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Adani: It all looks dodgy as hell and none of it has been explained properly | First Dog on the Moon

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 10:19pm

You deserve better, Queensland, even though you don’t seem to think you do

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Sussan Ley: I'll be an environmentalist as minister

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 5:31pm

MP says she’s prepared to fight for her portfolio – and a priority will be cutting ‘green tape’ for big projects

The new environment minister, Sussan Ley, has declared herself an “environmentalist”, saying she is prepared to fight for the environment around the cabinet table even when colleagues disagree with her.

Ley, who welcomed the Queensland government’s decision on Thursday to give the green light to the Adani coalmine, told Guardian Australia she wanted to see more action on recycling, threatened species and biodiversity protection, and a greater focus on individual action to achieve a better environment.

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Mich. Prosecutors Drop Charges In Flint Water Investigation, But Promise New Probe

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 4:19pm

Prosecutors say the original criminal investigation into Flint's drinking water scandal was compromised by a failure to pursue all available evidence.

(Image credit: Carlos Osorio/AP)

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Got Shade?

The Field Lab - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 2:08pm
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Why Your Local Weather Forecast Is Going To Get Better

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 12:14pm

"Virtually any aspect of the weather forecast — whether it is temperature, or precipitation — will see overall improvement with this upgrade," a National Weather Service scientist said.

(Image credit: NOAA/Screenshot by NPR)

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Frozen wolf's head found in Siberia is 40,000 years old

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 11:29am

Fur, teeth and tissue largely intact on remains of animal bigger than a modern wolf

The severed head of a wolf that died about 40,000 years ago has been found in Siberia, and because of the freezing conditions, the remains are so well preserved that the fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact.

Pavel Yefimov, a local resident, discovered the head last summer on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh river close to the Arctic Circle in the region of Yakutia, according to the Siberian Times.

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Activists to ramp up pressure on companies over climate during AGM season

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 11:00am

Companies face hostile shareholders as Westpac acknowledges a ‘variance’ with Business Council of Australia

Activist groups are stepping up their efforts to lobby Australia’s biggest companies on climate policy as the corporate sector prepares for the annual general meeting season.

Some of Australia’s best-known companies could face hostile shareholder resolutions at their annual meetings in the spring as the battle over climate policy moves into the country’s boardrooms.

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UK to be left with five coal power stations after latest closure

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 9:11am

News comes as National Grid announces greenest winter for energy use after mild weather

The UK’s race to increase renewable energy sources has intensified with the announcement of plans to close another coal-fired power station.

The news on Thursday came as last winter was revealed to be the greenest yet for the country’s energy system, after strong winds produced more renewable electricity and coal-fired power dwindled.

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From Henry Ford To Elon Musk: The Past, Present And Future Of Cars

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/06/13 - 8:20am

Beep beep. Honk.

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Adani cleared to start Carmichael coalmine work as groundwater plans approved

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 8:43pm

Queensland government decision means company can begin work on mine site, but other federal approvals still required before coal extraction can begin

Adani has been cleared to start work on its Carmichael coalmine after the Queensland government approved the company’s plans for groundwater management.

Queensland’s coordinator general posted the decision on Thursday afternoon.

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World’s fattest parrot, the endangered kākāpō, could be wiped out by fungal infection

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 5:57pm

Seven of the birds native to New Zealand have died, with just 142 adults remaining

The world’s fattest parrot is facing an existential threat in the form of a dangerous fungal infection which has already endangered a fifth of its species.

Seven of New Zealand’s native kākāpō have died in recent months after falling victim to the respiratory disease aspergillosis. The latest was on Tuesday, where a 100-day-old chick died at the Auckland Zoo.

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The Pentagon emits more greenhouse gases than Portugal, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 5:46pm

Pentagon released 59m metric tons of carbon dioxide and other warming gases in 2017, research shows

The United States creates more planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions through its defense operations alone than industrialized countries such as Sweden and Portugal, researchers said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon, which oversees the US military, released about 59m metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in 2017, according to the first study to compile such comprehensive data, published by Brown University.

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UK flower-growing industry in full bloom and worth £121m

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 4:01pm

Homegrown stems accounted for 14% of £865m worth of flowers sold in Britain last year

The British-grown flower industry is now worth £121m – up from £82m in 2015 – following years of decline owing to imported stems, figures reveal.

Last year homegrown flowers accounted for 14% of the £865m worth of all stems sold in the UK, compared with 12% three years ago, according to a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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roof sheathing

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 3:15pm
Had a couple of rain days off.  Got the roof sheathing up over the living area today...porches tomorrow. 84,91,66,0,C
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Onshore wind farms in UK could cut £50 a year off energy bills

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 2:00pm

Government urged to overturn effective ban to help meet ambitious climate targets

Government ministers face rising calls to lift their block on onshore wind farms to help meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets while reducing home energy bills.

Some of Europe’s largest energy investors have urged the government to overturn an effective ban on new onshore wind farms in England, warning that it may be stifling a flood of investment into the UK’s clean energy sector.

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Federal Land Managers Propose Rule Change To Fast Track Forest Management Projects

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 1:54pm

The Trump administration is proposing sweeping rule changes to an environmental law that would allow for the fast tracking of forest management projects, including more logging and tree thinning.

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Wildland Firefighters Face Growing Danger As Fires Increase In Intensity, Frequency

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 1:22pm

Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

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Chemical companies at centre of Guardian's Cancer Town series face state legal action

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 11:47am

Exclusive: Louisiana agency poised to sue companies associated with neoprene plant over alleged Clean Air Act violations

Louisiana’s environment agency is poised to sue the two chemical companies associated with America’s only neoprene plant in the town of Reserve, the Guardian has learned. The legal action relates to alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and Louisiana state environmental laws.

The news comes a month after the Guardian launched a year-long reporting project from Reserve, called Cancer Town, that tracks residents’ struggle for clean air and reports from other parts of the New Orleans-Baton Rouge corridor known colloquially as Cancer Alley.

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The Guardian view on net zero emissions: better late than never | Editorial

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 10:24am

Announcing a target to cut greenhouse gases by at least 100% below 1990 levels in 2050 is a necessary step to tackle the climate emergency. But it won’t be enough on its own

One of Theresa May’s most consequential decisions of her unhappy premiership is to set a legally binding target for the UK to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. If it were to be achieved, this would mark the end of Britain’s contribution to global warming, apart from the those emissions “exported” by buying products made abroad. It is undoubtedly a very good thing that her successor will not only be left with draft laws to enact, but also with raised public expectation that they do so.

Mrs May’s decision comes not a moment too soon. The influential BP review of worldwide energy use estimates that global CO2 emissions grew by 2% in 2018, the fastest growth for seven years. This country ought to reach net-zero emissions before the middle of the century. Clear policy direction is essential to change the way we produce, distribute and consume energy. The cleaning of the British economy can be traced back to the landmark decision by the European Union in 2007 to implement “20-20-20” green targets: reducing greenhouse gases by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020; for 20% of energy consumption to come from renewables; and 20% reduction in energy use. The impact has been dramatic.

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What will it take for the UK to reach net zero emissions?

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/06/12 - 10:06am

We will have to change almost everything, from our homes to our meals

The net zero carbon target will require sweeping changes to almost every aspect of British life, affecting our homes, food and the way we get around, as well as jobs and businesses across the board. Ministers hope there will be health benefits and improvements to the natural environment along the way, as well as helping to stave off the global climate emergency.

On some of the key areas where rapid change is needed, however, the signals so far have been mixed.

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