Tory government’s ridiculous claim that it’s a ‘world leader’ on climate is proven wrong, again

The UK government loves to describe itself as a ‘world leader’ on tackling the climate and biodiversity crises. Its actions, however, rarely live up to its rhetoric. A new report from the Woodland Trust is a case in point, as lays bare the dire state of the UK’s trees and woods. One of the worst in Europe The Woodland Trust’s report is called State of the UK’s Woods and Trees. As the title suggests, it’s a comprehensive assessment of the scale, condition and life-supporting capacity of the country’s woods and trees. It focuses primarily on native woods and trees because those are of the highest value in terms…

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Greta Thunberg issues a simple demand about how we tackle the climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has said the only way forward in the fight against climate change is to “treat the crisis like a crisis”. The Swedish climate and environmental activist was speaking ahead of the airing of the BBC series Greta Thunberg: A Year To Change The World, which follows her journey during a year off school in 2019 as she explores the science of global warming and challenges world leaders to take action. Over three episodes, the 18-year-old witnesses first-hand the consequences of climate change and also meets climate scientists and experts, among them naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. On Monday 12/4 9pm BST episode 1 of “A…

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The politics of climate change

Image description This cartoon is titled “The politics of climate change”. It depicts a pie chart, the vast majority of which is coloured grey and labelled “sound bites”. A much smaller section of the pie chart is coloured blue and labelled “empty promises. An even section smaller is coloured red and labelled “commitments”. The next smallest section is coloured yellow and labelled  “targets”. The final tiny sliver of the pie chart is coloured green and labelled “actions” By Ralph Underhill Source link

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We’re in a climate emergency, but BBC Cymru didn’t invite the Green Party to its leaders’ debate

On 29 April, BBC Cymru will hold a leaders’ debate in the run up to the Welsh Assembly (Senedd Cymru) elections. The Assembly elections take place on 6 May. And The Canary has been following matters in the run up to these elections as part of its #Independence2021 series. The BBC has invited leaders of Welsh parties to participate in the debate. That includes leaders from Plaid Cymru, Welsh Labour, Welsh Liberal Democrats, Welsh Conservatives, and Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party (AWAP). In addition to the global pandemic, the election takes place during a climate emergency. So there’s a lot of surprise at the BBC including an anti-Assembly party…

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Meet Wawa Gatheru, the climate activist creating spaces for Black women

“Wanjiku Gatheru, who goes by the name ‘Wawa’, is an environmental justice trailblazer. After founding the grassroots platform Black Girl Environmentalist, an intergenerational community of Black girls, women and non-binary environmentalists, she aims to use climate activism to help pave the way for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in the environmental movement. Gatheru is making space for underrepresented voices in climate conversations but also campaigns for BIPOC to be included in the environmental decision-making process. Growing up in the US, she took environmental studies at the University of Connecticut before becoming a prestigious Rhodes Scholar, and student at Oxford University, UK. Now Gatheru’s started a…

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“A Big Deal”: Bill McKibben on Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment & the Future of Climate Justice

Rutgers University has voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels, following a campaign by the student-organized Endowment Justice Collective that grew out of the Global Climate Strike in 2019. The organizing efforts led to a referendum vote in 2020 in which 90% of students supported divestment. About 5% of Rutgers’s $1.6 billion endowment is invested in fossil fuels, and under the terms of the agreement, it will now cease new fossil fuel investment and divest from passive index funds with fossil fuel investments. It said it also plans to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency and that the school’s investment office will annually report on divestment progress.…

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Protests in India over arrest of climate activist

Scores of people have demonstrated in the Indian cities of Bengaluru and Mumbai after a climate activist was arrested for circulating a document on social media supporting months of massive protests by farmers. Disha Ravi was arrested in Bengaluru on Saturday. Police said at a news conference on Monday that the document spread misinformation about the farmer protests on the outskirts of New Delhi and “tarnished the image of India”. They say Ravi shared the document with Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who tweeted it earlier this month. Activists hold placards demanding the release of Indian climate activist Disha Ravi during a protest in Mumbai (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)…

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New tunnel occupied by climate protesters opposing tree-felling in Islington

A new tunnel has been occupied by climate protesters opposing plans by a London council to cut down trees to make way for new housing. Police and bailiffs are trying to evict activists from the site, which is home to six mature trees and near a busy roundabout on Highbury Corner. Protesters at Highbury Corner Protection Camp said: “At 5am, bailiffs acting under instructions from Islington Council entered the ‘little forest’ of seven mature trees at Dixon Clark Court on Highbury Corner and discovered the tunnel. “Just as at Euston, the entrance was cunningly concealed within a pallet stronghold, fortified with earth from the tunnel itself.” Protesters have…

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Study suggests climate change may have played a role in the coronavirus pandemic

Climate change may have played a direct role in the emergence of Sars-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, a study has suggested. “Urgent wake-up call” Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a “hotspot” for many bat species that host coronaviruses, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge. The researchers said their findings, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, should be “an urgent wake-up call to reduce global emissions”. Dr Robert Beyer, a researcher in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology and first author of the study, said: Understanding how the global distribution of…

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Climate expert warns prime minister over ‘contemptuous’ coal mine plans

Boris Johnson risks “humiliation” over approved plans to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, a leading climate scientist has warned. “Contemptuous disregard” James Hansen said that failure to stop the mine from going ahead at Whitehaven would be in “contemptuous disregard” for the future of young people and nature. The new facility, which will be used to extract coking coal for steel production, has been granted planning permission by Cumbria County Council. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Stefan Rousseau/PA) The government said in January that it would not call in the plans for an inquiry, despite the UK preparing to hold the crucial international Cop26 climate summit in…

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