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Animal welfare groups call for higher standards for farmed chickens

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/01/13 - 12:01am

Retailers and restaurants urged to sign up to new cross-European guidelines amid growing concerns over cruelty in intensive meat production

New welfare standards for farmed chickens have been demanded by a large coalition of European animal protection groups, including the RSPCA, in a bid to address growing concerns about inhumane conditions in the intensive and large-scale production of meat.

Supermarkets and restaurants are being urged to sign up to the new blueprint, which represents the first time a single set of requirements has been agreed on across the continent.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 4:14pm
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Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 2:54pm

A new study says unusual patterns of the polar jet stream circling the Northern Hemisphere may have led to dramatic weather in Europe and North America.

(Image credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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California Woman Shares Story Of Mudslide Survival

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 2:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Rita Bourbon, who survived the California mudslides in her home, but sadly found her neighbor's body in her backyard.

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It's Becoming Increasingly Hard For California Homeowners To Get Insurance

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 2:16pm

Insurance companies are increasingly dropping homeowners in California because of wildfire risk. There's concern the problem will grow worse after this year's destructive fire season.

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Southern California Hillsides Remain Vulnerable After Deadly Mudslides

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 12:47pm

Deadly mudslides occured in Santa Barbara County, Calif., after heavy rain pushed debris down fire-scarred hillsides. If it rains again, more debris could be swept down the mountains.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 12:00pm

Col McKenzie calls on government to stop funding work of Terry Hughes, saying tourists ‘won’t do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead’

A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef’s leading researchers “a dick”, blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state’s greatest natural asset.

Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great Barrier Reef, has written to the federal government asking it to stop funding the work of Professor Terry Hughes, claiming his comments were “misleading” and damaging the tourism industry.

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A hollow ring to Theresa May’s pledge on plastics | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 11:25am
Theresa May’s new green strategy lacks regulatory bite, says Ray Georgeson, and, according to Maureen Evershed, is short on humility. Stephen Sibbald reckons an important problem has been ignored, while Peter Hames and Ros Cayton suggest ways to stamp out non-biodegradable coffee cups

Ian Paul (Letters, 12 January), referring to plastics recycling, asks: “Surely we should urge government and private industry to build and develop plants to deal with the problem now, before we are knee-deep in bottles?” He is right, but we had started on this more than a decade ago, with world-leading recycling technology investment in plastic bottle recycling at Closed Loop in Dagenham, part funded by the government’s Wrap (Waste and Resources Action Programme) organisation, which produced the material to include recycled content in plastic milk bottles.

This was a world first, establishing the use of recycled material in food-grade packaging. It foundered when the voluntary agreement between the dairies, brands, retailers and bottle-makers to use recycled content collapsed when the oil price fell and virgin material became much cheaper. Government failed to intervene to save the plant and the investment, for the sake of a price differential representing 0.1p on the cost of a two-litre milk bottle. All those responsible blamed each other, and the nation lost significant recycling capacity.

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Vicar unchained from tree after protest against HS2 work at Euston

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 8:44am

Dozen of planes near central London station to be felled in preparation for high-speed rail link development

A protesting priest has been voluntarily unchained from one of 200 trees around Euston that HS2 is felling in preparation for the high-speed rail line.

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Tim Kruger: How Do We Slow Climate Change Before It's Too Late?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 7:27am

To tackle climate change, geoengineer Tim Kruger is developing technology that could remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere. But he says it takes unprecedented cooperation to make it work.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 7:00am

Rockhopper penguins, bleeding heart baboons and a flying fox are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Norway backs EU fishing policies remaining during Brexit transition

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 6:38am

North Sea curbs to last at least 21 months despite Michael Gove’s suggestion Britain would take back control of its waters

The EU’s insistence that quotas under the common fisheries policy for the seas around the UK will remain in force during a Brexit transition period has been backed up by the Norwegian government, dealing a fresh blow for Downing Street.

Pers Sandberg, the Norwegian fisheries minister, said he expected talks between the EU, UK and Norway over fishing rights to be complex and likely to conclude at the end of a transition period.

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Armed raid on nuclear workers' housing raises fears over Brazil's two reactors

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/01/12 - 12:15am

Brazil is one of three Latin American countries with nuclear power. It also suffers from violent crime. Now a heavily armed gang has brought the two together

Fears over the security of Brazil’s two nuclear power plants have been raised after a heavily armed gang raided a secure workers’ condominium just a kilometre away and blew up two cash machines.

About 10 men held security guards hostage at around 3am on Monday, robbed guests at a party in a private club then escaped in a waiting speedboat from the Praia Brava condominium for workers at the Angra 1 and 2 nuclear reactors, run by state company Eletronuclear.

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Australia and New Zealand at loggerheads over manuka honey trademark

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 9:43pm

Australian beekeepers have challenged a UK ruling giving their trans-Tasman rivals sole rights to use the coveted term

A trans-Tasman fight has erupted over which country has the right to claim lucrative manuka honey as its own.

Manuka honey is produced from bees feeding on the pollen of the Leptospermum scoparium plant; known as “manuka” in New Zealand, and “tea tree” in Australia.

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Conservationists decry NSW shark net trial after protected species caught and killed

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 7:13pm

One bull shark caught during November and December period along with marine turtles and rays

New South Wales shark nets caught just one targeted shark but continued to kill protected species this summer, a result environmentalists have described as “unfathomable”.

Figures released this week from a trial of shark nets on northern NSW’s beaches show they have caught a single bull shark in November and December.

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Blast from the past...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 5:43pm
Had a great visit on Sunday from one of my old grade school friends...Pat McGee.  I haven't seen him in 43 years!  I grew up with him from 3rd grade through freshman year of high school in Tell City, Indiana. My family moved to North Carolina in 1975.  I have since caught up with a bunch of my old Hoosier friends on Facebook.  On his way west, he visited another one of our mutual friends (Kevin Kast) who lives in Louisiana now.  Kevin sent along 5 lbs of shrimp for me, fresh from the Gulf of Mexico!  Both these guys are avid fishermen now...one of many things I missed out on once we moved.  46,62,51,0,W 
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Brown snake bite kills man who tried to defend dog

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 5:23pm

Despite administration of antivenom, 24-year-old died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in NSW backyard

A man is dead after he was bitten by a brown snake while trying to help his dog in the north-west of New South Wales.

The 24-year-old was rushed to hospital by a family member but died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in a backyard in Tamworth on Wednesday night.

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How Firewood Is Faring In Vermont After Severe Cold Spell

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 2:16pm

When New England experiences severe cold weather, rural homes quickly burn through a precious wintertime commodity: firewood. After the latest cold spell, NPR looks at how Vermonters' woodpiles are faring, and what the rest of the the winter will hold.

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Search Continues In California For Missing People After Mudslides

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 2:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Capt. Sara Rathbun of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's search and rescue team about the mudslides in Santa Barbara, Calif. The mudslides have killed at least 17 people.

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'A really big deal': New York City's fossil fuel divestment could spur global shift

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/01/11 - 12:58pm

Economists say city’s status as financial and cultural giant means move to sever ties with fossil fuel will catalyze others in US and around the world to follow

New York City’s decision to sever ties with its fossil fuel investments is set to prove a catalyst to other cities in the face of the Trump administration’s staunch support for coal, oil and gas interests, according to several leading economists.

On Wednesday, city officials announced that New York was to divest its pension funds of about $5bn in fossil fuel-linked money over the next five years. New York’s total pension fund for its teachers, firefighters and other city workers is worth about $189bn.

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