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World finally waking up, says Hothouse Earth author

Monday - The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer’s heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent Hothouse Earth report.

E-planes on way ... as soon as we can figure out the battery

Monday - At least 20 companies are developing aerial taxi plans, including Boeing and Airbus. But flying requires an incredible amount of energy, and presently, batteries are too heavy and too expensive to achieve liftoff.

Rolls-Royce making battery to power ships

Monday - Rolls-Royce is developing a battery storage device for use in the shipping industry.

Turnbull goes for regulation to set carbon cuts

Monday - The Turnbull government is preparing to set the Australian emissions reduction target for the national energy guarantee by regulation rather than legislation.

New Caledonia votes to protect coral reef

Monday - New Caledonia has agreed to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hail as a major breakthrough.

BOILING OVER: The city at 50deg is fast becoming reality

Friday - It is the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids. Once an urban anomaly, 50C is fast becoming reality.

Marine worms are dining out on plastic

Friday - On land, earthworms eat dead leaves and fungi and poop out tiny bits of organic matter that enrich the soil. In the sea, it turns out that some marine worms chew on floating plastic and poop out microplastics.


OPINION: Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

Friday - Anglo-Saxon capitalism’s drive to maximise profits in the short term won’t save the planet. Perhaps the Chinese model can?

Sustainable investments outperform the market

Friday - Companies which invest on the basis of environmental concerns often receive higher returns, new research shows.

Facebook leads record clean power purchases

Friday - Corporations, led by Facebook, are purchasing more clean energy than ever, with 2018 already exceeding the record-amount set last year.

Brazil candidate threatens to quit Paris pact

Thursday - Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is threatening to take Brazil out of the Paris Agreement if he wins the October election.

Who will own EV charging stations?

Thursday - The fragmented nature of EV charging infrastructure ownership means that any of a range of players could be taking your money.

This new coal mine in Germany will soon gobble up 20 villages

Thursday - When the Garzweiler open cast coal mine in Germany is finished, 5000 people will have been relocated and 20 villages will have been wiped off the face of the Earth.

Europe facing trillion-euros coastal flooding bill

Thursday - Costs from coastal flooding in Europe could hit almost one trillion euros by 2100, according to researchers.

Rising sea levels threaten Sinatra's old hangout

Thursday - A proposed island to protect a resort that once was the haunt of stars like Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich could be its ruin.

Pension funds could face legal action over risk

Thursday - Some of the UK’s largest pension funds are in danger of legal action over the risks posed by climate change.

Whangarei likes electric vehicles

Thursday - Whangarei, winner of the most electric vehicle friendly town in New Zealand award, has a big advantage over other regions.

HEAT BEAT: It's shaping up as the next big inequality issue

Wednesday - The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

Wednesday - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic.


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