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There's an Ultra-Rare GM EV1 Abandoned in an Atlanta Parking Garage


What you've been told is that the GM EV1, the first realistic electric car from a modern automaker, was killed off by shortsighted corporate greed over fifteen years ago. So good it threatened entrenched interests, every single one of the 1,117 EV1s was declared a failed experiment, pulled off the road over the protests of happy lessees, and crushed. But we've got a big dusty red pill for you—there's still one out there in the world, and it's been left for dead in an Atlanta parking garage.

The only one confirmed to remain in private hands is owned by director Francis Ford Coppola, who told Jay Leno in 2014 that he hid the car away when GM rounded them up in 2003 because he loved it so much. There are rumors of another that allegedly sold to an anonymous collector for nearly $500,000 in 2008.

So this one is a real mystery as to who owned it and why it was left there. It is not an uncommon occurrence at all though to see a car abandoned like this for many years in parking garages. I kne... Show more...
 

'Thick, putrid' smog descends over Sydney as Australia bushfires rage


Australia Prime Minster Scott Morrison says there's nothing much that could be done to lessen the impact of the bushfires.
'Thick, putrid' smog descends over Sydney as Australia bushfires rage
#Australia #Environment #AsiaPacific
 
Sea level rise, erosion and cruise ships are worsening Venice’s flood problem. But corruption nearly scuppered the solution. By Neal E Robbins

I was in Venice when the acqua alta struck on 28 October 2018. I noted in my diary: “It happened today. The first big acqua alta of the year, with a siren at 09.17, followed by two steady tones. One tone is for 1.1 metres, two 1.2 metres, three 1.3 metres and four 1.4 metres or more. The tidal chart says the level should peak just after noon. At 12.30 I put on my green rubber boots. Stepping out along the canals, I found the water above my ankles and immediately had to re-learn how to walk. Walking at normal speed causes the water to splash over your boots and on to your legs. I slowed down, finding I also needed to watch out for little waves from the boats on the canal, which rode up right over the submerged pavement.

“Tourists used bin bags or fluorescent pink plastic booties over their shoes, walked barefoot or just got their shoes wet. Judging by the laughs and picture taking, high water looked fun,... Show more...
 

Australians flee as soaring heat, winds threaten more bush fires


More than 100 fires ablaze in New South Wales and Victoria states as temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.
Australians flee as soaring heat, winds threaten more bush fires
#Environment #Australia #AsiaPacific
 

Spanish politics undermining climate change fight


Spain's desertification puts it on the front lines of the fight against climate change.
Spanish politics undermining climate change fight
#Environment #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #Europe #Spain
 
Rising temperatures have contributed to the decline of hundreds of ski resorts on Italian slopes
Seduced and abandoned: tourism and climate change in the Alps
#Climatechange #Italy #Environment #Europe #Skiresorts #Worldnews
 
Activists were left frustrated by the lack of urgency inside negotiating rooms in Madrid
COP25 climate summit: what happened during the first week?
#COP25:UNclimatechangeconference #Climatechange #Greenhousegasemissions #GretaThunberg #Oceans #Environment #Spain #Chile #Americas #Europe
 

Georgia campaigners oppose dam plans


In western Georgia, campaigners are opposing several big dam projects, citing their impact on the environment and communities.
Georgia campaigners oppose dam plans
#Europe #Georgia #Environment
 

PanGoPod: an eco-friendly South African off-grid tiny home


PanGoPods are off-grid eco-friendly mobile homes. They are bigger than a caravan but smaller than a Park Home. This sort of housing is common in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, where they are called Tiny Homes.

The PanGoPods detach from their trailers: they can be kept on the trailer or ‘planted’ on site and removed again. A PanGoPod plus trailer weighs 3500 kg and can be towed by a large 4×4. PanGoPods run off of solar power, using water from rainwater harvesting tanks, and a water-free composting loo.

Pangopods have a ground floor of roughly 16 m2 and two mezzanine lofts, each of just over 4 m2, for a total area of nearly 25 m2. The lofts can each take two single mattresses or a king-size mattress. A separate bathroom provides privacy for a shower, a composting toilet, a hand basin, a wardrobe, and a washing machine. The open-plan ground floor contains a fully-functional kitchen, a sleeper couch, and a dining nook.

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US technology allows fruits to stay ripe for twice as long and reduces plastic packaging
Avocados with edible coating to go on sale in Europe for first time
#Foodwaste #Avocados #Food #Europe #Germany #Denmark #Environment #UKnews
 

Climate change forces indigenous Alaskans to relocate


Why some indigenous Alaskans are fleeing their ancestral land as it crumbles beneath them.
Climate change forces indigenous Alaskans to relocate
#US&Canada #Environment #ClimateChange
 

Several dead, hundreds of homes burned in Australia's 'mega fire'


Bushfires blazing in the state of New South Wales merge into what firefighters have dubbed a 'mega fire'.
Several dead, hundreds of homes burned in Australia's 'mega fire'
#Australia #Environment #AsiaPacific
 

Protecting Earth's water and life that depends on it


Planet SOS explores the battle for scarce water resources amid climate crisis. Plus, COP25 in Madrid.
Protecting Earth's water and life that depends on it
#Water #Kenya #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #Environment #Africa #Uganda
 

Planet SOS: Fishermen say fish are disappearing


Scientists warn life in Africa's largest freshwater lake could die, if warning signs continue to be ignored.
Planet SOS: Fishermen say fish are disappearing
#Africa #Uganda #Environment
 

Hundreds of Australia homes destroyed in 'mega fire'


Strong winds are stoking deadly blazes north of Sydney and in the state of New South Wales.
Hundreds of Australia homes destroyed in 'mega fire'
#AsiaPacific #Australia #Environment
 

Warming waters: Seafood stocks under threat in Maine


Maine’s most lucrative seafood could eventually suffer if warming trends continue.
Warming waters: Seafood stocks under threat in Maine
#US&Canada #Environment
 

People in Yemen go solar amid fuel shortages


Yemen has now become one of the largest importers of solar panels, providing some comfort for families devastated by years of fighting between Saudi-UAE coalition and Houthis.
People in Yemen go solar amid fuel shortages
#MiddleEast #Yemen #Environment
 

Kenya floods: More rain expected in region


Authorities are warning of more heavy rain in Kenya. Thousands have already been displaced after two months of flooding.
Kenya floods: More rain expected in region
#Africa #Kenya #Environment
 

Floods, winter add to Syrian refugees' plight


Hundreds of thousands of refugees in Syria are facing a harsh winter and floods.
Floods, winter add to Syrian refugees' plight
#MiddleEast #Environment
 

Nairobi building collapse: Several killed, more feared trapped


Rescue operation under way after six-storey residential structure in Kenyan capital collapses.
Nairobi building collapse: Several killed, more feared trapped
#Africa #Kenya #Environment
 

Why a 'Green New Deal' must be decolonial


The Green New Deal will not work unless it dismantles neocolonial structures exploiting nature and people.
Why a 'Green New Deal' must be decolonial
#Environment #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #WorkersRights
 

Thunberg arrives at COP25 to lead mass protest


The teenager has become the figurehead of a global movement of climate justice activists.
Thunberg arrives at COP25 to lead mass protest
#Environment #Europe #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange
 

SUVs are way worse for the planet than anyone previously thought - the average petrol SUV emits over ten per cent more CO2 per km than the average petrol car


While overall emissions from passenger cars fell by 75 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) between 2010 and 2018, emissions from SUVs grew by 544 metric tonnes – more than the increase from heavy industry, aviation, trucks or shipping.

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SUVs are way worse for the planet than anyone previously thought - the average petrol SUV emits over ten per cent more CO2 per km than the average petrol car


While overall emissions from passenger cars fell by 75 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) between 2010 and 2018, emissions from SUVs grew by 544 metric tonnes – more than the increase from heavy industry, aviation, trucks or shipping.

Part of the problem, says Aronczyk, is that once supersized cars start to take off in a country, consumers and manufacturers rapidly get into an SUV arms race. “When you drive on a regular old sedan on the highway, everyone else's headlights are right in your face,” she says. “It actually is hard to drive when you are the only one left on the road in a normal car.”

With their hulking weight and high driving position, SUVs exude a feeling of safety for those behind the wheel, but it can sometimes be an illusion. In 2003, traffic data from the US government found that people driving or riding in an SUV were 11 per cent more likely to die in... Show more...
 

A Maori woman's journey to zero waste


Miriama Kamo is a Maori woman from New Zealand, who has embarked on a very public journey towards zero waste.
A Maori woman's journey to zero waste
#AsiaPacific #NewZealand #Environment
 

The dark side of the Nordic model


Scandinavian countries may top every ranking on human development, but they are a disaster for the environment.
The dark side of the Nordic model
#Environment #GlobalWarming #Pollution #Norway #Iceland #Denmark #Finland #Europe
 

Death of the delta: Louisiana communities on the brink


Al Jazeera met with people clinging to their livelihoods in a changing landscape in the southern US.
Death of the delta: Louisiana communities on the brink
#US&Canada #Environment
 

Threats, raids and murders stalk Filipino environment activists


From September to November 2019, four more environment workers across the country were killed.
Threats, raids and murders stalk Filipino environment activists
#Philippines #Environment #AsiaPacific
 

Let them eat the city, say the urban farmers of Paris


From underground former car-parks to the rooftops of the famous skyline, an agricultural revolution is taking place.
Let them eat the city, say the urban farmers of Paris
#Environment #Agriculture #Science&Technology #Europe #France #Business&Economy
 

Former steel-making city becomes Sweden's greenest community


Eskilstuna is reinventing itself as a leader in recycling household waste in the country.
Former steel-making city becomes Sweden's greenest community
#Europe #Sweden #Environment
 

Madrid may be hosting COP25, but its own eco-challenges persist


Spain's capital wants its own green revolution, but the city's council continues to prioritise toxic traffic.
Madrid may be hosting COP25, but its own eco-challenges persist
#Environment #Europe #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange
 

Forget about water at your peril


Climate change is gutting global water security. We have solutions but lack the political will to implement them.
Forget about water at your peril
#ClimateChange #Environment #Water
 
Environmental organisations kick off 10-day alternative conference in Santiago as COP25 gets under way in Spain. #ClimateChange #Environment #Chile #SebastianPinera #GlobalWarming
 

China’s Climate Paradox: A Leader in Coal and Clean Energy


https://www.truthdig.com/articles/chinas-climate-paradox-a-leader-in-coal-and-clean-energy/ #China #climatecrisis #pardox #coal #cleanenergy #environment #pollution
China’s Climate Paradox: A Leader in Coal and Clean Energy
 
The economic worth the whole river basin is estimated at $7bn annually from tourism to agriculture. #Africa #Kenya #Environment
 
#food #obesity #malnutirtion #climatecriris #environment
 

EC to propose climate neutrality law next spring


https://bbj.hu/energy-environment/ec-to-propose-climate-neutrality-law-next-spring_175003 #climatecrisis #environment #pollution
 
As in Hungary, activists are demanding climate action but politicians say biggest threat comes from migration
Migration v climate: Europe's new political divide
#Climatechange #Hungary #Greenpolitics #ViktorOrbán #Thefarright #Environment #Europe #Worldnews
 
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