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UN chief Antonio Guterres tells rich countries to impose tax on fossil fuel firms

National/Global News in Brief

UN chief Antonio Guterres tells rich countries to impose tax on fossil fuel firms 'feasting' on windfall profits

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A half century after founding the outdoor apparel maker Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, the eccentric rock climber who became a reluctant billionaire with his unconventional spin on capitalism, has given the company away. Mr. Chouinard, 83, said in an exclusive interview. “We are going to give away the maximum amount of money to people who are actively working on saving this planet.”

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Torrential monsoon rains have triggered the most severe flooding in Pakistan’s recent history, washing away villages and leaving around 3.4 million children in need of assistance and at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition. 

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Eight million Australians urged to turn off lights.

National/Global News in Brief

  • Eight million Australians urged to turn off lights. Australia's energy minister has urged households in New South Wales - a state that includes the country's biggest city Sydney - to switch off their lights in the face of an energy crisis.

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  • Nepal is preparing to move its Everest base camp because global warming and human activity are making it unsafe. The camp, used by up to 1,500 people in the spring climbing season, is situated on the rapidly thinning Khumbu glacier.

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  • People’s views of the climate crisis can be influenced by the media, according to new research. But accurate scientific reporting only has limited impact on people who already have a fixed political viewpoint, particularly if it is opposed to climate action.

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Heatwave is sweeping through northern India

National/Global News in Brief (May 22)

  • An intense heatwave is sweeping through northern India with temperatures hitting a record 49.2C (120.5F) in parts of the capital, Delhi. This is the fifth heatwave in the capital since March.



  • UK airlines have missed all climate targets set since 2000 except for one, a new report claims. The aviation industry sets its own goals for cutting its environmental footprint. In 2018 air travel was responsible for 7% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.


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  • Water levels in California’s two biggest reservoirs have dropped to “critically low levels” as the state faces another dry summer amid ongoing drought, according to a new report. Precipitously low water levels have already spurred mandatory water conservation measures in parts of the state. 



Car-free, Carbon-free City in the Saudi Desert, Portable Solar-powered Water Heater Trialed in Africa,  Zero emissions Zone Trialed in Oxford City Centre and More...

National/Global News (March 2022)

  • UK not prepared for climate impacts, warns IPCC expert

  • Glow-in-the dark beaches. Billions of trees planted in a country dominated by the desert. Levitating trains. A fake moon. Is planned car-free, carbon-free city in the Saudi desert too good to be true 

  • Many people around the world don't have easy access to hot water. A simple portable solar-powered water heater to reduce emissions and improve the quality of life for millions of people.

  • The University of Exeter's has brought forward its net zero target by 20 years — 2030 from 2050.

  • A UK First - A zero emissions zone trialed in Oxford City Centre. A wider ZEZ covering the rest of the city centre will follow next year, subject to further public consultation.