Environment

The man who beat Monsanto: 'They have to pay for not being honest'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 9:00pm

A jury ruled the agrochemical company caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer. He tells the Guardian he wants to use the victory to make a difference while he still can

Dewayne Johnson tries not to think about dying.

Doctors have said the 46-year-old cancer patient could have months to live, but he doesn’t like to dwell on death. These days, he has an easy distraction – navigating the international attention on his life.

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Slow-moving justice: tortoise recovered seven years after Perth zoo theft

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 7:15pm

Discovery comes as zoo faces scrutiny after a meerkat was stolen, and later recovered

Police in Western Australia have located a critically endangered tortoise that was stolen from Perth zoo seven years ago.

The discovery comes as the zoo faces intense scrutiny of its security measures, after last week’s theft, and subsequent recovery, of a baby meerkat.

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Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 5:06pm

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate destroys specialized gut bacteria in bees, leaving them more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria.

(Image credit: Vivian Abagiu/College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas in Austin)

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a2 Milk becomes first mainstream dairy brand to ditch plastic bottles

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 4:01pm

Product will be sold in 100% recyclable FSC-certified paper-based cartons

The first mainstream fresh dairy brand to switch from plastic milk bottles to cartons goes on sale in UK supermarkets on Wednesday, in the latest drive to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

With millions of plastic milk bottles disposed of daily in the UK, a2 Milk is switching to 100% recyclable paper-based cartons that use 80% less plastic than bottles and carry the Forest Stewardship Council label. That means they are made with pulp from FSC-certified forests and/or recycled sources.

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Corbyn vows to end 'greed-is-good' capitalism in UK

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 2:30pm

In conference speech Labour leader to lay out plans to change direction of economy

Jeremy Corbyn will on Wednesday attack the “greed-is-good” capitalism that he claims has resulted in large swaths of the UK being left behind, promising a raft of new policies including a “green jobs revolution” that will create 400,000 new positions.

The Labour leader will attempt to reset the theme of the Labour conference which has so far been dominated by deep divisions over its Brexit stance and return to his core argument about the failure of the broken economic system.

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Arlene Foster: Martin McGuinness knew of 'cash for ash' warnings

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 11:41am

DUP leader claims deputy first minister at time was aware of concerns about energy scheme

Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist party leader, has claimed Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness knew of warnings about a botched green energy scheme that cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

A public inquiry into the “cash for ash” scandal heard evidence from Foster on Tuesday that she had told the late deputy first minister about a note from a whistleblower that claimed people were abusing the system for financial gain.

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It's Rice Vs. Seaweed Vs. Solar ATMs For A $1 Million Prize

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 11:27am

The Hult Prize goes to a team of student entrepreneurs with an idea that will make the world a better place. Former President Clinton was on hand to announce the winner.

(Image credit: Amy Sussman/Hult Prize Foundation via AP)

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Building A Better Mosquito Trap — One Scientist Thinks He's Done It

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 11:08am

A researcher in Australia has invented a low-tech, insecticide-free trap that might be able to reduce bites from a particularly pesky mosquito in some neighborhoods.

(Image credit: James Gathany/AP)

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Four anti-fracking activists face prison over protest

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/09/25 - 9:57am

Men who stopped lorries to become first environmental campaigners to be jailed for a protest in UK since 1932, says defence lawyer

Four anti-fracking activists face being the first environmental campaigners to be jailed for a protest in the UK since 1932, according to a lawyer representing one of them.

Simon Roscoe Blevins, 26, Richard Loizou, 31 and Richard Roberts, 36, were told by a judge to expect custodial sentences after being convicted of causing a public nuisance by a jury at Preston crown court in August. Another defendant, Julian Brock, 47, pleaded guilty so did not face trial.

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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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