Environment

High Stakes As International Climate Conference Begins

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/12/03 - 3:03am

The U.N. climate meeting underway in Poland is the most important climate conference since the 2015 Paris Agreement set emissions reduction goals for nearly every country on Earth.

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Insurers in UK and US lagging behind in divesting from coal, report finds

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 11:00pm

European firms are making faster progress in refusing to insure polluting firms, says campaign group Unfriend Coal

UK and US insurers are lagging far behind European firms when it comes to divesting from coal-heavy businesses and refusing to insure them, campaigners have warned.

At least 19 major insurers holding more than $6tn in assets – a fifth of the industry’s global assets – have now divested from coal, according to a report from the Unfriend Coal campaign, which represents a coalition of a dozen environmental groups including Greenpeace, 350.org and the Sierra Club.

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What does Adani's latest mine plan mean? – video explainer

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 7:01pm

Indian mining giant Adani has announced  it will scale back its proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin, but begin construction 'imminently', using its own funds. But the company still faces numerous obstacles including groundwater approval and native title. Most of all, it has its eyes on the impending federal election and the uncertain position of a potential incoming Labor government on the mine. Ben Smee breaks down the state of play


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'We are last generation that can stop climate change' – UN summit

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 5:01pm

Big cuts in carbon emissions and a rise in protection from extreme weather urgently needed

The UN climate change summit begins on Monday with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts.

Almost 200 nations were set to meet in Poland for two weeks, aiming to hammer out a vital agreement to turn the carbon-cutting vision set in Paris in 2015 into reality. Moves to rapidly ramp up action would be another key goal, with current pledges leaving the world on track for a disastrous 3C of warming.

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Developers may have to enhance wildlife habitats, says Gove

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 2:53pm

Environment secretary launches consultation into ‘biodiversity net gain’ requirement

Developers could be obliged to enhance wildlife habitats when building houses or commercial property, under new government proposals.

A mandatory “biodiversity net gain” requirement could be put in place, meaning developers would have to leave habitats better off for wildlife than before any construction work.

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Business community unites to urge Coalition to abandon energy 'big stick'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 10:00am

Some of Australia’s highest solar takeup is occurring in the electorates of some of the Coalition’s strongest coal supporters, new analysis shows

Australia’s biggest energy and business groups have banded together to urge the government to abandon its “big stick” approach to energy legislation, warning the divestiture powers the government craves will impede investment and create genuine sovereign risk.

Scott Morrison and Angus Taylor threatened to break up Australia’s energy companies if power prices didn’t come down – by utilising commonwealth divestment powers never used before in Australia – through legislation due to be introduced to parliament this week.

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AI and drones turn an eye towards UK's energy infrastructure

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 7:05am

National Grid using artificial intelligence to check drone footage of 7,000 miles of wires and pylons

National Grid has turned to artificial intelligence to help it maintain the wires and pylons that transmit electricity from power stations to homes and businesses across the UK.

The firm has been using six drones for the past two years to help inspect its 7,200 miles of overhead lines around England and Wales.

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Meet Greece's Marine Trash Collectors Diving To Keep Their Sea Beautiful

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 5:01am

Ocean litter is a global problem. These Greeks are acting locally to clean up the Aegean.

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US farmers' troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead | Gene Marks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/12/02 - 5:00am

If you’re running a business, I hope you’re thinking of the future. Not doing so will put you in the same tight spot our farmers face

When you drive from Minneapolis to West Okoboji Lake, Iowa – as I did early last summer – you pretty much see just one thing: farmland. And those farms are pretty much just growing one thing too: soybeans. The state of Iowa is the second largest producer of soybeans in the US – and can you guess their biggest customer? An estimated one out of every three rows of soybeans grown there are shipped to China. I didn’t see any pork farms from my car, but I’ve also learned that Iowa is the largest exporter of pork to China as well.

Related: The Iowa farmers on the frontline of Trump's trade war with China

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If you thought Snake Plissken’s New York was a dangerous place... | Kevin McKenna

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 10:59pm

Trump in power; the farce of Brexit; dire warnings of power shortages – welcome to dystopia now

Film reviewers often reach for a clutch of well-thumbed words and phrases to convey a sense of time and place quickly. This is not a criticism. These reviewers are rarely given sufficient space to explore often complicated themes of several films at a time.

A familiar locution, understood by all readers, allows them to cut to the action, as it were. “Dystopian nightmare” is one of them and when I see this deployed by my favourite reviewers my interest is piqued.

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Opinion: Knickers, The Giant Steer That Stole The Internet

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 8:50am

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the giant steer that became an Internet sensation and why more people should consider eating less meat.

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Peterborough council apologises over 'waster' recycling stickers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/12/01 - 7:41am

Residents insulted by red, sad-face emoji placed on rubbish bins in botched campaign

Peterborough city council has apologised for offending residents after thousands of stickers reading “waster” were put on bins as part of a recycling campaign.

Dozens of households said they were insulted by the stickers depicting a red sad-face emoji on their black wheelie bins.

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Trump officials argue climate change warnings based on ‘worst-case scenario'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 11:00pm

Officials minimize warnings and say government report considers only the highest possible levels of greenhouse gas emissions

The Trump administration has a new strategy for deflecting concerns about the warming planet.

Related: Why no US region is safe from climate change

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UK shoppers face most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 5:01pm

Brexit and heatwave drive up prices of sprouts, turkey and Christmas pudding

Shoppers who scour the high street for the best possible deals will still face the most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade.

The UK’s cheapest traditional festive spread will cost nearly 6% more than last year after the hot summer combined with uncertainty about Brexit to drive up the price of turkey, sprouts and Christmas pudding, according to the latest annual survey by Good Housekeeping magazine.

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Trump Administration Says Companies Can 'Incidentally Harass' Marine Mammals

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 3:08pm

It's a decision opposed by environmental groups, who say the blasts could harm marine animals, and some coastal communities, who fear it could be a precursor to offshore drilling.

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Carmichael mine: federal election, rail access and native title stand in the way

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 2:04pm

Adani’s plans to get started quickly on a scaled-down version of its Queensland mega-mine still face numerous obstacles

The Indian mining giant Adani could be left in limbo until September – well after the federal election – before learning whether its controversial Carmichael coal project will be allowed to access the Queensland freight rail network.

Adani announced on Thursday it would self-finance the Carmichael mine and that construction would begin “imminently”. But the company still has to gain several regulatory approvals and negotiate access for its coal trains to use the Aurizon network.

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Dead Sea Lions With Gunshot Wounds Wash Up On Washington State Shores

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 1:10pm

At least eight dead sea lions with bullet holes have been found since September. It's illegal to shoot marine mammals, but that hasn't stopped some fishermen from going after them.

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Trump administration to allow seismic blasting harmful to marine creatures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 10:35am

Airgun testing in search for oil and gas could harm hundreds of mammals such as dolphins and whales off the Atlantic coast

The Trump administration is to allow marine creatures such as whales and dolphins to be harmed by companies as they search for potential oil and gas reserves off the Atlantic coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) has granted five operators permission to “incidentally but not intentionally harass marine mammals” while conducting surveys for fossil fuels in the seabed.

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Week in Wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 9:46am

Red fody, beached whales and wildlife rescued from an Australian heatwave in this week’s gallery

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Berta Cáceres case: a warning for those who would kill activists

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/30 - 8:01am

Trial is notable for highlighting land and nature defender murders that ordinarily go unpunished

The sentencing on Thursday of seven men accused of murdering the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres is only partial justice, but it should inspire anyone committed to ending the slaughter of land and nature defenders around the globe.

A court in Tegucigalpa handed down guilty verdicts on all but one of the eight accused, including two employees of the hydro-electric dam company that the indigenous Lenca woman had been campaigning against before her assassination on 2 March 2016.

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