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09/17/2020 - 00:00
Confidential Chinese report seen by the Guardian intensifies concerns about possible weapons programme Saudi Arabia likely has enough mineable uranium ore reserves to pave the way for the domestic production of nuclear fuel, according to confidential documents seen by the Guardian. Details of the stocks are contained in reports prepared for the kingdom by Chinese geologists, who have been scrambling to help Riyadh map its uranium reserves at breakneck speed as part of their nuclear energy cooperation agreement. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 17:25
Queensland registers one new case of Covid as Scott Morrison announces new energy plan that diverts funding away from renewables. This blog is now closed Follow our global coronavirus live blog International students struggle to survive Cuts to jobkeeper will take $9.9bn out of economy by Christmas Full Story: the loneliness of Melbourne’s lockdown 10.30am BST We’re closing off our live coverage for the day. Cheers to Amy Remeikis for the earlier blog duties. Our global live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic has been rolling for hours. 10.05am BST Labor leader Anthony Albanese says the Morrison government is trying to “emasculate” the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by shifting its focus away from solar and wind to investment in hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, microgrids and energy efficiency. Katherine Murphy and Adam Morton have the story. Related: Morrison trying to 'emasculate' Arena by shifting focus to carbon capture, Labor says Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 13:00
Volcanic eruptions drove global heating, causing mass extinctions and ushering in dinosaur era A mass extinction event sparked by a sudden shift in climate more than 200m years ago reshaped life on Earth and ushered in the age of the dinosaurs, scientists claim. An international team reviewed geological evidence and the fossil record and found that enormous volcanic eruptions in what is now western Canada coincided with a global loss of plants and animals. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 12:30
Scott Morrison says solar and wind are commercially viable and do not need subsidies from the $1.43bn funding The Morrison government will continue to fund Australia’s renewable energy agency to the tune of $1.43bn over a decade but overhaul its mandate so there will be less investment in solar and wind, and more focus on investment in hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, microgrids and energy efficiency. The baseline funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) will be supplemented by a transfer of funds from the government’s emissions reduction fund and a new grants program worth $193.4m – but that represents a funding cut to the agency which was established by the Gillard government in 2011. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 11:00
Cross-party consultation finds support for ambitious plans on equality, work and environment The British public backs an ambitious transformation of the UK into a greener, fairer more equal society as it emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, according to an inquiry by a cross-party group of MPs. The consultation exercise, which involved polling, in-depth workshops and telephone conversations with a representative sample of the public, found support for ambitious plans on equality, the future of work and the environment. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 10:08
Protesters’ arrest tactic is a ‘pain in the neck’, Sir Stephen House tells committee hearing One of Britain’s most senior police officers has launched an angry tirade against Extinction Rebellion protesters going “all floppy” when they get arrested. Sir Stephen House, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said the tactic of going limp was a “flipping nuisance” as it required extra officers to drag protesters away. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 08:15
National security leaders view climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’ that makes the homeland vulnerable Climate change is not a distant problem for future generations to worry about. Instead, the dangers of climate change are touching the lives of more Americans with each passing day. As the historic wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and storms hitting the country this summer demonstrate, these crises are getting more frequent and more intense as the global temperature rises. Scientists tell us that the longer we delay transitioning to a clean, renewable economy, the more intense the impacts and the closer we come to reaching dangerous climate tipping points. These risks have a severe impact on the military’s ability to keep Americans safe. We’ve seen the destructive impact that weather disasters are having on US military bases, from the marine corps’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to Florida’s Tyndall air force base. They are also striking our neighborhoods, from rural farms to dense cities, requiring heroic rescue operations by the national guard. Climate impacts make the homeland more vulnerable, while also threatening American interests abroad. Because of this, national security leaders see climate change as a “threat multiplier” – increasing and exacerbating all other other risks our nation is already facing, from global terrorism to great power conflict. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 06:28
Survey by Ramblers finds wealthy, white people live closer to nature Wealthy and white people enjoy easier access to local green space than poorer households and people from ethnic minorities, according to new research. While 57% of British adults questioned in a survey for the Ramblers said they lived within five minutes’ stroll of a local park, field or canal path, just 39% of people from ethnic minority backgrounds enjoyed the same proximity to green space. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 05:22
Shortage of foreign workers behind plan by producers to employ inmates as a stopgap measure Prisoners are expected to be put to work on Malaysia’s giant palm oil plantations to make up for an acute labour shortage heightened by the coronavirus pandemic. But workers’ rights experts have warned that the proposal by the country’s palm oil producers may constitute “institutionalised forced labour” in an industry already accused of widespread abuse and exploitation of workers. Continue reading...
09/16/2020 - 05:00
Wildfires and climate crisis cited as possible causes for the deaths of thousands of migrating species heading south for the winter Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in south-western US in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely to be related to the climate crisis. Flycatchers, swallows and warblers are among the species “falling out of the sky” as part of a mass die-off across New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and farther north into Nebraska, with growing concerns there could be hundreds of thousands dead already, said Martha Desmond, a professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Many carcasses have little remaining fat reserves or muscle mass, with some appearing to have nose-dived into the ground mid-flight. Continue reading...