California Wildfires: More than 1,000 Missing and at Least 71 Killed in Deadly Camp Fire, Authorities Say

The death toll was raised from 63 on Friday after eight more bodies were found, while the list of people unaccounted for grew from 631 on Thursday night to 1,011 - but authorities have stressed it does not mean all of them are missing.
The rising figures come eight days after the Camp Fire broke out in northern California.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the list was dynamic and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings, as well as some who fled the blaze and do not realise they have been reported missing.


Ban Gas and Diesel Vehicles? Spain Proposes Bill to Address Climate Change

The Spanish government is considering a slew of new climate-regulations in order to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, including a ban on sale of gasoline and diesel cars beginning in 2040.
A draft of the country's "Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition" published Tuesday also proposes measures such as ending fossil fuels subsidies, a ban on fracking, halting new oil exploration licenses and a transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050, according to media reports.


Climate Protesters Glue Hands to UK Government Building

Twenty-two people have been arrested after protesters daubed the windows of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London and blocked passing traffic in an effort to provoke society into action over climate change.
One protester climbed above the revolving doors of the main entrance of the building in Westminster and wrote “frack off” in black spray paint, and another sprayed the extinction symbol in red on windows facing traffic on Victoria Street.


New UK Gas Power Station 'Would Breach Climate Commitments'

Plans to build a huge new UK gas power station are facing a challenge from an environmental law group that argues the project would breach the government’s recommendations on climate change.
ClientEarth, which has repeatedly defeated the government in court over its air pollution strategy, has submitted an objection to the planning inspectorate over Drax Group’s proposed 3.6GW plant in North Yorkshire.


Next Generation ‘May Never See the Glory of Coral Reefs’

Children born today may be the last generation to see coral reefs in all their glory, according to a marine biologist who is coordinating efforts to monitor the decline of the world’s most colourful ecosystem.
Global heating and ocean acidification have already severely bleached 16 to 33% of all warm-water reefs, but the remainder are vulnerable to even a fraction of a degree more warming, said David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.


Wildfire in Butte County Most Destructive in California History

Cal Fire said 6,713 structures have been destroyed, 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings, as of 6 p.m. Friday.

The wildfire topped the Tubbs Fire, which destroyed 5,636 structures in Sonoma County in October 2017.

The fire, named the Camp Fire, has also claimed nine lives, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said.

The wildfire ignited around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in the Camp Creek Road area near Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon. The fire had charred 90,000 acres and was 5 percent contained by Friday evening.


Earth's Ozone Layer is Finally Healing, Says UN

The protective shield in Earth’s atmosphere had been thinning out before scientists raised the alarm about the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the 1980s.
As a result of bans introduced by global governments, the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely restored in the 2030s.
A gaping hole in the ozone over the Antarctic won’t disappear until later – sometime in the 2060s, according to a scientific assessment released on Monday at a conference in Quito, Ecuador.


Summers Could be Entirely Powered by Clean Energy by 2050

But while wind, solar and nuclear power would provide nearly 91% of the country’s electricity by then, up from about 50% today, gas power stations are still expected to be needed during winters.
Analysts at Aurora Energy Research looked at how the wholesale power market would cope if the UK meets its target of slashing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.
They found that the price of power would drop to nearly zero between April and October because of lower demand and the glut of electricity coming from solar panels and windfarms.


Brexit: Government Urged to Revive Fishing for Endangered Tuna in UK Waters after Britain Leaves EU

Numbers of bluefin tuna appear to have increased in British waters over the last three years, and campaigners say the time is ripe to begin targeting the massive fish.  
The Angling Trust and campaign group Bluefin Tuna UK met with two supportive MPs on Wednesday to launch a campaign calling for a “world leading” new catch-and-release fishery.
However, environmental groups have warned against the proposal, which they say would cause unnecessary harm to fish that have just recovered from “the brink of collapse” and are still considered endangered.


60% of world's wildlife has been wiped out since 1970

Well over half the world's population of vertebrates, from fish to birds to mammals, have been wiped out in the past four decades, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
Between 1970 and 2014, there was 60 per cent decline, on average, among 16,700 wildlife populations around the world according to the 2018 edition of the Living Planet Report released Monday. 
"We've had a loss of nearly two-thirds, on average, of our wild species," said James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation for WWF-Canada.