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EU green deal at ‘very high’ risk of being killed off, says Greens co-leader | European Union

EU green deal at ‘very high’ risk of being killed off, says Greens co-leader | European Union

The EU’s green deal to restore biodiversity, clean the continent’s soil, air and water, and mitigate climate breakdown is at high risk of being killed off, the co-president of the Green group of MEPs has warned. The Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts said the green deal, which has informed everything from tax policy to environment law making, would be a thing of the past if the far right made significant gains in the June EU parliamentary elections. “The likelihood of [the far right and right] killing the green deal is very high. I mean, they make no mystery that after winning the ideological battle on asylum and migration their next target is the European green deal, and what they call the ‘woke’ economy.” He said the Greens needed “to play their best game ever” – appealing to voters to make the right choice rather than believe the “absolute bullshit” of politicians who claim to be fighting to save the planet but do the opposite – to try to defeat the far right. Philippe Lamberts at an …

‘This country is what the world would like to be’: can Costa Rica’s environment minister keep the country’s green reputation intact? | Global development

‘This country is what the world would like to be’: can Costa Rica’s environment minister keep the country’s green reputation intact? | Global development

“This country is what the world would like to be but is not,” says Franz Tattenbach, Costa Rica’s minister of environment and energy. The 69-year-old economist is keenly aware of his role as guardian of the country’s reputation for forward-looking biodiversity initiatives and forest restoration. Since the 1970s, successive governments have sought to do justice to its wildlife, enacting a widely praised conservation policy that has boosted the country’s image as a model of environmental preservation. From his ninth-floor office window in San José, Tattenbach can see the mountains surrounding the Central Valley. Beyond them lie the jungles, the wild beaches and the areas where nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity resides in just 51,100 sq km (19,700 sq miles) of land, and extensive marine protected area. In 2019, Costa Rica received the UN’s highest environmental honour, the Champions of the Earth award, in recognition of its conservation efforts. Its forest cover then stood at more than 53% of the country, up from 40% in 1987, and it is home to a diverse range of …

Green Roofs Are Great. Blue-Green Roofs Are Even Better

Green Roofs Are Great. Blue-Green Roofs Are Even Better

Courtesy of De Dakdokters Below that stretches a filter layer, which keeps the soil from getting into the next layer, a lightweight crate system that stores the water. And finally, below that you’ve got additional layers to keep water and plant roots from infiltrating the actual roof. “You have, in fact, a flat rain barrel on top of your roof,” says Kasper Spaan, policy developer for climate adaptation at Waternet, Amsterdam’s public water management organization, which is participating in RESILIO. The water levels in the blue-green roof are managed by a smart valve. If the weather forecast says a storm is coming, the system will release stored water from the roof ahead of time. That way, when a downpour comes, the roof refills, meaning there’s less rainwater entering the gutters and sewers in the surrounding area. In other words, the roof becomes a sponge that the operator can wring out as needed. “In the ‘squeezable’ sponge city, you make the whole city malleable,” says Spaan. This makes the traditional system of stormwater management more flexible, …

High interest rates could add billions to UK green energy transition, says report | Energy industry

High interest rates could add billions to UK green energy transition, says report | Energy industry

A permanent shift to higher interest rates could add billions of pounds to the UK’s renewable energy transition, a leading thinktank has warned. Borrowing costs have soared since the easing of pandemic lockdowns and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the world’s leading central banks raised interest rates to tackle inflation – pushing up the costs of investment in infrastructure across advanced economies including for green power generation schemes. The Resolution Foundation said £29bn a year could therefore be added to household energy bills in 2050 in a scenario where interest rates persist at current elevated levels, relative to a situation where borrowing costs return to pre-pandemic levels. However, it said the green transition would still save consumers billions of pounds compared with current sky-high energy costs, and slowing down the pace of transition was not an option. The thinktank said a fourfold increase in investment in the UK’s power sector was required to provide the crucial next step in decarbonising the British economy, and a plan was needed to fund this investment in case interest …

Best portraits from the Festival of Books: John Green, Henry Winkler and more

Best portraits from the Festival of Books: John Green, Henry Winkler and more

The 29th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returned to USC with a first-ever livestream of activities. Many of the participants and guests stopped by our portrait studio: John Green, Henry Winkler, Sophia Bush, Max Greenfield, Lois Lowry and more poets, artists, chefs, journalists, celebrities and musicians. Here are some of the best photos from the day of people who did their best to entertain our photographer Myung J. Chun. Maris Pasquale Doran and Phillipa Soo in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio. Jordan Moblo, Krista Vernoff, Ashley Elston and Octavia Spencer in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio. Max Greenfield in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio. Maris Pasquale Doran and Phillipa Soo in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio. Henry Winkler in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio at the Festival of Books. Tiffany Haddish in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio at the Festival of Books. Former White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio. Author John Green in the Los Angeles Times Portrait Studio at the …

Green bananas can lower the risk of cancer by more than 60%, study finds

Green bananas can lower the risk of cancer by more than 60%, study finds

Slightly green bananas, can significantly reduce the risk of a wide range of cancers. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) A groundbreaking trial has revealed that resistant starch, found in common foods like oats and slightly green bananas, can significantly reduce the risk of a wide range of cancers. The study, called CAPP2, involved nearly 1,000 participants with Lynch syndrome from around the world and was led by experts from the Universities of Newcastle and Leeds. According to Cancer Research UK, Lynch syndrome affects approximately one in 300 people in the UK and is caused by a genetic fault that increases the risk of bowel, womb, and ovarian cancer, as well as other cancers. People with Lynch syndrome have up to an 80% chance of developing bowel cancer in their lifetime and are also at risk of developing other cancers at a younger age than the general population. Leaders of the CAPP trial (L-R) Profs Tim Bishop, Sir John Burn and John Mathers. (CREDIT: Newcastle University) The study results showed that a regular dose of resistant starch, also …

House Republicans will not move forward with vote to remove Johnson as Speaker today, Green says

House Republicans will not move forward with vote to remove Johnson as Speaker today, Green says

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., leaves the U.S. Capitol after filing a motion to vacate Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., from his post on Friday, March 22, 2024.  Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will let her fellow House Republicans hear from their constituents before deciding whether to move forward with a vote to remove Speaker Mike Johnson. Greene made the remarks to a gaggle of reporters aired on CNN after the House passed four bills in a Saturday session. Three of the bills were for aid to Taiwan, Ukraine and Israel and the fourth approved a potential TikTok ban if its parent company, China’s ByteDance, does not sell it. Greene listed several reasons why she believes Johnson should not be Speaker, but she also said she wants to be “responsible” and not call for Johnson’s resignation before garnering enough support. “I do not support Mike Johnson, he’s already a lame duck,” Greene told reporters. Greene filed a motion for a vote to force …

Esme Young: ‘I got Mini Cheddars in the green room when I started on Sewing Bee. Still do’ | Food

Esme Young: ‘I got Mini Cheddars in the green room when I started on Sewing Bee. Still do’ | Food

I make porridge every morning – that’s from school. I went to a convent boarding school from the age of five. And they did do interesting food, actually. We’d have spinach and all sorts that was good for you and then on Sundays, because the nuns were going to church, we had bars of chocolate. We’d love that: we’d scrape bits off and put them on the bread. At home, my mum did the cooking and she was a really good cook. She was Irish, but she came to England when she was two. I’ve still got all her cookery books from the 1950s: hardback first editions of Elizabeth David’s books on French and Italian cooking. In those days my mum used to use olive oil, but you had to get it from the chemist. When I left home, I went to Saint Martin’s School of Art, so drawing and all that was more important than food. And drinking of course! We used to go to the French House and the Coach and Horses in …

Is cannabis actually green? Experts unpack the climate impacts of weed’s rising popularity

Is cannabis actually green? Experts unpack the climate impacts of weed’s rising popularity

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, this year estimated to rake in more than $64 billion globally as more and more regions unravel marijuana prohibition. Germany became the third European country to legalize weed on April 1 this year, though only in limited amounts, while voters in states like Florida and Nebraska may decide to legalize the plant, potentially joining the roughly 74% of Americans who live somewhere cannabis is legally sold. While the drug has a long history of villainization due to racist and anti-scientific drug policy, most people today recognize the drug is safer than alcohol and tobacco (though certainly not harm-free) and that prohibition fails to accomplish much aside from feeding the prison-industrial complex. Marijuana, whether medical or recreational, is big business, and as is typical with large industries, that means it has outsized impacts on the environment. Much of the modern cannabis industry relies on unsustainable agricultural practices. This means, in effect, that the world’s favorite green drug can have a decidedly un-green carbon footprint. In …