- The Guardian(UK) 22:46November 21, 2019Jeremy Corbyn urges public to vote for 'his manifesto of hope'‘Investment blitz’ promised as experts taken aback by scale of Labour’s tax and spend plansLatest election news – live updatesJeremy Corbyn has urged the public to vote for his “manifesto of hope” as he unveiled plans for the most dramatic increase in tax and spending in more than half a century if Labour wins power next month’s general election.In an upbeat launch event at Birmingham City University, the Labour leader said he welcomed the hostility of the billionaires, bad bosses and dodgy landlords who would lose out from his policies. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 22:01November 21, 2019Humans are an unknown in California's new earthquake warning systemWhen a big earthquake struck Mexico City in September 2017, Allen Husker, a seismologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, ducked under his desk. The nearby temblor hit before the school's early warning alarm bells could even start blaring. But almost everyone else ran outside.
"I was one of the only people left in my office," Husker said. "There was a panic," he added, noting that it's dicey to race down stairs when the world is violently shaking.
The event illustrates the short-lived chaos that can ensue during temblors and the way different people — sometimes with vastly different understandings about earthquakes — react to the same shaking. Read more...More about Science, California, Earthquake, Science, and Climate Environment
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:02November 21, 2019Jeremy Corbyn launches most radical Labour manifesto in decades‘Investment blitz’ to be funded by wealthy and includes tax on energy firms to tackle climate crisisLatest election news - live updatesJeremy Corbyn has launched the most radical Labour manifesto in decades, promising an “investment blitz” that would leave no corner of the UK untouched and welcoming the hostility of billionaires, big business and dodgy landlords.Speaking at an upbeat event at Birmingham City University, where students and activists leaned over balconies adorned with banners setting out Labour’s policies, Corbyn urged the public to vote for “hope” at the general election in three weeks’ time. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 15:28November 21, 2019Eco-Visionaries review – the salt flats will die and the jellyfish shall riseRoyal Academy, LondonA mixture of dystopia and daydream, this show lets artists, architects and designers look to the future. It’s bad news for sacred lands and rhinos – but a great time to be a jellyfish‘We power our future with the breast milk of volcanoes,” whispers a seductive voice. On a big screen in the Royal Academy, dreamy aerial drone footage pans across the endless white expanse of the Bolivian salt flats, while a tank of eerie green battery juice bubbles in the corner of the room.The narrator is recounting the poetic myth of how the Salar de Uyuni salt plain came to be. According to Aymara legend, the great white desert was formed by the breast milk and tears that flowed from Tunupa, a goddess in volcano form, who wept when her baby volcano was taken away from her.The mountain might have another reason to weep now. The world’s tech companies have set their sights on extracting one of the planet’s largest lithium reserves from beneath the salty crust of the Salar. “Resources begin their life in sacred landscapes,” the narrator continues. It is “the lifeblood of our technological dreams … to power the global green energy revolution”.This strange mix of poetry, science and narrative speculation sets the tone for an exhibition that is thought-provoking and frustrating in turns. Eco-Visionaries brings together artists, architects and designers whose work is inspired by our current environmental crisis. Rather than offering critical analysis or practical measures, it mostly occupies the realm of fictional scenarios and dreamy futures, veering towards climate emergency as immersive entertainment. There are some powerful moments, but overall the mood feels less visionary than plaintive, as if the problems are so far beyond our control that all we can do is make elegiac installations about them.“We wanted to make the topic accessible to as broad an audience as possible,” says curator Gonzalo Herrero Delicado. The exhibition began life at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon last year, and extra works have been added in an attempt to please the wider RA audience, including pieces by fashion hype-priest Virgil Abloh and enviro-art darling Olafur Eliasson. Abloh’s contribution is one of his new designs for Ikea, a wooden farmhouse-style chair with one leg propped up by a doorstop – only here it is cast in bronze. It is apparently a comment on rising sea levels and the precariousness of our makeshift solutions, but it reads more like a gilded monument to the Swedish furniture giant’s PR stunt (the launch of Abloh’s furniture collection saw people camping outside stores overnight). Eliasson, meanwhile, has brought his familiar photographs of melting ice, which feels like an invitation to head to Tate Modern to see the rest. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 14:06November 21, 2019Eco-Friendly Beauty | Sustainability For Beginners
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- Guardian 13:24November 21, 2019Coldplay pause touring until they can offer 'environmentally beneficial' concertsThe British group are delaying a tour to support new album Everyday Life as they work towards developing concerts that will be carbon neutralColdplay have pledged to make any tour in support of their new album “actively beneficial” to the environment.Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that the British group was waiting to tour their new album, Everyday Life, so they can ensure such a tour is carbon neutral. “Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,” said Martin. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?” Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 11:58November 21, 2019Australia fires: record-breaking temperatures fuel bushfires across the countryTemperatures top 40C in Victoria’s north as up to 11 properties hit by fire in South Australia, while NSW and Tasmania face difficult conditionsRecord-breaking spring temperatures helped spark and fan bushfires across the country on Thursday, forecasting a potentially devastating bushfire summer.In Victoria, 100km/h winds fanned more than 60 blazes, as an unprecedented heatwave moved north to south, drawing comparisons with the “worst conditions you’d see in February or March” from the state’s emergency services minister Lisa Neville. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 08:38November 21, 2019Massive Mildura dust storm leaves Victorian town 'unliveable' amid 40C heatResidents say such storms now occur on a weekly basis, as topsoil from drought-ravaged farms is blown through the townFollow latest updates on Victoria, NSW and South Australia bushfiresAs Victoria issued a code red bushfire alert and Melbourne sweltered through a record-equalling November temperature, the residents of Mildura walked out of their homes at midday on Thursday to see a dust storm rolling in.On a day of catastrophic fire danger and 40C heat, high winds swept the dry topsoil into the air and across the state. In Mildura, in far north-western Victoria, dramatic footage and pictures showed the sky turn an angry red. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 08:03November 21, 2019Australia fires: emergency bushfire warnings in NSW, Victoria and SA amid severe heat - liveExtreme weather conditions trigger fires in several states and thunderstorm asthma warning and dust storm in Victoria. Follow all the latest updates 5.03am GMT Bushfires have destroyed 612 homes so far this season in New South Wales, via AAP:The RFS has confirmed the number of homes lost this NSW bushfire season has risen to 612 as firefighters continue to battle some 50 blazes across the state.The number of NSW homes lost to bushfires this season has passed 600 as crews continue to battle 50 blazes across the state which have again blanketed Sydney in smoke. 4.57am GMT There’s also a dust storm across northwest Victoria.The rain has just started here at #Rochester Winds are swirling massive amounts of red dust, as a bushfire burns. Temperature has dropped 6 degrees in 10 minutes @7NewsMelbourne pic.twitter.com/EqukTd6bQx Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 08:00November 21, 2019Iceland accused of putting mackerel stocks at risk by increasing its catchLeaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risksIceland has been accused of threatening the long-term sustainability of vital mackerel stocks after unilaterally increasing its catches in the international waters of the north-east Atlantic.In a damning leaked document agreed at a meeting in London in October, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands lambasted Reykjavik’s decision to significantly raise its quota without consultation. Russia and Greenland were also criticised. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 04:47November 21, 2019News Corp's Rupert Murdoch says 'there are no climate change deniers around'Murdoch was responding to a question at AGM about time given to ‘climate deniers’ by News Corp outlets in AustraliaNews Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has said “there are no climate change deniers around I can assure you” after he was asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much airtime” in Australia.Murdoch was speaking in New York on Wednesday when he received a question from a proxy for Australian activist shareholder Stephen Mayne. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 19:22November 20, 2019Extinction Rebellion founder’s Holocaust remarks spark furyGerman politicians accuse Roger Hallam of downplaying significance of genocideRoger Hallam, the co-founder of the environmental campaign movement Extinction Rebellion, has sparked anger in Germany after referring to the Holocaust as “just another fuckery in human history”.Hallam has been accused of downplaying the Nazis’ genocide of 6 million Jews – a crime in Germany – by arguing in an interview that the significance of the Holocaust had been overplayed. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 17:01November 20, 20198 unbelievable facts about the $103 billion chocolate industryThomas Andreas / Shutterstock Chocolate is one of the world's favorite foods, and the global chocolate industry is worth $100 billion dollars.
Here are eight surprising facts about the chocolate industry.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chocolate is one of the world's favorite foods.
And although it's never really a bad time to talk about chocolate, it's especially relevant now: November 29 is National Chocolate Day, after all.
But behind one of our favorite foods is a $103 billion industry with aspects most people don't know about — some sweet, and others that might leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Read on for eight surprising facts about the chocolate industry.It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
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According to the National Confectioners Association, it takes approximately 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate. For reference, a Hershey's milk chocolate bar weighs 1.55 ounces. As there are 16 ounces in a pound, that means about 10 Hershey's bars equal one pound of chocolate, with about 40 cocoa beans going into each bar.
On average, each cacao tree produces enough fruit each year to make 1 to 3 pounds of chocolate.
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Cacao trees yield an average of 20 to 30 pods per year, and each pod contains 20 to 40 cocoa beans. This means that each cacao tree produces anywhere from 400 to 1,200 cocoa beans every year. As it takes about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate, this is equivalent to 1 to 3 pounds of chocolate.
Switzerland is the world's biggest consumer of chocolate, eating 19.4 pounds per capita.
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While Americans consume an impressive amount of chocolate (especially on holidays like Halloween, Easter, and Valentine's Day), the world's leading consumers of the sweet treat are in Europe, with Switzerland heading up the list at 19.4 pounds per capita. It's followed closely behind by Germany (17.8 pounds per capita), Ireland (17.4 pounds per capita), the United Kingdom (16.8 pounds per capita), and Sweden (14.6 pounds per capita).
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I moved to the US from China — and here are the 29 things on my US bucket listI tried every single breakfast at McDonald's and ranked them from worst to best15 of the most underrated travel destinations of the year, so far
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- Guardian 16:56November 20, 2019Dinosaurs, dogging and death: the secret life of British car parksIn Car Park Life, Gareth E Rees looks into these unnoticed spaces for truths about humanity and pulls up more than he expectedBritain is a country of fields and country lanes, lakes and woods – and car parks. Roughly 20,000 of them(the government stopped counting in 2014). As Gareth E Rees writes in his new book Car Park Life, there is “an assumed truth that car parks are non-places without geography, nature, social history or cultural nuance” – and he wants to correct that.It starts with a late-night, post-pub stroll through Rees’s favourite car park, at the Morrisons supermarket in Hastings. Suddenly, he notices things he previously hadn’t seen; what he calls the “secret lives that hide in plain sight”. Elsewhere, his finds include a dried-up water channel built by Sir Francis Drake, now located between a B&Q and a KFC (Crownhill Retail Park in Plymouth – Rees’s second-favourite facility); neolithic standing stones; a dinosaur footprint; a long history of dogging and drug deals; a tree stump ominously covered in women’s shoes; and a dead body. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:06November 20, 2019Potentially deadly tick-borne parasite found in UKB venatorum, which causes flu and jaundice in humans, identified in sheep in north-east ScotlandConcerns have been raised after a potentially deadly tick-borne parasite was found in the UK for the first time.The organism – named B. venatorum – causes babesiosis, an animal disease recognised as an emerging infection in humans. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 20:36November 19, 2019Painfully slow hurricanes, deadly heat, and cities without water: What the climate crisis will look like in the next 10 years, according to expertsREUTERS/Manuel Silvestri In the last few years, we've seen record-breaking temperatures, intense hurricanes and wildfires, and unprecedented ice melt.
All of these are predicted consequences of climate change and are expected to get worse in the coming years.
Addressing this threat in the next 10 years is critical: Scientists say the world must slash its carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic warming.
Here's what we can expect in the next decade.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. We only have a decade to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
That's the warning the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put out last year. But so far, nations are not slashing emissions enough to keep Earth's temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the threshold established in the Paris climate agreement.
"What we know is that unabated climate change will really transform our world into something that is unrecognizable," Kelly Levin, a senior associate at the World Resources Institute's climate program, told Business Insider.
That transformation has already begun. The last few years saw record-breaking temperatures, catastrophic and bizarre storms, and unprecedented ice melt. That's all likely to get worse by 2030.
Here's what we can expect in the next 10 years.Scientists attribute the increasing frequency of record-breaking temperatures, unprecedented ice melt, and extreme weather shifts to greenhouse-gas emissions.
Caspar Haarloev from "Into the Ice" documentary via Reuters
Fossil fuels like coal contain compounds like carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat from the sun. Extracting and burning these fuels for energy releases those gases into the atmosphere, where they accumulate and heat up the Earth over time.
"As long as we burn fossil fuels and load the atmosphere with carbon pollution, it all gets worse," climate scientist Michael Mann told Business Insider in an email.
Last year, the IPCC warned that we only have until 2030 to act in order to avoid the worst consequences of severe climate change.
According to the IPCC, the world's carbon emissions have to fall by 45% by 2030 to keep the world's average temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
So the next 10 years are crucial for any efforts to slow this trend.
If Earth warms more than 1.5 degrees, scientists think the world's ecosystems could start to collapse.
NASA via Reuters
"The choices that we make today are going to have profound impacts," Levin said.
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- The Guardian 11:58November 19, 2019Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heatHeliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industryBill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to power heavy industry without carbon emissions. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 10:00November 19, 2019Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards For A Greener Festive Season
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- The Guardian(UK) 22:23November 18, 2019Climate crisis could lead to more wind power, says reportScientists say shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered rapid wind speed riseThe global climate crisis could help to generate more renewable electricity by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to new research.Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 20:00November 18, 2019Scientist says rightwing thinktank misrepresented her Great Barrier Reef studyTara Clark says the central claim of the Institute of Public Affairs’ YouTube film attacking her coral report is wrongA coral scientist whose work is attacked in a mini-documentary from the Institute of Public Affairs says the rightwing thinktank has misrepresented her study.The IPA says its YouTube film, Beige Reef, is a “must watch” because it shows healthy Acropora corals living at Stone Island, near Bowen. This, the film claims, is in a place where a study published in 2016 claimed all those corals had died. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:30November 18, 2019New air-quality rules would let chemical plants in an area known as 'Cancer Alley' keep spewing out carcinogenic toxinsJoe Penney/Reuters The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an update to its emissions standards, nearly three years after it was ordered to do so by a judge.
But the new rules, if implemented, would scarcely make a dent in the emissions of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing pollutant.
A group of petrochemical plants in Louisiana called "Cancer Alley" would still be able to emit the chemical. More plants are on the way.
Visit Businessinsider.com for more stories. Environmental groups had been waiting nearly three years for the US Environmental Protection Agency to comply with a federal judge's orders to update Clean Air Act rules governing emissions of various toxic chemicals. The agency finally proposed those new rules last week, saying they would reduce emissions of ethylene oxide, a carcinogen that the EPA recently determined is more dangerous than the agency once believed.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Hurricanes on the scale of Katrina and Harvey are now 3 times more likely than a century ago: 'We cannot hope to combat storms'Greta Thunberg found a last-minute ride back across the Atlantic thanks to a pair of YouTubers after a crucial UN climate-change summit got moved from Chile to SpainGreta Thunberg just set sail for Spain with 2 Australian YouTubers, their baby, and a professional skipperSEE ALSO: California, other US states sue to block EPA from revoking state emissions authority
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- The Guardian 19:13November 18, 2019Amazon deforestation 'at highest level in a decade'10,000 sq kms lost in year to August according to new data from Brazilian governmentDeforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest annual level in a decade, according to new government data which highlights the impact the president, Jair Bolsonaro, has made on the world’s biggest rainforest.The new numbers, showing almost 10,000 sq kms were lost in the year to August, were released as emboldened farm owners scuffled with forest defenders in Altamira, the Amazonian city at the heart of the recent devastation. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:29November 18, 2019Extinction Rebellion hunger strikers target UK political partiesActivists stage protests at party HQs to push climate emergency onto general election agendaActivists from the Extinction Rebellion group have begun hunger strike protests outside a number of UK political party headquarters in an attempt to push for more robust policies on tackling the climate emergency in the general election.The action, which has seen one group occupy a lobby at the London headquarters of the Labour party, is part of a wider global Extinction Rebellion protest based around a week-long hunger strike. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 15:13November 18, 2019Brexit could weaken rules on antibiotics in farming, activists warnCampaigners say next government must clamp down to avoid risks to human healthLatest election news – live updatesCampaigners have warned that the next government must clamp down on the overuse of antibiotics in farming to stave off increasing risks of resistance that are threatening human health.Brexit threatens to open up loopholes in the UK’s regulations that would mean diverging from strengthening EU standards on antibiotic use in farming, and the pressure from potential trade deal partners will be to lower standards. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 09:00November 18, 2019Clothes Swapping With Friends (And Strangers) Breathed New Life Into My Wardrobe
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- Breitbart News 20:29November 17, 2019Report: ‘Every Child Born Today Will Be Profoundly Affected by Climate Change’The Lancet Countdown, an arm of the Lancet scientific journal associated with its controversial report linking autism and vaccines, has issued a report on the threat of climate change based on more controversial data from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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- The Guardian(UK) 20:09November 17, 2019Flooding chaos in northern England to continue until Tuesday70 warnings issued as rivers Severn and Avon burst banks, but drier weather forecast Large parts of Britain remain flooded and experts are warning the chaos could continue until Tuesday.There were 53 flood warnings from the Environment Agency (EA) in effect on Sunday evening, meaning flooding was expected and immediate action required. A further 89 flood alerts where possible flooding may occur had also been issued. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 19:00November 17, 2019Scientists and climate advisers condemn Tory environmental recordParty under pressure on the climate crisis as Corbyn says the leadership can not be trusted The Conservative party’s record on tackling the climate crisis was condemned by leading scientists and former government advisers on Sunday, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned the forthcoming election was the last chance to halt the escalating emergency.Experts accused the Conservatives of copying right-wing politicians in the US by deliberately weakening environmental protections. Meanwhile, new analysis by Labour reveals environmental policies put forward since 2017 and opposed by the Tories would have led to emissions reductions of over 70m tonnes a year by 2030 – more than the annual emissions of Portugal. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 18:00November 17, 2019Three lions on a beach: a sculpture for the age of BrexitWhat are three decrepit beasts doing washed up on Dover sands? Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor reveals why The Pride of Brexit protests the ‘most unpatriotic events’ Britain has ever seenBritish lions aren’t supposed to look like this. They’re meant to be fierce, mighty and indomitable, lords of all they survey. But the three creatures here on Dover Beach look sick, emaciated and exhausted. They seem to be crawling to their deaths.These sculptures were recently installed beneath the White Cliffs by Jason deCaires Taylor, who calls them The Pride of Brexit. “They convey,” says the British artist, “the sense of profound loss many of us remainers feel.” His installation is meant to be “a monument to one of the most unpatriotic events Britain has ever seen”. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 18:21November 15, 2019Venice council flooded moments after rejecting climate crisis planRightwing parties reject proposals as lagoon city faces worst flooding in 53 years Veneto’s regional council rejected a plan to combat climate change minutes before its offices on the Grand Canal, in Venice, were flooded, it has emerged as the city continues to battle high water levels.Venice has been hit by recurrent flooding since Tuesday, with 70% of the lagoon city engulfed on Friday morning as the acqua alta, or high water, level reached 1.54 metres amid heavy downpours. On Tuesday night, as Veneto councillors were debating the climate emergency in Ferro Fini Palace, Venice suffered its worst flooding since 1966. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 17:00November 15, 2019Instead of buying lame gifts, donate to these conservation orgsThere are hundreds of species — the likes of wolves, gazelles, deer, toads, wolves, and birds — that humans have erased from Earth since the 16th century. And there are almost certainly millions of plant and animal species that have yet to even be named, or found.
What's more, a quadruple whammy of habitat destruction, exploitation, invasive species takeovers, and relentless climate change has left a whopping 1 million species threatened with extinction, with extinction rates now "tens to hundreds of times higher" than the normal rate of extinction over the last 10 million years, according to the U.N. Read more...More about Conservation, Gift Guide 2019, Science, and Climate Environment
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- Business Insider 15:47November 15, 201919 gift ideas that won't kill the environmentSleep Society It's so easy to get wrapped up (pun intended) in holiday season shopping — and it can be tough to know when to stop.
Unfortunately, the thrown-away paper, plastic packaging, and endless delivery boxes aren't great for the environment.
To help you stay sustainable this season, Insider has rounded up 19 gift ideas that go a little easier on our planet.
Spend a little extra on clothing brands that use recycled materials, or on homewares made from ocean plastic.
Visit Insider's homepage for more details.
A sustainable denim jacket
Denim brand FRAME is making an effort to be more sustainable and socially-conscious, and with this in mind has recreated its most popular styles with a line of Sustainable Denim using raw materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester.
Find it here for $130.
A Transparent Sound speaker
This wireless Bluetooth speaker from Swedish audio brand Transparent Sound may look sleek, but it was also designed to last and be "passed on through generations."
Its founders claim to have "chosen materials which are modular and easily repairable," including a single aluminum "uniframe" and tempered glass panels, and each element can be upgraded as new technology is released, so you'll never need to buy another speaker again.
Find it here for $550.
A self-watering indoor garden
Click and Grow
Say goodbye to grocery store herbs in plastic packaging that you only use half of before you throw them away.
Give the gift of fresh food and flowers in their house or office with the self-watering Smart Garden 3 and Smart Garden 9 — no gardening skills required.
Company Click & Grow came up with the concept after citing research, which it claims showed indoor plants improve health through consumption, as well as reduce stress, improve air quality, and overall happiness. Nature is known to have plenty of benefits for us, after all.
Find it here for $110.
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- Business Insider 15:33November 15, 2019Human-like monkeys, jumping bunnies, and teeth-baring lions all feature in this year's most striking nature photosTom Svensson / NPOTY 2019 A photo of strikingly human-like chimpanzees is among the most stunning images from this year's Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
The annual competition is presented by Dutch organization Nature Talks, and highlights the beauty of the natural world and the importance of conservation.
Judges received more than 14,000 entries this year.
The overall winner was Csaba Daróczi of Hungary, who snapped a picture of a pair of rabbits.
Entries for next year's competition open December 1.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Most of us have heard how similar to humans chimpanzees can act — but it's another thing to see it.
A photo of chimps reaching out to the camera for help has been judged as one of the most striking nature photos of the year, according to the Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
Presented by Dutch organization Nature Talks, the competition showcases the beauty of the natural world and the importance of conservation.
Seven judges sifted through about 14,000 images (a new record for the competition) from photographers in 73 different countries to award prizes across 11 categories.
The Nature Photographer of the Year prize went to Csaba Daróczi of Hungary, who snapped a perfectly-timed (and illuminated) shot of a pair of rabbits leaping high into the air.
"This photo is proof of the fact that you don't have to get extremely rare or extraordinary species in front of your camera to be able to create a great nature photo," said Keith Wilson, chair of the jury. "If you have a vision and a creative mind you can create a great shot close to home."
Here are a few of the best shots from the competition.Nature Photographer of the Year and Black and White category winner: 'Jump' by Csaba Daroczi
Csaba Daroczi / NPOTY 2019
Youth category winner: 'Symphony no 5' by Giacomo Redaelli
Giacomo Redaelli / NPOTY 2019
Black and White category runner up: 'Exchange wild' by Alain Ernoult
Alain Ernoult / NPOTY 2019
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- Huffington Post UK 15:12November 15, 2019Britain Underwater: The Story Of The Floods In England – As Told In Photos
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- The Guardian(UK) 11:20November 15, 2019UK floods: warnings in place across Britain after further rainfallEnvironment Agency posts 147 flood warnings in England and Wales after heavy downpoursAlmost 150 flood warnings remain in place across Britain after more heavy rain fell overnight.While the Met Office is forecasting the rains to finally ease off on Friday, heavy downpours on Thursday night have increased the number of flood warnings in effect. Continue reading...
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- Time 06:28November 15, 2019‘It’s the One I Love.’ Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada on Fighting Climate Change for His SonCosta Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said there must to be more “heart” in discussions of fighting climate change. For him, it’s about fighting for a better world for his son. “He’s only six years old. He’s going to live in that world that might be very tough,” Alvarado told TIME’s Justin Worland at the…
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- Time 06:03November 15, 2019‘He Was Definitely Ahead of His Time.’ Robert Irwin Speaks About Climate Change And His Father’s Legacy"He was definitely ahead of his time," Irwin tells TIME of his father's climate advocacy
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- The Guardian(UK) 22:19November 14, 2019Council leaders demand huge funding rise after floodsPoliticians in northern England warn of lasting damage, after 1,758 properties badly hitLeaders of councils across northern England have called for “massive” increases in funding to deal with major incidents, as the Guardian learned that around 1,800 homes and businesses have been badly flooded in the region.Dozens of weather warnings remain in place around the country, from Oxfordshire to Yorkshire and across the West Midlands, where more than 100 schools were forced to close on Thursday. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 20:21November 14, 2019More than 50% of insects have disappeared since 1970, an ecologist warns — even more evidence of an 'insect apocalypse'AP Photo/Eric Risberg Of the world's 1 million known insect species, 400,000 are in decline, according to a new report..
Since 1970, 50% of all insects may have disappeared.
The die-offs are happening because farmers are using more pesticides to protect crops. Insects are also losing their habitats to farming and urbanization.
Three-quarters of the world's crops are pollinated by insects, so extinctions could have a major impact on food production.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Insects are disappearing en masse.
A new report from the Somerset Wildlife Trust in the UK found that 41% of the world's 1 million known insect species are threatened with extinction.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Scientists just discovered how bees clean themselves — and the slow-mo footage is mesmerizingSee Also:Greta Thunberg found a last-minute ride back across the Atlantic thanks to a pair of YouTubers after a crucial UN climate-change summit got moved from Chile to SpainHurricanes on the scale of Katrina and Harvey are now 3 times more likely than a century ago: 'We cannot hope to combat storms'What if all the world's supervolcanoes erupted at onceSEE ALSO: Last year, 40% of honey-bee colonies in the US died. But bees aren't the only insects disappearing in unprecedented numbers.
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- The Guardian(UK) 18:25November 14, 2019Boris Johnson accused of running scared from public in SomersetPM cancels stop-off in Glastonbury after being heckled on visit to schoolLatest UK politics news – live updatesBoris Johnson has been accused of refusing to meet members of the public and running scared of protests during a visit to Somerset.Johnson was in south-west England to try to bolster the campaigns of Tory colleagues against strong Liberal Democrat challenges. But in Taunton he was heckled by protesters as he visited a school and a planned stop-off at a bakery on the edge of Glastonbury was ditched. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 12:31November 14, 2019Mercedes-Benz to axe more than 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting driveMove blamed on heavy cost of investing in electric vehicles just as traditional car sales slowMercedes-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...
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- The Guardian(UK) 09:00November 14, 2019Plastic substitute made of fish waste hauls in UK designer Dyson awardLucy Hughes, 24, wins £30,000 international prize for compostable MarinaTexA 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...
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- Huffington Post UK 09:00November 14, 2019Your Recycling Could Be Contaminated. This Is Why You Should Care
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- The Guardian(UK) 02:30November 14, 2019Climate crisis will affect lifelong health of young, warn doctorsLancet Countdown tracks impacts of global heating covering disease, wildfires and malnutritionThe 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...
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- Business Insider 00:45November 14, 2019One company is tackling hotel waste by collecting and cleaning half-used soapsDylan Barth Half-used toiletries from hotel chains generate millions of pounds of waste every year.
Nonprofit Clean the World collects used soaps from hotel chains for donations.
The nonprofit donates the recycled soaps to countries with high rates of fatal dieases, like cholera and pneumonia, which are linked to poor hygiene.
Business Insider Today explored how hotel chains are ditching single-use toiletry bottles for more sustainable alternatives, and how this will affect Clean the World's bottom line.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a copy of the transcript. This is how soaps used to be cleaned to be recycled and reused.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:This $12 million 'mansion yacht' is made entirely of stainless steel — and it's a first for the industry. Take a peek inside.Meet the 2 Americans who were chosen from a pool of 140,000 people to spend 10 days on a mini-sabbatical in Antarctica with Airbnb this winterThe president of luxury lifestyle management company Insignia says millionaires are avoiding 'cookie cutter' trips in favor of immersive experiences — and it's changing how the ultrawealthy vacationSEE ALSO: Hyatt is the latest hotel chain vowing to cut mini shampoo bottles from its rooms, and it's as good for the environment as it is for business
SEE ALSO: The 17 best hotels in the world, according to travelers
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- The Guardian(UK) 22:42November 13, 2019Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for slow response to England floodsPM tells South Yorkshire residents that government has been ‘on it round the clock’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 has 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...
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- The Guardian 22:28November 13, 2019'An apocalypse happened': Venice counts cost of devastating floodsBusinesses and residents say they feel helpless as they brace for next high tidesAs 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...
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- Business Insider 22:05November 13, 2019Greta Thunberg just set sail for Spain with 2 Australian YouTubers, their baby, and a professional skipperCourtesy of Twitter @GretaThunberg/Social Media via REUTERS Climate activist Greta Thunberg and her father set sail for Spain on Wednesday with two Australian YouTubers, their 11-month-old son, and a professional yacht skipper.
The group is racing to make it across the Atlantic in three weeks for COP25, this year's most important UN climate-change summit, which got moved from Chile to Spain at the last minute.
Thunberg refuses to fly because of planes' heavy carbon footprint.
"We hope dearly that we can get Greta to COP on time," the skipper told Business Insider.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Greta Thunberg has set sail across the Atlantic on a last-minute voyage with an impromptu crew.
Thunberg refuses to fly due to the heavy carbon footprint of aviation — a single round-trip flight between New York and California generates roughly 20% of the greenhouse gases your car emits in a year. But when this year's most important United Nations climate summit, COP25, got moved from Chile to Spain at the last minute, that left the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist stuck on the wrong continent. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: This couple quit their jobs and used their wedding budget to sail the worldSee Also:Greta Thunberg found a last-minute ride back across the Atlantic thanks to a pair of YouTubers after a crucial UN climate-change summit got moved from Chile to SpainWhat if all the world's supervolcanoes erupted at onceA virus from the measles family is spreading because of melting ice. It kills seals and otters by the thousands.SEE ALSO: These 10 young activists are trying to move the needle on climate change, gun control, and other global issues
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- Huffington Post UK 19:59November 13, 2019Here Are The Weather Emergencies Going On Right Now – And What The Authorities Say They Mean
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- Business Insider 17:00November 13, 2019Why palm oil is so cheapPalm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet
Its usage has become controversial as huge areas of rainforest have been cut down or burned to make way for palm plantations.
Sustainable palm oil's popularity is increasing, and the roundtable on sustainable palm oil now certifies 19% of all palm oil produced worldwide.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The following is a transcript of the video:
Palm oil is a cheap and ubiquitous. It's used in thousands of everyday products and is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet.
You can get a kilo of palm oil for just $2. But its usage has become unsurprisingly controversial, as huge areas of rainforest have been cut down or burned to make way for palm plantations. So, why is this oil still so cheaply and readily available?See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Meet the 2 Americans who were chosen from a pool of 140,000 people to spend 10 days on a mini-sabbatical in Antarctica with Airbnb this winterThese are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the worldMore than 9,100 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full listSEE ALSO: Rare Italian white truffles cost over $4,000 per kilo — here's why real truffles are so expensive
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