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Tensions rise at fracking site in UK after police and activists clashes

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/20 - 8:17am

Scuffles and accusations of aggression increase at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas exploration site near Blackpool

Tensions at Britain’s most high-profile fracking site have risen after an increase in violent clashes between protesters, security guards and police. One demonstrator said she had been left unconscious after a “pretty brutal” scuffle with security officers on Wednesday, and another activist fell from his wheelchair, the same day, when police officers pulled him out of the way of a 40-tonne lorry.

Both protesters said they planned to report the incidents that had occurred at energy firm Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, near Blackpool, to Lancashire police.

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Son of Cecil the lion killed by trophy hunter

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/20 - 7:50am

Six-year-old Xanda was shot and killed by hunters when he roamed outside the protected area of the Hwange national park in Zimbabwe

A son of Cecil the lion has been killed by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe, meeting the same fate as his father whose death in 2015 caused a global outcry.

Xanda was six years old and had fathered a number of cubs himself. He was shot on 7 July just outside the Hwange national park, not far from where Cecil died, but news of the death only became public on Thursday.

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Lawsuit aims to force EPA to crack down on air polluters in Texas

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/20 - 7:00am

Environmental groups accuse agency of turning blind eye as Texas ‘renders useless’ pollution controls by issuing lax permits for oil and gas facilities

Campaign groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to force it to clamp down on industrial air pollution in Texas.

Related: Texas companies penalized in less than 3% of illegal air pollution cases – report

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After He Spoke Out On Climate Change, Scientist Says He Was Demoted

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/07/20 - 5:11am

David Greene talks to Joel Clement, a former top climate policy official about why he was reassigned to a job in the accounting office at the Department of Interior.

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Scale of pangolin slaughter revealed – millions hunted in central Africa alone

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/20 - 4:00am

Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked wild mammal and decimated Asian populations have sharply shifted the focus of exploitation to Africa

The true scale of the slaughter of pangolins in Africa has been revealed by new research showing that millions of the scaly mammals are being hunted and killed.

Pangolins were already known to be the world’s most trafficked wild mammal, with at least a million being traded in the last decade to supply the demand for its meat and scales in Asian markets. Populations of Asian pangolins have been decimated, leaving the creatures highly endangered and sharply shifting the focus of exploitation to Africa’s four species.

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Building new coal-fired power stations should be market's decision, Turnbull says

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/07/20 - 12:13am

PM says there is a role for government but ‘the goal should always be for investment decisions to be made by the market’

Malcolm Turnbull says it is better the market decides whether or not to build a new coal-fired power station in Australia rather than delivering that outcome through government intervention.

The prime minister was asked at an economic forum in Melbourne on Thursday whether the government would intervene to see new coal plants constructed, or whether it would leave that decision to the market.

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Plastics campaign calls for grassroots action to cut pollution across the UK

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 11:00pm

Individuals, schools and businesses are urged to adopt a five point plan to help make their towns and cities free of single-use plastic

Communities across the UK are being urged to spread grass roots resistance to single-use plastic to reduce the millions of tonnes of it seeping into the oceans.

Local councils, schools and businesses will be targeted in the Plastic Free Coastlines campaign that aims to ape the movement to end the use of plastic bags.

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Bees under the macro lens – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 11:00pm

Summer’s here, and so are bees. These new macro images by Alejandro Santillana are being showcased in the Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin

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Wasteland: plastics campaign calls for grassroots action on pollution – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 11:00pm

In a film released by Surfers Against Sewage, narrated by the actor Imelda Staunton, the scale of the plastic waste that circulates on the currents of the world’s oceans is compared to a global nuclear security threat. The group is calling for people to adopt a five-point plan to reduce plastic pollution

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Asia's coal-fired power boom 'bankrolled by foreign governments and banks'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 10:28pm

The vast majority of newly built stations in Indonesia relied on export credits agencies or development banks, says study by Market Forces

The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector.

Environmental analysts at activist group Market Forces examined 22 deals involving 13.1 gigawatts of coal-fired power in Indonesia and found that 91% of the projects had the backing of foreign governments through export credit agencies or development banks.

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House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository – photo essay

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 10:00pm

Photographer Matthew Staver and writer Oliver Milman visited the US National Wildlife Property Repository, where illegal wildlife products, from stuffed tigers to worked ivory, are stored and counted

If the US had a national house of horrors, it would probably be the federal government compound that lies on the fringes of Denver, Colorado, incongruously set within a wildlife reserve where bison languorously dawdle against a backdrop of the snow-crowned Rockies.

The National Wildlife Property Repository, operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is a warehouse of the macabre. It’s a Noah’s ark of protected deceased biodiversity that smugglers attempted to get into the US before being caught by FWS staff at airports and ports.

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Hot dogs: rising heat makes it too hot for Africa’s wild dogs to hunt

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 10:00pm

The endangered wild dogs are well adapted to high temperatures but a warming world means pup survival is plummeting, study shows

Rising temperatures are making it too hot for African wild dogs to hunt and the number of their pups that survive is plummeting, according to a new study. The research is among the first to show a direct impact of increased heat on wildlife that appears well adapted to high temperatures.

There are only 7,000 African wild dogs left in the wild and they have lost 93% of their historic ranges to humans. Research earlier in July suggested that a “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is already under way.

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More locals join push to stop oil drilling in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 8:16pm

Holdfast Bay council wants moratorium on oil and gas exploration in bight over fears of ‘devastating impacts’ of oil spill

Local opposition to plans by multinational oil companies to drill in the Great Australian Bight has ratcheted up a notch after Holdfast Bay council passed a motion calling on the regulator to stop all such activity – the largest of five councils in the South Australian region to voice concern.

The move almost doubles the number of people living in councils opposed to drilling in the bight, bringing it to nearly 84,000 people in total, with the representatives of the roughly 38,000 people in Holdfast Bay adding their voices to those of Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla and Yorke Peninsula.

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Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 8:13pm

Joel Clement, who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis during the Obama administration, says in a newspaper op-ed that he was reassigned to an "accounting office."

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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solar project...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 3:28pm
Looks like I have something to keep me busy through the weekend.  I have committed to cooking a pizza when the film crew is here next Tuesday.  My big solar oven has been laying in the same spot since the stand broke last year.  A little welding and a lot of cleaning and it should be good to go.  Let's just hope we have a sunny day.  77,88,74,0,B
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Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 2:30pm

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."

(Image credit: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

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Plastic pollution risks 'near permanent contamination of natural environment'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 11:00am

First global analysis of all mass–produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or oceans

Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world’s continents and oceans, according to a new report.

The first global analysis of all mass–produced plastics has found that it has outstripped most other man-made materials, threatening a “near permanent contamination of the natural environment”.

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Fresh legal challenge looms over Adani mine risk to endangered finch

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 11:00am

Exclusive: Australian Conservation Foundation asks environment and energy minister to revoke Carmichael mine approval

A fresh legal challenge could be brewing for Adani’s planned Carmichael coalmine. New advice has found the federal environment minister’s approval of the mine may have been unlawful in light of new scientific evidence of its impacts on the endangered black-throated finch.

As a result, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has asked the federal minister for the environment and energy, Josh Frydenberg, revoke the approval and ask Adani to resubmit its plans for consideration.

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UK threatens to return radioactive waste to EU without nuclear deal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 10:42am

Brexit department warns EU counterparts it will ‘return waste to its country of origin’ if an agreement on nuclear cooperation cannot be reached

Britain has warned the EU that it could return boatloads of radioactive waste back to the continent if the Brexit talks fail to deliver an agreement on nuclear regulation.

In what is being taken in Brussels as a thinly veiled threat, a paper setting out the UK position for the negotiations stresses the right “to return radioactive waste … to its country of origin” should negotiations collapse.

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RSPB loses legal fight against £2bn offshore windfarm in Scotland

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 9:31am

Neart na Gaoithe project on east coast likely to go ahead after long-running court battle despite claim it threatens seabirds

A £2bn offshore windfarm in Scotland looks set to go ahead after the RSPB lost a long-running legal challenge against the plans, which the conservationists said threatened puffins, gannets and kittiwakes.

The Scottish government gave its consent to four major windfarms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014, but the RSPB launched a judicial review, saying it was extremely concerned at the impact on seabirds.

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