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Activists to ramp up pressure on companies over climate during AGM season

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 11:00am

Companies face hostile shareholders as Westpac acknowledges a ‘variance’ with Business Council of Australia

Activist groups are stepping up their efforts to lobby Australia’s biggest companies on climate policy as the corporate sector prepares for the annual general meeting season.

Some of Australia’s best-known companies could face hostile shareholder resolutions at their annual meetings in the spring as the battle over climate policy moves into the country’s boardrooms.

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UK to be left with five coal power stations after latest closure

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 9:11am

News comes as National Grid announces greenest winter for energy use after mild weather

The UK’s race to increase renewable energy sources has intensified with the announcement of plans to close another coal-fired power station.

The news on Thursday came as last winter was revealed to be the greenest yet for the country’s energy system, after strong winds produced more renewable electricity and coal-fired power dwindled.

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From Henry Ford To Elon Musk: The Past, Present And Future Of Cars

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 8:20am

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Adani cleared to start Carmichael coalmine work as groundwater plans approved

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 8:43pm

Queensland government decision means company can begin work on mine site, but other federal approvals still required before coal extraction can begin

Adani has been cleared to start work on its Carmichael coalmine after the Queensland government approved the company’s plans for groundwater management.

Queensland’s coordinator general posted the decision on Thursday afternoon.

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World’s fattest parrot, the endangered kākāpō, could be wiped out by fungal infection

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 5:57pm

Seven of the birds native to New Zealand have died, with just 142 adults remaining

The world’s fattest parrot is facing an existential threat in the form of a dangerous fungal infection which has already endangered a fifth of its species.

Seven of New Zealand’s native kākāpō have died in recent months after falling victim to the respiratory disease aspergillosis. The latest was on Tuesday, where a 100-day-old chick died at the Auckland Zoo.

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The Pentagon emits more greenhouse gases than Portugal, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 5:46pm

Pentagon released 59m metric tons of carbon dioxide and other warming gases in 2017, research shows

The United States creates more planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions through its defense operations alone than industrialized countries such as Sweden and Portugal, researchers said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon, which oversees the US military, released about 59m metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in 2017, according to the first study to compile such comprehensive data, published by Brown University.

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UK flower-growing industry in full bloom and worth £121m

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 4:01pm

Homegrown stems accounted for 14% of £865m worth of flowers sold in Britain last year

The British-grown flower industry is now worth £121m – up from £82m in 2015 – following years of decline owing to imported stems, figures reveal.

Last year homegrown flowers accounted for 14% of the £865m worth of all stems sold in the UK, compared with 12% three years ago, according to a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Onshore wind farms in UK could cut £50 a year off energy bills

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 2:00pm

Government urged to overturn effective ban to help meet ambitious climate targets

Government ministers face rising calls to lift their block on onshore wind farms to help meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets while reducing home energy bills.

Some of Europe’s largest energy investors have urged the government to overturn an effective ban on new onshore wind farms in England, warning that it may be stifling a flood of investment into the UK’s clean energy sector.

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Federal Land Managers Propose Rule Change To Fast Track Forest Management Projects

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 1:54pm

The Trump administration is proposing sweeping rule changes to an environmental law that would allow for the fast tracking of forest management projects, including more logging and tree thinning.

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Wildland Firefighters Face Growing Danger As Fires Increase In Intensity, Frequency

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 1:22pm

Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

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Chemical companies at centre of Guardian's Cancer Town series face state legal action

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 11:47am

Exclusive: Louisiana agency poised to sue companies associated with neoprene plant over alleged Clean Air Act violations

Louisiana’s environment agency is poised to sue the two chemical companies associated with America’s only neoprene plant in the town of Reserve, the Guardian has learned. The legal action relates to alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and Louisiana state environmental laws.

The news comes a month after the Guardian launched a year-long reporting project from Reserve, called Cancer Town, that tracks residents’ struggle for clean air and reports from other parts of the New Orleans-Baton Rouge corridor known colloquially as Cancer Alley.

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The Guardian view on net zero emissions: better late than never | Editorial

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 10:24am

Announcing a target to cut greenhouse gases by at least 100% below 1990 levels in 2050 is a necessary step to tackle the climate emergency. But it won’t be enough on its own

One of Theresa May’s most consequential decisions of her unhappy premiership is to set a legally binding target for the UK to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. If it were to be achieved, this would mark the end of Britain’s contribution to global warming, apart from the those emissions “exported” by buying products made abroad. It is undoubtedly a very good thing that her successor will not only be left with draft laws to enact, but also with raised public expectation that they do so.

Mrs May’s decision comes not a moment too soon. The influential BP review of worldwide energy use estimates that global CO2 emissions grew by 2% in 2018, the fastest growth for seven years. This country ought to reach net-zero emissions before the middle of the century. Clear policy direction is essential to change the way we produce, distribute and consume energy. The cleaning of the British economy can be traced back to the landmark decision by the European Union in 2007 to implement “20-20-20” green targets: reducing greenhouse gases by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020; for 20% of energy consumption to come from renewables; and 20% reduction in energy use. The impact has been dramatic.

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What will it take for the UK to reach net zero emissions?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 10:06am

We will have to change almost everything, from our homes to our meals

The net zero carbon target will require sweeping changes to almost every aspect of British life, affecting our homes, food and the way we get around, as well as jobs and businesses across the board. Ministers hope there will be health benefits and improvements to the natural environment along the way, as well as helping to stave off the global climate emergency.

On some of the key areas where rapid change is needed, however, the signals so far have been mixed.

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As Polar Ice Cap Recedes, The U.S. Navy Looks North

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 9:38am

The Pentagon has long acknowledged climate change has broad implications for national security. That is especially clear in the Arctic, where melting ice is opening new shipping lanes.

(Image credit: Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)

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Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 9:30am

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow it to fast-track some forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning.

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Adani coalmine: minister loses legal challenge on water pipeline assessment

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 4:19am

Australian Conservation Foundation says case shows federal government hasn’t scrutinised Carmichael project

The federal government will have to reassess water infrastructure for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine after conceding in a legal challenge that was lodged with the federal court.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has succeeded in its appeal against the government’s assessment of Adani’s north Galilee water scheme, with the federal government admitting it failed to properly consider public responses to the proposal and even lost some submissions.

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Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 2:02am

Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer's ideals. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.

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More Wildfires Bring Focus On How All That Smoke May Harm Firefighters

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 2:00am

Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

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Revealed: Mobil sought to fight environmental regulation, documents show

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/06/11 - 10:00pm

Oil giant looked to make tax-exempt donations to universities and civic groups in the early 1990s to promote the company’s interests

Oil giant Mobil sought to make tax-exempt donations to leading universities, civic groups and arts programmes to promote the company’s interests and undermine environmental regulation, according to internal documents from the early 1990s obtained by the Guardian.

Related: How Mobil pushed its oil agenda through 'charitable giving'

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How Mobil pushed its oil agenda through 'charitable giving'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/06/11 - 10:00pm

The Mobil Foundation funded universities and civic groups in the 90s, documents reveal, but largesse was not disinterested

A two-foot-wide pipe connecting the Mobil oil company’s Idoho offshore platform to a terminal near Nigeria’s eastern border ruptured in January 1998, spewing crude oil directly into the Atlantic Ocean.

Dr David Page visited Nigeria after the spill and offered his views of its impact to the New York Times, which were published in special report dated 20 September that year. Page’s arrival on the scene was anticipated years earlier in Mobil’s plans, internal Mobil Foundation documents newly obtained by the Guardian reveal.

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