Growing popularity could be undone by one accident

21 July 2022, Bavaria, Essenbach: Water vapor rises behind sunflowers from the cooling system of the nuclear power plant (NPP) Isar 2. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Nuclear energy is at an inflection point. Early exuberance about its potential was undercut by a series of devastating and dangerous accidents: Three Mile Island … Read more

London fire department busiest day since WWII

An aerial view shows the rubble and destruction in a residential area following a large blaze the previous day, on July 20, 2022 in Wennington, Greater London. Leon Neal | Getty Images Europe is suffering under an unprecedented heat wave, leaving firefighters in London dealing with a huge surge in emergency calls. “Yesterday was the … Read more

With fires raging in Europe, France detains man over blaze

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — Investigators probing the suspected deliberate lighting of what has become a raging wildfire in southwest France detained a man for questioning, as firefighters and water-bombing planes on Tuesday fought ferocious flames there and in other parts of Europe that have baked in extreme heat. Smoke from a large forest fire … Read more

Australia report reveals ‘shocking’ decline in environment Environment News

Canberra, Australia – The state of Australia’s environment is “poor and deteriorating”, a new government report has found. The 2021 State of the Environment Report, a mandatory assessment conducted every five years, was released on Tuesday by the recently-elected federal Labor government. It had been received by the previous Liberal-National coalition government in December 2021 … Read more

UK shatters record for its hottest day ever

People turn out to watch the sunrise at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside. Britons are set to melt on the hottest UK day on record as temperatures are predicted to hit 40C. Picture date: Tuesday July 19, 2022. Owen Humphreys | Pa Images | Getty Images LONDON — Britain recorded its hottest-ever day Tuesday, with temperatures … Read more

Europe broils in a heat wave that fuels fires in France, Spain

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — A heat wave broiling Europe spilled northward Monday to Britain and fueled ferocious wildfires in Spain and France, which evacuated thousands of people and scrambled water-bombing planes and firefighters to battle flames spreading through tinder-dry forests. Two people were killed in the blazes in Spain that the country’s prime minister … Read more

German climate activists aim to stir friction with blockades

BERLIN (AP) — “It’s absolutely crazy to stick yourself to the road with superglue,” admits Lina Schinkoethe. And yet, the 19-year-old recently landed in jail for doing just that, in protest at what she believes is the German government’s failure to act against climate change. Schinkoethe is part of a group called Uprising of the … Read more

Wildfires scorch parts of Europe amid extreme heat wave

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe, with firefighters battling blazes in Portugal, Spain, Croatia and southern France on Wednesday amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change. In Portugal, Civil Protection commander André Fernandes said multiple fires have caused the evacuation of more than … Read more

Mexico, US presidents to meet amid newly tense relationship

MEXICO CITY — The US-Mexico relationship — a straightforward tradeoff during the Trump administration, with Mexico tamping down on migration and the US not pressing on other issues — has become a wide range of disagreements over trade, foreign policy, energy and climate change. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to visit Washington on Tuesday … Read more

natural gas, nuclear are green energy in some circumstances

01 July 2022, Saxony, Lippendorf: A solar park borders directly on the site of the Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant. After more than 20 years, the so-called EEG surcharge, which customers pay via their electricity bill, will no longer apply. It currently still amounts to 3.72 cents per kilowatt hour. Experts do not expect electricity prices … Read more