Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:27am

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first

Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.

The east African nation joins more than 40 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

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Greens call for urgent inquiry into East Sussex chemical cloud

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:24am

Authorities say mysterious haze that left 150 people requiring medical treatment is unlikely to have come from France

The Green party has called for an urgent investigation into the chemical cloud that closed beaches across East Sussex on Sunday.

Caroline Lucas, the party’s co-leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, said an inquiry was needed to determine “how this gas came to be in our atmosphere and engulfing our beaches, and an action plan put in place to ensure this never happens again”.

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It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 7:07am

We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it

What can we say about the role of climate change in the unprecedented disaster that is unfolding in Houston with Hurricane Harvey? There are certain climate change-related factors that we can, with great confidence, say worsened the flooding.

Related: What we know so far about tropical storm Harvey

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Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 3:00am

A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the “trusted sources” approach

Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant to the reality of human-caused global warming. As a new paper by Brian Webb and Doug Hayhoe notes:

a 2008 study found that just 44% of evangelicals believed global warming to be caused mostly by human activities, compared to 64% of nonevangelicals (Smith and Leiserowitz, 2013) while, a 2011 survey found that only 27% of white evangelicals believed there to be a scientific consensus on climate change, compared to 40% of the American public (Public Religion Research Institute, 2011).

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Bike helmets by Grayson Perry, Stephen Jones and more – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/08/28 - 12:00am

An exhibition of cycling helmets designed by artists will be on show at London bike shop and cafe Look Mum No Hands! from 1 September. Helmets will be auctioned online to raise money for the brain injury charity Headway

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Kangaroo Island koala cull rejected by South Australian government

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 11:50pm

University of Adelaide modelling finds koala numbers on island have more than tripled over past five years

Koala numbers on Kangaroo Island have more than tripled over five years but the South Australian government has rebuffed calls to cull the animals, saying they can be managed through existing sterilisation programs.

Koalas were introduced to Kangaroo Island in the 1920s because of concerns they were facing extinction from hunting and habitat destruction on the mainland.

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Jet and lorry fuels made from rubbish to receive UK funding

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 11:18pm

Department for Transport offers £22m to projects developing waste-based fuels for vehicles too heavy to use electric power

Airline passengers could fly to their destinations on jets fuelled by industrial waste or the contents of people’s dustbins if a government scheme succeeds in creating a new green energy source.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is offering £22m of funding for projects to develop low-carbon, waste-based fuels for planes and lorries. About 70 groups want to bid for funding.

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Malcolm Turnbull pledges more funds for Snowy Hydro 2.0 as Labor attacks 'gas crisis'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/08/27 - 10:19pm

PM says he will put more pressure on electricity retailers to reduce prices as Bill Shorten says scheme will ‘take years’

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a further $8m in federal funds for the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro energy storage scheme and promised to put further pressure on electricity retailers to reduce prices.

At a press conference in Cooma on Monday, Turnbull revealed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency would contribute the funding towards the scheme’s $29m feasibility study, to be completed by the end of the year.

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