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02/23/2020 - 11:30
Energy board says renewables growth will cut electricity prices, but warns extreme weather and ageing coal plants a threat to energy security Retail electricity prices are tipped to fall by 7.1% by 2022 – an average saving of $97 per household – according to the Energy Security Board. In its latest report on the health of the national electricity market, to be released on Monday, the ESB credits new low-cost renewable generation for driving down wholesale prices and warns that severe weather and ageing coal power plants are threatening reliability of supply. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:37
Group’s first ever reference to global heating signals growing economic concerns over climate change The G20 group of the world’s wealthiest nations have agreed for the first time to collectively sound the alarm over the threat to the financial system posed by the climate emergency. Overcoming objections from Donald Trump’s US administration, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Saudi Arabia over the weekend agreed to issue their first ever communique with references to climate change, according to reports from Reuters. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:25
75mph winds expected to bring more torrential downpours to one of wettest Februarys ever A storm is expected to bring further bands of torrential rain to flood-hit communities as it sweeps across Britain. Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning as the 75mph storm brings a fresh deluge of rain, up to 50mm (2in) in some places. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:00
Green campaigners seek to embarrass Bank over role of Tullow Oil exec Dorothy Thompson Environmental groups have called into question the Bank of England’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency while it retains one of Britain’s most senior oil company executives on its governing board. Greenpeace joined with Friends of the Earth and campaign group Oil Change International to condemn the role played on the BoE’s board of directors by Dorothy Thompson, the executive chair of Britain’s largest independent oil company, Tullow Oil. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 07:45
Environment secretary says there are ‘no plans’ to change law to clinch US trade deal The environment secretary has refused to give a firm guarantee that the government will not allow chlorine-washed chicken to be imported into the UK as part of a trade deal with the US. While stressing that chlorinated chicken was currently illegal in the UK, and that the government was committed to maintaining high standards, George Eustice’s declaration that the government had “no plans” to change the law was more equivocal than assurances given by his predecessor, who said the current law would stay. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 07:28
Exclusive Guardian and Greenpeace analysis finds areas hit by recent storms are planning houses on floodplains More than 11,000 new homes are planned to be built on land at the highest risk of flooding in the regions battered by the worst winter storms in a generation, the Guardian has learned. An analysis of planning documents reveals that 11,410 new homes have been planned for on land the government considers high-risk in the seven English counties where thousands of properties have been devastated by flooding since November. Continue reading...
02/22/2020 - 19:26
Labor leader tells ABC he is open to a donations cap and says ALP zero emissions target could revive the Neg Anthony Albanese has given in-principle support for a cap on political donations, citing the record $83m donation from Mineralogy to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party as an example of “obscene” donations that must be curbed. In a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s Insiders, the Labor leader also confirmed the opposition’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 will include all sectors of the economy and could be achieved in part by adopting the Turnbull-era national energy guarantee in the electricity sector. Continue reading...
02/22/2020 - 17:01
Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman gives emotional account of daughter’s battles with autism and an eating disorder Malena Ernman: ‘Greta was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness’ Greta Thunberg’s extraordinary transformation from a near-mute 11-year-old into the world’s most powerful voice on the climate crisis is revealed today by her mother. Related: Malena Ernman: ‘Greta was the child, we were the emperor. And we were all naked’ Continue reading...
02/22/2020 - 15:18
Several people hospitalized in Pasadena after Africanized bees emerge from hotel’s eaves: ‘Something set them off’ A swarm of as many as 40,000 Africanized bees sent several people to hospital and closed a street in California, after swarming from the eaves of a Howard Johnson Inn. Related: Ursus urbinus: 'elderly' 400lb bear spotted roaming Los Angeles suburb Continue reading...
02/22/2020 - 14:40
The city has fared badly in the recent storms, with long-suffering businesses taking another hit At Plonkers wine bar in York city centre, brass plaques on the bare brick walls show how high the floodwaters have risen over the years. The highest was 17ft 8in in 2000 – “Here it comes”, the plaque reads. The lowest is 2012’s 16ft 7in, captioned “Here again”. Another plaque from 2015 says “Keep on smiling” and records a height of 17ft 2in. Continue reading...