'I thank god I am alive': standing firm against mineral extraction in South Africa

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 10:15pm

Nonhle Mbuthuma is battling for her community’s right to say no to the exploitation of their territory in a hangover of the apartheid era

As a child, Nonhle Mbuthuma would wake up in her family’s thatched hut listening to the waves crashing on South Africa’s Wild Coast , then go and play on the sand dunes, head off to school or help her parents cultivate sweet potatoes and bananas on the family plot.

Today, she can rarely stay in the same place for any length of time and is more likely to be keeping her ears alert to signs of danger. At times she needs bodyguards or goes into hiding.

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'I tended to the bodies': attacked by the Philippine army

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 10:15pm

Villagers massacred amid conflict between indigenous community and coffee plantation

When the soldiers opened fire on Datal Bonglangon village, there was first confusion, then terror, then grief. But Marivic Danyan – one of the younger, quieter members of the community – decided to be strong. Reluctantly, heartbreakingly strong.

The young T’boli woman had been preparing lunch when her remote, indigenous community on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao was peppered with gunfire. One bullet ripped into the wooden wall beside her. Another pierced the corrugated tin roof.

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'They should be put in prison': battling Brazil's huge alumina plant

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 10:12pm

In Brazil, Maria do Socoro Silva is leading Amazonian forest people against alleged land-grabbing, corruption and pollution

A warning voice on the telephone, a home intrusion, a punch in the face, a pistol barrel prodded against the ear.

The intimidation of Maria do Socorro Silva has come in many forms since she began defending her Amazonian home against the world’s biggest alumina refinery and its local government backers.

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Baby bear burned in Colorado wildfire healing well

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 5:06pm

Wildlife officials say cub is gaining weight after receiving severe burns to her paws

An orphaned bear cub burned by a Colorado wildfire is healing and gaining weight.

Wildlife officials have said the bear no longer has to wear bandages on her feet, which were severely burned in a fire north of Durango in June.

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Why Heat Waves Are More Challenging For Pregnant Women

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 1:26pm

Forecasters say Friday should be the hottest July 20 ever in North Texas with temperatures reaching at least 107 degrees. Think you're hot? Think about if you were a pregnant mom.

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Seagull rage: why humans and birds are at war in Britain

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 10:06am
There have been a number of bird attacks reported, including one man persecuted by seagulls each morning and another man who reacted violently to having his chips stolen

Name: Seagull rage.

Prevalence: High in coastal areas.

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Climate campaigners lose high court battle over carbon target

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 9:10am

Charity had argued the government was in breach of international obligations under the Paris agreement

Environmental campaigners have lost their high court challenge against the government over its policy for tackling climate change.

The charity Plan B Earth brought legal action against the government’s stance on the 2050 carbon target, set out under the Climate Change Act 2008.

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Ibis that was extinct in wild taught to migrate by following aircraft

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 8:00am

Birds bred in captivity led on three-week migration south from Germany by human ‘foster parents’

Leaning out of an ultralight aircraft, Corinna Esterer turns toward a flock of peculiar black birds soaring just a few metres away. “Come, come ibis,” she yells through her megaphone. Drawn by Esterer’s voice, the birds dart to the aircraft, and follow it to a field overlooking Lake Constance in southern Germany. Once on the ground, the ibis flock to Esterer. To the birds, the young woman is their parent.

For more than 300 years, the northern bald ibis has been extinct in the wild in central Europe, with small populations surviving only in zoos. But recently, it has celebrated a slow but steady comeback thanks to human foster parents who have shown the birds how to migrate south by leading the way in ultralight aircraft.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 6:25am

A newly discovered bandy bandy snake species, jumping sweetfish and baby tarantulas in Derbyshire are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Crop failure and bankruptcy threaten farmers as drought grips Europe

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 5:11am

Abnormally hot temperatures continue to wreak devastation across northern and central parts of the continent

Farmers across northern and central Europe are facing crop failure and bankruptcy as one of the most intense regional droughts in recent memory strengthens its grip.

States of emergency have been declared in Latvia and Lithuania, while the sun continues to bake Swedish fields that have received only 12% of their normal rainfall.

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How Luxury Hotels And Restaurants In Developing Countries Fight Food Waste

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 5:02am

The United Nations says nearly one-fourth of food purchases in hotels and restaurants are thrown away. Luxury properties in Mexico, India, and elsewhere are trying programs to bring that figure down.

(Image credit: Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images)

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97% of House Republicans foolishly reject carbon taxes | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 3:00am

It’s an improvement from 100% two years ago, but GOP climate denial is cracking too slowly

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on an anti-carbon tax Resolution. The Resolution was introduced by Steve Scalise (R-LA) with essentially the same language as he introduced in 2013 and 2016.

On those past versions, every Republican House member voted against carbon taxes. This time, six Republicans rejected the Resolution and one abstained, voting ‘Present.’ However, 97% of the House Republicans on the floor voted against carbon taxes.

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EPA Inspector General Blames 'Management Weakness' In Flint Response

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/20 - 2:11am

The EPA's internal watchdog says "management weakness" delayed the federal government's response to the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

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Sir David Attenborough urges British public to join butterfly count

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/19 - 10:01pm

Veteran broadcaster encourages people to take part in Big Butterfly Count and highlights mental health benefits of wildlife

Watching nature provides “precious breathing space” from the stress of modern life, Sir David Attenborough has said, as he urges people to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly count.

While the UK’s butterflies are basking in the best summer conditions in more than a decade, if the hot weather becomes a drought it could be catastrophic for the insects as plants wither and caterpillars starve.

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