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New Zealand to tax farmers for their cow and sheep burps

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Better out than in except for when you’re in New Zealand where they’ve found an interesting way to tackle climate change

Farmers will soon be forced to pay taxes for sheep and cattle burps making the island nation the first to impose taxes on methane emissions produced by animals.

Agriculture contributes to almost half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions with the country housing about 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep.

The country’s government has been previously criticised for not including agricultural emissions in the nation’s emissions trading scheme.

New Zealand’s climate change minister James Shaw says “There is no question” that the country needs to “cut the amount of methane” they are putting into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key part in that.

The proposal will mean farmers will have to pay for their gas emissions from 2025.

But there are some farmers could benefit if they choose to lower emissions through feed additives and plant trees on farms.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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‘Orgy of destruction’ – A stark climate warning

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Humanity has become ‘weapon of mass extinction’  according to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres

At the biodiversity COP15 conference in Montreal, Canada Guterres opened the meet with a brutal reality.

“Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction...

This conference is our chance to stop this orgy of destruction.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Guterres called for an end to destruction of nature saying our “land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics.”

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to the stand to urge countries to protect their precious land and waters.

The leader also took the opportunity to announce Canada’s $350m biodiversity finance fund.

“There are lots of disagreements between governments.

But if we can’t agree as a world on something as fundamental as protecting nature, then nothing else matters.”

Justin Trudeau – Canada’s Prime Minister
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks during the opening ceremony of the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Australia warned to brace for more extreme weather events

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From wild floods, to raging fires. Australia has experienced it all

And that’s not changing anytime soon.

The country is getting warmer and residents are being warned to prepare for the worst.

From an increasing number of extreme heat days to flash flooding, wild bushfires and rising sea levels – the Bureau of Meteorology says we need to buckle up and brace for impact.

This comes as the New South Wales flood crisis is ranked as the most expensive natural disaster in Australia’s history.

$5.5 billion worth of insurance claims have been lodged right across the state and now residents as residents are being told their policies won’t be renewed.

So is there anything we can do and is there any hope for our environment?

Meanwhile, say goodbye to those cloudy skies – Weatherzone predicts Australia will flip from the current wet La Nina weather system to its hot and dry cousin, El Nino next year.

If this is true, residents can expect a long period of warm conditions, including reduced rainfall, warmer temperatures and less tropical cyclones.

So how likely is this prediction?

But don’t celebrate just yet.

While the weather system means more days to lie by the pool, spare a thought for those living amongst the trees.

As the risk of severe wildfires skyrockets.

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