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Republicans join far-right figures at Montana anti-government event

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 11:52am

State politicians and Oregon occupation leader Ammon Bundy address gathering against federal land management

At a conference in Whitefish, Montana, on Saturday Ammon Bundy, a leader of a group which occupied federal land in 2016, shared a stage with Republican politicians, campaigners against Indian treaty rights and other rightwing groups.

Related: Rebel cowboys: how the Bundy family sparked a new battle for the American west

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UK scientists turn coffee industry waste into electricity

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 8:34am

Fuel cell could help Colombian farmers by using microbes to eat waste and develop energy

Scientists have turned coffee waste into electricity for the first time, in research that could help farmers and curb pollution in the developing world.

The coffee industry generates a huge amount of liquid waste during the process of turning the raw material of the tree – the coffee cherries – into the 9.5m tons of coffee the world produces each year.

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With Europe's Hamsters At Risk, Better Call The 'Hamster Commish'

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 7:41am

Vienna had a problem: A key construction site threatened the habitat of dozens of hamsters — yes, common hamsters, a protected species in Austria. Here's how the developers saved the little animals.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Michaela Vondruska)

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Old-Growth Forests May Help Songbirds Cope With Warming Climate

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 6:44am

Songbirds have been in decline for decades, and it's becoming clear that climate change is a factor. Scientists are finding that old-growth forests may help the birds cope with rising temperatures.

(Image credit: Greg Davis/OPB)

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Michael Recovery: Updating The Power Grid To Withstand Climate Change, Bigger Storms

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 5:00am

Hurricane Michael left a million people without power. As storms grow stronger, there are questions about how make the nation's electrical grid more resilient.

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Michael Recovery: The Latest On The Recovery In The Florida Panhandle

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 5:00am

A massive relief effort is underway to help communities affected by Hurricane Michael.

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When In Drought: States Take On Urgent Negotiations To Avoid Colorado River Crisis

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/10/14 - 5:00am

After years of sustained drought, water managers along the Colorado River system are renegotiating water cutbacks to seven Western states, hoping to avoid more drastic shortages in the future.

(Image credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC)

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Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel – look at emission outcomes

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 8:41pm

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologies

Australia’s chief scientist says the question facing the nation’s energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create “a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy”.

In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have any hope of stopping global warming at 1.5C.

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I'm face to face with Ningaloo's living miracles and it feels holy | Tim Winton

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 5:37pm

It’s a very lucky person who swims with whales – but many take heart from knowing such ecosystems exist and believe they need to be protected

I pull the outboard out of gear and let the boat’s momentum wash away until we’re dead in the water. Then I switch everything off – engine, echo sounder, even the radio – and there’s silence. Not even the sound of water lapping against the hull. Because it’s breathless out here today. The surface of the gulf is silky. The sky is cloudless, a shade paler than the water. And behind us, onshore, the arid ridges and canyons of the Cape Range are mottled pink and blond in the morning light.

There’s only the two of us aboard, and although the air and water are still enough to be dreamlike we’re not at all relaxed. In fact, each of us is craning at opposite sides of the boat, heads cocked, tense with anticipation.

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Pirates of the Med: the Mafia-style poachers threatening endangered fish

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 8:59am

The Calanques national park was targeted by a gang who sold fish to smart restaurants. Now in a landmark case, they will pay ‘environmental damages’

Johan Jimenez stood on a cliff, peering through binoculars at a picturesque inlet in this unspoiled corner of the Mediterranean near Marseille.

“They don’t think anyone is watching from up here on land,” said the armed guard from the environmental police, scanning the rocks below for day-trippers casually dropping fishing lines into its protected waters. “But we can always get down there to stop them.”

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£7,000 to bag a rare deer … how trophy hunting came to the home counties

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 7:59am

Animal rights groups are outraged as overseas tour companies offer expensive shooting packages in UK conservation parks

Many Britons probably think that trophy hunting is something that happens abroad. But anyone looking to bag an animal’s head to grace that empty spot on their wall needs only to head to deepest, darkest Bedfordshire where they can shoot rare deer, or, for the financially stretched, wallabies and sheep.

A small number of overseas firms are offering trophy-shooting packages in the county, which boasts several impressive deer parks. A ‘grade A’ red deer stag, highly prized by hunters because of its magnificent antlers, can be shot for a £9,000 trophy fee, according to an online price list dated 2018 and distributed by a Danish travel company called Limpopo & Diana Hunting Tours.

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Good News For 'Green' Brews: Consumers Say They'll Pay More For Sustainable Beer

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 6:00am

More than 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they would pay about $1.30 more for a six-pack of beer if it was produced at a brewery that invests in water conservation or solar power.

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Michael Recovery: Apalachicola, Fla., Begins To Rebuild

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 5:05am

The Florida Panhandle is coping with historic damage to homes and businesses after Hurricane Michael struck.

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Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 4:55am

James Hansen, ‘father of climate science’, accuses Britain of ignoring science

One of the world’s leading climate scientists has launched a scathing attack on the government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence.

James Hansen, who is known as the father of climate science, warned that future generations would judge the decision to back a UK fracking industry harshly.

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Cuadrilla is to start fracking in Lancashire. But we will not give in | Caroline Lucas

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 11:00pm

The high court’s decision in favour of the shale gas giant will not deter the mass movement fighting the industry all the way

A whole new fossil fuel industry will launch in the UK on Saturday when energy giant Cuadrilla starts fracking for shale gas. This follows the defeat of Lancashire resident Bob Dennett’s attempt to block fracking in his local area with a court injunction – and comes just six days after a landmark report from the UN’s IPCC warning that we have just 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown.

I can’t deny the fracking decision is a devastating blow for everyone in the UK who cares about our future and our democracy.

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Weatherwatch: the UK's climate is ideal for renewable energy

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 1:30pm

Britain is a leader in offshore wind but lacks political will to invest in other emerging technologies

A maritime climate with wind, sun and waves and an island surrounded by shallow seas with a high tidal range makes the UK probably the best-placed country in the world to take advantage of renewable energy.

Britain is already a world leader in offshore wind but has been reluctant to invest in other promising technologies. Underwater sea turbines in particular, wave power and various forms of tidal barrage have failed to be given the political support needed to get them into the mainstream.

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Brexit blamed for price rise for Christmas turkeys

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 10:57am

Fall in pound and uncertainty has led to farmers paying more to attract or retain EU workers

Brexit is about to make Christmas turkeys more expensive. Prices are to jump as a result of the fall in the value of the pound and higher wages farmers now have to pay to their east European pluckers.

Paul Kelly, the chairman of the British Turkey Federation and boss of KellyBronze, a free range producer, said the industry was being forced to increase prices because of a 5% to 7% rise in costs.

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Indian activist dies during hunger strike over Ganges river pollution

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 9:12am

GD Agarwal had been fasting since 22 June to protest against government inaction in cleaning the river

An Indian environmental activist has died on the 111th day of a hunger strike to pressure the government to clean the Ganges river.

GD Agarwal, a former professor of environmental engineering at one of India’s top universities, died on Thursday afternoon in hospital in the north Indian city of Rishikesh, where he had been admitted earlier that day.

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Reusable coffee cups are just a drop in the ocean for efforts to save our seas

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 8:44am

Overfishing and climate change harm the marine environment at least as much as plastic pollution

Films such as A Plastic Ocean, and the huge success of Blue Planet II, have brought ocean plastic pollution firmly into the popular domain. Plastic has become ubiquitous through the world’s oceans, with fragments found in deep ocean trenches and the Arctic ice sheets. Furthermore, pictures of charismatic animals such as whales and turtles consuming or entangled in plastic provide powerful imagery of the problem to the public.

There is no doubt plastic is a big issue. A study in the journal Marine Policy suggests plastic pollution might be reaching a planetary boundary, a term used to describe safe operational environmental limits within which the world can continue to function safely.

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Santorini to target overweight tourists with donkey weight limit

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 7:51am

Greek island takes action to protect animals’ welfare as number of visitors soars

Had it not been for the donkeys of Santorini, few people would have associated overweight tourists with animal welfare or heard of the law Greece is about to pass.

The island’s volcanic beauty lures millions of tourists each year, but the donkey population paid a heavy price for a record number of visits last year.

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