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Coalition warned its energy 'big stick' could scare away genuine investors

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 3:00am

‘Cool heads’ not ‘politicking’ needed to bolster Australia’s electricity network, Grattan Institute says

“Cool-headed policy” not “panic and politicking” is the answer to Australia’s future energy issues, a new report has found.

But government underwriting of new power-generation investment – a key Coalition energy policy – could hinder, not help the bid to bolster network reliability, the researchers warned, by scaring away “genuine potential investors”.

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Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 1:00am
Thousands of pupils set to be absent on 15 February, putting schools on the spot

Headteachers across the country will this week be faced with a tricky dilemma: should they allow their pupils to go on strike?

Thousands of schoolchildren are expected to absent themselves from school on Friday to take part in a series of coordinated protests drawing attention to climate change.

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Townsville flooding: rescue crew search for missing man

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 8:17pm

Police search murky water for 35-year-old as rainfall in Queensland’s north eases

A man remains missing in flood waters in north Queensland as police continue to search the area.

The 35-year-old Townsville man was one of three on board a boat at Groper Creek when it crashed into a submerged jetty close to Hinkson Esplanade about 5.35pm on Friday.

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Wilderness Society to target Abbott, Frydenberg and Hunt in federal election

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 2:00pm

Society says ‘it’s up to voters to work out what politicians they want to make into threatened species’

The Wilderness Society will target former environment ministers Greg Hunt and Josh Frydenberg and former prime minister Tony Abbott in its first major federal election campaign in a decade.

After a summer in which temperature records tumbled and up to a million fish died in in the Lower Darling, climate change and the environment are front and centre in voters’ minds before the expected May election, according to conservation groups and the major parties’ internal polling.

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Seattle's Unusually Frigid Temperatures And Heavy Snowfall To Stretch Into The Week

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 11:32am

A rare winter storm in Washington state prompted its governor to declare a state of emergency. More than 200 flights were canceled on Friday and drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.

(Image credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

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'Wiped out before our eyes': Hawaii offers bold plan to stop shark killings

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 4:00pm

Proposed law would protect any shark or ray in state waters and be first of its kind in US

Sharks could soon become more numerous in Hawaii waters – and advocates say that’s a good thing.

Lawmakers in Honolulu advanced a proposed ban on killing sharks in state waters on Wednesday, after receiving hundreds of calls and letters of support from around the country. The law, which would provide sweeping protection for any shark, rather than select species, could be the first of its kind in the United States.

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Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 12:46pm

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

(Image credit: Jes Aznar for NPR)

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Brexit as disruptive as disease outbreak, says farmers' leader

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 11:11am

NFU’s Minette Batters says ‘inept parliament’ forcing firms to spend millions to prepare

Farmers are finding preparing for Brexit as disruptive as a major disease outbreak, and food companies are in danger of moving out of the UK or scaling back their investment, a farming leader has warned.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union, said: “Millions are being spent every day in no-deal planning and contingency plans for the food industry. Businesses are having to invest so much money to protect us from an inept parliament. This will break some businesses.”

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 9:06am

Savage, climate change and the latest on Venezuela are some of the things that made headlines this week.

(Image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 8:44am

Rescued flamingo chicks, angry ibex and Californian elephant seals in this week’s gallery

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'I feel very angry': the 13-year-old on school strike for climate action

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 8:12am

Holly Gillibrand is skipping class to join pupils around the world in pushing for urgent measures

Until recently, Holly Gillibrand was like any other schoolchild, keen on the outdoors, football and rock climbing, inspired by the stunning surroundings of her secondary school at the foot of Ben Nevis.

But for the past five Fridays, while hundreds of her fellow students file into class, she has stood outside Lochaber high school in Fort William in the Highlands to take strike action.

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UK pupils to join global strike over climate change crisis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 8:11am

Thousands of pupils to walk out of lessons amid growing concern over global warming

The school climate strikes that have led to tens of thousands of young people taking to the streets around the world over recent months are poised to arrive in the UK next Friday.

Thousands of pupils are expected to walk out of lessons at schools and colleges across the country amid growing concern about the escalating climate crisis.

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From paradise to landfill: beloved California beach covered in trash

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 4:00am

Shopping carts, traffic cones and Styrofoam among the piles of debris that littered Seal Beach after a trio of winter storms

Beachgoers hoping to stretch their legs on southern California’s famous Seal Beach were surprised to find a mountain of trash instead of sand and surf this week.

After a trio of winter storms dropped inches of rain on the area, the beach looked more like a landfill than a pristine paradise. Shopping carts, traffic cones and Styrofoam were among the piles of debris that littered the stretch of beach.

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Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 3:00am

The proposal to address climate change is short on specifics and wildly ambitious. Seasoned energy experts doubt it can work, but give it credit for energizing young activists.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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Eco homes for sale – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 12:00am

Cut your energy bills with these environmentally-friendly homes, from Wales to Cambridgeshire

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Court rules out Hunter Valley coalmine on climate change grounds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 4:20pm

Judge rejects Rocky Hill mine near Gloucester, NSW, because of its impact on the town and ‘dire consequences’ of increasing emissions

The controversial Rocky Hill coalmine in the Hunter Valley will not go ahead after a landmark ruling in the land and environment court on Friday that cited the impact it would have had on climate change.

Chief judge Brian Preston dismissed an appeal by Gloucester Resources, which was seeking to overturn a New South Wales government decision to reject an open-cut mine because of its impact on the town of Gloucester, north of Newcastle.

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Former Energy Secretary Weighs In On Green New Deal Legislation

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 3:13pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ernest Moniz, president and CEO of Energy Futures Initiative, about the Green New Deal, and his goal of limiting global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius.

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Scientists find some fish can ‘recognise themselves’ in mirror

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 12:00pm

Wrasse passes intelligence test in disputed study, challenging ‘vacant’ reputation of fish

They are often said to have a three-second memory, but the brain power of fish has been considerably underestimated, according to scientists who found some fish can recognise themselves in the mirror.

Related: Talking animals: we aren’t the only species capable of speech …

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Ikea to sell refurbished furniture to boost culture of recycling

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 11:04am

Swedish retailer expands old furniture exchange scheme as part of circular business model

Ikea is trialling the sale of used, patched-up furniture in the UK as part of its efforts to become more environmentally friendly.

An earlier trial in Edinburgh will be expanded to Glasgow in June.

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Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world's poorest, say MPs

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/02/07 - 8:30am

UK must deal with plastic waste on its own soil, says group calling for export ban

A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a ban on the export of plastic waste over concerns the UK is passing the buck to the world’s poorest people to clean up its rubbish.

MPs have tabled an early day motion to highlight growing concerns first raised by the National Audit Office that millions of tonnes of plastic waste sent abroad for recycling may be being dumped in landfill.

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