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Spark Energy collapse leaves 290,000 without supplier

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 10:56am

Fears other challengers will fold amid tough competition and rising wholesale costs

An energy firm with nearly 300,0000 customers has become the biggest electricity and gas supplier to go bust in the UK, fuelling concerns that more challenger firms could fold.

Spark Energy is the seventh supplier to fold this year amid pressure from rising wholesale costs and tough competition. The closure will mean the loss of more than 400 jobs at the firm’s headquarters in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

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Activists condemn 'disgusting attacks' on pigs as two men convicted of cruelty

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 7:34am

Prosecution based on secret footage obtained by rights charity Animal Equality at Fir Tree farm in Lincolnshire

Two men pleaded guilty today to charges of animal cruelty while employed at a pig farm, Fir Tree in Goxhill, Lincolnshire.

Artis Grogprkevs, 31, and Troy Wagstaff, 30, have appeared at Grimsby magistrates court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal between 2-27 April this year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 7:07am

A family of roe deer and the bignose unicornfish are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Tory MPs demand net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 6:56am

Theresa May called on to commit to ambitious climate target

Fifty Conservative MPs have called on Theresa May to adopt an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero before 2050, to show international leadership on climate change and protect British jobs.

Former ministers Damian Green, Oliver Letwin and Anna Soubry are among the signatories of the letter to the prime minister, which said that a stronger long-term goal would cut energy bills and improve air quality.

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Universities leading climate research must stop funding fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 4:09am

As students, we must urge our universities to end their collaboration in climate breakdown

Two weeks ago, an investigation revealed that Oxbridge colleges are bankrolling fossil fuel extraction on a vast scale. This is only one part of a rot running through much of the UK higher education sector, which students and staff have been fighting for years. Despite many victories for campaigners, educational institutions remain deeply invested in corporations that pose an existential risk to marginalised communities across the world.

Cambridge University invests an estimated £377m in fossil fuels. Management here have ignored years of campaigning: a motion to divest fully from fossil fuels was passed by the staff governing body and hundreds of academics have called on Cambridge to divest, as have Labour party leadership and the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Still, those controlling the money pay no attention.

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After Struggles, North Dakota Grows Into Its Ongoing Oil Boom

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 3:00am

The U.S. recently became the world's biggest producer of crude oil. The ongoing oil boom has transformed Great Plains towns like Watford City, North Dakota.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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The U.K. Economy Is Growing — But Its Energy Use Is Shrinking

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 3:00am

The United Kingdom's total energy use has dropped 10 percent since 2002, unlike other EU countries. It's a quiet victory in the fight against climate change. It's also a bit mysterious.

(Image credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Smart meters rollout labelled a 'fiasco' as consumers face extra £500m bill

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 5:01pm

National Audit Office says that with 39m meters still to be replaced, government has no chance of hitting 2020 deadline

Consumers face paying half a billion pounds more than expected for the rollout of smart meters and the programme has no chance of hitting its deadline, the UK’s spending watchdog has warned.

The National Audit Office said that with 39m old-fashioned meters yet to be replaced, there is “no realistic prospect” of meeting a goal of all homes and businesses being offered one by the end of 2020 as planned.

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Solar geoengineering could be ‘remarkably inexpensive’ – report

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 5:01pm

Spreading particles in stratosphere to fight climate change may cost $2bn a year

Cooling the Earth by injecting sun-blocking particles into the stratosphere could be “remarkably inexpensive”, according to the most detailed engineering analysis to date.

The fear of a rogue nation or military force unilaterally taking control of the global climate is unfounded, the researchers added, as the many thousands of high-altitude flights needed to affect global temperatures could not escape detection.

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Pollutionwatch: a smog warning from 1948

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:30pm

70 years ago a six-day fog enveloped London, but its message did not hit home

Air pollution history is littered with early warnings that were not heeded. November 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of one of these. On Friday 26 November 1948, a dense fog developed in London. It lasted six days. Football matches were cancelled and transport disrupted. Traffic convoys were formed to follow trams, each guided by a conductor with a torch. Initially, conductors walked alongside buses but this became impossible as they ran into lamp-posts. There were train accidents too, but the greatest death toll came from breathing the smog. Five weeks later the medical statistician William Logan reported an estimated 300 extra deaths.

The warning was ignored. Four years and one week later 12,000 Londoners died in the so-called great smog of 1952. The pattern of ignoring warnings continues. In 2000, researchers at London’s King’s and Imperial Colleges warned of difficulties in controlling nitrogen dioxide from traffic. The UK is still failing to meet legal limits for this pollutant. This month, 21 researchers published a nine-year study. It concluded that air pollution in London was stunting children’s lung growth and this may be storing up problems for their long-term health.

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What Rain Means For The Wildfires In Northern California

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with retired Fire Capt. Jim Mackensen, a Butte County public information officer, about how the rains hitting Northern California will affect containment and recovery efforts.

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Thanksgiving in Paradise: Californians seek meaning after inferno

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:10pm

Some are buoyed by faith, some by good fire insurance, some by both. On Thursday, they came together to eat

What is there to be thankful for after you lose everything?

Related: 'He's like Al Capone': turkey on the loose ruffles feathers in Rhode Island town

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South African community wins court battle over mining rights

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 10:53am

High court orders government to get prior community consent before granting mining rights in Pondoland

Environmental activists in South Africa have won a landmark legal victory after the high court ordered the government to get prior community consent before granting mining rights.

The judgment represents a major victory for campaigners in Xolobeni, a community in Pondoland, who have been involved in a protracted and sometimes violent struggle against a proposed titanium mine.

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Woodside applies to build big-polluting LNG plant – with no emissions plan

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 10:00am

Western Australian Browse project could emit more than 200m tonnes of CO2

Oil and gas giant Woodside Petroleum has applied for environmental approval to build one of Australia’s biggest emitting industrial developments – a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant 425km north of Broome – without a plan to reduce or offset its greenhouse gas pollution.

Documents submitted to the federal government for the long-mooted $28bn Browse LNG project show the offshore part of the development alone is expected to emit up to 200m tonnes of carbon dioxide over 50 years, peaking at 7m tonnes a year.

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Swap gas boilers for hydrogen or miss emission targets, UK told

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 4:17am

Households need electric and hydrogen hybrid boilers sooner rather than later, climate advisers warn

Millions of gas boilers will need to be replaced with hydrogen alternatives and coupled with electric heating devices if Britain is to hit its carbon targets at the lowest cost, according to the government’s climate advisers.

In a report on the role hydrogen could play in the energy system, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) spelt out the huge but necessary cost the country faces to switch to green heating.

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California wildfires: smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 12:37am
  • Haze envelopes Washington DC and other east coast cities
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger visits firefighters in California

The US east coast has been provided a firsthand reminder of the deadly California wildfires after smoke swept across the country and caused a haze to envelop the eastern seaboard, including Washington DC and New York City.

Hazy skies were reported in several places on the east coast from smoke wafting from 3,000 miles further west, where wildfires in California have killed more than 80 people and razed more than 15,000 homes and other structures.

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NSW dust storm: spike in calls for breathing difficulties as front descends on Sydney

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/21 - 9:12pm

City’s skyline changes colour as line of dust more than 500km long sweeps east

A thick line of dust that has smothered much of New South Wales and Sydney has led to a spike in calls for help from people with breathing difficulties.

Strong winds from a low pressure system have whipped up masses of dirt across the drought-stricken state, which headed towards the coast on Thursday.

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Maine Lobstermen Forced To Diversify Their Work As Coastal Waters Warm

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/11/21 - 3:49pm

Maine's coastal waters are warming quickly. Lobster may not be abundant forever so fishermen are finding new ways to make a living on the water.

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Sir David Attenborough to speak for the people at UN climate summit

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/21 - 11:22am

Filmmaker takes new ‘people’s seat’ and will form speech with input from social media

Sir David Attenborough is to address the UN’s climate change summit in Poland in December, taking up a newly established “people’s seat” at the negotiations.

The people’s seat initiative, which launched on Wednesday, will give citizens around the world the opportunity to send their messages to leaders via social media, using the hashtag #TakeYourSeat. These views and information from opinion polling will then form the basis of Attenborough’s speech to leaders.

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Avoid London for days, police warn motorists, amid ‘swarming’ protests

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/11/21 - 10:03am

Disruption could continue until Saturday as Extinction Rebellion continues climate change protest

Climate activists have caused serious disruption to rush-hour traffic in London with a series of “swarming” roadblocks at several different locations around the capital as police warned motorists that more protests were expected.

From 8am on Wednesday groups of protesters coordinated by the group Extinction Rebellion walked on to roads in Westminster, Tower Bridge, Elephant and Castle, and Earl’s Court, blocking traffic for several minutes at a time in a plan to bring gridlock to the city.

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