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Hundreds of military families sickened by contaminated Pearl Harbor water

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 1:48pm

Key Honolulu aquifer may also be at risk as residents say they face stomach pain and headaches

Cheri Burness’s dog was the first to signal something was wrong with their tap water. He stopped drinking it two weeks ago. Then Burness started feeling stomach cramps. Her 12-year-old daughter was nauseous.

“It was just getting worse every day,” said Burness.

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The Guardian view on North Sea oil: keep it in the ground | Editorial

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 11:27am

Britain won’t persuade anyone else to ditch fossil fuels when it won’t do so itself

Does the decision by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to pull out of the Cambo oilfield mark the end of oil and gas investment in the North Sea? For the planet’s sake, one would hope so. However, it may be more realistic to see Shell’s act as a first victory in a longer war to keep hydrocarbons in the ground. Campaigners say that there are dozens more offshore oil and gas fields coming up for approval in the next three years. To keep the climate safe and limit global temperature rises to 1.5C, none ought to go ahead. Oil majors have lost the battle for public opinion in Scotland and this has dramatically altered the calculations for the ruling Scottish National party, which for decades ran on oil. Without supportive politics, and with the science against them, oil majors – this time – bowed out.

Despite that, and despite brandishing its credentials as a climate champion at Cop26 in Glasgow last month, the UK government still wants extractive industries to suck the seabed dry. Rather than joining an alliance of nations – led by Denmark and Costa Rica, and including France and Ireland – which have set an end date for oil and gas production and exploration, Boris Johnson will allow companies to keep exploring the North Sea for new reserves.

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Shell U-turn on Cambo could mean end for big North Sea oil projects

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 10:55am

Industry sources say Siccar Point will struggle to find new partner to take on Shell’s 30% stake in oilfield

Shell’s decision to back out of plans to develop the Cambo oilfield could sound the “death knell” for new large-scale North Sea projects, industry figures say, as the UK’s tougher climate agenda prompts oil companies to retreat from the ageing oil basin.

Sources said Shell’s project partner, the private equity-backed Siccar Point, would struggle to find another partner to take on Shell’s 30% stake in the new oilfield, which has provoked outrage among green campaigners.

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Bob Inglis: How I changed my mind about climate change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 9:57am

Former GOP congressman Bob Inglis used to believe climate change wasn't real. But after a candid conversation with his children and a hard look at the evidence, he began to change his mind.

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Pearl Harbor families are alarmed about petroleum found in their tap water

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 8:17am

The Navy's water system somehow became contaminated by petroleum, and the problems have afflicted one of the most important Navy bases in the world.

(Image credit: AP)

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Carbon-cutting app aims to help Londoners ease into net zero future

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 6:33am

Councils are planning to deploy version of Finnish online tool that helps people monitor carbon footprint

For those who want to be part of a zero carbon future but find the prospect of giving up flying, ditching the car and turning vegan daunting, help may be at hand. A Finnish-made online tool that promises to give users the key to their own “sustainable good life” by taking control of their carbon footprint is set to be launched in the UK.

London Councils, the body that represents all London boroughs, is looking at developing a version of the tool, which aims to be helpful rather than hectoring, letting people create their own tailor-made path to reducing their CO2 output rather than giving out blanket prescriptions such as stopping flying or eating meat.

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Energy companies accused of bid rigging and racketeering in US lawsuit

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 6:19am

Court complaint outlines scheme to generate millions in wasteful equipment expenditures in New York, Connecticut and Maine

A cybersecurity company filed a $110m lawsuit in New York this week, accusing the Spanish global energy company Iberdrola and its US subsidiary Avangrid of bid rigging and racketeering.

The 72-page federal court complaint outlines an elaborate scheme by Iberdrola executives to generate millions of dollars in wasteful equipment expenditures in order to turn a profit from its utility customers in New York, Connecticut and Maine.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 5:00am

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including sunbathing monkeys, a pygmy possum and a new home for white rhinos

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Fashion must stick to climate pledges to prevent waste crisis, says UK economist

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 4:47am

Dame Vivian Hunt warns of overproduction at summit attended by Tommy Hilfiger and Kris Jenner

The fashion industry is facing a waste and overproduction crisis if it continues on its current trajectory, one of the UK’s leading economic experts has warned.

Dame Vivian Hunt, a managing partner at the consulting firm McKinsey and Company, said “fashion has a long way to go to demonstrate its commitment to achieving net zero emissions”.

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Shell to go ahead with seismic tests in whale breeding grounds after court win

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 3:45am

Judgment rules company can blast sound waves in search for oil along South Africa’s eastern coastline

Royal Dutch Shell will move ahead with seismic tests to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along South Africa’s eastern coastline after a court dismissed an 11th-hour legal challenge by environmental groups.

The judgment, by a South African high court, allows Shell to begin firing within days extremely loud sound waves through the relatively untouched marine environment of the Wild Coast, which is home to whales, dolphins and seals.

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US lags in electric vehicle sales despite Biden administration’s push

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/12/03 - 3:00am

Electric cars will make up just 4% of American sales in 2021, compared with 9% in China and 14% in Europe

The Biden administration, in the midst of a major push to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles, has been provided a sobering reminder of how badly the US is lagging in the adoption of zero-emission cars.

The White House has set a goal for electric vehicles to make up 50% of all new car sales by the end of this decade in order to slash planet-heating emissions and help avert disastrous climate change.

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Victorian government pressed to deliver promised funding for threatened plants and animals

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 2:18pm

Critically endangered grasslands on Melbourne’s outskirts should be immediately protected, parliamentary inquiry says

Underfunding of environmental initiatives by the Victorian government is pushing plants and animals across the state toward extinction, a state parliamentary inquiry has found.

The Greens-led inquiry, examining the decline of habitats and wildlife in Victoria tabled its final report, calling for changes to how the state funds and enforces protection of endangered wildlife and a massive increase to the national parks budget.

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British Airways looks to recycled cooking oil fuel to cut jet emissions

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 1:00pm

Airline signs deal with UK refinery but questions remain over sustainable aviation fuel’s net zero credentials

British Airways has signed a deal for aircraft fuel made from recycled cooking oils and other household waste to be produced at scale in the UK and to be in use as early as 2022 to help power its flights.

The airline revealed on Thursday evening it had reached the agreement with a refinery in north Lincolnshire to purchase thousands of tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which it said would add up to the equivalent of 700 transatlantic flights on a Boeing 787 with net zero carbon emissions.

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Shell pulls out of Cambo oilfield project

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 12:49pm

Green campaigners welcome oil giant’s decision not to go ahead with controversial project off Shetland

Shell has pulled out of a controversial new oilfield off the Shetland Islands, plunging the future of oil exploration in the area into doubt.

Shell, which was planning to exploit the field along with the private equity-backed fossil fuel explorer Siccar Point, cited a weak economic case as its reason for deciding not to go ahead with the project.

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Sex ratio of babies linked to pollution and poverty indicators

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 12:00pm

Study finds some pollutants are correlated with higher levels of boys and others with more girls

A swathe of pollutants and indicators of poverty have been linked to changes in the ratio of baby boys to girls born to millions of parents.

A study of half the US population and the entire Swedish population examined more than 100 possible factors and found, for example, that mercury, chromium and aluminium pollution correlated with more boys being born, while lead pollution increased the proportion of girls. Proximity to farming also affected the sex ratio, possibly due to higher chemical exposures.

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These Portuguese kids are suing 33 European countries to force them to cut emissions

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 11:08am

Adults "can see us as serious or they can see us as a joke," one of the kids says. "A lawsuit is not a joke," her brother adds. The European Court of Human Rights has fast-tracked their 2020 lawsuit.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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Plans to mine Ecuador forest violate rights of nature, court rules

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 10:40am

Landmark ruling says mining permits issued in Los Cedros protected area breach Ecuador’s constitution

Ecuador’s highest court has ruled that plans to mine for copper and gold in a protected cloud forest are unconstitutional and violate the rights of nature.

In a landmark ruling, the constitutional court of Ecuador decided that mining permits issued in Los Cedros, a protected area in the north-west of the country, would harm the biodiversity of the forest, which is home to spectacled bears, endangered frogs, dozens of rare orchid species and the brown-headed spider monkey, one of the world’s rarest primates.

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Proximity to green space may help with PMS, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/12/02 - 9:47am

Research adds to growing evidence of the health benefits associated with natural environments

Living near green space could reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), researchers have found.

A first-of-its-kind study of more than 1,000 women aged 18 to 49 living in cities in Norway and Sweden found that women who across their lifetime live in neighbourhoods with more green space are less likely to experience PMS symptoms than those living in less green neighbourhoods.

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