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Extreme weather, loud birds and fresh food by boat – could you live on a remote island?

The Guardian - 3 hours 21 min ago

The wardens of Britain’s small islands talk about daily life with little more than thousands of puffins for company. By Patrick Barkham. Photographs by Alex Ingram

After supper, while Eddie Stubbings was washing up, huge flocks of puffins would come whirling past his kitchen window. Later, when the sun had finally dipped into the ocean, the Skomer night filled with the bizarre caterwauling of 350,000 pairs of manx shearwaters, which fly under the cover of darkness to burrows dotted across the small island.

“Living on the island was absolutely amazing,” says Stubbings, 40. Alongside his partner, Bee Bueche, 41, he has completed six years working on Skomer, 720 acres of seabird-populated rocks off the Pembrokeshire coast.

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Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

BBC - 12 hours 19 min ago
A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health.
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Tulips from the air: Artist drawn to beauty of Norfolk flowers

BBC - 13 hours 17 min ago
It is their "beauty of colour and space that makes me keep coming back", artist says.
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Police arrest climate change protesters on London’s Oxford Circus – video

The Guardian - 15 hours 18 min ago

A young climate change activist who had superglued his hands to the mast of the pink boat occupying London's Oxford Circus was removed and arrested on Friday as part of police efforts to stop the blockade and remove the boat from the street. The Metropolitan police has come under increasing pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who have blocked transport networks in the capital in recent days. Police said on Friday that more than 600 arrests had been made relating to the protest.

Extinction Rebellion have called for non-violent civil disobedience to oblige the British government to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and stop what they call a global climate crisis.


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Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It's unforgivable | Tim Winton

The Guardian - 15 hours 21 min ago

Humanity survived the cold war because no one pushed the button. On climate change, the button has been pushed again and again

I’ve been asking myself a question – and even posing it makes me queasy.

Is it too late – are we beyond saving?

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Virginia board signs off on final RGGI cap-and-trade regulation

Carbon Pulse - 16 hours 3 min ago
Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board approved a final cap-and-trade regulation from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality on Friday, bringing the state closer to joining the northeast US RGGI carbon market in Jan. 2020.
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Earworms from Planet Earth VIII

ABC Environment - 16 hours 51 min ago
Angry sheep or randy frog? Motorbike or koala rev? Indigestion or monkey? Get the headphones out for another set of wild sounds from sent in by Off Track listeners from around the globe.
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Climate group reports influx of support as Extinction Rebellion protests continue

The Guardian - 18 hours 11 min ago

Police seize Extinction Rebellion boat as organisers plan to extend London action

Extinction Rebellion activists reported an influx of supporters on Friday, as the Easter holiday, balmy weather and promises of support from school strike leader Greta Thunberg injected new momentum into the weeklong climate protest.

Despite more than 100 arrests on Friday, taking the total to 682 by early evening, the demonstration which has blocked four major London landmarks looked set to continue beyond the weekend, with organisers preparing to extend their disruption on Monday to “picnics on the motorway.”

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Extinction Rebellion protests: photos from day five

The Guardian - 20 hours 24 min ago

Guardian picture editors select the best photos from the fifth day of climate protests in London

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The Guardian - 21 hours 53 min ago

Mating grouses, grousing mates, a final turtle and a newborn giraffe

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Emma Thompson: 'If I could fly cleanly, I would'

BBC - 22 hours 17 min ago
Actress Emma Thompson defends her decision to fly to London from the US to attend a climate change protest.
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Half of UK consumers willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 23:00

Exclusive: eight in 10 trying to cut plastic waste and 46% feel guilty about it, survey shows

Eight in 10 consumers are trying to reduce their plastic waste and half would be willing to pay higher prices for eco-friendly packaging, according to a survey that highlights the impact of the Blue Planet documentary and the campaign to reduce such rubbish.

The research by YouGov shows 46% of people in the UK feel guilty about the amount of plastic they use, which is motivating them to consider changes in their behaviour, including paying more so companies will find alternatives to single-use plastics.

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Amazon's trees get taste of air of the future

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 22:00

Experiment aims to learn how rainforest copes in levels of CO2 that could be normal by 2050

An ambitious experiment deep in the Amazon rainforest aims to find out how the ecosystem is likely to respond to rising levels of carbon dioxide.

In 2000 a research team at the UK’s Hadley Centre forecast that a combination of reduced rainfall and higher temperatures caused by global warming could decimate the Amazon by the end of the century. But the following decade another Hadley Centre team concluded that this scenario was unlikely.

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Greta Thunberg hopes to join climate protests during London visit

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 20:58

Swedish 16-year-old, who is taking campaign to parliament, keen to be part of Extinction Rebellion action

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old founder of the school strikes for action against climate change, has said she hopes to join the Extinction Rebellion protests when she visits London next week.

The Swedish activist will also take the campaign to the UK parliament, where she will speak to dozens of MPs including the Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the environment secretary, Michael Gove.

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David Attenborough climate change TV show a 'call to arms'

BBC - Fri, 2019-04-19 19:27
The BBC's Climate Change - The Facts, presented by Sir David Attenborough, is praised by TV critics.
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Extinction Rebellion stages youth protest at Heathrow airport

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 17:43

Activists born after 1990 gather at key roundabout to highlight dangers of climate change

Youth activists have taken the Extinction Rebellion protests to Heathrow on the fifth day of action, demonstrating beside the main roundabout on the road to the airport.

The activists, all born after 1990, unfurled a banner asking: “Are we the the last generation?” as dozens of police prevented them from blocking the road.

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Huge plans to expand Iceland's fish farms risk decimating wild fish populations

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 17:00

Scientists are warning against new legislation to grow Iceland’s fish farming industry, but industry is pressuring for a go-ahead

A five-fold expansion in open net fish farms that scientists believe could decimate Iceland’s wild salmon stocks is pitting Big Aquaculture against ecologists in the country.

Next month, a parliamentary bill is expected to extend farm licenses from 10 to 16 years, while omitting critics from oversight panels and handing primary monitoring powers to industry.

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Extinction Rebellion and Attenborough put climate in spotlight

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 15:00

New bulletins are leading on global warming and the BBC is shedding some of its ‘balance’

With Extinction Rebellion making headlines and Sir David Attenborough broadcasting The Facts on BBC One, climate change has gone mainstream this Easter. A nation has been watching protesters glue themselves to trains, turn London’s roads into gardens and actively invite arrest in their hundreds.

As a media strategy it is working. How did glueing yourself to a train highlight climate change, Radio 4’s Today presenter Nick Robinson asked Dr Gail Bradbrook, an Extinction Rebellion co-founder. “It gets you on the Today programme,” she replied.

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Extinction Rebellion activists stop coal train in Brisbane

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-04-19 14:24

Climate change protesters face charges after railway line blocked near port

One protester is in custody and another was taken to hospital after Extinction Rebellion activists stepped in front of a moving coal train headed for the Port of Brisbane.

The train driver was forced to slam on the emergency brakes after a group of protesters climbed on to the freight tracks in Wynnum on Thursday afternoon, police said.

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ANALYSIS: Will Germany cancel EUAs to offset its coal phaseout? Analysts aren’t counting on it

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-04-19 10:23
There is growing scepticism amongst analysts that Germany will agree to cancel a sufficient number of EU carbon allowances, if any at all, to offset the emissions impact of phasing out its fleet of coal-fired power plants.
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