Labor calls for reef foundation to return $444m grant

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 6:31pm

Money was awarded at a meeting with Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg, with no tender process

Labor has called for a $444m government grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to be returned.

It comes after the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, defended the decision to award the money to the small private foundation and said it had been subject to “a very thorough process”.

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UK would run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, NFU warns

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 4:01pm

Farmers’ union says supply would dry up by August 2019 if Britain had to be self-sufficient

Britain would run out of food on this date next year if it cannot continue to easily import from the EU and elsewhere after Brexit, the National Farmers’ Union has warned.

Minette Batters, the NFU president, urged the government to put food security at the top of the political agenda after the prospect of a no-deal Brexit was talked up this week.

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'Big call': minister refuses to link drought to climate change on Q&A

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 2:21pm

Agriculture minister David Littleproud tells ABC audience he doesn’t ‘give a rats’ whether climate change is man-made

The agriculture minister says linking the drought affecting much of Australia to man-made climate change is a “big call” and he does not “give a rats if it’s man-made or not”.

David Littleproud made the comment on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday, which was filmed in Lismore in the northern rivers region of New South Wales. His comment was booed by the audience.

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Climate And Wildfire Science Specialist Weighs In On Worsening Conditions In California

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 2:11pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with LeRoy Westerling, climate and wildfire science specialist at the University of California, Merced, about President Trump and Gov. Jerry Brown's, Calif., comments on worsening wildfires.

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Wildfires Continue To Burn Through California

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 2:11pm

Multiple wildfires are burning throughout California. The largest are the Carr Fire near Redding and the Mendocino County Complex Fire just north of Sonoma, Calif.

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The Battle for the Beach

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 8:20am

We're running out of sand.

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The Real Estate We're In

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 8:06am

NPR launches a new series on America's housing crisis. “Shut Out of the Housing Market,” we talk to the reporter behind it.

(Image credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Changing Autos, Changing Climate

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 7:06am

What does the future of the auto industry look like?

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US wildfires: smoke billows and we're stuck indoors – this is how we live now

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 5:58am

The pool is closed, the kids can’t play outside – we’re all trying to avoid harmful smoke from wildfires burning far away

Last week my kids went to a nature daycamp in Klamath Falls, Oregon, near the California border, where we live. It was meant to be a week of roaming the hills, learning about local species like fence lizards and sagebrush. Instead, they looked at pictures of these species while staying inside with all the windows firmly shut.

Related: California's wildfires: why are they so intense and what can be done?

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The GOP and Big Oil can't escape blame for climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/08/06 - 3:00am

The New York Times magazine blames ‘human nature,’ but fingers have already been pointed at the true culprits

Last week’s issue of the New York Times magazine was devoted to a single story by Nathaniel Rich that explored how close we came to an international climate agreement in 1989, and why we failed. The piece is worth reading – it’s a well-told, mostly accurate, and very informative story about a key decade in climate science and policy history. But sadly, it explicitly excuses the key players responsible for our continued failure.

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NSW prosecutions for land-clearing fall from 10 to two, report card shows

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 7:01pm

Exclusive: Figures released after eight-month FOI battle by the Guardian shows clearing spiked sharply in 2015-16

Only two prosecutions for illegal land-clearing were launched in New South Wales in 2015-16, down from 10 the previous year, the long-awaited report card on the state of land-clearing shows.

However, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) appears to have had more success with cases already under way the year before, with four convictions secured, up from just one in 2014-15.

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'It's an epidemic' – farmers suffer from the theft of vital quad bikes

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:00pm

Jamie Smith has had two vehicles stolen from his farm in Worcestershire in 15 months

Jamie Smith’s Worcestershire farm has been broken into three times in 15 months. On the first two occasions, he had a quad bike stolen. In the most recent burglary, two months ago, his workshop was broken into but fortunately his quad bike was not there.

The 65-year-old, who has been a farmer for 30 years, estimates that over the same 15-month period about 35 quad bikes have been stolen from farms in a 20-mile stretch from Pershore through to Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.

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Farmers using medieval methods to combat rural crime

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:00pm

Farmers put up earth banks and dry ditches to block criminals who use 4 x 4 vehicles to get on to farm land

Farmers are resorting to medieval methods to combat rural crime which has risen to its highest level in four years, an increase being blamed on organised criminal gangs and policing cuts.

Offences against farmers and other rural businesses cost an estimated £44.5m last year, an increase of 13.4% from 2016, according to insurer NFU (National Farmers Union) Mutual.

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The Story Of Sand In 'The World In A Grain'

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/08/05 - 5:29am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Vince Beiser about his new book, The World in a Grain. The book tells the story of sand and the crucial role it plays in our lives.

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Turnbull announces immediate payments for drought-stricken farmers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 8:16pm

Lump-sum payments of up to $12,000 just the beginning of long-term response, says PM

Farmers will get up to $12,000 in cash payments to help them and their communities fight one of the worst droughts of the past century.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on Sunday returned to a farm at Trangie in central New South Wales to announce the $190m relief package which includes a boost for mental health services.

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'Bad policy': Tony Burke condemns $444m Great Barrier Reef grant

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 6:06pm

Shadow environment minister says researchers would be forced to apply to private foundation for taxpayer funds

The shadow environment minister has condemned the “completely unprecedented” grant of $444m to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, claiming the not-for-profit group “doesn’t yet know what it’s going to do with the money”.

Appearing on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday, Tony Burke questioned the appropriateness of conditions on the federal funding, which he said would allow the foundation to lobby the mining industry for sponsorship but force researchers to apply to the private foundation to get taxpayer funds.

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Carmakers React To Freezing Of Fuel Efficiency Standards

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 2:33pm

The Trump administration has rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with John McElroy, host of the TV show Autoline, about how car manufacturers are responding.

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Europe Deals A Blow To CRISPR Technology, U.S. Approves 'Bleeding' Veggie Burger

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 8:14am

A European court tightens rules on genetically engineered foods while the U.S. approves a "bleeding" veggie burger that relies on gene editing, sending mixed messages to the industry and consumers.

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Heatwave temperatures may top 45C in southern Europe

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/08/04 - 6:34am

Alerts issued in Portugal and Spain as Met Office forecasts 31C for southern England

Much of southern Europe is sweltering in near record-breaking temperatures with the mercury expected to exceed 45C (113F).

A scorching 46C was forecast for Setúbal, near Lisbon, on Saturday, as emergency services in Portugal issued a red alert until Sunday and urged people to avoid picnics and outdoor activities.

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Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/08/03 - 8:03pm

Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects

The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.

Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the two-year-old ban, said on Friday that lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects and other sensitive creatures relying on toxic-free habitats afforded by wildlife refuges.

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