Climate Newsprint

A tumbleweed of starlings

Guardian Environment - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 05:30
Claxton, Norfolk It’s odd to think of them as chimney-pot solitaries in Warsaw or Krakow

One of the striking aspects of starling flocks is the lack of rhythm in their flight. It looks all metropolitan bustle and hurry, but as I emerge on the track by the marsh I can hear the air rush through all those wings. Then there comes that eternal rash of brittle notes that is the essence of starling palaver.

There are about 400, probably fresh in on yesterday’s north-easterlies and originally from Russia or Poland. It’s odd to think of them as chimney-pot solitaries in Warsaw or Krakow – where they call them szpak – each producing that quirky wing-flicking spring bluster, or stabbing worm mush into the yellow-lined flowerheads of their begging youngsters.

Continue reading...









Categories: Climate Newsprint

Well done, Greg Hunt. Farmers (and the rest of us) do have a 'moral right' to land | Jason Wilson

Guardian Environment - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 04:26

With the environment minister’s concession to farmers who have been fighting coal seam gas, we have a tacit admission that property rights aren’t everything

On Sunday, environment minister Greg Hunt urged mining companies to recognise the “moral right” of farmers to the land they owned or leased. Hunt was responding to a question from Barrie Cassidy about coal seam gas extraction: should he not simply “give the farmers a right of veto” over new developments?

Related: Coalition asks miners and coal seam gas firms to respect farmers' 'moral rights'

Continue reading...









Categories: Climate Newsprint

Ubud writers festival debates massacre 'that we’re not supposed to talk about'

Guardian Environment - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 03:16

The 50th anniversary of Indonesia’s 1965 anti-communist purges which killed 500,000 gets public airing despite authorities’ moves to enforce silence

If the Indonesian authorities hoped to silence conversation about the 50th anniversary of the country’s anti-communist purges that killed an estimated 500,000 people in 1965, their 11th-hour curbs on the Ubud writers and readers festival failed spectacularly.

Amid the bright floral garlands, free yoga sessions and Bintang beer bottles that dotted 38 venues across Bali’s self-styled “cultural capital”, politics hung heavy in the humid air. The year of 1965 wasn’t so much the elephant in the room as the monkey, popping up wherever it could to add punch and bite to the debate.

Continue reading...









Categories: Climate Newsprint

TransCanada seeks Keystone XL delay, taking decision off Obama's hands

Guardian Environment - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 02:19

Company asks to suspend permit application with US authorities due to dispute in Nebraska – pushing pipeline issue into next president’s term

The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline has asked for its US permit application to be put on hold – a move that would leave the final decision on the controversial tar sands oil project to Barack Obama’s successor.

In a letter to John Kerry, the secretary of state, the Canadian company said on Monday that it was seeking to suspend the review of its permit application until the resolution of a dispute about its proposed route across the state of Nebraska.

Continue reading...









Categories: Climate Newsprint

Disrupting fog likely to return for a third day, say forecasters

Guardian Environment - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 01:04

The extreme weather conditions – which caused 10% of flights from Heathrow to be cancelled on Monday – are expected to clear by Tuesday afternoon

Forecasters have warned that the thick fog which has been causing disruption at UK airports is likely to return for a third day on Tuesday.

A total of 129 flights – equivalent to 10% of departures – were cancelled at Heathrow airport on Monday due to air traffic restrictions caused by low visibility.

Continue reading...









Categories: Climate Newsprint

China and the US progress on talks in Washington aimed at combating climate change

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:53

The US and China declared a common vision for combating climate change at a formal summit in Washington DC between their presidents, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. The two leaders also struck a preliminary deal to outlaw cyber-espionage.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Tories undermining global fight against climate change, say leading figures

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:23

Britain’s reputation on the environment has suffered so badly under the new Conservative government that it could undermine the global fight against climate change, leading figures in the green movement have warned.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Giant 'blob' of cold water in North Atlantic bucking trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures, say scientists

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 16:41

A giant “blob” of cold water has appeared in the North Atlantic over the summer months, bucking the global trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures around the world, scientists said.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Arctic melting will cost the global economy £33 trillion by end of next century, scientists calculate

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 15:22

The melting of the Arctic permafrost and the subsequent release of carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere will alone add an extra $43 trillion (£33tn) cost of climate change to the global economy by the end of the next century, scientists have calculated.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Last month was planet Earth's hottest August for at least 135 years, according to US scientists

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 00:01

Last month was the hottest August ever recorded on Earth, according to US scientists.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

El Nino could make 2015 'the hottest year on record'... and 2016 will be even hotter

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 23:00

The slowdown in global warming is likely to end within two years as the Earth’s climate system undergoes a radical shift that could push temperatures to record highs this year and next, according to the Met Office.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Tories ignore clean air rules - despite 29,000 deaths from pollution each year

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 22:57

Fears that the Government is weakening its commitment to the environment have been heightened after it emerged that at least two Whitehall departments have admitted ignoring a Supreme Court ruling on clean air.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo among cities that will be submerged under water if we burn all fossil fuel reserves, says report

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 20:02

London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong are some of the cities that would be submerged under the sea if the world burns all of its accessible fossil fuel reserves, a new report has warned.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Global warming causing record rock falls in the Alps, warns expert

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 16:53

A French expert is predicting a record number of rock falls in the Alps this year as rising temperatures, thought to be a result of climate change, cause the permafrost to melt.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Big Six energy companies have 'quietly abandoned their green electricity tariffs'

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:31

The commitment of the Big Six energy companies to tackling climate change has been called into question after it emerged that they have all quietly dropped their green electricity tariffs.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 23:41

Climate scientists are predicting that 2015 will be the hottest year on record “by a mile”, with the increase in worldwide average temperatures dramatically undermining the idea that global warming has stopped – as some climate-change sceptics claim.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Nasa says sea levels have risen faster than thought due to climate change

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:49

Sea levels have risen 8cm in the past 20 years because of climate change, according to Nasa research.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Climate change: July was the Earth's hottest month on record – while 2015 could be the warmest year, scientists say

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 23:30

It is almost certain 2015 will be the hottest year recorded, scientists have said after it was revealed that July was the Earth's warmest month on record.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

China's carbon emissions overestimated by up to 14 per cent in the last decade, say scientists

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 17:03

The carbon dioxide emissions of China – the world’s biggest polluter – have been significantly over-estimated by as much as 14 per for the past decade, scientists have found.











Categories: Climate Newsprint

Government accused of protecting Tory-voting South as every one of the 27 newly-awarded fracking sites is in the North and Midlands

The Independent Climate Change Feed - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 19:05

The Government has been accused of protecting Conservative-voting southern constituencies from fracking, announcing that the next wave of shale-gas sites would all be in the North and Midlands.











Categories: Climate Newsprint
Bookmark and Share
Support Not Stupid  |  Contact Us  |  Not Stupid 2009