Environment

Even Republicans at odds with Trump's climate posture, poll finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/29 - 8:00am

But many people still don’t agree with the consensus science that shows humans are the dominant cause of climate change

Americans, including Republicans, are becoming more convinced that climate change is causing extreme weather and sea-level rise, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

Nearly two-thirds of Republicans, 64%, now think climate change is happening, compared to 49% three years ago. And more of the general population, 78% compared to 70% three years ago, acknowledge climate change.

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2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, Tensions Remain But Oil Business Booms

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/11/29 - 5:20am

Legal battles and local tensions persist two years after the North Dakota prairie was filled with thousands of indigenous and environmental protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Adani to begin work 'immediately' on self-financed mine, but hurdles remain

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 10:21pm

Despite announcement construction is to begin within weeks, regulatory approvals are still needed

The Indian mining giant Adani has announced it will self-finance its controversial Queensland coalmine project and says major works are due to start “imminently”.

Adani has made a string of announcements in recent months that indicated the company would scale back its mine, rail and port plans plans, having been unable to find an outside investor.

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HS2 work halted by overnight protest on nature reserve

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 8:34pm

Work crews and police leave Hillingdon site as activists mount Extinction Rebellion-style blockade

Four environmental protesters have stopped work by shackling themselves on a nature reserve where a new phase of construction of the HS2 high-speed rail link had been due to start on Wednesday evening.

The group locked themselves to a contraption made of chimney pieces in a field at the Colne Valley nature reserve in Hillingdon where HS2 operatives are currently working on the controversial rail project.

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Australia's summer outlook: soaring temperatures and bushfire risk

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 7:19pm

Bureau of Meteorology’s (BoM) forecast for the season warns an El Niño could bring dangerous, dry conditions

Summer temperatures are forecast to soar above their usual average, while the chances of more bushfires and an El Niño developing are on the rise.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest outlook for summer warns that most of Australia has an 80% chance of higher-than-normal temperatures between December and February.

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Climate change already a health emergency, say experts

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 4:30pm

Deadly heatwaves and spread of diseases affect people’s health today – report

People’s health is being damaged today by climate change through effects ranging from deadly heatwaves in Europe to rising dengue fever in the tropics, according to a report.

Billions of hours of farmwork has been lost during high temperatures and global warming has damaged the ability to grow crops, it said.

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Meteorologists Says It's Highly Likely El Niño Will Occur This Winter

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 3:32pm

This week the World Meteorological Organization announced a high likelihood of an El Niño weather event occurring this winter. This impending extreme weather could have global ramifications.

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Do Americans Have An Appetite For Electric Cars?

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 3:14pm

Following General Motors' decision to discontinue the Chevy Volt to focus on zero-emission cars, NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with journalist John Voelcker about the future of the electric cars in the U.S.

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FACT CHECK: Trump's Claims About 'Record Clean' U.S. Air

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 1:46pm

The president says the U.S. environment is better than it has been in years. But data from various sources paint a more complicated picture.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Why water will be the next battleground in the fight against climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 1:06pm

In the third part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we look at its alarming projections for our water supplies

The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We will explore the key findings each day this week.

Donald Trump doesn’t believe his own government’s major report on climate change – which the administration tried to bury over the Thanksgiving break. It warns that rising temperatures are already harming America and will cause huge damage globally.

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Fast-Tracking Logging On Federal Lands May Not Lessen Wildfire Risk

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 11:49am

The current version of the Farm Bill includes House-backed provisions that would streamline logging projects on federal land. The administration argues logging could mitigate wildfire risk.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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Coastal flooding and peat bogs | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 10:34am
More than 15,000 buildings were built in coastal areas at significant risk of coastal flooding in the UK between 2005 and 2014, write Tom Spencer and Gerd Masselink. Meanwhile Alastair Edwards says the Irish shouldn’t be bashed too much over their carbon emissions, but Dr John Doherty warns against erecting wind turbines on bogland

The UK Climate Projections 2018 study predicts significant sea level rise around the UK coastline by 2100 (Climate change ‘may force people to quit flood areas’, 27 November) and, in announcing the report, the secretary of state for the environment says “we will be looking at ways we can encourage every local area to strive for greater overall resilience”.

Yet only a month ago, the government’s own advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, argued strongly that current methods being used to protect England’s coastal communities are not fit for purpose. Their report showed that between 2005 and 2014, over 15,000 buildings were built in coastal areas at significant risk of coastal flooding and/or erosion.

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Grab your Geiger counter: a trip to Chernobyl's first rave

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/28 - 7:59am

The nuclear disaster site is being marketed as a tourist destination with novelty gas masks, radioactive ice cream and - now - a multimedia art show with the military

It is a two-hour drive from the centre of Kiev, following the banks of the Dnieper river into the woods. It is minus six degrees outside. Wild dogs scavenge at the side of the road.

Our bus comes to a stop and military men in uniform tell us to disembark and ready our passports. We’re at the main check point of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. From here, signs warn us, everything is contaminated.

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Carbon capture and storage gets £20m 'sensible reboot'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 11:01pm

Government scrapped £1bn plan in 2015 but now aims to build project within a decade

The UK wants to build its first project to capture and store carbon emissions from industry within the next decade, as part of a rebooted push by ministers to support the technology.

The government scrapped a £1bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition in 2015, with the then-chancellor George Osborne saying it was too costly. Earlier efforts had also collapsed.

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Trump officials accused of using deadly wildfires to boost logging

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 11:00pm

Interior secretary Ryan Zinke says he hopes new laws will end environmental reviews and allow ‘thinning’ of forests

The Trump administration has been accused of using the deadly wildfires in California to push for weakened environmental rules in forests, opening them up for more logging.

Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, said that he hoped new legislation would allow for the “thinning” of forests to help prevent wildfires. He said he was confident Congress would soon pass a new farm bill that would remove environmental reviews for the removal of trees and brush, as well as the building of roads through federal forests.

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French President Holds Firm On Clean-Energy Goals, Despite Protests

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 7:31pm

A grassroots movement in France, the mostly working-class "yellow vests," objects to new gasoline taxes. French President Emmanuel Macron says he sympathizes, but the tax will stand.

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Hundreds of students striking over climate change descend on parliament

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 5:49pm

Students miss school to call on MPs to take emergency action ‘because this is our future’

School students protesting climate change have arrived in Canberra after the prime minister told them to be less activist and go back to school.

Hundreds of students lined up outside Parliament House on Wednesday wanting to speak to Scott Morrison and government ministers about taking emergency action against climate change.

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Sydney weather: man killed in car crash as flooding causes chaos

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 5:03pm

More than 100mm of rain fell before 9am in city, man killed in north shore and police officer has her leg broken by a falling tree

A man has been killed in a car accident in Sydney’s north as heavy rain lashed the city and large parts of New South Wales.

Related: Queensland bushfires: fears for safety as 80 blazes rage across state

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Microplastic toxins leave shellfish at mercy of predators - research

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 5:01pm

Chemical cocktail suppresses periwinkles’ ability to avoid crabs and disrupts food chain

Toxins leaching from microplastics leave shellfish at the mercy of predators, research has found. The chemicals completely suppress the ability of the periwinkles to detect and avoid the crabs that eat them.

Microplastics plague the world’s rivers and oceans and absorb poisonous chemicals from the water. Previous work has shown mussels are harmed by these toxins when they eat microplastics, but the latest study is the first to show disruption of the relationship between predator and prey. This is likely to disrupt the entire food chain, researchers say.

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Why There Are Challenges To Doing More Prescribed Burns As Part Of Forest Management

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2018/11/27 - 3:31pm

Prescribed burns — that is, setting fires on purpose — are one way to try and keep wildfires in check. But there are challenges to doing a lot more of them.

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