Livestock farming and fossil fuels could drive 4C global heat rise | Environment

Livestock farming and fossil fuels could drive 4C global heat rise | Environment

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Animal farming and fossil fuels have driven global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane to the highest level on record, putting the world on track for dangerously increased heat levels of 3C to 4C. Since 2000 discharges of the odourless, colourless gas have risen by more than 50m tonnes a year, equivalent to 350m
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Joe Biden set to release aggressive $2tn climate plan | US news

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Joe Biden is strengthening and fast-tracking an aggressive climate and jobs plan which advisers say he would take to Congress “immediately”, if elected president. The new proposal outlines $2tn for clean energy infrastructure and other climate solutions, to be spent as quickly as possible in the next four years, what would be the Democrat’s first
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Andean condor can fly for 100 miles without flapping wings | Environment

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A study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for hours without flapping its wings. The Andean condor has a 3-metre (10ft) wingspan and weighs up to 15kg (33lbs), making it the world’s heaviest soaring bird. For the first time, a team of scientists strapped
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‘Compelling’ evidence air pollution worsens coronavirus – study | World news

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There is “compelling” evidence that air pollution significantly increases coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and deaths, according to the most detailed and comprehensive analysis to date. The research indicates that a small, single-unit increase in people’s long-term exposure to pollution particles raises infections and admissions by about 10% and deaths by 15%. The study took into
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Eight go mad in Arizona: how a lockdown experiment went horribly wrong | Film

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It sounds like a sci-fi movie, or the weirdest series of Big Brother ever. Eight volunteers wearing snazzy red jumpsuits seal themselves into a hi-tech glasshouse that’s meant to perfectly replicate Earth’s ecosystems. They end up starving, gasping for air and at each other’s throats – while the world’s media looks on. But the Biosphere
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China floods: ‘wartime’ measures brought in to tackle worst deluge in decades | World news

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Torrential rains have continued to batter China, destroying homes and rendering millions of people homeless as residents fear they may be facing a repeat of floods that devastated the country more than 20 years ago. The country has raised its national emergency response to the second-highest level as water levels broke records not seen since
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Bathtubs, fake blood and savaged Barbies: how a global army of ‘finatics’ recreated Jaws | Environment

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Lego men and Barbie dolls are savaged by toy sharks. Blue bedsheets double for sea and sky. At one point, when someone mentions the victim’s “head and shoulders”, a bottle of the shampoo appears. Fans of the movie Jaws have made creative use of their quarantine – not to mention their showers and swimming pools
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Don’t despair: use the pandemic as a springboard to environmental action | Carlos M Duarte and others | Opinion

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We are living in a time of environmental anger and despair, and not without cause. Exponential growth of human consumption has led to catastrophic losses of habitats and the decimation and extinction of species. Covid-19, itself a symptom of a world out of ecological balance, has brought not only human tragedy, but also the loss
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Venice’s much-delayed flood defence system fully tested for first time | World news

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Italy has successfully conducted the first full test of Venice’s flood defence system, a much-delayed project designed in 1984 but still incomplete a decade after it was due to come into service. Amid much fanfare, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, activated the 78 mobile barriers of the Mose dam on Friday. “We’re here for
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Iran denies latest blast reports and accuses west of disinformation | World news

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Iran has denied reports that fresh mysterious explosions have rocked two towns close to Tehran, accusing the west of waging psychological warfare by spreading false messages on social media. Reports suggested that the blasts had occurred in the early hours of Friday in Gamdareh, a residential town that houses a number of military garrisons, including
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Swim on sharks, nothing to see here: could fake kelp prevent attacks? | Environment

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In 2017, surf champion Kelly Slater responded on Instagram to the death of Alexandre Naussac, a bodyboarder who died after a shark attack: “Honestly, I won’t be popular for saying this but there needs to be a serious cull,” Slater wrote. “There is a clear imbalance happening in the ocean there … 20 attacks since
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For sale: Loch Lomond island with great views – and feral wallabies | UK news

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It is a rare opportunity; the chance to buy a heavily wooded uninhabited island on Loch Lomond, only a short row from the shore. Rarer still, this island comes with a mob of feral wallabies. The island of Inchconnachan, a 42-hectare property held by the Colquhoun family for more than seven centuries, is for sale
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Wild bison to return to UK for first time in 6,000 years | Environment

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Wild bison are to return to the UK for the first time in 6,000 years, with the release of a small herd in Kent planned for spring 2022. The £1m project to reintroduce the animals will help secure the future of an endangered species. But they will also naturally regenerate a former pine wood plantation
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CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago | Environment

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The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is approaching a level not seen in 15m years and perhaps never previously experienced by a hominoid, according to the authors of a study. At pre-lockdown rates of increase, within five years atmospheric CO2 will pass 427 parts per million, which was the probable peak of
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‘It’s all on hold’: how Covid-19 derailed the fight against plastic waste | Environment

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2020 was supposed to be the year America revolted against plastic. Consumers were refusing straws and toting their own coffee mugs. Legislators had proposed an unprecedented wave of laws to ban single-use plastics. Even companies like Coke and Pepsi were opening up to the idea plastic might not be the future. Then came the Covid-19
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Group of six rare Cross River gorillas caught on camera in Nigeria | World news

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Rare images of a group belonging to one of the most endangered gorilla subspecies in the world suggest their numbers could be recovering after decades of persecution, conservationists in Nigeria have said. A group of six Cross River gorillas including infants of varying ages can be seen in the first known camera-trap images of the
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Banks and pension funds among investors bankrolling meat and dairy | Environment

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Banks, investors and pension funds have poured billions into the world’s largest meat and dairy companies over the past five years, a new report has found. It compares the environmental impact of “‘big ag” to that of big oil. The report, published on Thursday, said private financial backing for the world’s 35 largest meat and
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The ocean’s largest mystery – why has no one seen a whale shark give birth? | Environment

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Covered in polka dots and stretching the length of a single-decker bus, the gentle giant barrelled towards them. The team of scientists, ready with a 17kg waterproof ultrasound machine they had lugged to one of the world’s most isolated dives sites, waited for the whale shark. Months of preparation had gone into the encounter, expected
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Global temperatures likely to hit at least 1C warming for next five years | Environment

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There is a one-in-five chance annual global temperatures will be at least 1.5C warmer than in pre-industrial times in the next five years, experts have said. Annual global temperatures are likely to be at least 1C above the levels they were before the industrial era in each year between 2020 and 2024, a long-range forecast
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Entire rare bird colony vanishes, baffling New Zealand scientists | Environment

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A specialist search and recovery team has been deployed to recapture the last remaining survivors of a flock of endangered birds that absconded from a predator-free island in New Zealand during coronavirus lockdown. There are only 250 shore plover or tūturuatu left in the wild and they are the world’s rarest plover. Conservationists have been
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Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air | Environment

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Spreading rock dust on farmland could suck billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air every year, according to the first detailed global analysis of the technique. The chemical reactions that degrade the rock particles lock the greenhouse gas into carbonates within months, and some scientists say this approach may be the best near-term
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Spaceship Earth review – 90s Arizona eco-experiment looks like reality TV | Film

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If ever a documentary was in tune with the spirit of lockdown it is this very absorbing film about Biosphere 2 – a colossal eco-experimental project in the Arizona desert in the early 90s, which had its roots in 60s counterculture and which I knew nothing about before this. My ignorance was so complete, in
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The future of food: inside the world’s largest urban farm – built on a rooftop | Cities

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On top of a striking new exhibition hall in the southern 15th arrondissement of Paris, the world’s largest urban rooftop farm has started to bear fruit. Strawberries, to be precise: small, intensely flavoured and resplendently red. They sprout abundantly from cream-coloured plastic columns. Pluck one out to peer inside and you see the columns are
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Seafood fraud: why your Mediterranean swordfish might actually be shark | Environment

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Franco Comes last caught sharks more than six months ago, while longline fishing for swordfish in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Monopoli, Italy. He hauled in an accidental handful of blue sharks. They were tiny. “They are fewer and fewer, and they are also becoming smaller,” Comes says. “Twenty years ago, there used
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US children who drink water from private wells at higher risk of lead exposure | Environment

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American children whose homes rely on private wells for drinking water are 25% more likely to have high lead levels in their blood than those with access to regulated community water services, according to new research. The lead exposure is worse for poor and black children due to historic discriminatory public policies. Lead, a heavy
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Trees can’t move fast enough to escape a warming climate. Should we help them? | Environment

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There is an impressive array of pine species at the Nature Conservancy’s Plum Creek preserve in Maryland – loblolly, Virginia, shortleaf – creating a landscape that emits the smell of Christmas well into the summer. But a newcomer to the preserve has fueled an ethical debate about the role of conservationists in the age of
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‘Landscape of fear’: what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists | Environment

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In August 2016, a park ranger stumbled upon 323 dead wild tundra reindeer in Norway’s remote Hardangervidda plateau. They had been killed in a freak lightning event. But instead of removing the carcasses, the park decided to leave them where they were, allowing nature to take its course – and scientists to study this island
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‘Brief shining of the light’: Japan’s fireflies dance – and mate – in isolation amid Covid-19 | World news

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As the sun sets in the Japanese town of Tatsuno, thousands of fireflies begin glowing, producing a spectacle that usually draws crowds of delighted visitors. But this year, the dance of the incandescent insects is being performed without spectators, after coronavirus prevention measures forced organisers of a popular firefly festival to cancel the event. The
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Bright feathers, bright brains: hummingbirds ‘can order numerically’ | Environment

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Hummingbirds are not only bright in appearance but also in brain, it would seem, with new research suggesting the tiny creatures are able to understand a numerical concept of order. While hummingbirds have previously been found to visit flowers in particular sequences when foraging, researchers say the new study suggests this process could be based
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CBS fires ‘MacGyver’ and ‘Magnum P.I.’ showrunner Peter Lenkov over alleged ‘toxic work environment’ claims

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CBS has terminated Peter Lenkov, Fox News has learned. The network fired the “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver,” and “Magnum P.I.” showrunner after completing an investigation into multiple claims that he allegedly “created a toxic work environment,” according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), citing sources. “Peter Lenkov is no longer the executive producer overseeing ‘MacGyver’ and ‘Magnum P.I.,’ and
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