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Harley-Davidson Embraces A New Sound As It Enters The Electric Era

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/02/13 - 11:00am

The LiveWire, Harley's first electric bike, was first announced more than four years ago. It's finally hitting the streets this summer — for a hefty price. But will Harley fans be along for the ride?

(Image credit: Josh Kurpius/Harley-Davidson)

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NSW 'accounting trick' lets miners dodge appropriate rehabilitation costs

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/13 - 10:00am

Exclusive: Lock the Gate accuses state government of placing interests of mining sector over those of taxpayers

New South Wales taxpayers could be shortchanged up to $500m by a state government “accounting trick” that allows mining companies to dodge paying appropriate contingency costs for site rehabilitation.

A 2017 report by the NSW auditor general found that security deposits paid by miners for future rehabilitation were inadequate and made several recommendations, including that the “contingency” costs be increased.

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Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/13 - 7:28am

Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem ‘collapse of nature’

Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists.

Related: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

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Butterflies Vs. Border Wall: National Butterfly Center Seeks Restraining Order

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/02/13 - 5:18am

The center says government officials have already cut down trees on its private property in anticipation of a border wall. The planned wall would split its property in two.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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'Uniquely American': Senate passes landmark bill to enlarge national parks

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/02/13 - 4:00am

Bill sets aside more than 1m acres of new wilderness and conservation areas including rivers in California and Utah

Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks are to be enlarged, and stunning river landscapes in California and Utah will be protected, under new legislation that passed the US Senate on Tuesday.

In all the public lands package sets aside more than a million acres of new wilderness and conservation areas in western states.

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waiting...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 6:58pm
8 PM and still no Fed Ex.  I really need that water level...  61,66,33,0,C
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Their chips are down: New Zealand seagulls under threat after 'unbelievable declines'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 6:12pm

The birds are severely at risk, but there is little public awareness or sympathy for their plight

Squawking, chip-stealing seagulls are under threat in New Zealand, with some colonies experiencing “unbelievable declines”, and others disappearing altogether over the past few decades.

New Zealand is home to three species of seagull but the native red-billed seagull – the beady-eyed interloper who makes an appearance at every beach picnic up and down the country – is the most common.

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McConnell Plans To Bring Green New Deal To Senate Vote

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 3:43pm

The Senate majority leader wants to put the massive progressive climate change framework to a vote. Its Democratic sponsor is not pleased by the move from the top Senate Republican.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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President Trump And Allies Push To Save A Very Specific Coal Plant

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 2:59pm

President Trump and other Republicans are pressuring the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close a coal plant in Kentucky. A major Trump backer supplies the plant with most of its coal.

(Image credit: Dylan Lovan/AP)

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Ogoni widows testify at The Hague over Shell's alleged complicity in killings

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 12:34pm

Four Nigerian women bring landmark case over state executions of nine activists in a military court

Four Nigerian women at the centre of a long-running legal battle against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell saw their historic case reach the Hague on Tuesday.

The company is accused of complicity in the state execution of nine Ogoni protesters and human right abuses dating back to 1993. The allegations concern the 1990s violent government crackdown in Ogoniland, in the oil-rich Niger delta region, where oil spills inflicted environmental damage on a huge scale.

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Brazil environment minister's dismissal of slain Amazon defender stirs outrage

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 12:09pm

Ricardo Salles’ comments fuel criticism of administration’s stance, which environmentalists say is excessively pro-business

Brazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”.

Related: Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister

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Fracking firm Cuadrilla loses planning appeal for second UK site

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 12:08pm

Communities secretary James Brokenshire cited traffic issues in rejecting plans for four wells

Campaigners have welcomed the government’s decision to reject a planning appeal by shale gas firm Cuadrilla to frack at a second site in Lancashire, capping a week of bad news for the industry.

James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said he was turning down the appeal for planning permission to develop four fracking wells in the Fylde area because of traffic concerns.

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Australia won’t meet the Paris targets despite what recent research claims | Bill Hare

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 10:00am

There’s no way we’ll achieve the targets five years early without major policy changes, which are unlikely under the current government

The Australian National University has been making headlines for its analysis that, with the current rate of renewable energy growth, Australia will achieve its Paris agreement targets five years early – by 2025. Unfortunately, after a careful review, we find their analysis doesn’t stack up.

The ANU briefing note has surprised, if not shocked, many in the expert and analytical community with detailed knowledge of Australia’s climate and energy policy.

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After six years of drought, Mount Isa residents prayed for rain. Then it flooded

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 10:00am

For graziers who sweated to keep their herds alive, praying for rain, the scale of the flood is hard to take

Satellite images before and after the floods reveal devastation

Out the back of Mount Isa, in late January, the locals marked a wry milestone.

For an unbroken stretch of 43 stinking afternoons, the temperature at Cloncurry and Camooweal had topped 40C. The herds of cattle in Queensland’s north-west, the ones that had survived through six years of drought, started to show signs of severe heat stress. They became thinner, weaker.

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Harrison Ford: leaders who deny climate change are 'on the wrong side of history'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 7:23am

Actor attacked Trump and other leaders at World Government Summit for denying science to justify not facing the ‘moral crisis’

Harrison Ford has launched a scorching attack on Donald Trump and other world leaders, for denying science in order to justify doing nothing to face the “moral crisis” of climate change.

Related: European colonization of Americas killed so many it cooled Earth's climate

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Solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in US last year, but future looks bright – report

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/02/12 - 3:00am

Despite second consecutive year of declines, report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positive

The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday.

But according to the Solar Foundation the future is still bright for solar. Despite the two-year dip, solar employment has grown 159%, from just over 93,000 to more than 242,000 jobs in all 50 states over the past nine years and the report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positive.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 10:17am
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Biggest offshore windfarm to start UK supply this week

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 9:55am

High hopes for Hornsea One as developer says its output could fill the gap left by nuclear

An offshore windfarm on the Yorkshire coast that will dwarf the world’s largest when completed is to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week.

The Danish developer Ørsted, which will be installing the first of 174 turbines at Hornsea One, said it was ready to step up its plans and fill the gap left by failed nuclear power schemes.

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Critics attack secrecy at UN body seeking to cut global airline emissions

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 9:41am

Body in charge of cutting aviation’s carbon footprint meets behind closed doors

A UN body tasked with cutting global aircraft emissions is covertly meeting this week for discussions dominated by airline industry observers.

The environment committee of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) meets on Monday in Montreal behind closed doors to discuss measures to reduce emissions from international aircraft. Domestic and international flights emitted 895m tonnes of CO2 last year – 2.4% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, according to Carbon Brief. In terms of emissions, if aviation were a country it would be the sixth largest in the world.

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The Green New Deal offers radical environmental and economic change | Ann Pettifor

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 5:55am

The proposal is incredibly ambitious, both on climate change and with its reimagining of society

The revival of the Green New Deal framework (first developed in a report published in 2008) and popularized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats in the US, is a huge advance for green campaigners and, hopefully, for our threatened species. That is because it has a single radical ask: an ecological and economic transformation of the current system to end our addiction to fossil fuels and endless consumption of the earth’s finite assets.

Related: What is the Green New Deal and how would it benefit society?

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