News Roundup 30/11/2018: The Climate Report Trump Tried to Bury

The climate report Trump tried to bury – key findings No 3: water is the next battleground

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Critical water supplies will become harder to manage, as droughts and flooding continue to intensify. Key findings No 2: some pollution action is far better than none. Key findings No 1: air pollution kills. The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We will explore the key … read more

World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change, says UN

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Rapid emissions turnaround needed to keep global warming at less than 2C, report suggestsCountries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments … read more

Ocean acidification stimulates mass development of toxic algae

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Long-term experiment reveals disruption of the pelagic food web under high CO2 conditionsIf carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere and thereby in the ocean continue to rise, this could favour the mass development of toxic algae, with far-reaching consequences for the pelagic food web. This was discovered during a long-term … read more

Country diary: a lost village rises from the mud

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Ladybower, Derbyshire: Low water levels in the reservoir have exposed the remains of drowned Derwent villageThe upper Derwent valley is often a marvel in autumn, but this year the woods were spectacular. A few days of intense cold in late October overturned expectations of a muted display, and two weeks … read more

Victoria’s forestry fight: how the election is raising the environmental stakes

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Major parties want ‘sustainable logging’ in native forests, but experts warn of ‘endgame’ for endangered species and drinking waterTo understand the campaign to save Victoria’s old growth forests, ecologist David Lindenmayer says, you just need to turn on a tap in Melbourne.Forget about the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum, a species … read more

Michael McCormack announces extra $500m for water projects

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Labor says plan is a ‘thought bubble’ and attacks Coalition’s record on building damsMichael McCormack has announced an extra $500m for water infrastructure projects, including dams, a near doubling of capital spending in the Coalition’s water infrastructure fund.The acting prime minister and Nationals leader gave few details on Monday about … read more

Author: Greg Child

Greg is an expert in drainage and has been in the business for over 30 years. He's the owner of Coastal Drains Ltd and a very, very friendly chap.

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