'The back of her leg was missing': woman bitten by shark in California

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/30 - 2:03pm

Attack experts say likely involved a great white or seven-gill shark would have been life-threatening if immediate care had not been available, witness says

A shark attacked a woman wading in the ocean with friends, tearing away part of her upper thigh in the ocean off a popular southern California beach, authorities and witnesses said on Sunday.

Related: Orca pod filmed hunting whale calf in 'unprecedented' California killing spree

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Woods alive to the sound and throb of spring: Country diary 100 years ago

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/30 - 2:00pm

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 1 May 1917

April 30
All weekend, from dawn to dusk, the chiff-chaff throbbed in the trees, its small body jerking with each emphatic note; everywhere in the Delamere woods I heard the cheerful music of the willow wrens, which, a friend told me, reached here in numbers on the night of the 25th-26th, though he heard several at Marbury on Wednesday. Yesterday I heard a cuckoo before I was up, and it was calling at Bowdon on the previous day; the corncrake, which usually arrives about the same time as the cuckoo, was seen at Hatchmere in the middle of the week. It was seen, though not heard, for the grass, though now full of “sweeps,” is still short, and the corncrake prefers to call when it is hidden. Swallows have been joined by house martins – on Thursday a number were seen together on one Cheshire pool for the first time, though odd martins had been noticed earlier in other places. Yesterday the tree pipit was singing as it descended towards its perch, and a beautiful male redstart was in one of the woods, where the anemone is now plentiful and marsh marigolds, are at last appearing. Primroses are out on the banks with other belated spring flowers – veined wood sorrel, moschatel, dog violets, and golden saxifrage. Bumble-bees are stirring the wind-dried leaves as they prospect for future nesting holes, and hive-bees are busy in the garden. Spring has at last asserted itself.

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Powerhouse: the startup making solar the most accessible energy in the world

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/04/30 - 6:00am

It’s one of the only incubators focused on solar companies – but Powerhouse is part of a larger movement to nurture new companies in the low-carbon future

It started with a crowdfunding startup, an investment from Prince, and the idea to help new solar companies tackle business challenges that can be hard to overcome on their own.

Now, four years later, the idea has morphed into a group called Powerhouse, and notably, in a world flush with tech startups, it’s one of the only incubators out there focused on launching and growing solar companies.

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Thousands March In D.C. To Protest Trump Climate Policies

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/30 - 4:56am

Thousands of marchers converged in Washington, D.C. for what organizers called the People's Climate March, stopping in front of the White House to boo and yell "shame!"

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Alaska Guessing Game Provides Climate Change Record

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/04/30 - 3:44am

Months behind the rest of the country, spring is advancing across Alaska. And a contest that has residents guess the date of river ice breakup is showing a trend toward earlier and earlier melt.

(Image credit: Dan Bross/KUAC)

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As wind, wave and shale power converge, could this be the end for Opec?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 10:59pm
The oil cartel is maintaining price discipline for now. But a concatenation of global circumstances could destroy its power to control the market

When the major oil-producing countries meet in a month’s time at a Vienna hotel, they are expected to extend the production cap that has pushed up the price of oil in recent months.

The agreement in December by Opec and Russia to curb production for the first half of 2017 has driven oil prices up near $55 a barrel, offering some respite for an industry hit by a slump in which prices fell as low as $27.

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People's Climate March: thousands rally to denounce Trump's environmental agenda

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 5:59pm

Hundreds of marches held around the US including in Washington DC, Seattle, Boston and San Francisco

Thousands of people across the US have marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat to demand action on climate change mass protests that coincided with president Donald Trump’s 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections.

A sea of protesters taking part in the People’s Climate March swarmed in front of the White House to demand Trump rethink plans to reverse the climate change policies.

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Shops urged to help cut £10bn food waste cost

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 4:05pm
End confusing ‘best before’ labels, says report

Supermarket “best before” labels could be phased out while shops should be forced to sell oddly shaped vegetables under proposals from MPs who have warned the government it needs to do more to tackle food waste.

More than £10bn worth of food is thrown away by households each year, according to a damning report from the environment, food and rural affairs select committee.

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Nespresso bid to recycle coffee pods

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 4:05pm
Nestlé bows to environmental backlash over popular home brewing system

Coffee company Nespresso – part of Swiss multinational Nestlé – is to trial a scheme for consumers to recycle their used aluminium capsules for the first time in the UK, in the face of a growing environmental backlash against increasingly popular single-serve pods, many of which end up in landfill.

A six-month pilot, starting this week in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will allow Nespresso Club members to recycle their used capsules through their council household recycling service, using special purple bags provided by the company. The borough’s 190,000 residents will only be able to put out capsules made by Nespresso.

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EPA wipes its climate change site as protesters march in Washington

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 1:27pm

Website ‘undergoing changes’ to reflect agency’s ‘new direction’, as tens of thousands protest inaction on climate in cities across the US

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s main climate change website is “undergoing changes” to better reflect “the agency’s new direction” under Donald Trump.

Related: The American people – not Big Oil – must decide our climate future | Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Jacobson

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Last-ditch attempt to save the endangered vaquita porpoise

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 10:16am

$4m mission in Gulf of California aims to rescue world’s most endangered sea mammal – with help from US navy dolphins

Scientists are finalising plans to make a last-ditch attempt to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise. They believe there are now fewer than 30 of these distinctive cetaceans left in the Gulf of California. Only by catching the remaining creatures and protecting them in a sanctuary can the vaquita be saved, it is argued.

Related: Saved: the endangered species back from the brink of extinction

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Marchers Unite To Take On Trump's Climate Policies

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 9:15am

On the symbolic 100th day in office for President Trump, who has denied climate change, protesters are rallying in front of the White House to call for better environmental protections.

(Image credit: Windsor Johnston/NPR)

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Trump hails ‘most successful first 100 days in history’ – video

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 6:52am

The US president gives his weekly address as he reaches 100 days in office, which he says have been the most successful in history. He refers to job creation in the automotive industry, the Dakota pipeline and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch as a supreme court judge as some of his most important achievements

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Man dressed as gorilla completes London Marathon in six days

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 6:01am

Police officer Tom Harrison raises money for Gorilla Organisation after crawling 26-mile route on all fours

A Metropolitan police officer who has been crawling the London Marathon in a gorilla costume since the race began on Sunday morning has completed the 26-mile route.

Related: Don’t insult gorillas by comparing them to Donald Trump | Ros Coward

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In Utah, How You Tread Through This Canyon Matters

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 4:57am

In Utah's canyon country, federal land managers are partially lifting a ban on off-road vehicle travel through an area that's prized for its sensitive Native American cultural sites.

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NY Times hired a hippie puncher to give climate obstructionists cover | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/04/29 - 3:00am

Bret Stephens’ first piece for the Times showed exactly why some climate realists are canceling their subscriptions

Yesterday, New York Times subscribers were treated to an email alert announcing the first opinion column from Bret Stephens, who they hired away from the Wall Street Journal. Like all Journal opinion columnists who write about climate change, Stephens has said a lot of things on the subject that could charitably be described as ignorant and wrong. Thus many Times subscribers voiced bewilderment and concern about his hiring, to which the paper’s public editor issued a rather offensive response.

Justifying the critics, here’s how the paper announced Stephens’ first opinion column in an email alert (usually reserved for important breaking news):

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Refugee guests are given hands-on experience of a shepherd's work

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 9:30pm

Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales Willing helpers hold the week-old lambs until Rodney is ready to dock their tails

Pliers and rubber rings, a tub of aquamarine dye, plastic ID ear tags … Rodney Beresford lays out the tools of his trade on a flat-topped boulder. It’s lambing time, and he is here in the sheepfold to dock tails and castrate the days-old males.

For once the shepherd is not alone, however. For 10 years Rodney has been offering refugees and asylum seekers “a day out to remember”, as part of a Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust project. Today’s helper-guests, from St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax, have spent their morning searching his pasture for new-born lambs, guided by Rodney’s grandchildren, Lucy, eight, and Katie, five. Success? Two sets of twins born naturally – “doing grand”.

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Humpback whales charge a pod of killer whales in Monterey Bay – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 5:56pm

Humpback whales charge orcas in an ‘altruistic’ behavior that pushes the predators away from their favorite prey: seals, dolphins, sea lions and young whales. A pod of nine orcas have killed four grey whales in seven days in the bay

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Orca pod filmed hunting whale calf in 'unprecedented' California killing spree

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 4:33pm

A group of killer whales in Monterey Bay killed four gray whales in a week, a phenomenon one researcher hasn’t seen in her 30-year career

In an “unprecedented” rash of attacks, a pod of killer whales in Monterey Bay, California, has killed four gray whales in a week, including a calf whose killing was captured on video, according to one marine biologist.

Related: An extraordinary battle between sperm whales and orcas – in pictures

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Mood black as community rakes over Hume Coal's mine plan

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/04/28 - 4:20pm

Southern highlands landholders unite to battle proposal that would threaten the bore water they rely on

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The sun has not long disappeared below the rolling hills of the highlands when the locals begin to muster.

There are angry mutterings and shaking of heads among the 50-odd filling the old village hall in Exeter, two hours south of Sydney.

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