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Australia likely to use controversial Kyoto loophole to meet Paris agreement

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 9:10pm

New Zealand urges others not to meet emissions pledge with ‘dodgy accounting’, but UN rules unlikely to prohibit using carryover credits

Australia appears likely be allowed to exploit a controversial climate loophole, using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to meet its Paris agreement targets.

New Zealand has already ruled out using the carryover credits, saying it would discourage other countries from the practice.

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Dracula ant's killer jaws are nature's fastest mover at 200mph

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 5:15pm

Tropical insect uses lethal speed of its spring-loaded mandibles to stun or kill prey

Move aside cheetah and peregrine falcon, there is a new contender for the title of fastest animal on Earth: the Dracula ant. Scientists have discovered that the small tropical insect can snap its mandibles at up to 90 metres a second (more than 200mph), the fastest animal movement on record.

The ants use the explosive motion to attack, stun and kill prey, which is then fed to their larvae.

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still sloppy...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 3:44pm
Made it out today - but just barely.  This stretch is the worst with deep ruts and wet clay.  53,61,45,0,C
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California Gov. Jerry Brown Outlines Challenges In Fight Against Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 2:15pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown explains the challenges facing his state in trying to prevent more deadly wildfires in coming years.

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OPINION: What My Dad And I Learned In Hunting Class

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 2:15pm

A father and son are part of the majority of Americans who don't hunt and didn't learn from their parents. So they take a class, and learn a little about hunting and a few things about themselves.

(Image credit: Michael Hegyi)

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US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 1:52pm

Vanuatu’s foreign minister says worst offenders on global warming are blocking progress

The United States and other high carbon dioxide-emitting developed countries are deliberately frustrating the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Vanuatu’s foreign minister has said. His warning came as Pacific and Indian ocean states warned they faced annihilation if a global climate “rule book” could not brokered.

In a bruising speech before ministers and heads of state, Vanuatu’s foreign minister, Ralph Regenvanu, singled out the US as he excoriated major CO2-emitting developed countries for deliberately hindering negotiations.

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Trump EPA Proposes Major Rollback Of Federal Water Protections

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 9:55am

The Trump administration wants to substantially limit which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. Farmers and developers have long lobbied against the current rule as too expansive.

(Image credit: Seth Perlman/AP)

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Trump administration to strip pollution protections, harming vital wildlife

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 9:30am

List of waterways land users must obtain permits to pollute to be scaled back, which could also allow pollution in drinking water

The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water.

Related: Ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt used personal email for government work

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Trump administration sued by wildlife groups over offshore drilling tests

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 9:25am
  • Seismic air guns could harm dolphins and whales
  • ‘This action is unlawful and we’re going to stop it’

Environmental groups have sued the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, which could harm hundreds of thousands of marine mammals such as dolphins and whales.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued five permits for the use of seismic air guns.

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Miracle On Your Street: How The Post Office Handles Holidays

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 8:06am

Is the USPS headed for a revamp?

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Fracking paused in Blackpool after biggest tremor to date

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 8:03am

Minor quake near Cuadrilla site is on par with one in 2011 that led to moratorium

Residents of Blackpool have reported feeling the tremors of an earthquake from nearby fracking operations that started two months ago.

The minor earthquake was not only the biggest yet but was on a par with one in 2011 that led to a moratorium on fracking.

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U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 3:05am

World leaders are gathered in Poland this week to discuss climate change. The U.S. hosted a meeting on coal, a highly polluting fuel, that many developing nations depend on.

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Protesters disrupt pro-fossil fuel event at COP24 – video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/12/11 - 1:37am

Indigenous and youth groups disrupted a US-sponsored event at the UN climate talks in Poland. Wells Griffith, a Trump administration adviser speaking on a panel, said the US would continue extracting fossil fuels and warned against ‘alarmism’ over climate change. Climate expert Andrew Light, from the World Resources Institute, said the panel’s discussion would have no impact on the outcome of the COP24 climate talks and it only proved that ‘once again the United States is isolated with respect to the global community on this critically important issue’

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Why Scientists Are Talking About Attribution Science And What It Is

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 4:39pm

As negotiators struggle to hammer out the rule book for a global climate agreement, scientists meeting in Washington, D.C., have yet more evidence linking climate change and extreme weather.

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Australia only nation to join US at pro-coal event at COP24 climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 3:08pm

Country’s stance described as ‘a slap in the face of our Pacific island neighbours’

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to coal – and its unwavering support for the United States – by appearing at a US government-run event promoting the use of fossil fuels at the United Nations climate talks in Poland.

Australia was the only country apart from the host represented at the event, entitled “US innovative technologies spur economic dynamism”, designed to “showcase ways to use fossil fuels as cleanly and efficiently as possible, as well as the use of emission-free nuclear energy”.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 11:04am
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Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 10:52am

Appointed by president-elect Bolsonaro, Ricardo Salles calls environmental fines ‘ideological’

Brazil’s new environment minister believes that global warming is “secondary”, that many environmental fines are “ideological” and has been accused of altering plans for an environmentally protected area in order to favour businesses.

Ricardo Salles, the former environment secretary for São Paulo state, was recommended for his new role by business and agribusiness groups and announced as minister in a tweet on Sunday by the far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro.

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Australia’s renewables sector doubles output in boom year

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 10:00am

Clean Energy Council warns surge ‘could come to an end if the energy policy debate is left to languish unresolved’

Australia’s renewables sector has doubled its output over the past 12 months, with more than $20bn of projects now under construction, but the current boom will not last without policy certainty, according to the Clean Energy Council.

The council, which represents solar, wind, energy efficiency, hydro, bioenergy, energy storage, geothermal and marine businesses, along with more than 5,000 solar installers, has released new figures claiming a record year for Australia’s renewables industry – with more than 80 wind and solar farms under construction, and rooftop solar installations now topping two million homes.

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Protesters disrupt US panel's fossil fuels pitch at climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 9:21am

Official event praising coal, oil and gas met with laughter and chants of ‘shame on you’

A Trump administration presentation extolling the virtues of fossil fuels at the UN climate talks in Poland has been met with guffaws of laughter and chants of “Shame on you”.

Monday’s protest came during a panel discussion by the official US delegation, which used its only public appearance to promote the “unapologetic utilisation” of coal, oil and gas. Although these industries are the main source of the carbon emissions that are causing global warming, the speakers boasted the US would expand production for the sake of global energy security and planned a new fleet of coal plants with technology it hoped to export to other countries.

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City frogs have sexier calls than country frogs, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/12/10 - 9:02am

Researchers discover urban male túngara frogs call more, and with more complex vocalisations, than rural peers

Living in a forest might sound romantic, but city life makes males more attractive to the opposite sex – at least if you are a túngara frog.

Researchers have discovered that urban males of the species have more attractive calls than their rural peers.

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