Environment

‘We want plastic to become taboo’: the rise in reusable water bottles | Ethical and green living

With unprecedented hot weather and the potential for widespread drought bringing the climate crisis into sharp focus, this summer has also been marked by an attendant interest in refillable water bottles. Size matters – the bigger and more motivational your bottle, the better. In 2021, the global reusable water bottle market was valued at $8.64bn. …

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Climate bill could slash US emissions by 40% – if Democrats can pass it | Climate crisis

The US is, following decades of political rancor and fossil fuel industry obfuscation, on the verge of its first significant attempt to tackle the climate crisis. Experts say it will help rewire the American economy and act as an important step in averting disastrous global heating. Independent analysis of the proposed legislation, known as the …

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Humpback whale entangled in fishing line in Boston Harbor

Rescuers may have to free the whale, she added in a statement Friday. “The naturalists onboard the New England Aquarium Whale Watch in partnership with Boston Harbor City Cruises, reported it to the Center for Coastal Studies Disentanglement team in Provincetown,” Green said. Laura Lilly, a naturalist with the aquarium and the cruise company, said …

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New study finds nature affects our lives in more ways than you think

Comment on this story Comment Humans have long benefited from nature’s offerings. But beyond being an essential source of food, water and raw materials, the natural world can contribute to people’s overall well-being through a host of intangible effects — and, according to new research, there are many more critical connections between humans and nature …

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What does the US-China row mean for climate change? | Environment

China’s decision to halt cooperation with the US over the climate crisis has provoked alarm, with seasoned climate diplomats urging a swift resumption of talks to help stave off worsening global heating. On Friday, Beijing announced a series of measures aimed at retaliating against the US for the “egregious provocation” of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker …

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Don’t let firms get away with greenwashing bluster | Letters

Emma Thompson’s recent article on greenwashing (Greenwashing is driving our descent into climate catastrophe. But we can stop it, August 2) rightly points out how fossil fuel companies have delayed and received us for decades with their false promises. The bluster of greenwash reaches far beyond the oil and gas industry, however, and pervades a …

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Rescuers face race against time to rescue beluga whale in France’s River Seine

PARIS — Emergency services in France are facing a race against time to save a beluga whale that has swum into the River Seine and is heading south toward Paris. “It’s puzzling for sure,” Emmanuel Pasco-Viel, the operations coordinator in Normandy’s l’Eure prefecture, told NBC News Friday. The beluga, an endangered species that is better …

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Maui managed retreat fund would come to rescue when infrastructure falls into ocean

Sandbag barrier in Kahana where condominium properties are threatened by erosion and high waves. File image 2017 Credit: Tara Owens via PacIOOS. A photo taken in 2016 of coastal erosion at Kaanapali Beach Club in Honokowai (credit: Tara Owens) West Maui has nine condo complexes at risk of falling into the ocean. The road fronting …

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