Almost 50 climate change activists have now been arrested in London this week after tags were spray painted on the government's environment headquarters and a huge banner was unfurled on Westminster Bridge. Extinction Rebellion campaigners descended on the capital again today following a blockade at the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy department in Victoria Street. The group displayed a huge banner on Westminster Bridge, reading "Climate Change... We're F***ed", while others staged a sit-in at the entrances to Defra and Downing Street. The campaigners turned their attention to the threat of an "imminent" global food crisis. The Met Police said 27 people were arrested on suspicion of various offences, including obstruction of a public highway and criminal damage. At least seven of those were from Downing Street, the group said, and another seven at the Department for Food and Rural Affairs. We await confirmation of any charges. The action follows Monday's blockade at the … [Read more...] about Fifty arrests as climate change activists descend on London again
Spain is planning to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and fully decarbonise its economy soon after, the Guardian reports. This way, the country’s greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 90 percent compared to 1990 levels. The government is planning to install at least 3,000MW of wind and solar power capacity every year for the next 10 years. While a fifth of the state budget will be reserved for measures to fight climate change, new licences for fossil fuel drills, hydrocarbon exploitation and fracking will be banned. Through “just transition” contracts, the country will shut down most of its coalmines in return for early retirement schemes, re-skilling in clean energy jobs, and environmental restoration. Energy efficiency will be improved by 35 percent within the next 11 years. Local and national institutions will only be able to operate in near-zero energy consumption buildings. Climate change experts have called the plan … [Read more...] about Spain to switch to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2050
YOUR Cadbury chocolate bars, Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers are leaving orangutans on the "brink of extinction", campaigners warn. Greenpeace says orangutans are "literally dying for a biscuit" in a new report that slams snack giant Mondelez over its controversial use of "destructive" palm oil – which is created by destroying rainforest habitats. Palm oil shot to nationwide attention this month after Iceland's Christmas TV ad about the ongoing crisis was banned in the UK. The notorious substance is widely used in products found in British supermarkets, and the ad drew attention to its impact on orangutans. Voiced by actress Emma Thompson, the ad tugged at heartstrings by showing the destruction of a young orangutan's home – but was deemed too political by Britain's ad watchdog. Now new mapping by Greenpeace has linked Mondelez – which makes Cadbury, Oreo and Ritz products – to the destruction of a major orangutan habitat in Indonesia. "It's outrageous that … [Read more...] about Cadbury bars leave orangutans on ‘brink of EXTINCTION’ thanks to ‘destructive’ palm oil
THE Spanish weather term ‘Gota Fria’ will have been etched in the memories of many an expat following the devastating floods in Andalucia and Valencia last month. But the ‘cold drop’, as its known in English, is all too familiar for seasoned locals. Valencia suffered severe flooding in 1957, 81 citizens lost their lives, and after extensive works the Rio Turia was diverted around the city. The river was not to blame for overflowing its banks, it had taken its natural course for millions of years but along came humans who decided to inhabit a location more suitable for a sea port. In the 20th century, ample warnings about potential urban flooding were ignored, particularly in the likes of Campillos in inland Malaga. In last month’s torrent, a relatively new housing urbanization was flooded there, as was the town centre. The urbanization is located on a known flood plain drained by a small ditch with a slight gradient for four kilometres – just one … [Read more...] about DROP OF COMMON SENSE: Are humans to blame for the floods that have ravaged Spain’s Costa del Sol?
PALM oil is everywhere - in our food, cosmetics, cleaning products and even fuels. But some brands are now campaigning against the use of the vegetable oil product in an effort to save the environment. This is everything you need to know. Why is palm oil bad for the environment? Unknown to most people in the UK, palm oil production has resulted in displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity - including the death of hundreds of thousands of orangutans. Palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil and 66 million tons is produced each year. The warm, humid conditions in the tropics are ideal for oil palm farming, which means vast areas of rain forest in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa are being wiped out to make room for the plantations. This releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, temporarily overtook the United States as one of the most polluting countries in the world in … [Read more...] about Why is palm oil bad for the environment, what did Iceland’s Christmas ad say about it and how is it involved in deforestation?