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Climate change set to worsen inequality in US if greenhouse gases aren't reduced

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 11:00am

New research shows that by 2100 the economic loss from warming temperatures will be on par with the Great Recession, with states in the south most affected

Climate change is likely to worsen existing inequalities in the US, with the poorest areas of the country poised to lose as much as 20% of their income by the end of the century if greenhouse gases are not significantly reduced.

Related: A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

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Farmers join fight against Adani coalmine over environmental concerns

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 11:00am

More than 2,000 farmers and agriculture leaders express concern proposed Carmichael coalmine could affect groundwater, biodiversity and climate change

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A group of Australian farmers have joined the large coalition of groups fighting against Adani’s giant Carmichael coalmine, after they became concerned about the affects the mine would have on groundwater, biodiversity, rural communities and climate change.

Farmers for Climate Action – a group of more than 2,000 farmers and agriculture leaders concerned about climate change – became the newest group to join the Stop Adani alliance last week, at the same time as one of its members attracted more than 30,000 signatures to a petition calling on the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to rescind her commitment to give Adani unlimited free access to groundwater used by farmers in the region.

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Tasmania trials artificial shy albatross nests to help seabird fight extinction

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 11:00am

Conservationists say threatened seabird is vulnerable to the environmental effects of rising air temperatures and warming oceans caused by climate change

Tasmanian scientists will trial a new tactic this spring to help the shy albatross fight extinction: constructing artificial nests.

Conservationists hope the nests will boost the population of the threatened seabird, which they believe is vulnerable to the environmental effects of climate change.

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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 11:00am

The world’s largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban

Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the world’s largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees.

The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic “cocktail effect” from multiple pesticides.

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Winter's not coming: Game of Thrones' Jon Snow worried over lack of it

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 10:10am

Kit Harington describes a ‘very sad irony’ as the HBO show films in locations where ice is shrinking, even as his character fears the approaching winter

His character Jon Snow may fret about the arrival of winter, but Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has said he was instead confronted by “terrifying” evidence of global warming while filming the HBO show.

Harington said it was a “very sad irony” to film in locations with diminishing ice for scenes where the arrival of winter, and the frosty undead from beyond the Wall, is feared by his character.

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Stop exporting plastic waste to China to boost recycling at home, say experts

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 10:00am

Governments must end incentives that see plastic waste shipped abroad, where it is often buried or burned, rather than being turned back into bottles at home, say industry leaders

Governments must stop exporting so much plastic waste to countries such as China and keep more in-country to be recycled into bottles to tackle the waste crisis, industry insiders say.

A day after the Guardian revealed that a million plastic bottles are bought every minute across the world, experts aiming to provide a closed loop in which each bottle is used to make a new one, say their industry faces multiple hurdles.

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Meet the new US entrepreneurs farming seaweed for food and fuel

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 9:53am

As the world grows and the climate changes, there’s been fresh interest in seaweed – and a new breed of farmers are exploring how best to harness the humble plant’s benefits

Michael Graham reaches into a bright blue tub of bubbling water and pulls out a handful of a dark brown curly substance. It’s slippery to the touch, smells like the sea, and tastes a bit like salty kale.

It’s live seaweed, and Graham – a kelp biologist and the creator of Monterey Bay Seaweeds – has been farming the stuff on a small scale in these big tanks in Moss Landing on the central coast of California for close to two years. Using more than a dozen of these big tubs and a couple of larger tanks, he produces between 50 and 100lbs of seaweed per week.

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A Conversation With Governor John Hickenlooper

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 8:30am

A former geologist and beer brewer, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is now a leading voice on reviving local economies. We'll talk to him about the pros and cons of Colorado's strong economic growth and why he's teaming up with Republic Governor John Kasich of Ohio to fight against the GOP's health care plan.

(Image credit: (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images))

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Grow Heathrow runway protest community given 14 days to leave site

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 8:12am

Court orders 20 residents to leave the community garden set up on derelict site to protest against airport expansion

A community project set up to protest against a third runway at Heathrow has been given 14 days to leave its home by the high court.

Grow Heathrow took over a derelict garden centre in Sipson in 2010 and turned it into a community garden as part of action in protest against the plans for the runway. About 20 people live at the site and from their base they have become an integral part of the community activity against the building of a third runway at the airport.

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Enterprise and ingenuity thrive amid the waste in Nairobi – photo essay

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 7:34am

Its fetid landscape may be strewn with debris from the sprawling Kenyan capital, but fortune favours the bold at Nairobi’s Enterprise Road recycling centre

It is an apocalyptic scene. Fires burn amid the detritus on the side of a major road, sending acrid smoke into the air. Thin men in filthy clothes move amid the rubbish. Some recline on old sofas, watching as trucks lurch past, spewing diesel fumes just feet away. Women and children emerge and disappear down a passage of corrugated iron leading to slum houses illuminated by light bulbs that are linked, illegally, to a mains supply by overhead wires.

Welcome to Enterprise Road, Nairobi’s recycling centre.

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We need to talk about plastic bottles - video

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 6:30am

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and despite the rise in recycling culture over the past few decades, just 7% of those collected last year were turned into new bottles. Most end up in landfill or in the ocean and by 2050 plastic waste is estimated to outweigh all the fish in the sea

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If you drop plastic in the ocean, where does it end up?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 6:21am

Modelling shows that ocean currents can concentrate slow-degrading debris in certain parts of the world’s oceans, leading to so-called ‘garbage patches’

It is estimated that between four and 12m metric tonnes of plastic makes its way into the ocean each year. This figure is only likely to rise, and a 2016 report predicted that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the sea will outweigh the amount of fish.

A normal plastic bottle takes about 450 years to break down completely, so the components of a bottle dropped in the ocean today could still be polluting the waters for our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren.

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Merkel to put climate change at centre of G20 talks after Trump's Paris pullout

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 5:10am

German chancellor says Trump administration’s decision to quit Paris climate agreement means EU must show leadership on issue

Tackling climate change will be one of the central tasks of the upcoming Hamburg G20 summit of the world’s largest economies, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Thursday, following the US withdrawal from the Paris climate pact.

Merkel, who will host the gathering of global leaders in the northern port city, said the climate change scepticism of the Trump administration made it all the more important for the European Union to show leadership.

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Could a money-back scheme clean up the UK's plastic bottle plague?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 2:14am

Deposit return schemes for plastic bottles have been shown to cut litter and increase recycling in many countries – but not everyone agrees they’re a good idea

More than 4m plastic bottles a week could be prevented from littering streets and marine environments in Britain if authorities adopted the kind of deposit-return schemes that operate in at least a dozen other countries, according to new evidence.

A report for the last parliament that was never published suggests there could be a dramatic reduction in the number of bottles littered if people paid a deposit that would be refunded if they returned used bottles.

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News Brief: Cardinal Denies Sexual Assault Charges, Travel Ban Details

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/06/29 - 2:13am

Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to appear in an Australian court next month to face sexual assault charges. The Trump administration on Thursday will outline how the travel ban will work.

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Banks should disclose lending to companies with carbon-related risks, says report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/06/28 - 11:32pm

International climate task force says companies should disclose all of their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions

Banks should disclose lending to companies with carbon-related risks, according to recommendations in a new report by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

The TCFD report – part of a G20 initiative led by governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg – outlines how companies should disclose climate-related information in their financial filings, with the aim of allowing economies to properly value climate-related risks.

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The Bristol refill-reuse bottle campaign that is spreading across Europe

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/06/28 - 11:00pm

Natalie Fee left a job in television to focus on reducing plastic pollution. Her latest project, Refill, aims to make reusing a plastic bottle simpler than buying a new one and it’s catching on in cities from Bath to Bonn

Scrambling down the muddy riverbank, Natalie Fee frowns as she looks out across the River Avon. Three weeks earlier she had spent a day with other volunteers collecting hundreds of plastic bottles that were littering the river as it made its way to the sea. Now a new tide of plastic has returned.

“In a sense it is dispiriting,” says Fee as she starts to gather up the bottles strewn along the bank. “In another way, it just highlights how important it is we keep pushing ahead with the work we are doing.”

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How to live without plastic bottles ...

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/06/28 - 11:00pm

Our dependence on plastic has to end as we contribute to an estimated 12m tonnes entering our oceans, polluting marine life, every year

Staying hydrated is good for our health. But contributing to the ever growing mound of waste plastic is not only bad for the planet, but for our wellbeing too.

The global demand for plastic bottles, spurred on by the drinks industry, is wreaking havoc on the environment. Every year, about half a trillion new bottles are produced, and many billions end up in landfill, the sea or the environment.

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just as I suspected...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/06/28 - 5:19pm
He has been caught on camera two nights now...also making his way into the greenhouse.  I have a plan for his demise.  Manny shall be avenged.  94,102,70,0,B
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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/06/28 - 2:22pm

After years of failed attempts at cleaning up the dead zones, the Chesapeake Bay, once a national disgrace, is teeming with wildlife again. But success is fragile, and it might be even more so now.

(Image credit: Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR)

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