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Dutch engineers build world’s biggest sun-seeking solar farm

The 15 floating solar islands will possess sunflower-like ability to turn to face the sun WT24 Desk Dutch engineers are building what will be the world’s largest archipelago of islands made up of sun-tracking solar panels, The Guardian reports. Growing resistance to the construction of wind turbines or fields of solar panels on land has led the renewable energy industry ...

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A German village goes it alone on climate protection

In Germany, villages and towns are leading the pack in the climate change fight. One motivated mayor has set up a store stocked with regional produce to help cut emissions. But going local isn’t as easy as it sounds. WT24 Desk The local grocery store in Grafenaschau looks like most other buildings in the tiny Bavarian village. It has a ...

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Extinction Rebellion stages youth protest at Heathrow airport

Activists born after 1990 gather at key roundabout to highlight dangers of climate change WT24 Desk Youth activists have taken the Extinction Rebellion protests to Heathrow on the fifth day of action, demonstrating beside the main roundabout on the road to the airport, The Guardian reports. The activists, all born after 1990, unfurled a banner asking: “Are we the the last ...

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‘Decades of denial’: major report finds New Zealand’s environment is in serious trouble

Nation known for its natural beauty is under pressure with extinctions, polluted rivers and blighted lakes WT24 Desk A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl, The Guardian reports. Environment Aotearoa is the first major environmental report in ...

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More than 300 arrested at Extinction Rebellion protests in London

Police cells filling rapidly, with reports of people being taken to Luton, Brighton and Essex WT24 Desk There have been more than 300 arrests linked to the Extinction Rebellion protests across London and reports suggest the capital’s cells are rapidly filling up, The Guardian reports. The Metropolitan police would not release up-to-date figures on cell capacity, but data from two years ...

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Alarm as study shows how microplastics are blown across the world 

Research finds even supposedly pristine region of the Pyrenees is polluted WT24 Desk Microplastic is raining down on even remote mountaintops, a new study has revealed, with winds having the capacity to carry the pollution “anywhere and everywhere”, The Guardian reports. The scientists were astounded by the quantities of microplastic falling from the sky in a supposedly pristine place such ...

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Thousands join Extinction Rebellion protests across London

Climate group blocks roads and calls for peaceful acts of civil disobedience across capital WT24 Desk Thousands of people have joined a “climate rebellion” in London, blocking traffic and disrupting “business as usual” to demand action over the escalating ecological crisis, The Guardian reports. Waterloo Bridge was blocked to traffic and turned into an impromptu garden bridge on Monday, with people bringing trees, ...

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Extinction Rebellion calls on protesters to block London streets

About 2,300 climate activists have already signed up to help obstruct busy roads next week WT24 Desk Environmental campaigners are hoping to mobilise thousands of people to block the streets of central London around the clock next week, in their latest attempt to raise public awareness and provoke action over the destruction of the biosphere, The Guardian reports. About 2,300 volunteers ...

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Polluted air to reduce life expectancy by 20 months: Researchers

WT24 Desk The life expectancy of a child born today could be reduced by an average of 20 months due to health damage caused by air pollution, researchers said on Wednesday, according to Thomson Reuters Foundation. In South Asia, where air pollution levels are the highest, the life expectancy for children born in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh falls by ...

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High-cat diet: urban coyotes feast on pets, study finds

A study of coyote scat in LA found the animals are attracted to fruit in gardens, where they are also finding cats and dogs WT24 Desk Doug McIntyre let his cat, Junior, out of the house on a sunny summer morning last June, The Guardian reports. As Junior walked down the path and into the world, he paid special attention. ...

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