Environment

Cape Town's Water Crisis Marks Divide Between Rich And Poor

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 2:10pm

Wealthy residents of the South African city are coping with the drought by drilling bore holes into the aquifer. But compliance with water restrictions may have put off the day when the taps run dry.

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The Great Pacific Garbage 'Patch' Much Bigger Than Previously Thought

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 2:10pm

The most thorough examination of the infamous "Pacific Garbage Patch"-- a floating swath of debris caught in a gyre — shows it's bigger, way bigger, than thought. And it's mostly plastic.

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Exclusive: sawmillers call for access to Victorian parks and water catchments

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 10:00am

Sawmillers say industry in ‘wind-down mode’ as state government discusses logging agreements extension

Victoria’s national parks and water catchments should be opened up for sustainable logging, according to a group of six Victorian sawmillers.

The sawmillers – who call themselves the G6 – say the Victorian timber industry is in crisis. They want access to either more timber or exit packages.

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Nuclear watchdog raises Hinkley Point C concerns

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/03/25 - 8:20am

Management failings could affect safety at EDF power station if unaddressed, says inspector

The UK nuclear regulator has raised concerns with EDF Energy over management failings that it warns could affect safety at the Hinkley Point C power station if left unaddressed, official documents reveal.

Britain’s chief nuclear inspector identified several shortcomings in the way the French firm is managing the supply chain for the £20bn plant it is building in Somerset.

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Good news about renewables: but the heat is still on to cut fossil fuel use

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/03/24 - 11:59pm
New data shows global emissions are at a historic high. Political leaders must now consider imposing serious penalties

For optimists, it was tempting to view three years of flatlining global carbon emissions, from 2014-16, as the new normal. We now know celebrations should be put on hold. Figures for 2017 published last week show global emissions from energy have jumped back up again, to a historic high.

The data from the International Energy Agency shows we still have much to do when it comes to stopping global warming. Three years ago experts cautioned that 2015’s near standstill in emissions might be only a temporary pause before resuming the upward march as India and China developed. Those warnings were prophetic.

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