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Finland has far fewer wild wolves than previously thought, census shows

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 11:00pm

Data reveals there are 150 to 180 animals in Finland, where government awards licences to hunt them

Conservation groups have raised concerns over Finland’s wild wolf population after a new census found numbers far below those regarded as naturally sustainable.

Data from the Finnish National Resources Institute show there are currently only about 150 to 180 wolves living in Finland, where the government awards licences to hunt the animals.

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UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 10:58pm

Survey by Energy Institute finds industry professionals think policy is ‘on pause’ and warn Brexit is ‘material concern’

The UK’s ambitious target of slashing carbon emissions by more than half within 13 years is at risk because of government dithering on energy policy, industry professionals have warned.

A survey by the Energy Institute, the professional body for the energy sector, has found that four fifths of its members believe the UK is currently on track to miss the 2030 goal.

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Changing the course of history for Kenya's wildlife

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 8:30pm

Kenya’s wildlife numbers are plummeting. Reconnecting people to nature is key to the solution.

On May 31st Kenya celebrated the inauguration of the first phase of the new high-speed rail link from Mombasa to Nairobi. Now Kenyans can travel between the two largest cities quickly and cheaply. Accelerated movement of cargo and people will mean more trade, more income generation, and therefore, more jobs, and that’s good for our youthful nation.

Much less widely reported were results of studies by Dr Joseph Ogutu and colleagues at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which reveal that Kenya’s wildlife numbers are plummeting. Some of our most treasured animals, such as hirola, rhinos, cheetah, lions, and giraffe, are being pushed to the brink of extinction.

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Great Barrier Reef valued at A$56bn as report warns it's 'too big to fail'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 4:20pm

Deloitte Access Economics report says reef underpins 64,000 jobs and contributes A$6.4bn to economy each year

A new report has valued the Great Barrier Reef at A$56bn and warns of vast economic consequences for Australia unless more is done to protect it.

The Deloitte Access Economics report says the world heritage-listed reef underpins 64,000 direct and indirect jobs, and contributes $6.4bn to the national economy each year.

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The return of the giant hogweed: Country diary 100 years ago

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 2:30pm

Originally published in the Guardian on 1 July 1967

MACHYNLLETH: When a friend wrote recently and added a PS, “How’s that plant?” I knew that he meant the giant hogweed I described in this diary a year ago and which brought in more letters than anything I have ever mentioned. Last year’s plants duly disappeared but this year one has come up in a different place. It sowed itself at a path edge and for several weeks looked harmless enough. But suddenly it stretched out huge arms all round and now the path is quite blocked. Meanwhile its main stem is shooting up with equal speed and will soon be expanding massive umbels. I see it through the window as I write.

Related: Giant hogweed; digging deeper into the history of a 'killer weed'

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What Does It Take To Move A 10-Story Tree A Couple Of City Blocks?

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 12:50pm

That answer, as seen Sunday in Boise, Idaho: $300,000 and a lot of determination. St. Luke's Health System, which moved the historic sequoia, says it "was never even an option" to cut it down.

(Image credit: Rebecca Boone/AP)

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no yoke...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 12:31pm
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
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Activists ask consumer watchdog to investigate Acland mine ad campaign

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 11:00am

Lock the Gate and Oakey Coal Action Alliance say New Hope Group ad featuring logos of 40 other companies breaches consumer law

Opponents of a Queensland coal project have asked the consumer watchdog to investigate whether an embattled miner and up to 40 other companies broke the law with a “misleading” appeal for public support.

New Hope Group, whose New Acland project could become the first coal proposal in Queensland history to be refused mining licences, last week ran an advertising campaign claiming “thousands of jobs” would be lost unless the state government approved its expansion.

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As Trump moves to privatize America's national parks, visitor costs may rise

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 6:31am

Some are concerned that the proposed privatization of some public park services would drive up costs for visitors and fail to raise enough for repairs

America’s national parks need a staggering $11.5bn worth of overdue road and infrastructure repairs. But with the proposed National Park Service budget slashed by almost $400m, the Trump administration says it will turn to privatizing public park services to address those deferred maintenance costs.

“I don’t want to be in the business of running campgrounds,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said at a meeting of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association in Washington this month. This came after Donald Trump proposed cutting the Department of the Interior budget by 13%.

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People Of Coal-Rich Northern Cheyenne Torn Between Jobs And Sacred Culture

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/06/25 - 4:00am

Despite high unemployment and poverty, the tribe has never touched the billions of tons of coal underneath its land. But new opportunities from the Trump administration could change that.

(Image credit: Shane Thomas McMillan for NPR)

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The eco guide to performance wear

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 10:00pm

You’d expect mountain climbers to be great champions of the environment, but their high-performance clothing is a chemical nightmare

There’s a long-standing rivalry between surfers and climbers as to who is the greenest. For my money, surfers have the edge. They’ve influenced environmentalism at large, making their issues – sewage and plastic – ours.

Greenpeace has found noxious chemicals in the air around outdoor clothing shops

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oh the irony...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 5:02pm
Kind of ironic that I just posted a video of the state of my water supply while Study Butte / Terlingua is under a water emergency due to problems with the municipal water system.  Did a supply run to Alpine yesterday which included picking up over 28 gallons of bottled water for a neighbor who has no catchment in place.  Also looks like my kitchen has relapsed into its' natural state of chaos.  Stay tuned for an upcoming time lapse video on my channel of the transformation back to order.  89,91,73, .01",W
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Crisis in Britain’s coastal villages as local fishing communities fight for survival

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 4:05pm
As tourists pour in, global forces push local fishermen out

It is hard to think of a more faithful depiction of the English fishing village than the scene that greets the visitor to Porthleven in Cornwall: the early summer sun glints off the water, holidaymakers throng the quayside restaurants, enjoying the fresh fish unloaded by the fishermen toiling in their boats.

Yet some argue that things are not what they seem. They say that none of the fish sold at the restaurants or cafés offering “fresh local fish” is caught by the town’s fishermen. Instead it is brought in by van from wholesalers in Newlyn, 15 miles away. And of the boats bobbing in the water, only three are commercial fishing boats. Of those, one fisherman is retiring this year and the other two are ready to call it a day.

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'Rewilding' Australia: not only do we need the outback, the outback needs us

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 3:01pm

Even in vast natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land

Only a small number of vast natural landscapes remain on Earth – wild regions where ecological processes function normally and movements of wildlife remain largely unfettered by the fragmentation of habitats. These few places include the Amazon basin, the boreal forests of Canada, tundra of Siberia, the Sahara Desert, and the Australian Outback.

It has become increasingly apparent to modern science what Indigenous people have understood for centuries: that even in these large, natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land.

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Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 12:10pm
A WWF appeal aims to highlight the threat of habitat destruction and climate change on wild populations

In February, Pavel Fomenko was told that the body of a young female tiger had been discovered underneath a car parked outside the town of Luchegorsk, in eastern Russia. Fomenko – head of rare species conservation for WWF Russia – took the corpse for examination where he uncovered the grim details of the animal’s death.

Related: The Siberian tiger protector - in pictures

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The Siberian tiger protector - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 9:30am

Photographer Antonio Olmos travelled to the Russian far east to document the work of Pavel Fomenko, a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with the World Wildlife Fund

You can become a tiger protector with the WWF here

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Invasive Asian carp found near Great Lakes beyond electrified barrier

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 9:26am

The fish was found miles past a barrier designed to keep it from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US

An Asian carp has been found just miles from the Great Lakes, beyond an electrified barrier designed to keep the invasive species from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US.

The fish, weighing 8lbs and measuring 28in, was found by a monitoring team in a waterway nine miles from Lake Michigan, Illinois state officials said on Friday. The carp was sent to Southern Illinois University for further analysis.

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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 7:48am

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

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New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 7:00am
  • Mitch Landrieu says cities will lead as federal government is ‘paralysed’
  • NYC’s de Blasio backs push as Miami Beach shows anti-sea rise work

US cities will lead national policy on climate change after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans said at an annual meeting in Florida.

Related: The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

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Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/06/24 - 6:02am

Changes to building codes in some U.S. jurisdictions may allow the use of siding similar to that of Grenfell Tower in London. A fire at the apartment building killed at least 79 people last week.

(Image credit: Niklas Halle'n /AFP/Getty Images)

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