Environment Headlines

  • The billionaire's guide to surviving global warming – with Ian the Climate Denialist Potato

    Here are some things you can do to make climate change even less inconvenient – also fun!Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • China: oil slick from sunken tanker trebles in size

    Iranian ship Sanchi went down carrying one million barrels of oil that is highly toxic to marine life The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China’s east coast has more than trebled in size, just over a week after the ship sank in a ball of flames. Authorities by Sunday had surveyed three oil slicks with a total surface area of 332 sq km (128 square miles), compared with the 101 sq km seen last Wednesday, China’s State Oceanic Administration said in a statement. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Great Barrier Reef to get $60m rescue package from government

    Malcolm Turnbull announces $36.6m will be spent on ‘supporting farmers stopping runoff’ to improve water quality Malcolm Turnbull has announced a $60m rescue package for the Great Barrier Reef which includes research on developing “resilient” coral, and paying farmers to pollute less. The package, to be spent over 18 months, will also include an increased number of reef officers and vessels targeting crown of thorns starfish outbreaks. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Weather Channel co-founder who slammed climate change dies

    John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open distrust of climate change, has died. He was 83.

    Washington Post
  • UK flood warnings issued as cold snap ends with heavy rain

    Homes evacuated and rail services disrupted after snow gives way to warmer weather Flood warnings have been issued and treacherous conditions forecast across the UK as the recent cold snap gives way to milder temperatures. Heavy rain and meltwater have swollen rivers in parts of England and Wales, where the the Environment Agency has issued eight flood warnings and 52 flood alerts. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Major highway reopened as California mudslides toll climbs to 21

    (Reuters) - California's iconic Highway 101 in Santa Barbara reopened on Sunday nearly two weeks after it was covered with 12 feet (3.7 meters) of debris from mudslides, and a day after the discovery of a missing woman's body pushed the death toll to 21.

  • Milk floats and glass bottles make a comeback as shoppers shun plastic

    For anyone who grew up in the 1980s or earlier, the gentle clinking of glass bottles and electric whirr of the milk-float were as familiar to the morning soundscape as the dawn chorus.

    The Telegraph
  • The entrepreneurs fighting the war on plastic

    When Britain’s Cabinet ministers showed up for a meeting at Downing Street last week they were each presented with a gift from Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary:

    The Telegraph
  • Lloyd's of London to divest from coal over climate change

    World’s oldest insurance firm to exclude coal companies from investment strategy from 1 April Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, has become the latest financial firm to announce that it plans to stop investing in coal companies. Lloyd’s will start to exclude coal from its investment strategy from 1 April. The definition of what is a coal company and the criteria for divestment will be set over the coming months. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Appalachia Ohio artists share innovative works in show

    LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - The works of a dozen artists from Ohio's Appalachia region are being featured in a new exhibition. Artists of the Winding Road: A-Z runs through April 15 at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio . A curators' talk is on Sunday. The show features innovative works ...

  • Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon

    Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuitsEPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals’ harm to wildlifeCommercial fishermen and environmental groups could file lawsuits against the Trump administration, if it fails to follow a recommendation by one of its own agencies to protect salmon, sturgeon, orca and other endangered species in the Pacific north-west. Related: Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's KBA automotive watchdog has detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reported.

  • UK braced for more snow and ice

    Met Office warns of icy conditions in Scotland and floods in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as mercury dips to -13.5C in Dalwhinnie More snow is on the way to the UK after the coldest night for almost two years. On Saturday, the mercury dropped to -13.5C in Dalwhinnie in the Scottish Highlands, the lowest temperature since February 2016. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Aquascaping: the addictive hobby that's making gardeners grow underwater

    When James Wong was growing up in Singapore, aquariums were the norm.

    The Telegraph
  • Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions -paper

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's KBA automotive watchdog has detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reported.

  • Don’t let anyone fool you: There ARE environmental conservatives

    This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Todd Tanner has a pretty sweet offer for his fellow Montanans: a new shotgun in exchange for science-based evidence that he’s wrong about climate change. The conservationist uses the challenge in an attempt to raise awareness about our warming planet. […]

    Mother Jones
  • Fresh air for sale

    It started as a joke, but now people spend a fortune on bottled fresh air. Alex Moshakis reveals how global pollution is fuelling this fad One day in early 2015, Moses Lam and Troy Paquette filled a Ziploc bag with fresh air and posted it to eBay. The bag sold at the asking price – 99 Canadian cents, about 60p – and what was at first a joke between friends suddenly became less fanciful. The pair filled another bag and posted that online, too. When the media took note, a bidding war began, and...

    the Guardian
  • We must hope for real answers about Carillion. We don’t usually get them

    Underbidding for contracts to bring in cash – if that is what has happened – is a dangerous practice. We need to know The collapse of Carillion, the building and outsourcing company, throws up so many questions about the state of UK business and government services it is difficult to know where to begin. Lifting the lid on Carillion’s strategic plans, it is clear that the company’s board mistook tactical nous for strategy. Not that there was much common sense in taking a building company and...

    the Guardian
  • Emirati man donates 100,000 trees for Year of Zayed

    Half the trees will be donated to public parks

    The National
  • On the Amazon’s lawless frontier, murder mystery divides the locals and loggers

    The Ka’apor tribe fight a daily battle in Brazil’s Maranhão state to protect their forests Sairá Ka’apor patrolled one of the most murderous frontiers in the world, a remote and largely lawless region of the Brazilian Amazon where his indigenous community has fought for generations to protect their forest land. Armed with clubs, bows and arrows, GPS trackers and crude guns, he and fellow members of Ka’apor Forest Guard drove off – and sometimes attacked – loggers who intruded into their...

    the Guardian
  • Proposals would expand scope of gun possession in parks

    DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two state agencies have proposed new regulations to expand the scope of legal possession of firearms in Delaware state parks. The proposals come in response to a state Supreme Court decision in December that invalidated existing regulations limiting firearms in parks under the Delaware Department of ...

  • This Week in Media Bias History: Press Lamented Fall of ‘Paradise’ Russia

    This Week in Media Bias History returns with some real groaners from the liberal press. In 1994, ABC lamented the demise of the USSR, saying, “For many, the workers’ paradise has become a homeless hell.” In 2015, PBS chided that having more kids meant more damage to Earth. And NBC’s Bryant Gumbel mocked Donald Trump... back in 1992.

  • Climate change, AI and harassment – the hottest topics at this year’s Davos

    The World Economic Forum focuses on the ‘fractured world’ this year: but the biggest star at the gala will be Donald Trump Donald Trump will loom large at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this week, as the self-styled anti-globalist joins the annual gathering of billionaires, business executives and politicians. The meeting at the luxury ski resort in the Swiss Alps at the start of each year is set to be dominated by the US president, who is due to give a special address to the conference...

    the Guardian
  • More cases of deer disease in Missouri, but experts hopeful

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The number of confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in Missouri deer rose last year, but an expert with the state Department of Conservation said aggressive management efforts are helping to contain the spread. Wildlife disease coordinator Jasmine Batten said 15 deer tested positive for chronic ...