Climate Change News

Bothersome badgers cause Dutch train troubles [Video]

STORY: Badgers have caused havoc after digging homes under this Dutch train trackLocation: Esch, NetherlandsTrain services have been halted due to safety concernsDate: March 21, 202350,000 passengers are facing delays, adding 30-60 minutes to their travel times Experts are worried that badgers’ tunnels could weaken the ground under the tracks [Aldert Baas, Spokesperson/ ProRail] “The problem of the digging badgers in the environment of tracks is a real problem because of the safety, so we have to remove them from the tracks and that’s difficult because they like to be in the environment of the railways.”The species is protected by Dutch law and must be removed before repairs can begin The company aims to create a new home nearby for the badgers and block their way back “How long it’s going to take to remove the badgers from the railway to the other spot? We don’t know exactly. Badgers don’t read papers or instructions and so on, so they will go their own way. We have to wait for that. And it will take one or two weeks and then they leave hopefully. And after that we can repair the situation. So, everything is ready for safe rail traffic.”

Alternative Energy News

U.N. chief urges faster shift to ‘net zero’ [Video]

STORY: In a recorded address, Guterres described the sixth “synthesis report” from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as “a survival guide for humanity” and urged developed countries to commit to “net zero” by the earlier date of around 2040.According to the IPCC, emissions must be halved by the mid-2030s if the world is to have any chance of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels a key target enshrined in the Paris accord.