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Pret a Manger sued in US for labelling products containing pesticides as 'natural'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 8:24am

Lawsuit argues that customers are being misled after tests found traces of glyphosate in bread products

Two lawsuits have been filed against the sandwich company Pret a Manger in the US, claiming it deceptively labelled and marketed breads as “natural” when they contained glyphosate.

The “false and misleading” practice suits come after it emerged that a teenager who was severely allergic to sesame died at London’s Heathrow airport in 2016, after eating an unlabelled Pret sandwich that contained the ingredient.

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Nations halt funding to UN environment programme as outcry over chief grows

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 7:50am

Two countries have frozen funding after a draft internal UN audit raised concerns over Erik Solheim’s frequent flying and expenses

Two countries have halted their funding to the UN Environment programme following sharp criticism of its leader’s frequent flying in a draft internal audit.

The audit also said Erik Solheim, a former Norwegian environment minister, had “no regard for abiding by the set regulations and rules” and had claimed unjustified expenses. Now, Denmark and Sweden have frozen their funding until the audit is finalised.

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Rising oil prices fuel fears of damage to global economy

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 5:06am

Experts warn emerging markets could suffer as crude prices hit four-year high of $82

The global economy could be damaged if oil prices return to $100 (£76) a barrel, experts have warned, after crude prices hit a four-year high of $82.16.

Some market watchers have predicted prices between $90 and $100 by the year’s end after Opec last weekend rebuffed Donald Trump’s demands for the oil cartel to rein in prices by expanding production.

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Vanishing Joshua trees: climate change will ravage US national parks, study says

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 3:00am

Park lands have warmed twice as fast as the rest of the country

America’s national parks have warmed twice as fast as the US average and could see some of the worst effects of climate change, according to a new study.

Most of Joshua Tree national park could become uninhabitable for its eponymous trees, glaciers will continue to melt away at Glacier national park, and many other of America’s most treasured beauty spots could be rendered virtually unrecognizable by climate change, Patrick Gonzalez, the lead author of the study, writes in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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Airports At Water's Edge Battle Rising Sea Levels

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 2:01am

Many major airports are on low-lying coastal land where flooding is getting worse. They're building walls, berms and other barriers to try to keep planes and people moving.

(Image credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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Climate gentrification: the rich can afford to move – what about the poor?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 1:00am

As people flee intense heat in Arizona for gentler climes, rental and property values soar. But what about those left behind?

Only half-jokingly, some residents of a progressive city 300 miles north of the Mexican border have adopted the “build the wall” slogan in the face of a wave of newcomers. But these perceived interlopers are starkly different from Donald Trump’s imagination.

They are American, mainly white and are fleeing the unlivable heat.

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Red Hook: the hip New York enclave caught between gentrification and climate change

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 1:00am

Residents of the transforming Brooklyn neighborhood, a peninsula surrounded by water, saw a grim look at its future on the city’s floodplain after Hurricane Sandy in 2012

The party at Bait & Tackle didn’t look like a funeral. The bar was packed with people double-fisting drinks and dancing. But every now and then you caught someone go quiet, stare at the ceiling, take a deep breath and sigh, eyes glimmering.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said a woman to a friend standing next to her. “Where are you gonna go for happy hour now?” she asked.

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Yellowstone grizzlies safe from hunting as judge returns them to protected list

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 1:00am

Ruling cancels indefinitely a controversial sport hunt of grizzlies in Wyoming and Idaho

In a ruling hailed as historic for wildlife conservation in America, a US judge on Monday ordered that the world-famous grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone national park be returned to the endangered species list.

The move means that a controversial sport hunt of grizzlies in Wyoming and Idaho – outside the boundaries of the park – will be canceled indefinitely, extending protections against hunting that have lasted 44 years.

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Environmentalists Concerned That More Coal Ash Ponds Will Spill Into Rivers

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/09/24 - 2:36pm

Environmental groups are closely watching coal ash storage ponds in North and South Carolina as rivers swollen by rain from Hurricane Florence continue to rise.

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Labour wants green energy to power most UK homes by 2030

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/24 - 2:00pm

Party committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by middle of the century

Almost all of Britain’s homes and businesses would be powered by wind, solar and nuclear power by 2030, under bold new green energy plans being outlined by Labour.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, will declare on Tuesday that the party is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the middle of the century. The UK’s current goal is an 80% cut by 2050.

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Via Truck And Helicopter, Mountain Goats Find New Home

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/09/24 - 1:19pm

The National Park Service is transporting hundreds of wild mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades in Washington state.

(Image credit: Ashley Ahearn for NPR)

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Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/09/24 - 8:14am

Scientists demonstrate that a "gene drive" can rapidly spread a genetic mutation through a species, perhaps providing a potent new weapon against malaria. But there are plenty of skeptics.

(Image credit: Andrew Hammond)

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New study reconciles a dispute about how fast global warming will happen | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/24 - 3:00am

Unfortunately, mainstream climate scientists are still right, and we’re running out of time to avoid dangerous global warming

We’re currently on pace to double the carbon dioxide-equivalent (including other greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere by around mid-century.  Since the late 1800s scientists have been trying to answer the question, how much global warming will that cause?

In 1979, top climate scientists led by Jule Charney published a report estimating that if we double the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm to 560 ppm, temperatures will warm by 3 ± 1.5°C.  Four decades later, ‘climate sensitivity’ estimates remain virtually unchanged, but some climate contrarians have argued that the number is at the low end of that range, around 2°C or less.

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'We're moving to higher ground': America's era of climate mass migration is here

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/09/24 - 1:00am

By the end of this century, sea level rises alone could displace 13m people. Many states will have to grapple with hordes of residents seeking dry ground. But, as one expert says, ‘No state is unaffected by this’

After her house flooded for the third year in a row, Elizabeth Boineau was ready to flee. She packed her possessions into dozens of boxes, tried not to think of the mold and mildew-covered furniture and retreated to a second-floor condo that should be beyond the reach of pounding rains and swelling seas.

Boineau is leaving behind a handsome, early 20th-century house in Charleston, South Carolina, the shutters painted in the city’s eponymous shade of deep green. Last year, after Hurricane Irma introduced 8in of water into a home Boineau was still patching up from the last flood, local authorities agreed this historic slice of Charleston could be torn down.

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Opec predicts massive rise in oil production over next five years

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/09/23 - 7:43am

Increasing demand from airlines will more than offset reductions from electric cars

World oil production will soar to new records over the next five years, as a dramatic expansion in demand from airlines offsets the arrival of electric cars, according to a report from Opec.

In a forecast that will dismay environmentalists – and which questions the theory that oil company reserves will become “stranded assets” – Opec’s annual report significantly revised production estimates upwards.

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