate crisis and need for activism on an unprecedented scale. We cannot leave it to young people to fight this fight for their future by themselves, Fonda said. Donning her signature vivid red coat which…

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Pressure grows on British chefs after New York bans foie gras

Restaurateurs and MPs are turning against the delicacy after years of intense animal rights protests Diners at Ottos know what to expect. Roasted duck flambed in brandy and carved at the table. Lobster bisque, concass. Escargots la bourguignonne. And the epitome of French fine dining, foie gras. As the maitre d applies himself to constructing an order of tartare de boeuf, Otto Tepasse, the proprietor, considers whether is unnecessary, but in France, where 98% of the foie gras eaten in Britain is made, a pt can only be called foie…

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Can the rest of the world save itself from climate breakdown without the US?

With Trump expected to skip the UN climate summit, the question will be: whats possible if the most powerful nation is pulling away from action? This story originally appeared in Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. As world leaders converge on New York City for the United Nations climate action Summit on 23 September, they enter what may be the most consequential week in climate politics since Donald Trumps surprise election as president of the United States…

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Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail ‘fantastic victory’

Judges overturn injunction won by plastic manufacturers after thin plastic bags were outlawed Malawis highest court has imposed a ban on plastic bags, a huge milestone for the government and environmental charities who beat off challenges from some of the countrys big manufacturers. The government imposed the ban on thin plastic bags Tanzania, Rwanda are among the others. Sangwani Mwafulirwa, a spokesperson for the department of environmental affairs, said the government was very relieved the verdict had gone in its favour. We have for over two years struggling to have…

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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive…

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‘No doubt left’ about scientific consensus on global warming, say experts

Extensive historical data shows recent extreme warming is unprecedented in past 2,000 years The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%, according to the lead author of the most authoritative study on the subject, and could rise further after separate research that clears up some of the remaining doubts. Three studies published in Nature and Nature Geoscience use extensive historical data to show there has never been a period in the last 2,000 years when temperature changes have been as fast and extensive…

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Cape Cod great white shark gives family a fright by snatching fish from line

Captain says encounter captured on video shot from fishing boat just left everyone in awe A family fishing in Cape Cod Bay had Atlantic White Shark Conservancy confirmed it was a great white, as did Marc Costa, captain of the Orleans-based Columbia Sportfishing vessel involved. Costa said the boat was about three miles west of Great Island in Wellfleet when the shark made its move. The captain told the Cape Cod Times the encounter just left everyone in awe. One returned to waters off Cape Cod in recent years, thanks…

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Zack Seckler’s best photograph: wild Iceland from the air

The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. Theres all sorts of wildlife too birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.…

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Glacial melting in Antarctica may become irreversible

Thwaites glacier is likely to thaw and trigger 50cm sea level rise, US study suggests A Nasa-funded study found instability in the Thwaites glacier meant there would probably come a point when it was impossible to stop it flowing into the sea and triggering a 50cm sea level rise. Other Antarctic glaciers were likely to be similarly unstable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal found it was likely to succumb to instability linked to the retreat of its grounding line on the seabed that would lead to it…

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Judge reinstates Madrid’s low emissions zone

New rightwing council fails to reverse policy of former mayor Manuela Carmena Barely a week after Madrids rightwing council began rolling back the citys low emissions zone, a judge has ruled that the traffic restrictions must be maintained. As of Monday, drivers of non-exempt vehicles will once again be fined 90 if they enter the 1.8 sq mile zone in the centre of the Spanish capital. The zone, known as Madrid Central, Ecologists in Action. Former mayor Manuela Carmena introduced the Madrid Central low emissions zone in November 2018. Photograph:…

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Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazils huge beef sector continues to threaten health of worlds largest rainforest The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community. But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, when it was embargoed by Brazils government environment agency Ibama…

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‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a precipitous fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic. The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years. The cause of the sharp Antarctic losses is as yet unknown and only time will tell whether the ice recovers or…

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The planet’s on fire but candidates’ climate crisis response remains tepid

The 10 candidates on stage in Miami accurately conveyed the urgency of global heating but missed chances to show how it underlies all key political issues Thursdays Democratic debate demonstrated just how far the the US is from contemplating the climate crisis as a threat that will touch almost all areas of American life and policymaking. Once again, debate moderators where the effects of climate change are already apparent, they missed multiple opportunities to press home how rising temperatures play into other political issues. Extreme heat and climate disasters threaten…

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People of color live with 66% more air pollution, US study finds

African Americans are exposed to 61% more of pollution particles from burning gasoline, Union of Concerned Scientists analysis says People of color in the American north-east and mid-Atlantic are living with 66% more air pollution from vehicles than white residents are, according to a new hundreds of different chemicals. Research has long concluded minority and poor communities are more likely to live near dangerous air pollution, a the new tobacco by the head of the World Health Organization. Over 90% of the worlds population suffers toxic air and research is…

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Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action

Addressing energy leaders, pope warns of catastrophic effects of global heating Pope Francis has declared a global climate emergency, warning of the dangers of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of catastrophic effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a radical energy transition would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role. Future generations stand to inherit a greatly spoiled world. Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generations irresponsibility, he said, in…

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