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Call for cameras on fishing boats as millions of endangered birds, animals and sharks killed by accident

Fishing boats in UK waters should have cameras on board to help prevent thousands of endangered marine animals being killed accidentally every year, experts say.Tens of millions of sharks are also killed needlessly by the fishing industry, the new report by the conservation giant WWF says.They are among the many species of marine wildlife that are endangered or on the brink of extinction that are victims of fishing gear from commercial fisheries so-called by-catch.WWF conservationists have previously estimated up to a million tonnes of fishing gear are left in the sea each year.A study by University of Exeter has previously said the suffering caused by entanglement in lost or discarded fishing gear causes is a major animal welfare concern. read more...

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Boris Johnsons distraction techniques are not working we can see the chaos in his government

This may explain why Boris Johnson has had a particularly bad 10 days.Not only do prime ministers have less power than everyone imagines, but they are bound to make mistakes in the decisions left to them.Item two on Johnsons list was hydrogen power, introduced with the biblical science-fiction flourish, we will turn water into energy.But it would be expensive and it requires difficult decisions about nuclear energy rather than hoping for magical physics.It was at least better than the prime ministers other attempt to distract from the governments internal chaos, the announcement of a four-year plan to raise defence spending. read more...

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Boris Johnsons climate plan missing nature-based solutions, campaigners say

New commitments to tackle the climate crisis through nature-based solutions are missing from Boris Johnsons new 10-point plan to reach net zero carbon emissions, campaigners have warned.Mr Johnson set out his long-awaited climate plan yesterday evening.However, Mr Johnsons plan only made a vague reference to nature and the role that it could play in helping the country to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.Point number nine in Mr Johnsons plan was dedicated to nature and the protecting and restoring our natural environment.The plan ultimately aims to protect 30 per cent of the UKs natural spaces. read more...

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Boris Johnsons climate plan is not ambitious enough to reach UKs net-zero target

B oris Johnsons long-awaited 10-point climate plan sparked a frenzy of congratulatory messages from Conservative ministers and commentators when its first details were released this week.The UKs fifth carbon budget says the UK should limit its greenhouse gas emissions to 1,725 million tonnes of CO2 between 2028 and 2032.Official figures released at the start of November show that the UKs current policies would see the UKs emissions exceeding that budget.This also means that the new climate plan is currently not ambitious enough to meet the UKs net-zero target, he added.In its full report on the 10-point climate plan, the government says that the new measures are only the start. read more...

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Boris Johnsons 10-point climate plan is a promising start, but key details remain unclear

These are among the more exciting elements of Boris Johnsons new 10-point climate plan, the first details of which were set out this evening.In addition, nature only gets a brief mention in Mr Johnsons new plan.Mr Johnson said he would protect and restore our natural environment by planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year.Mr Johnson said he would invest in supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes.In addition, Mr Johnson pledged 20m for a competition to develop clean maritime technology. read more...

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Biden on climate crisis: 10 executive actions president-elect is taking on first day

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to hit the ground running when he enters the White House in January and executive actions to tackle the climate crisis are day-one priorities, according to reports.Mr Biden laid out a comprehensive climate agenda during the campaign, but much of what he will be able to achieve hinges on the make-up of the Senate, pending the outcome of two run-off elections in Georgia on 5 January.Read more - Climate crisis live: Latest updates as Biden to tackle Trump's environmental rollbacksEven if Republicans retain Senate control, president-elect Bidens executive orders do not require approval from Congress.The 10 executive actions are:Require limits on methane pollution for oil and gas operationsUse the federal government procurement system to work towards 100% clean energy and zero-emissions vehiclesEnsure US government buildings and facilities are more efficient and climate-readyImplement the already-existing Clean Air Act, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by developing new fuel economy standards to ensure all new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified, and annual improvements for heavy duty vehiclesDouble down on liquid fuels like advanced biofuels and make agriculture a key part of the solution to the climate crisisReduce emissions and cut consumer costs through new standards for appliance and building efficiencyRequire federal permit decisions to consider effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and ensure every federal infrastructure investment reduces climate pollutionRequire public companies to disclose climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chainsProtect biodiversity, slow extinction rates and conserve 30 per cent of America's lands and waters by 2030Permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, establish national parks and monuments, ban new oil and gas permits on public lands and waters, modify royalties to account for climate costs and creating programs to enhance reforestation and develop renewable energy on federal lands and waters to double offshore wind by 2030In the summer, the Biden campaign announced plans for a $2 trillion investment in clean energy over the next four years.These are the most critical investments we can make for the long-term health and vitality of both the American economy and the physical health and safety of the American people, Mr Biden said in July. read more...

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Biden launches transition teams of Obama alum, tech execs and activists to tackle environmental rollbacks but Trump team refuses to work with them

The Trump team also informed career government staffers that they were not to begin acting on transition planning, according to AP.Mr Biden was declared the next president on Saturday after Pennsylvania, with 20 Electoral College votes, pushed him past the 270-mark needed to win.Currently, the Biden team is using a makeshift transition headquarters near his home in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.Mr Trump has extended no invitation to Mr Biden.Republicans are looking to a December deadline to publicly accept the election result, giving the Trump team their time to exhaust his legal challenges. read more...

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Biden invited to COP26 climate conference in the UK by Boris Johnson

President-elect Joe Biden has been invited to COP26 - officially the United Nations Climate Change Conference - in Glasgow next November by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The British leader extended the invitation to Mr Biden during a call on Tuesday to congratulate him, and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, on their victory in the US election after it was declared on Saturday.A statement, released by 10 Downing Street, said that the leaders share priorities when it comes to tackling climate change, promoting democracy, and building back better from the coronavirus pandemic.COP26s goal is to ensure the world meets the Paris Climate Agreement of curbing global temperature rise to the increasingly ambitious 1.5C, or well below 2C.Mr Trump did so on the first day possible.) read more...

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Atlantic hurricane season in 2020 breaks new record as Storm Theta looms

The turbulent Atlantic hurricane season passed a grim new milestone as Subtropical Storm Theta formed on Monday night.Theta is the 29th named storm of the hurricane season, and meteorologists say another could strike the Caribbean in the coming days.This years record hurricane season has likely been influenced by the climate crisis, as well as natural meteorological events, scientists say.As we continue to warm the planet and the tropical Atlantic, there is more energy to fuel more and stronger tropical storms and hurricanes.A second study published in the Science journal found that North Americas 2017 hurricane season was primarily driven by unusually warm conditions in the Atlantic Ocean. read more...

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Artificially cooling the Earth would not provide get-out-of-jail-free card from climate crisis

Solar geoengineering is a term used to describe a set of largely still-hypothetical technologies that would reflect sunlight away from the Earth in order to reduce global temperature rise and some of its associated impacts.Once released, the aerosols would form a protective sheath around the Earth, scientists expect, reflecting away incoming sunlight.So far, most research into solar geoengineering has been carried out using computer simulations, meaning little is known about its potential real-world implications.However, in the future, a team of scientists from Harvard University plan to carry out one of the first solar geoengineering field tests.Previous research has highlighted various social and ethical considerations associated with solar geoengineering. read more...

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