‘Our house is on fire’: EU parliament declares climate emergency

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The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed a series of climate tipping points, resulting in “a state of planetary emergency”. Intended to…

‘Bags for life’ making plastic problem worse, say campaigners

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Plastic “bags for life” should be banned or raised in price, campaigners say, as new figures reveal a surge in the bags is fuelling a rise in the plastic packaging footprint of leading supermarkets. Despite high profile promises by the country’s best known supermarkets to tackle the amount of plastic waste they create, their plastic…

Fishing nations to lower catch limits for Atlantic bigeye tuna

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Conservationists welcomed “long overdue” catch limits set this week for bigeye tuna and other Atlantic species, but criticised weak measures to rebuild endangered mako shark populations. The International Commission for the Conservations of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species and bycatch including sharks and rays – set new…

Archaeologists fear Bolsonaro agenda will kill Amazon civilisation research

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When archaeologists Eduardo Kazuo and Márjorie Lima recently unearthed nine pre-Columbian funerary urns in Tauary – a tiny community in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest – their immediate reaction was “a mix of pleasure and desperation”. The bulbous vessels – containing human remains and writhing with anthropomorphic painted serpents and monkeys – are the only ones of…

Climate-heating greenhouse gases hit new high, UN reports

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The concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases has hit a record high, according to a report from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization. The jumps in the key gases measured in 2018 were all above the average for the last decade, showing action on the climate emergency to date is having no effect in the atmosphere. The…

Solar farms can keep UK’s lights on even at night

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Solar farms could soon play a vital role in the energy system 24 hours a day, after a breakthrough trial proved they can even help balance the grid at night. National Grid used a solar farm in East Sussex to help smooth overnight voltage fluctuations for the first time earlier this month, proving solar farms…