Australia remains on track to miss its Paris climate targets as carbon emissions continue to soar, according to new data.

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The figures from NDEVR Environmental for the year up to the end of June 2018 show the country’s emissions were again the highest on record when unreliable data from the land use and forestry sectors was excluded.
It is the third consecutive year for record-breaking emissions.

And New Zealand.

NZ’s politicians just came up with a good plan — together
New Zealand’s new roadmap to a net-zero emissions economy demonstrates what’s possible when politicians work together to find solutions to complex problems like climate change.

From PAN.

Thanks to Monsanto’s (recently merged with Bayer) new genetically engineered (GE) dicamba-tolerant seeds, use of the herbicide dicamba has skyrocketed — and so has crop damage — for the second year in a row.
Tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect farmers from drift-related crop damage, now.
In 2017 alone, over 3.6 million acres of crops were damaged by dicamba drift, and as of July 15 of this year, university weed scientists indicate over one million acres of dicamba-injured soybeans alone. And this number is likely a gross underestimate.
Dicamba is not a new chemical, and it has a reputation of drifting from where it’s applied in the field. And now, after being rushed to market in 2015, Monsanto’s Xtend dicamba-tolerant soybean seeds are driving up use of this drift-prone herbicide — and ushering in a new wave of serious problems for farmers.
EPA says the agency is “watching the situation closely.” But what more does it need to see? In mid-September, a group of farmers from the Iowa Farmers Union will fly to Washington D.C. to meet with EPA and discuss the dicamba drift epidemic. Will you stand with them?

Is it too late?

And after a truly awful week in Australian politics, from offensive cartoons to the horror of Question Time in the House of Reps in Canberra, some light relief below.

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