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11/14/2019 - 04:31
Move blamed on heavy cost of investing in electric vehicles just as traditional car sales slow Mercedes-Benz plans to save €1.65bn (£1.4bn) by cutting more than 1,000 jobs in the latest sign German carmakers are struggling to make big investments in electric car technology. Carmakers around the world are spending billions on developing battery-powered electric vehicles but at the same time sales of internal combustion engines are slowing in the face of economic weakness and scandals over emissions. Continue reading...
11/14/2019 - 01:00
Lucy Hughes, 24, wins £30,000 international prize for compostable MarinaTex A bioplastic made of organic fish waste that would otherwise end up in landfill – with the potential to replace plastic in food and drink packaging – has landed its UK designer a prestigious international award and £30,000 prize. Lucy Hughes, 24, a graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, scooped the James Dyson award for her biodegradable and compostable material known as MarinaTex. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 22:21
Former heads of state fire services say government ‘fundamentally doesn’t like talking about climate change’ A coalition of former fire chiefs have said the government “fundamentally doesn’t like talking about climate change” and that politics is the reason the government was ignoring their advice. Former heads of the New South Wales, Queensland, Victorian and Tasmanian fire services met in Sydney on Thursday after fires that killed four people tore through the the Australian east coast this week. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 21:22
While the ibis may be trailing in bird of the year, it has made it into the top 10 most commonly seen birds in the Aussie backyard bird count• Cast your vote in now – poll closes 5pm AEST We recently took our children to Sydney for the first time. They loved it: the Manly ferry, the Opera House, hanging out on Bondi beach hoping to see some idiot tourist get pulled from the surf by the lifesavers from Bondi Rescue. But perhaps their most lasting memory was provided by an ibis foraging around Circular Quay. When the first fleet unloaded its scurvy-sickened crew at the same site in 1788, there were very probably no ibis lurking. Their natural home was the wetlands of the Murray-Darling basin. They only started to become regulars in Sydney during the 1950s – perhaps not coincidentally around the time of the great surge in irrigation infrastructure that started sucking water out of the rivers and wetlands of their traditional territory. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 19:13
Global energy watchdog issues warning in climate forecast for the next two decades The world’s thirst for oil will continue to grow over the next two decades, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040, the global energy watchdog has warned, pointing the finger at the growing appetite for gas-guzzling cars. Growing demand for SUVs in the US, China, Europe and elsewhere could negate all the environmental benefits of the increased use of electric cars, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. Because of their size, SUVs are harder to electrify than smaller vehicles. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 18:49
Government services minister tries to avoid question at National Press Club, but urged to address the issue. This blog is now closed • NDIS minister Stuart Robert defends governance of disability agency after series of controversies • Peter Dutton’s office sought details on media raids from AFP, but was knocked back • Australia told to prepare for ‘completely new’ two-sided energy market 5.28am GMT We have reached the ‘get me out of here’ section of the Senate sitting, where nothing new is being discussed and everyone is responding to comments made earlier in the day. Plus, after this week, and the new depths we have plunged, everyone is quite happy to lie low. 5.23am GMT Murray Watt is in the Senate, asking why the government can’t produce the documents on the regional jobs and investment packages. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 18:30
Lancet Countdown tracks impacts of global heating covering disease, wildfires and malnutrition The climate crisis will determine the lifelong health of today’s children, doctors have warned, noting that global heating was already causing harm. Children are especially vulnerable and the global team of researchers say rising temperatures mean the bacteria causing deadly diarrhoea will thrive while poorer crop yields could lead to more malnutrition. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 18:30
Urgent national action is needed to prevent serious declines in public health from climate change, the multi-institutional Countdown study says The federal government’s lack of engagement on health and climate change has left Australians at significant risk of illness through heat, fire and extreme weather events, and urgent national action is required to prevent harm and deaths, a global scientific collaboration has found. On Thursday, international medical journal the Lancet published its Countdown report, a multi-institutional project led by University College in London that examines progress on climate change and health throughout the world. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 14:42
Government working ‘round the clock’ to help deluged regions, prime minister says Boris Johnson declined to apologise over his government’s slow response to the flooding across parts of the north of England, insisting that a huge amount of work was going on to help and compensate victims. The prime minister faced difficult questions over whether enough had been spent on flood defences in deluged regions of Yorkshire, the east Midlands and Lincolnshire, after giving a speech on how he would give billions of pounds to research and development. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 14:28
Businesses and residents say they feel helpless as they brace for next high tides As tourists posed for selfies at St Mark’s Square on Wednesday evening, shop owners mopped the floors of their premises and cleared debris while assessing the cost of the damage caused by record high tides. “An apocalypse happened,” said Antonella Rossi, who owns a handmade jewellery shop under the portico that surrounds the square. Continue reading...