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GB News chairman has history of dismissing threat of climate crisis

GB News chairman has history of dismissing threat of climate crisis

The new chairman of GB News has a history of sharing articles that dismiss the threat of climate breakdown, it can be revealed, sharpening concerns about the TV channel’s role as a platform for advocates of the continued burning of fossil fuels. Alan McCormick, a co-founder of Legatum Group, a Dubai-based investment firm and one of the…

Ministers to consider environmental impacts of all post-Brexit trade deals

Ministers to consider environmental impacts of all post-Brexit trade deals

Ministers are looking into the environmental impact of all new post-Brexit trade deals, the government has confirmed. They will also explore the possibility of applying a policy of net gain – which aims to leave the natural environment in a better state than before – to trade, according to a response to recommendations from MPs. The…

England’s farmers to be paid to rewild land

England’s farmers to be paid to rewild land

Farmers in England will be given taxpayers’ cash to rewild their land, under plans for large-scale nature recovery projects announced by the government. These will lead to vast tracts of land being newly managed to conserve species, provide habitats for wildlife and restore health to rivers and streams. Bids are being invited for 10-15 pilot projects,…

We are ‘gobbling up nature’: UN urges countries to restore 1bn hectares of land

We are ‘gobbling up nature’: UN urges countries to restore 1bn hectares of land

Global governments will be expected to restore an ecosystem the size of China over the next decade in a crucial move to reverse climate change. The United Nations urged today that current attempts at conserving healthy ecosystems are “insufficient to prevent large-scale ecosystem collapse”. Proposals central to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration set out terms to…

What is the Paris climate agreement and why did the US rejoin?

The US has pledged to cut carbon emissions in half, compared with 2005 levels, by the end of this decade. The new target will be unveiled at a virtual summit of 40 global leaders. The announcement comes after President Joe Biden reversed predecessor Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. What…

Extinction: Conservation success set against 31 lost species

Extinction: Conservation success set against 31 lost species

The European bison has moved a step back from the brink of extinction, according to an update of the official extinction list. Europe’s largest land mammal was almost wiped out by hunting and deforestation a century ago, but numbers have now risen to over 6,000 in wild herds across the continent. The recovery is regarded…

Seven Bodies Found in Northern Italy, France After Violent Storms

Seven Bodies Found in Northern Italy, France After Violent Storms

ROME – Seven bodies were found in a region straddling the French-Italian border near Nice on Sunday after torrential rains swept houses and roads away, officials in both countries said.

Five of the bodies were discovered in northwestern Italy, including four washed up on the shore between the towns of Ventimiglia and Santo Stefano al Mare, near the French frontier. Some of the corpses might have been swept down the coast from France.

Two more were found in France, including a shepherd found by an Italian search and rescue team. The other body was found in a vehicle that had been swept away by flash-flooding in the village of Saint-Martin-Vésubie.

It brings to nine the number of people found dead after fierce rains and howling gales lashed the border area on Friday. French firefighters said another 21 people were missing, eight of them known to be as a direct result of the storm.

The bad weather caused millions of euros in damage, with several road bridges swept away in Italy, and s..

Seven Bodies Found in Northern Italy, France After Violent Storms

Seven Bodies Found in Northern Italy, France After Violent Storms

ROME – Seven bodies were found in a region straddling the French-Italian border near Nice on Sunday after torrential rains swept houses and roads away, officials in both countries said.

Five of the bodies were discovered in northwestern Italy, including four washed up on the shore between the towns of Ventimiglia and Santo Stefano al Mare, near the French frontier. Some of the corpses might have been swept down the coast from France.

Two more were found in France, including a shepherd found by an Italian search and rescue team. The other body was found in a vehicle that had been swept away by flash-flooding in the village of Saint-Martin-Vésubie.

It brings to nine the number of people found dead after fierce rains and howling gales lashed the border area on Friday. French firefighters said another 21 people were missing, eight of them known to be as a direct result of the storm.

The bad weather caused millions of euros in damage, with several road bridges swept away in Italy, and s..

COULD MOTHS BE THE SECRET TO UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE?

COULD MOTHS BE THE SECRET TO UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE?

First, let’s dispel a myth. Not all moths are brown and boring.

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Some species are colourful and just as beautiful as their butterfly cousins. But, their numbers are falling – which will have a knock-on effect on the environment and humankind.

There have been significant changes to moth populations in the UK over the last 50 years. The Atlas of Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths, based on 25.6 million moth records submitted over 275 years, presents the most recent information on species distribution (where they are found) and abundance (numbers of each species).

The study looked at patterns of change from 1970-2016 and showed that 31 per cent of the 390 species had declined in distribution, while 38 per cent of species increased. What’s more, 34 per cent showed a significant decrease in abundance, while 11 per cent showed a substantial increase.

Put simply, moths are decreasing in numbers more than they are increasing.

Similar trends have been seen elsewhere ..

Cyclone Ianos: Greek authorities issue warning for ‘rare extreme weather phenomenon’

Cyclone Ianos: Greek authorities issue warning for ‘rare extreme weather phenomenon’

Greece is bracing to be hit by a rare Mediterranean cyclone.

A “deep barometric low” is expected to start on Thursday afternoon in the west, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said in a statement yesterday.

The cyclone, named Ianos, should come close to the Greek western coastal area by Friday morning, according to the European Storm Forecast Experiment (ESTOFEX).[contfnewc]
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Maximum sustained winds were near 90 km/h on Thursday with higher gusts, the organisation said.

Ianos will cause heavy rainfall that will reach up to 400 mm in some areas, which could result in flash floods, it added.

There is a risk of tornadoes developing, according to ESTOFEX.

“We are preparing to face a rare extreme weather phenomenon,” Hardalias said, adding that citizens living in regions likely to be affected by the weather front should limit their movements to only those that are strictly necessary.

Ianos is predicted to first hit the islands of Zante, Kefalonia and Ithaca, a..