Grieving orca mother carries dead calf for days as killer whales fight for survival

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 3:36pm

Killer whale is one of just 75 in an endangered group off the coast of Washington state and Canada

A grieving mother orca near Vancouver Island has been carrying her dead calf for four days, after refusing to leave her baby behind when the rest of her pod left.

The mother killer whale, named J35 by researchers, gave birth Tuesday in what was initially a hopeful moment. Mother and female calf were seen swimming together that morning near Victoria, British Columbia, according to the Washington state-based Center for Whale Research.

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Wildfires In Western U.S. Could Affect Air Quality For Prolonged Period Of Time

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 1:41pm

The smoke from nearly 100 large Western wildfires has public health officials worried. Air quality managers are warning this is the new norm for the region, given climate change.

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Report Shows Trump Administration Issued Permits For Lion Trophies To Republican Donors

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 1:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Michael Harris, director of the Wildlife Law Program with Friends of Animals, about the recent findings about government-issued permits for imported lion trophies being given to Republican donors.

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Deadly wildfires blaze across California amid fears that 'the worst is yet to come'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 12:45pm

At least three dead and thousands evacuated as officials worry potentially devastating fire season has only just begun

At least three people have died and thousands have been evacuated in California as eight active wildfires continue to burn across the state. More than 3,000 firefighters have been deployed to contain the flames, and the destruction is expected to worsen throughout the weekend as high temperatures and dry conditions inhibit efforts.

The state governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in northern California’s Shasta county, and in southern California’s Riverside county, to help provide local fire crews with the resources they need to battle the blazes. Donald Trump has not yet commented on the fires.

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Extreme global weather is 'the face of climate change' says leading scientist

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 10:02am

Exclusive: Prof Michael Mann declares the impacts of global warming are now ‘playing out in real-time’

• Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find

The extreme heatwaves and wildfires wreaking havoc around the globe are “the face of climate change”, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has declared, with the impacts of global warming now “playing out in real time”.

Climate change has long been predicted to increase extreme weather incidents, and scientists are now confident these predictions are coming true. Scientists say the global warming has contributed to on the scorching temperatures that have baked the UK and northern Europe for weeks.

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UK heatwave: Britain facing thunderstorms and travel woes – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 9:57am

Concerns over health as sweltering heat set to continue despite storm forecasts

5.55pm BST

The Guardian is now closing its liveblog, but here’s a summary of the key weather updates for Friday.

Why has it been so hot?

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The liveblog will be finishing shortly, but we will post a summary of events and any latest updates before then.

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Hot Weather Spells Trouble For Nuclear Power Plants

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 8:41am

Multiple nuclear power facilities in Europe have reduced their electricity production because seawater, which is used to keep the reactors cool, has been warmer than usual.

(Image credit: Kimmo Mantyla/AP)

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Unions say action needed to protect UK workers in heatwave

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 8:08am

Warning of intolerable conditions as hospitals report rise in number of A&E visits

Trade unions have warned of intolerable working conditions for workers caused by extreme temperatures in Britain this summer, as some NHS hospitals report record numbers of people attending A&E because of the heat.

The TUC said action was needed to protect workers from health risks posed by the abnormally high temperatures, as the mercury hit 34.1C in Norfolk on Friday, after Thursday’s year-high of 35C, recorded at Heathrow, west London.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 8:01am

A new species of spider, frolicking hares and migratory sea turtles are among this week’s pick of images from our overheated natural world

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Which Water Is Best For Health? Hint: Don't Discount The Tap

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 5:02am

Scientists weigh in on whether Americans really need to pay for alkalinized, mineralized, or purified water from filters or bottles.

(Image credit: PhotoAlto/Antoine Arraou/Getty Images)

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Is Zinke trolling San Francisco with plan to dismantle city's reservoir?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/07/27 - 2:00am

US interior secretary’s meeting with group in favor of Yosemite valley restoration met with puzzlement from experts

US interior secretary Ryan Zinke has prompted puzzlement by meeting with a group that seeks to dismantle a dam providing San Francisco’s water, as experts wonder whether he is taking the fringe proposal seriously or trolling the city.

Zinke’s Sunday discussion with Restore Hetch Hetchy concerned the dam at Hetch Hetchy reservoir in California’s Yosemite national park. Removing it would restore the valley, which was once so beautiful that the environmentalist John Muir called it “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples”, to its natural state - and force San Francisco to figure out where else to store 90% of its water supply.

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London's Tory mayoral candidates are stuck in the past on cycling

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 11:00pm

When the free-market case for bike infrastructure is so clear, why won’t Conservative candidates embrace it?

Among his many claims to political prominence, both good and bad, Boris Johnson was notable as a Conservative who built a lot of bike lanes fairly quickly (at least in the end).

Similarly, much of New York City’s bike renaissance was launched by Michael Bloomberg, the three-term mayor who, as a billionaire media tycoon and Republican, had more in common with most Bond villains than your stereotypical wind-in-the-hair bike advocate.

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Wyoming Gives 22 Winners The Chance To Hunt Grizzlies — Or Not

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 4:11pm

A whopping 7,000 people vied for the chance to hunt Wyoming grizzly bears for the first time in 44 years. Many entrants in the permit lottery said if they won, they would sit out the hunt.

(Image credit: Bryant Aardema/Getty Images)

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What The Trump Administration Has Proposed To Change In The Endangered Species Act

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 1:15pm

The Trump administration wants to roll back some rules for endangered species. Environmentalists say it could mean more species go extinct.

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Lions attack sole rhino survivor of bungled Kenyan park relocation

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 9:37am

Ten black rhinos died last month in Tsavo East park due to conservation officers’ negligence

The only rhino to survive a bungled relocation to a Kenyan wildlife park has been attacked by lions, Kenya’s tourism minister, Najib Balala, has said.

Ten out of 11 black rhinos died last month in their new home in Tsavo East national park after being moved by the state wildlife service, prompting protests from conservation groups around the world.

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Farmers across UK braced for heavy rain and thunderstorms

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 9:29am

Sudden weather change after weeks of drought could cause flooding and crop damage

Farmers across many parts of the UK are bracing themselves for thunderstorms and outbursts of heavy rain after weeks of drought and high temperatures.

The sudden change in the weather, expected to affect eastern areas hardest but spreading to the north and Midlands over Friday, is likely to cause problems of flooding and potential crop damage.

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China's long game to dominate nuclear power relies on the UK

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 8:53am

Approval of Chinese nuclear technology in the UK would act as a springboard to the rest of the world

China wants to become a global leader in nuclear power and the UK is crucial to realising its ambitions.

While other countries have scaled back on atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, state-backed Chinese companies benefit from the fact that China is still relying on nuclear energy to reach the country’s low-carbon goals.

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Almost all world’s oceans damaged by human impact, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 8:00am

The remaining wilderness areas, mostly in the remote Pacific and at the poles, need urgent protection from fishing and pollution, scientists say

Just 13% of the world’s oceans remain untouched by the damaging impacts of humanity, the first systematic analysis has revealed. Outside the remotest areas of the Pacific and the poles, virtually no ocean is left harbouring naturally high levels of marine wildlife.

Huge fishing fleets, global shipping and pollution running off the land are combining with climate change to degrade the oceans, the researchers found. Furthermore, just 5% of the remaining ocean wilderness is within existing marine protection areas.

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Huge Flood From Failed Dam In Laos Has Now Spread To Cambodia

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 7:01am

The flooding has killed at least 27 people in Laos. In Cambodia, the Sekong River rose to nearly 12 meters (almost 40 feet) on Thursday — a height that flooded 17 villages.

(Image credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

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UK university accused of giving platform to Nord Stream 2 lobbyist

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/07/26 - 5:18am

King’s College London ‘lending appearance of neutrality’ to businessman with energy links

One of the UK’s most prestigious universities is facing allegations that it is providing a platform for lobbying on behalf of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project between Germany and Russia.

The German watchdog LobbyControl has accused King’s College London of lending an appearance of neutrality to a former German MP whose company has commercial contracts with Nord Stream 2 and an energy firm which stands to profit from the infrastructure project across the Baltic Sea.

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