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More than 140 pilot whales die in 'heartbreaking' New Zealand stranding

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 6:11pm

A hiker camping in remote Stewart Island alerted authorities to the discovery

More than 140 pilot whales have died on a remote New Zealand beach, the latest in a recent string of whale strandings and deaths in the country.

On Saturday night the Department of Conservation [DoC] was informed of a mass whale stranding in Mason Bay on Stewart Island.

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Understaffed And Overworked: Firefighters Exhausted By Severe California Fires

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 11:35am

As major wildfires increase in California, some firefighters are being pushed to the point of exhaustion — and overtime costs are soaring.

(Image credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of apparently 'flash-frozen' turtles wash ashore in New England

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 7:30am
  • Conservationists record unusually high number of strandings
  • Many of turtles are critically endangered Kemp’s ridley species

An unusual number of sea turtles have washed ashore in New England in the recent cold snap, many dead and appearing to have been “flash-frozen”.

Related: Manatees in peril as toxic red tide tests Florida's resources for rescued animals

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Trump Push For 'Energy Dominance' Boosts Drilling On Public Land

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 5:55am

The Trump administration is offering millions of acres of federal land for oil and gas drilling. It's a boon for some states, but is fueling battles with environmentalists.

(Image credit: Cooper McKim/Wyoming Public Media)

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What It's Like To Breathe Some Of The Most Polluted Air In The World

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 5:00am

In New Delhi, the air has a dusty, burnt taste, says NPR's Furkan Latif Khan. And sometimes the air is so bad she wears a face mask.

(Image credit: Furkan Latif Khan )

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Bath residents resent £9 congestion charge plan to tackle pollution

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/11/25 - 4:16am

City says government is forcing it to take action to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels

The city of Bath may have a reputation for gentility but plans to charge many motorists £9 a day to drive into its Georgian streets are provoking anger and resentment.

High levels of pollution, largely caused by topography – the city lies in a giant bowl – are forcing the council to act, but critics say the move will hit people struggling financially and force traffic out into areas just outside the zone.

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To Prevent Wildfire Devastation, Researcher Looks At Building Design

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 3:38pm

The destruction left in the wake of wildfires can feel inevitable. But there are ways to make them less destructive. One researcher pioneered the study on how to design more fire-resistant properties.

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National Report Confirms Climate Change 'Is Affecting Every Sector,' Scientist Says

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 3:38pm

The economy could take a major hit if climate change continues at its current pace, according to the latest National Climate Assessment. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with climate scientist Michael Mann.

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Climate report: Trump administration downplays warnings of looming disaster

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 10:40am

Democrats ramp up pressure to act in wake of most sobering government analysis yet

The Trump administration attempted to downplay the stark findings of its own climate change assessment, as Democrats sought to pressure the White House to avert looming economic and public health disaster.

The US National Climate change assessment, the work of 300 scientists and 13 federal agencies, was released on Friday afternoon. It found that wildfires, storms and heatwaves are already taking a major toll on Americans’ wellbeing, with climate change set to “disrupt many areas of life” in the future.

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She trolled Trump, but can she lead a green wave across Europe?

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 8:00am

Swedish minister Isabella Lövin found fame in a jibe aimed at the White House. Now she aims for change beyond Twitter

In February last year, a week after Donald Trump had signed an anti-abortion executive order surrounded by seven men, Isabella Lövin posted a photograph of herself on Twitter signing a climate change bill alongside seven other women.

Sweden’s then deputy prime minister remained enigmatic as the picture went viral and she was asked whether she had been “trolling” the US president. “It is up to the observer to interpret the photo,” she was quoted as saying. “We are a feminist government, which shows in this photo.”

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Environmental protesters block access to Parliament Square

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 6:11am

Demonstration organised by Extinction Rebellion aims to highlight government failure on the environment

Dozens of campaigners blocked the roads around Parliament Square to highlight concerns about the environment on Saturday.

About 50 activists from Extinction Rebellion, a direct action group that has been coordinating a campaign of civil disobedience which has brought areas of the capital to a standstill in recent weeks, risked arrest by standing defiantly in roads in front of queueing traffic.

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New Climate Change Report Places Blame On Human Actions For Natural Disasters

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 5:52am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Katherine Hayhoe of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University about a new report showing that recent extreme natural events are due to climate change.

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Camp Fire In Northern California Almost Entirely Contained

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 5:52am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with California Fire Chief Ken Pimlott about the cost and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the wildfires.

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New York's Adirondack Mountain Received Snow Earlier Than Usual

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 5:52am

Winter arrived early in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The high country is locked in snow and ice. We have a Thanksgiving week postcard from a trek to the summit of Algonquin Mountain.

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Many California Farmworkers Forced To Stay Behind During The Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 5:52am

Farmworkers workers in Ventura County toiled through the wildfires despite the risks. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Juvenal Solano, a former farmworker and community organizer, about why workers stayed.

(Image credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images)

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London schools tackle pollution with face masks and air purifiers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 1:00am

Schools introduce walk-to-school initiatives and stock up on asthma medicine

Schools across the UK are taking ever more drastic steps in an effort to mitigate the effects of air pollution on their pupils’ health.

Amid growing concern about the long-term implications of toxic air on young people’s development, the Guardian has found one London school is raising money for face masks for its pupils, while a growing number are installing air purifiers in classrooms and thousands more are trying to deter parents from using their cars on the school run.

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Brazil records worst annual deforestation for a decade

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 9:38pm

Nearly 8,000sq kms lost in the year to July amid alarm new president Jair Bolsonaro will make situation worse

Brazil has released its worst annual deforestation figures in a decade amid fears that the situation might worsen when the avowedly anti-environmentalist president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power.

Between August 2017 and July 2018, 7,900sq kms were deforested, according to preliminary figures from the environment ministry based on satellite monitoring – a 13.7% rise on the previous year and the biggest area of forest cleared since 2008. The area is equivalent to 987,000 football pitches.

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Climate change 'will inflict substantial damage on US lives'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 2:48pm
  • US National Climate Assessment details climate change impact
  • Current response to crisis is insufficient, authors say

Climate change is already harming Americans’ lives with “substantial damages” set to occur as global temperatures threaten to surge beyond internationally agreed limits, a major US government report has warned.

Related: UN shipping agency accused of secrecy over maritime pollution

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Understanding The Impacts Of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 2:03pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel about the National Climate Assessment released on Friday and whether the impacts of climate change being felt already are reversible.

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Drilling in the Great Australian Bight is not worth the risk | Rick Steiner

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 2:00pm

The time for Australians to ask questions is now, before a permitting decision is made

The Great Australian Bight is one of the most unique and productive marine ecosystems in the world. An estimated 85% of its known species are found nowhere else; the region has exceptionally productive and sensitive pelagic, seabed, and shoreline habitats; hosts the greatest concentrations of marine mammals, seabirds, pelagic fishes, and sharks in Australia; and supports an annual multi-billion dollar fishery, aquaculture, and tourism economy. By any measure, the Bight is a national and global treasure, but this treasure is now at risk from proposed deepwater oil drilling.

Related: More of the Great Australian Bight opened to oil and gas

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