‘What else can we do?’: trespassers demand right to roam minister’s 12,000-acre estate | Access to green space

It’s hard to know what access to nature minister Richard Benyon normally finds in his gigantic Berkshire estate when he strolls out on a Sunday afternoon. It is unlikely, however, to be a loudly singing group of activist trespassers, dressed up as psychedelic animals and accompanied by an all-female morris-dancing troupe. But that’s what wandered … Read more

DRC to auction oil and gas permits in endangered gorilla habitat | Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced it will auction oil and gas permits in critically endangered gorilla habitat and the world’s largest tropical peatlands next week. The sale raises concerns about the credibility of a forest protection deal signed with the country by Boris Johnson at Cop26. On Monday, hydrocarbons minister Didier Budimbu … Read more

US plan to avoid extreme climate change is running out of time

US plan to avoid extreme climate change is running out of time

July 18, 2022 at 6:00 am EDT Historical US greenhouse gas emissions US broadcasts dropped because of the pandemic. President Biden’s pledge Note: Chart shows the center of a range of projected emissions under current US policies Source: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Rhodium Group Historical US greenhouse gas emissions US broadcasts dropped because … Read more

Faroe Islands branded an ‘abattoir’ as quota set for slaughter of 500 dolphins | Environment

Months after the much-criticised slaughter of more than 1,400 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands, a provisional annual hunt quota of 500 has been set by the Faroese government in what campaigners call a “farcical” decision. The Faroese fisheries minister, Arni Skaale, said that the quota was meant to secure sustainability. “We have a right … Read more

One deep sea mine could send noise 500km across the ocean – report | deep sea mining

Noise pollution from proposed deep-sea mining could radiate through the ocean for hundreds of kilometers, scientists predict, creating a “cylinder of sound” from the surface to the sea bed. An analysis by scientists from Oceans Initiative in the US, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan, Curtin University in Australia … Read more

Heavy rainfall boosts bird breeding across Lachlan River but drought ‘only one failed rain event away’

Heavy rainfall boosts bird breeding across Lachlan River but drought ‘only one failed rain event away’

Heavy rains across Australia’s east coast are reinvigorating wetland bird species, but conservationists have warned the next drought is just around the corner. Key points: Record wetland bird breeding events have been recorded across NSW’s central west Government agencies say preparations for the next drought have begun to improve water security Researchers say the Lachlan … Read more