Attenborough fears climate ‘catastrophe’

Attenborough fears climate 'catastrophe'

Sir David Attenborough has issued his strongest statement yet on the threat posed to the world by climate change. In the BBC programme Climate Change – The Facts, the veteran broadcaster outlines the scale of the crisis facing the planet. Sir David says we face "irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies". But there is still hope, he says, if dramatic action to limit the effects is taken over the next decade.

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Study: Tiny plastic pieces are now being detected in the air

Study: Tiny plastic pieces are now being detected in the air

In the past decade, plastics have been found in the ocean's deepest and most remote points, collecting in massive, dense clumps, and clogging the stomachs of marine life washed up onto shorelines. What's new: Tiny plastic pieces from broken down bags and packaging are now being detected in another element: the air. These microplastics are being deposited onto an isolated, pristine site in the French Pyrenees at an altitude of about 4,600 feet, per a new study. There's also been a sharp uptick in plastic pollution in the ocean since the late 1950s, according to another study published this week.

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Apple quadruples iPhone recycling program, promotes environmental credentials on homepage

Apple quadruples iPhone recycling program, promotes environmental credentials on homepage

Apple has announced that it is quadrupling its US iPhone recycling program by placing its Daisy recycling robots into Best Buy stores throughout the country. The machines will also be available in KPN stores in the Netherlands. The company is celebrating the development on its homepage, with the top section devoted to its trade-in program and environmental credentials…

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Florida man killed by ‘world’s most dangerous bird’ did not have permit

Florida man killed by 'world's most dangerous bird' did not have permit

A Florida breeder who was fatally attacked by a large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea did not have a permit to own the animal, officials said. Marvin Hajos, 75, was killed by a cassowary Friday near Gainesville, according to authorities.

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Julian Assange’s cat: A brief history

Julian Assange's cat: A brief history

The embassy of Ecuador in London has lost two — not one — of its most high-profile guests in recent times. One is Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who was arrested on charges of skipping bail in a UK court after seven years of asylum within the embassy. The other is Assange’s cat, better known as Embassy Cat, a social media phenomenon often seen wearing a tie in pictures posted by Assange.

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Guinness will stop using plastic in beer multipacks

Guinness will stop using plastic in beer multipacks

Guinness is ditching plastic ring containers and shrink wrap in its beer multipacks. The parent company of the Irish brand, Diageo, announced Monday that it will replace plastic with 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard. The change also applies to Smithwick's and Harp. Diageo (DEO) said the sustainable beer packs will appear in Ireland in August. They will be introduced in Britain and other markets starting in Summer 2020.

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Tesla Impact Report: 4 million tons of CO2 saved, 13.25 TWh solar electricity generated

Tesla Impact Report: 4 million tons of CO2 saved, 13.25 TWh solar electricity generated

Tesla published its first-ever Impact Report on Monday, which measures and quantifies the effects of the company’s products and operations on the environment and its communities. Based on the results of the report, Tesla’s products are not the only ones that are making an impact; the company’s operations and culture are helping the push towards sustainability as well.

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Killing migratory birds has been a crime for decades. Not anymore.

Killing migratory birds has been a crime for decades. Not anymore.

Under Republican and Democratic presidents from Nixon through Obama, killing migratory birds, even inadvertently, was a crime, with fines for violations ranging from $250 to $100 million. The power to prosecute created a deterrent that protected birds and enabled government to hold companies to account for environmental disasters.

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Bristol becomes first UK university to declare climate emergency

Bristol becomes first UK university to declare climate emergency

The University of Bristol has become the first in the country to declare a climate emergency.

It follows a raft of organisations and local authorities, including the city council and North Somerset Council, across the UK in taking the step.

Deputy vice-chancellor and provost Professor Judith Squires said the declaration reaffirmed the institution’s “key role” in fighting climate change.

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