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Bank financing of extreme fossil fuel soars, according to damning report

Shareholders must press banks to stop financing projects that will long term harm their businesses, not to mention the planet and everyone on it
Through the projects they fund, banks are some of the most environmentally destructive businesses on the planet.
The annual report by a group of non profit organisations makes this very clear. “Banking on Climate Change,” has found that financing for extreme fossil fuels – in other words the really nasty stuff – surged to a staggering $115bn (£81bn) in 2017.
It’s all the more disappointing given that the previous year (2016 when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed) had seen progress with a fall to $104bn from $126bn.
Read more Oil prices open above $70 on heightened Middle East tensions Shell and Eni accused of 'serious negligence' on Nigerian oil spill Public listing of Saudi oil company may be delayed until 2019 According to the report “no bank has yet truly aligned its business plan with the Paris Climate Agreement, wh..

Green Gove? Environment department consulting on bottle deposit scheme but hold your cheers

The scheme is aimed at improving recycling and cutting the vast tonnage of waste plastic finding its way into our oceans but campaigners want less talk more action
It’s not often thoroughly good ideas get an airing in modern Britain, all the more so if they involve plans to keep its children from having to live in a noxious rubbish tip that run the risk of irritating businesses.
But, wait, what’s this: Are we set to see belated launch of a deposit and return scheme covering drinks containers, whether plastic, glass, or metal, with the aim of encouraging recycling?
That’d be quite something from a Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs run by one of the more noxious politicians this country has produced in the form of Michael Gove.
Read more Government considering plastic bottle deposit scheme UK set to throw away a third more disposable cups Plastic pollution in sea set to treble in a decade, warn scientists Is this an attempt Mr Gove, a former newspaperman who knows ..

B&M ad for prosecco glass that can contain an entire bottle banned for encouraging excessive drinking

The advertising watchdog said the ad breached its code and went against health guidelines
A B&M Stores advert for a glass that can hold a full bottle of prosecco has been banned by the advertising watchdog for encouraging excessive drinking.
In a Facebook post last November, the product was promoted with the caption: “Like Prosecco? Then you’ll LOVE these glasses- they can hold a FULL bottle [3 heart eye emojis]! Plus, we’ve got Prosecco in store for just £5.99 so it’s a perfect time to stock up for Christmas. TAG the biggest Prosecco fan you know!”.
Read more B&M stores criticised over ‘pro-anorexia’ scales B&M also published a video which showed an entire bottle of prosecco being poured into one of the glasses, with accompanying on-screen text which read: “Introducing B&Ms Giant Prosecco Glass The perfect gift for Prosecco lovers! This glass holds an entire bottle of Prosecco So you don’t have to get up for refills Enjoy a glass with friends this festive season Please drink r..

Tech Tip: Starting Fresh With Firefox

Starting Fresh With Firefox Q. After many years, I started using the Firefox browser again, and the start page for this new version is covered with links and icons. Can I change it?
A. Mozilla, which released Firefox 1.0 in 2004, significantly overhauled the browser last year and named it Firefox Quantum. In addition to retooling the software to make it faster and use less of the computer’s memory than previous versions, the program got a bit of a visual redesign, including a new look for the New Tab page.
The first row of the New Tab page displays icons for the “Top Sites” you visit frequently or have used recently. If you have specific sites you would like to pin to the page or remove from view, you can customize the Top Sites collection. Just move the cursor over the top-right corner of an icon and click to get a menu of options.
Photo Use the menu on the Firefox New Tab page to pin, remove and edit your shortcuts to favorite and frequently visited sites. Credit The New York Times..

Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant

Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant In the blink of a geological eye, climate change has helped reverse the flow of water melting from a glacier in Canada’s Yukon, a hijacking that scientists call “river piracy.”
This engaging term refers to one river capturing and diverting the flow of another. It occurred last spring at the Kaskawulsh Glacier, one of Canada’s largest, with a suddenness that startled scientists.
A process that would ordinarily take thousands of years — or more — happened in just a few months in 2016.
Much of the meltwater from the glacier normally flows to the north into the Bering Sea via the Slims and Yukon Rivers. A rapidly retreating and thinning glacier — accelerated by global warming — caused the water to redirect to the south, and into the Pacific Ocean.
Continue reading the main story Last year’s unusually warm spring produced melting waters that cut a canyon through the ice, diverting more water into the Alsek River, ..

Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters
The world’s oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic — bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles — and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.
In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, a group of researchers from the University of Cádiz in Spain and several other institutions show that a major ocean current is carrying bits of plastic, mainly from the North Atlantic, to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there — in surface waters, in sea ice and possibly on the ocean floor.
Because climate change is already shrinking the Arctic sea ice cover, more human activity in this still-isolated part of the world is increasingly likely as navigation becomes easier. As a result, plastic pollution, which has grown significantly around the world since 1980, could spread more widely in the Arctic in decades to come, the researchers say.