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Labor says Scott Morrison's dropping of Kyoto credits to meet climate targets is 'pathetic'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 7:44pm

Labor leader says Australia needs to pledge to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050

Labor and green groups are calling for an overhaul of Australia’s climate policies after reports Scott Morrison is planning for Australia to abandon the use of Kyoto carryover credits to achieve its emissions reduction targets.

Nine newspapers reported on Saturday the Australian prime minister will tell world leaders next week that Australia will not use the controversial accounting method to satisfy its 2030 target under the Paris agreement.

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Offshore Drilling Set To Begin Off Florida Alarms Environmentalists

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 2:33pm

The drilling is scheduled to start this month in waters off the Bahamas, just 150 miles from the Florida coast. It's raising alarms among environmental groups and businesses that rely on tourism.

(Image credit: Arvind Vallabh /Getty Images)

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How coal baron Trevor St Baker turned a $1m power plant into a money-making machine

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 12:00pm

In 2015, the ageing Vales Point station seemed destined for the scrapheap – now, it’s making more than $100m a year

If you are hoping to make your way in the energy business, you could do worse than to find someone who looks at you the way Coalition governments look at businessman Trevor St Baker.

In September 2015, the then NSW treasurer, Gladys Berejiklian, sold the Vales Point coal power plant to St Baker’s Sunset Power International for just $1m.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 10:29am

The pick of this week’s best flora and fauna images, including a festive robin and a moth trap

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Police move in after Herefordshire river bulldozed and straightened

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 7:58am

Witness describes damage to mile-long stretch of Lugg as egregious act of ‘ecological vandalism’

Police and environment agency staff have moved in to stop further damage being done to a protected river, after what one witness described as one of the most egregious acts of ecological vandalism in 25 years.

A mile-long stretch of the River Lugg outside Kingsland, near Leominster in Herefordshire, has been flattened by a bulldozer. Trees have been felled, the river straightened and the river bed damaged.

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William v Harry: are princes in a charity work battle royal?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 7:52am

Conservation charity videos prompt speculation the brothers are engaged in publicity tug of war

It was a roster of “wonderful talent”, Prince William said earlier this week. And so it gave him great pleasure to honour the winners of the Tusk awards, organised by a conservation charity working in Africa of which he is patron, at an online ceremony.

“I hope their stories go far and wide,” the Duke of Cambridge continued, in a video call from one of his several drawing rooms. His hope, he said, was that “young people look to these role models and say: ‘I can do the same.’”

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A huge oil pipeline is coming to Minnesota – and with it the risk of Covid

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 4:00am

Advocates and Native tribes, who have fought the proposal for years, have renewed complaints amid a coronavirus surge

As Covid-19 cases surge in Minnesota, an oil company is bringing in thousands of out-of-state workers to finish building a pipeline from Canada that will stretch hundreds of miles across the state.

Environmental advocates and Native American tribes have fought Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 proposal for years, and now medical professionals are joining in to plead with the governor to halt construction amid the pandemic.

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Despite Signing The Great American Outdoors Act, Enforcement Has Been Sporadic

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 3:01am

President Trump signed a big public lands conservation bill this summer. But so far the White House's implementation of the new law has been scattershot and controversial.

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Mudslides Devastate Small Alaskan Town

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 3:01am

Two people are missing a day after a massive landslide roared through the Alaskan coastal town of Haines amid record rains and wind gusts of up to 65 miles an hour.

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Amazon Deforestation Reaches 12-Year High

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 3:01am

Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Gustavo Faleiros about the unprecedented destruction of the Amazon forest and what it might mean for both Brazil and regional security.

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Denmark to end new oil and gas exploration in North Sea

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 2:29am

Decision as part of plan to phase out fossil fuel extraction by 2050 will put pressure on UK

Denmark has brought an immediate end to new oil and gas exploration in the Danish North Sea as part of a plan to phase out fossil fuel extraction by 2050.

On Thursday night the Danish government voted in favour of the plans to cancel the country’s next North Sea oil and gas licensing round, 80 years after it first began exploring its hydrocarbon reserves.

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US plans to protect thousands of miles of coral reefs in Pacific and Caribbean

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/12/04 - 1:45am

Proposals cite climate change as most severe threat to US reefs, which may be in danger of disappearing in some places

In a long-awaited move from the Trump administration, the US has proposed critical habitat protections for twelve coral species in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. The rules would protect over 6,000 sq miles (nearly 16,000 sq km) of critical coral habitat.

The rules cite climate change as the most severe threat to all 12 coral species across their range. Impacts of the climate crisis include ocean acidification, which hinders the ability of corals to grow, and ocean warming, which causes corals to expel the algae living in their tissues in a phenomenon known as coral bleaching. Fishing and land-based pollution have also contributed to the species’ decline.

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Going wild? A radical green plan for Nottingham's unloved shopping centre

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 11:01pm

Could replacing empty shops with wetlands, woodlands and meadows offer a new model for cities?

An empty 1970s shopping centre in Nottingham could be transformed into wetlands, pocket woodlands and a wildflower meadow as part of a post-pandemic urban rewilding project.

The debate about Broadmarsh shopping centre, considered an eyesore by many, has rumbled on for years. This year it was undergoing a £86m revamp by real estate investment trust Intu when the firm went into administration.

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Radical reassessment needed to hit net zero emissions by 2050, says NAO

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 11:00pm

Watchdog finds UK is projected to fail to meet targets aimed at achieving climate goal

Boris Johnson’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050 is a “colossal challenge” that can only be achieved with a radical reassessment of priorities, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the UK is projected to fail to meet the government’s targets for the years 2023 to 2027 and 2028 to 2032, which were set to establish a trajectory for reducing emissions by 80% over the next 30 years.

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The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 4:07pm


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UK vows to outdo other major economies on emissions cuts by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 3:30pm

Boris Johnson promises to go further and faster by setting target of 68% reduction in annual carbon emissions

The UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions further and faster than any other major economy in the next decade, according to a new carbon target set out by the prime minister.

There will be a reduction of 68% in annual carbon emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, a significant increase on the current target of about 57% reductions. The raising of ambition on tackling climate breakdown is intended to galvanise other countries to follow suit, as Boris Johnson prepares to co-host a virtual summit of world leaders on the climate next week.

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Trump kick-starts oil drilling licence sales in Arctic refuge

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 2:33pm

Fossil fuel extraction sell-off in pristine Alaskan wilderness set for 6 January, predating Biden inauguration by days

The Trump administration has formally announced the go-ahead for the fiercely opposed sale of controversial gas and oil drilling licences in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge is a pristine wilderness and home to polar bears, caribou and many other wildlife species.

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Out-of-control Bond fire forces residents to flee in southern California

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 2:00pm
  • Wildfire exploded in size throughout the night
  • Powerful winds raise fire danger for much of region

Powerful gusts pushed flames from a wildfire through southern California canyons on Thursday, as several blazes burned near homes and forced residents to flee.

The biggest fire began late on Wednesday as a house fire in Orange county’s Silverado Canyon, where gusts topped 70 mph (113 kph).

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Pollution from car tires is killing off salmon on US west coast, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 12:00pm

Mass die-offs of coho salmon just before they are about to spawn have been traced to tire fragments washed into streams by rain

Pollution from car tires that washes into waterways is helping cause a mass die-off of salmon on the US west coast, researchers have found.

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China plans rapid expansion of 'weather modification' efforts

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/12/03 - 11:47am

Ambition to cover area more than one and a half times size of India likely to concern country’s neighbours

China is planning a rapid expansion of its weather modification programme to cover an area more than one and a half times the size of India, in a move likely to raise concerns among the country’s neighbours.

The decision, announced by the cabinet on Wednesday night, would increase fivefold the world’s biggest cloud-seeding operation, which already employs an estimated 35,000 people.

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