Environment

Biden Admin Announces $3.5 Billion To Remove Carbon Dioxide

The federal government is banking big on the idea of ​​a climate change “undo” button. On Thursday, the US Department of Energy declared its official intent to fund $3.5 billion in carbon dioxide removal via direct air capture. This announcement signals the Biden administration’s aim to pour billions of dollars into developing, building, and maintaining …

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Cattle industry’s environmental impacts spark academics’ call to eat less beef

Academics who have reviewed the impact of agriculture on the planet are calling on Australians to cut most beef from their diets. Key points: Academics call for massive cut in meat consumption Livestock production blamed for loss of species and warming the planet Meat industry says cattle producers are working to become carbon neutral However, …

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Save bees to save the planet Earth; here’s why

Bees are part of the biodiversity on which we all depend for our survival. They provide high-quality food—honey, royal jelly and pollen — and other products such as beeswax, propolis and honey bee venom. As the landmark 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) notes, “Sacred passages about bees …

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EU plans renewables expansion, says coal needed a little while longer

A wind turbine and coal in Lower Saxony, Germany. The EU’s desire to wean itself off Russian hydrocarbons means it will need to find fossil fuels from other parts of the world to plug supply gaps. Mia Bucher | Picture Alliance | Getty Images The European Commission has out details of a plan to ramp …

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Oceans reached record heat, acidity in 2021: UN report

A diver inspects transplanted coral near Dibba Port in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, June 15, 2020. Christopher Pike | Reuters Oceans reached their hottest and most acidic levels on record last year, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday, marking a major consequence of climate change from human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. The findings were part of …

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Govt urged to rethink cutting cartons from kerbside recycling

There’s concern the Government’s making a massive misstep by planning to exclude certain cartons from all kerbside recycling. Liquid paperboard (LPB), also known as TetraPak, is used for the likes of alternative milks, juice and liquid stock. It’s currently only able to be put in kerbside recycling bins if you live in Auckland, but even …

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Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. For decades, scientists warning that human-induced climate change could put communities in danger around the world. More intense climate and weather events beyond natural climate variability have already damaged people and nature. Those threats are …

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Aucklanders poor recycling habits cost nearly $4m over 2 years

Some Aucklanders strange interpretations of what is recyclable has seen almost 37,000 tons of contaminated recycling sent to landfills over the last two years. Rubbish in a landfill. (Source: istock.com) This bungled recycling has cost ratepayers a total of $3,810,086 – the waste levy has increased the costs of disposal to landfill by $10 per …

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Can Ukraine hold Russia accountable for environmental crimes? | Russia-Ukraine war

As forensic investigators in Ukraine uncover evidence of killings that may amount to war crimes, experts of a different kind are at work to document the effect of Russia’s war on the environment. Ukraine’s ministry in charge of environmental protection said in a briefing last month that destroyed military equipment and ammunition, as well as …

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Bob Marshall: The earth has 7.8 billion people. But each of us can help save the planet. | Opinions and Editorials

Lately some readers have asked me how they can become “mosquitoes” for Louisiana’s coast. That question was prompted by my use of an aphorism credited to the Dalai Lama about the importance of individual action even when confronted with a challenge requiring worldwide action: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try …

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