Friday 17 June 2022

The Guardian: Thousands of cattle dead due to heatwave in Kansas

 Extreme heat is predicted for large parts of the US including Kansas, which is one of the country’s top three beef producers

beef cattle at a feedlot
‘What is clear is that the livestock heat stress issue will become increasingly challenging,’ said one expert. Photograph: Richard Hamilton Smith/Design Pics/Getty Images/Design Pics RF
Fri 17 Jun 2022 03.47 AEST Last modified on Fri 17 Jun 2022 03.49 AEST 

This week, the National Weather Services (NWS) predicted extreme heat on parts of the Gulf coast and spreading to the Great Lakes in the midwest, with more than 100 million Americans advised to stay inside to fight the heat.

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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Australia's total coal mine methane emissions double official estimates, Ember report finds (Excerpt): ABC News

A map of Australia showing coal mining areas in Queensland and New South Wales where methane leaks have been detected.
This map shows the coal mines emitting the most methane in the country.(Supplied: Ember)
Australia's methane emissions from coal mines are twice as high as national estimates, with some mines leaking up to 10 times more methane than officially reported, research by an international climate think tank has found.

European-based researcher Ember was commissioned by the environmental group, Lock the Gate Alliance, to analyse available data on methane emissions from the Australian Greenhouse Emissions Information System (AGEIS), the Clean Energy Regulator (CER), the Australian Chief Economist, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Global Energy Monitor.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and its global warming potential is more than 25 times that of carbon dioxide.

The report found that in 2019, Australian coal mine methane emissions made up 68 per cent of overall energy industry emissions, making it a bigger contributor than oil and gas.

"That's a really massive climate impact before we even start to think about the carbon dioxide emissions released from burning coal."

By ABC national regional reporter Nathan Morris

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Monday 6 June 2022

ABC app: Can cruise ships become clean and green?

Cruise ships are returning to our oceans after the pandemic brought the industry to a halt. But some countries want to see change when they welcome tourists back to their tropical islands. 

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