A small majority of people believe there is still time to make a difference and slow global heating, a survey of consumer attitudes in 16 countries reveals. People aged 55 and over believe most strongly that their behaviour can make a positive difference to the environment. People in Brazil, Spain, Canada, Italy, China and Thailand are the most optimistic that if we act now there is still time to save the planet, the survey by Mintel found. On average, 54% of those who were surveyed agreed that there was time to save the planet, and 51% believed their behaviour could make a positive difference to the environment. Japan was the most pessimistic: only 15% of people questioned believed their behaviour could make a difference and only 35% believed there was time to save the planet.
Guardian 5th July 2021 read more »
Four people were found dead as Cyprus battled to contain the worst forest fire in its history after homes burnt down and at least eight villages were evacuated. The blaze broke out in the community of Arakapas on Saturday morning before spreading through a mountainous region near the cities of Limassol and Larnaca. President Nicos Anastasiades said it was a “very difficult day” as he announced that the “entire state apparatus” had been mobilised to fight the wildfire, which was fanned by strong winds after a week-long heatwave that saw temperatures pass 40C.
Independent 4th July 2021 read more »
Despite a harvesting programme, there are now two million wild alligators in the state, up from 100,000 half a century ago. It’s yet another sign of the devastating impact of climate change in Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of people have become climate refugees in their own state, moving to higher ground, away from low-lying areas that have either been repeatedly deluged during tropical storms and deadly hurricanes, or lost to the ocean completely. To the east, in the Mississippi Delta, sea levels are rising. Since 1932, some 1,883 square miles of land have been submerged. If this was Delaware or Rhode Island, America would have one fewer state.
Telegraph 4th July 2021 read more »
The world’s remotest water towers are in retreat. The snows of Kilimanjaro in Africa are diminishing: between 1986 and 2017 the area of ice that crowns the most famous mountain in Tanzania has decreased by 71%. A tropical glacier near Puncak Jaya in Papua in Indonesia has lost 93% of its ice in the 38 years from 1980 to 2018. Melting tropical glaciers are together sounding an ominous warning.
Climate News Network 5th July 2021 read more »