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One is the astonishing fall in the cost of renewable energy. The other is the huge growth in the citizens’ movements demanding action
- Bill McKibben is the Schumann distinguished scholar at Middlebury College, Vermont, and leader of the climate campaign group 350.org
Tom Ambrose (now);
Martin Belam and
Samantha Lock (earlier)
| The Guardian
Earth is already becoming unlivable. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse?
- Farms envisaged on east coast, west coast and Gulf of Mexico
- Biden aims to generate enough power for 10m homes by 2030
Environmental protest group suspends direct action campaign with open letter to Boris Johnson
Exclusive: ‘Red list’ report finds 30% of native species in decline due to loss of habitat, intensive farming and climate crisis
Bloc says it needs to play greater part in region, citing global heating and possible tensions over resources
International Energy Agency says $4tn investment needed over decade to reach net zero target
Exclusive: pork industry’s role in pollution of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons may be greater than publicly acknowledged, investigation reveals
Ludo Hekman, Ana Rojas, Dani Dominquez and Ashifa Kassam
| The Guardian
New images show what areas of the world can be saved or lost if carbon emissions aren’t curbed
Exclusive: upbeat US climate envoy anticipates big announcements from key players at Glasgow talks
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent
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Ecosystem collapse is as much a threat as the climate crisis, but valuing nature will help us meet both these challenges
The government should be supporting green jobs for fossil fuel workers, not deepening our dependency on oil and gas
Campaigners say combination of waste from local plant as well as private septic tanks to blame
Howling at bad journalism!
The California Democrat’s new memoir, Midnight in Washington, examines his life before politics as well as his leading roles in impeachment and other dramas on Capitol Hill
White House forced to rewrite domestic bill as it makes late bid to secure backing for international deal
Failure by Joe Biden may damage faith in his country’s ability to turn climate rhetoric into action. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
President Joe Biden is likely to abandon a clean energy programme that was the centrepiece of his efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions at home, US media reported, because of opposition from a swing-vote Democratic senator from a state with a historically large coal industry.
Funding to replace coal- and gas-fired plants with wind, solar and nuclear generation was part of a massive budget bill that Biden is struggling to get through Congress.
The New York Times reported that White House staff members are now rewriting the legislation without the $150bn clean energy provision, on the expectation that they will not be able to pass the original version because of staunch opposition from the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin....
- Vermont senator chides Manchin over lack of support for bill
- Progressive-centrist impasse holds up Biden’s reform agenda
Sanders in Congress last week. He said in the op-ed: ‘We need every Democratic senator to vote yes. We now have only 48. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including senator Joe Manchin.’ Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP
Internal party warfare between progressive and moderate Democrats over Joe Biden’s $3.5tn tax-and-spending package has burst dramatically into the open after Vermont senator Bernie Sanders launched a thinly veiled attack on West Virginia senator Joe Manchin in an op-ed published in the centrist Democrat’s home-state newspaper.
Sanders, writing in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, described opponents of the legislation as “every Republican in Congress as well as the drug companies, the insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry and the billionaire class”.
He added that opponents of the bill support a status quo “in which the very rich get richer while ordinary Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet”....
An insider talks about efforts to cut methane, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases but which has had little attention
Cows are one of the biggest producers of methane, but also have huge economic and cultural value in many countries. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/Rex/Shutterstock....Methane, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases, has accounted for nearly a third of global heating since the pre-industrial era. Yet efforts to combat it have been half-hearted.
On Monday, my country chose to join the fight to reverse this trend. We became one of 24 new signatories to the Global Methane Pledge, initiated by the US this year. The pledge, which is outside the traditional UN framework on climate change negotiations, committed its signatories to a 30% cut in methane emissions by the end of this decade.
Methane is up to 80 times more powerful [and harmful] than carbon dioxide, though it breaks down faster. Making urgent and drastic cuts will therefore have an immediate impact on reducing global temperatures....
List of facilities makes it clear that virtually no part of the US appears free from the potential risk of air and water contamination with the chemicals
Water samples from Clover Flat landfill in Calistoga, California, have confirmed the presence of PFAS chemicals. Photograph: Courtesy of Brian Lilla
Xi Jinping’s vision for a greener future was showcased at the UN biodiversity summit in Kunming this week, but what does it mean for China and the world?
China's President Xi Jinping opens the UN biodiversity conference (Cop15) in Kunming. Ecological harmony is one principle of ‘Xi Jinping Thought’. Photograph: AFP/Getty
This week, China took charge of hosting a major UN environmental conference for the first time, at the opening of Cop15 in Kunming. The world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter and largest consumer of natural resources might seem a strange choice to host talks to stop the destruction of ecosystems and mass extinctions of wildlife, but the conference marks a tipping point in China’s development and an international debut for “ecological civilisation”, a little-known phrase outside its borders with big implications for the planet....
How did we get here? And how much has actually changed? Before we look forward to 2050, let’s take a look back …
The Coalition has announced more than 20 different climate and energy policies since it came to power in Australia in 2013. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images
Jeffrey Clark has resisted cooperating with the House select committee’s investigations. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP
Former assistant attorney general faces possible disbarment and charges after report details machinations on Trump’s behalf
Jeffrey Clark, a former top environmental lawyer at the Trump justice department accused of plotting with Trump to undermine the 2020 election results in Georgia and other states, is facing ethics investigations in Washington that could lead to possible disbarment, as well as a watchdog inquiry that might result in a criminal referral....
Texas senator Ted Cruz recently addressed a far-right political summit in Spain. Photograph: Reuters
Before Trump, only relatively fringe American conservatives had open connections to the international far right. Today, the ties have mainstreamedT
his weekend Texas senator Ted Cruz spoke
about how “we all face the same challenges, including a bold and global left, that seeks to tear down cherished national and religious institutions”. Nothing to see here, you might think – except that he was not addressing a local branch of the Republican party in Texas, or a conservative US media outlet. He was speaking on screen to an audience of thousands in Madrid, at a meeting of the Spanish far-right party Vox. It was one of many recent outreaches to the global far right by US rightwing figures, which seem to have increased since the ouster of Donald Trump.
Is the so-called “Populist International”, so often foretold but never realized, finally taking shape? And will the US conservative movement play a leading role in it? Or is this more about domestic politics than global domination?...
‘This case stands on a very different footing from the one that a conservative 5-4 supreme court rejected on September 1 on procedural grounds.’ Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters
SB 8 not only stripped Texan women of their rights under Roe v Wade, it made a mockery of the US constitution and the supremacy of the federal courtsS
adly, predictably and appallingly, on October 14, a three judge panel of the US court of appeals for the fifth circuit has allowed Texas’s “Bounty-Hunter” anti-abortion law to go back into effect while the court considers the case on the merits. Every day that the fifth circuit panel’s unlawful order keeps the statute in operation brings irreversible injury to women in Texas. US Attorney General Merrick Garland has properly decided to seek emergency relief from the US supreme court.
The justice department is right to accuse the State of Texas of seeking to destroy not only abortion rights but also the foundation of our constitutional Republic. In a nation whose history is fraught with battles between states’ rights and national sovereignty, the case of United States v Texas raises issues basic to our national compact....
Laurence H Tribe, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Abramson and Dennis Aftergut
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But recent cases show that when media pay attention, investigations step up and more women are found
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said oral argument rules were revamped after a study found women were more prone to being interrupted
Phthalates, also found in consumer goods, may contribute to loss of life among older Americans costing US $40-47bn a year
Unhoused residents fear they’ll end up back on the street after MacArthur Park closure: ‘This won’t solve the problem’
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has promised an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach to replace the lines within 18 months
In recording obtained by NBC News, curriculum director describes ‘political mess’ after passage of state law
Rich nations' refusal to take on the pharmaceutical industry could "prolong the pandemic indefinitely," warned one campaigner.
Enrollment in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral nursing programs increased 5.6% in 2020 while nurses retire or leave over burnout
Nearly half the homes in the US use natural gas for heat, and they could pay an average $746 this winter, 30% more than a year ago
After a slow start, vaccine uptake in three Australian states and territories has risen swiftly
The entire premise of Star Trek was utopian: it pushed the limits of diversity, progressivism and inclusion on television and the science fiction genre
The creation of the modern, interconnected world is generally credited to European pioneers. But Africa was the wellspring for almost everything they achieved – and African lives were the terrible cost
Early handling and belief in ‘herd immunity’ led to more deaths, Commons inquiry finds
Mysterious men wearing balaclavas are beating up refugees at the external EU border or abandoning them at sea. Months of reporting now reveals who is behind the operations.
By Giorgos Christides, Bashar Deeb, Klaas van Dijken, Alexander Epp, Steffen Lüdke, Andrei Popoviciu, Lamia Šabić, Jack Sapoch, Phevos Simeonidis and Nicole Vögele | SPIEGEL International
Many people are too scared to confront the groups of middle-aged and older women who take over public parks and sports grounds to exercise along to music
Chi Hui Lin and
Helen Davidson in Taipei
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Instead of NATION-STATE-POLITICIANS essentially owning and controlling people (and their descendants ad infinitum) in "their" Nation State, wouldn't it be better if adults world-wide could contract with UN-certified professional agencies to perform nation-level fiduciary functions (certifications being updated at least quarterly).
— State, City and county governments would continue unchanged —
The drug in question only costs $17.74 to produce. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour is widespread in US pharma
Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say
Damian Carrington Environment editor
| The Guardian
In a petition to the international criminal court experts said the ‘mass deforestation’ poses a clear danger
Church asks for forgiveness as it accepts findings of ‘appalling’ abuse by clergy and lay members over 70 years
This may not have been the first such incident Petito experienced. Half of all domestic violence victims are strangled at some point during the course of their abuse
We cannot support our employer’s decision to supply the Israeli military and government technology that is used to harm Palestinians
Anonymous Google and Amazon workers
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