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Diversion tactics: how big pharma is muddying the waters on animal antibiotics

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 7:07am

Antibiotic use on farms is a major cause of human drug resistance. Yet slick social media campaigns – funded by the multi-billion-dollar industry – are confusing and complicating the issue

Slick industry PR campaigns about antibiotics in food are muddying the water around a serious public health risk, say critics.

Pharmaceutical and meat companies are using similar tactics to the cigarette industry, in an attempt to confuse consumers and hold off regulation, despite the fact that the rapidly growing risk of anti-microbial resistance is one of the biggest health risks of our time. It’s estimated that by 2050 10 million people might die a year because we have overused antibiotics.

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Can China kick its animal antibiotic habit?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 7:07am

It could be a struggle, but the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics is trying to convince its farmers to change their ways

High in the hills of Fuzhou, surrounded by acres of rustling bamboo, is a small farm that is pioneering something genuinely unusual in China. Here in Fujian province, they have turned their backs on industrial farming in favour of natural methods.

After years of working in the industrial farming sector Mr Sun (not his real name – he asked to remain anonymous) wanted to create a space to raise animals with “respect for nature, respect for life”.

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How much does big pharma make from animal antibiotics?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 7:07am

Animal antibiotics are far cheaper than the human equivalent but fears are growing over their real cost

How much money do pharmaceutical companies earn from animal antibiotics?

Pharmaceutical companies are earning about $5bn (£3.77bn) a year from producing antibiotics for farm animals, according to calculations by Animal Pharm, the agricultural business analysts. The European animal antibiotics market is worth about $1.25bn a year, and the US animal antibiotics industry about $2bn a year.

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UK solar power growth halves for second year running

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 4:47am

Labour says figures show government’s commitment to green energy is ‘nothing but an empty PR move’

New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy cuts continued to shake the sector.

Labour said the figures showed the government’s commitment to green energy was “nothing but an empty PR move”.

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Oil pipelines can be positive for indigenous people. Here's how | Greg McIvor

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 3:00am

Canadians haven’t heard enough about the positive influence that similar projects have had on many indigenous groups

Like many Canadians, and specifically First Nations, I have been following the news on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion pipeline with interest, and attended a protest in Vancouver back in January 2017. The pipeline expansion is on the ropes. Notwithstanding the government’s decision to nationalise it, its future is in serious doubt.

Related: The Squamish Nation are furious about the pipeline – and we aren't alone

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Justin Trudeau promised to protect indigenous rights. He lied, again | Khelsilem

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 3:00am

One oil spill from the Trans Mountain pipeline would destroy Squamish territory. So much for Trudeau’s promise

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is no ordinary pipeline. This project, which the government of Canada has just decided to nationalise, will travel more than 1,000km from northern Alberta through unspoiled wilderness to end at the port of Vancouver. The port is on the Salish Sea, part of the hereditary territory of the Squamish People. The Salish Sea is home to some of the world’s largest wild salmon runs. Majestic orcas swim in the waters and feed on the abundance.

Related: You may think all First Nations are against pipelines. Think again

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As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 2:02am

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are affected. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

(Image credit: Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan)

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Tony Abbott tells party he was misled by advisers over Paris climate deal

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/06/19 - 12:24am

When the former PM signed in 2015, he said Australia made a ‘definite commitment’

Tony Abbott has claimed he was misled by bureaucrats before he signed Australia up to the Paris international climate agreement in 2015 during another sortie by government conservatives against the national energy guarantee.

Opponents of the government’s energy policy used the opportunity of the regular Coalition party room to resume their attacks on the policy that goes to a critical meeting of state and territory energy ministers in early August.

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Elephant calf born at Western Plains zoo – video

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 11:24pm

Taronga Western Plains zoo has welcomed a new member into its fold –a female Asian elephant.  The calf was born of Friday 14 June and is now bonding with her mother, Porntip

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‘Huge mistake’: Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 11:00pm

Nation is a leader in capturing tidal and wave energy, but companies are starting to leave due to lack of government support

Britain is throwing away its opportunity to rule the global wave and tidal energy sector due to lack of government support, a series of leading developers have told the Guardian.

The nation is currently seen as a world leader in capturing renewable energy from the oceans but some companies are already heading for new shores. This is putting other countries, such as France and Canada, in prime position to capitalise on the jobs being created by the emerging industry, the companies say.

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Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/18 - 10:00pm

James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action

Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.

While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that climate change is a hoax, James Hansen, the 77-year-old former Nasa climate scientist, said in an interview at his home in New York that the relevant hoax today is perpetrated by those leaders claiming to be addressing the problem.

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