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‘It smells like a decomposing body’: North Carolina’s polluting pig farms

After years of ignoring neighbours’ complaints about illegal spraying of hog manure, state officials suddenly began posting them online. What changed? WT24 Desk In September 2016, with Hurricane Hermine bearing down on North Carolina, Kemp Burdette rented a single-engine plane and flew over Duplin county. Burdette, a riverkeeper with the environmental group Cape Fear River Watch, was worried that some of ...

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High above Greenland glaciers, NASA looks into melting ocean ice

OMG surveys Greenlandic glaciers in the winter, comparing it with the data they collect about the oceans in the summer over a five-year period, which Willis hopes will allow researchers to better predict sea-level rise. WT24 Desk Skimming low over the gleaming white glaciers on Greenland’s coast in a modified 1940s plane, three NASA scientists, led by an Elvis-impersonating oceanographer, ...

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French climate activists protest as Macron attends G7 summit

Marchers carrying inverted portraits of president demand more action on climate crisis WT24 Desk Hundreds of climate activists have marched in south-western France carrying portraits of President Emmanuel Macron that they had illegally removed from town halls and which police had been seeking to recover amid a judicial crackdown, The Guardian reports. As the G7 leaders met in Biarritz, demonstrators from a nationwide civil disobedience ...

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Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do?

Why people should be worried about the blazes and increased deforestation in BrazilWT24 Desk What is happening in the Amazon? Thousands of fires are burning in Brazil, many of them in the world’s biggest rainforest, which is sending clouds of smoke across the region and pumping alarming quantities of carbon into the world’s atmosphere. Does this happen every year? Yes, but some ...

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UK should cut vehicle use to hit zero-carbon target, say MPs

Scathing report says Tory governments have held back progress on clean energy goals WT24 Desk The government should discourage personal vehicle use and reward energy-efficient homebuilding to meet its legally binding target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, MPs have said, The Guardian reports. In a scathing parliamentary report, the cross-party science and technology select committee said recent Conservative governments ...

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Sewn up: G7 deal with retailers aims to bury fast fashion

Growth in environmental concern pushes retailers to speed up attempts at sustainability WT24 Desk There have been few fashion statements over the years at G7 summits (dress code: world leader suit, sensible shoes), The Guardian reports. But this year, G7 leaders will be joined by more than 20 fashion retailers and brands, including the owner of Gucci, Kering, H&M and Zara’s parent ...

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Death, blackouts, melting asphalt: ways the climate crisis will change how we live

From power cuts to infrastructure failure, the impact of climate change on US cities will be huge – but many are already innovating to adapt WT24 Desk Between record heat and rain, this summer’s weather patterns have indicated, once again, that the climate is changing, according to The Guardian. US cities, where more than 80% of the nation’s population lives, ...

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August rainfall brings UK wheat harvest to ‘shuddering halt’

National Farmers’ Union says only farms in south-east England able to start harvest WT24 Desk August’s wet weather has brought this year’s wheat harvest to a “shuddering halt”, the deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union has said, according to PA Media. Guy Smith said farmers outside the south-east of England had been left unable start their harvest their crop ...

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