Barbara Kingsolver: It feels as though were living through the end of the world’

The author of The Poisonwood Bible is back with an ambitious novel charting the US in breakdown. She talks about the environment, victim-blaming and being a hillbilly Visiting Appalachia feels like entering some form of enchanted bower. As we drive through the nearby town of Abingdon, Virginia, she identifies some…

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Global demand for fossil fuels will peak in 2023, says thinktank

Oil and gas firms assets at risk from massive growth in wind and solar, says Carbon Tracker Global demand for fossil fuels will peak in 2023, an influential thinktank has predicted, posing a significant risk to financial markets because trillions of dollars worth of oil, coal and gas assets could…

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Botswana poaching spree sees 90 elephants killed in two months

Charities and ministers voice concern after discovery of carcasses with tusks hacked off Ninety elephant carcasses have been found in number of African elephants has fallen by about 111,000 to 415,000 in the past decade, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The killing is taking place…

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Super-snake: hybrid pythons could pose new threat to Florida Everglades

A genetic study has found that some specimens of the invasive reptile that has decimated local wildlife are a mixture of two Asian species which could make it an even more formidable predator From carnivorous giant lizards to toxic climbing tree frogs, the Florida Everglades have become a haven to…

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Why Diesel Cars Are Spoiling Your Summer

Europeans aren’t just sweating through the long, hot summer. City dwellers may be coughing and wheezing more, too. Diesel vehicles, which still command nearly half the market for new cars, are left with barely any pollution controls when temperatures soar above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), according to France’s Petroleum…

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Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Bill passed by parliament means more than 300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold as soon as practicable The Republic of Ireland will become the worlds first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in…

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The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy | George Monbiot

Farming livestock for food threatens all life on earth, and free-range steak is the worst of all, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can…

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China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and containers worth $57.6 billion since 1992, the first year it disclosed data. So when the country announced last year that it finally had enough of everybody else's junk, governments the world…

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Starbucks Pumps the Brakes in Its Home Market

Americans' long-running joke about a Starbucks on every corner may be nearing its end. The coffee behemoth is retrenching in its home market as it contends with sales growth that Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson acknowledges isn’t fast enough. The cafe chain Source: Company data, Bloomberg Note: Data is for fiscal…

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Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

UK demand for fruit increased by 27% last year alone, prompting accusations that growers are illegally diverting rivers and leaving locals without water British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a…

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Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live.…

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