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What is the Green New Deal and how would it benefit society?

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 5:43am

Republicans call it a ‘social manifesto’, environmental groups hail it, and some say it doesn’t go far enough

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, along with dozens of co-sponsors, have introduced a vision for the Green New Deal. One Republican called it a “socialist manifesto”. Many environmental advocacy groups have hailed it, but some say it doesn’t go far enough. Others warn that its broad scope and the long list of progressive social programs it endorses could hinder its climate efforts.

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Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 4:04am

Experts deployed to remove dozens of hungry bears besieging Novaya Zemlya

Analysis: what the polar bears reveal about the climate crisis

Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.

The move came after officials in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, with a population of about 3,000 people, appealed for help.

“There’s never been such a mass invasion of polar bears,” said Zhigansha Musin, the head of the local administration. “They have literally been chasing people.”

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Bourke cotton farmers to challenge water laws they are accused of breaching

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 1:09am

Trial of Peter and Jane Harris, accused of illegal pumping from Barwon-Darling river, set to become a test of NSW regime

A landmark trial of prominent Bourke cotton farmers accused of illegal pumping from the Barwon-Darling when the river was low is set to become a test of the robustness of New South Wales’s water laws.

Michael Elliott SC foreshadowed in the NSW Land and Environment Court today that the defendants, Peter and Jane Harris, would challenge every aspect of the state’s water laws they are accused of breaching, including the accuracy of the government’s water gauges and administrative procedures followed.

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Hunter Valley coalmine ruling buoys other anti-mine campaigners

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 12:17am

Bylong Valley residents hope Rocky Hill decision will sway state commission to reject proposed open-cut mine

Activists and residents fighting against a proposed coalmine in central New South Wales are hoping last week’s historic judgment in the Rocky Hill case will sway the state’s Independent Planning Commission to reject the project.

The NSW land and environment court ruled last week Gloucester Resources’ Rocky Hill coalmine in the state’s Hunter Valley should not go ahead, in part because of its social impact on the town of Gloucester and because a new coalmine was not compatible with Australia’s commitments under the Paris agreement.

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The barefoot engineers of Malawi – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/02/11 - 12:00am

Eight women from rural Malawi travelled to India to train as solar engineers. Now they are lighting the way for their communities, in a country where just 10% of households are powered by electricity

Photographs by Peter Caton/VSO

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The win to stop the Rocky Hill coalmine happened in the right place and just in time | Elaine Johnson

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 7:51pm

The reasons the mine was rejected have made international news. So how did we get here?

On Friday, as Tasmanian forests continued to burn, Queensland faced unprecedented floods, and New South Wales remained in drought, a crowd quietly gathered in a Sydney court room.

Nervous excitement filled the room as it overflowed with people eager to hear the outcome of our client’s case. Tears began to flow as the court delivered its verdict – the Rocky Hill coalmine planned for the beautiful Gloucester Valley was refused.

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The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 4:45pm
Matthew 13 : 9 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!"10 His disciples came and asked him, "Why do you always tell stories when you talk to the people?" 11 Then he explained to them, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. 12 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I tell these stories, because people see what I do, but they don't really see. They hear what I say, but they don't really hear, and they don't understand. 14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: 'You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning. 15 For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes -- so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.'
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Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 11:00am

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

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How To Get Meat Eaters To Eat More Plant-Based Foods? Make Their Mouths Water

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 5:00am

Vegetable-based dishes may be better for the Earth but don't always sound seductive on menus. Marketers, researchers and food chains think they know how to get meat lovers to make the swap more often.

(Image credit: Westend61/Getty Images)

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Coalition warned its energy 'big stick' could scare away genuine investors

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 3:00am

‘Cool heads’ not ‘politicking’ needed to bolster Australia’s electricity network, Grattan Institute says

“Cool-headed policy” not “panic and politicking” is the answer to Australia’s future energy issues, a new report has found.

But government underwriting of new power-generation investment – a key Coalition energy policy – could hinder, not help the bid to bolster network reliability, the researchers warned, by scaring away “genuine potential investors”.

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Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/02/10 - 1:00am
Thousands of pupils set to be absent on 15 February, putting schools on the spot

Headteachers across the country will this week be faced with a tricky dilemma: should they allow their pupils to go on strike?

Thousands of schoolchildren are expected to absent themselves from school on Friday to take part in a series of coordinated protests drawing attention to climate change.

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Townsville flooding: rescue crew search for missing man

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 8:17pm

Police search murky water for 35-year-old as rainfall in Queensland’s north eases

A man remains missing in flood waters in north Queensland as police continue to search the area.

The 35-year-old Townsville man was one of three on board a boat at Groper Creek when it crashed into a submerged jetty close to Hinkson Esplanade about 5.35pm on Friday.

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The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 4:09pm
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Wilderness Society to target Abbott, Frydenberg and Hunt in federal election

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 2:00pm

Society says ‘it’s up to voters to work out what politicians they want to make into threatened species’

The Wilderness Society will target former environment ministers Greg Hunt and Josh Frydenberg and former prime minister Tony Abbott in its first major federal election campaign in a decade.

After a summer in which temperature records tumbled and up to a million fish died in in the Lower Darling, climate change and the environment are front and centre in voters’ minds before the expected May election, according to conservation groups and the major parties’ internal polling.

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Seattle's Unusually Frigid Temperatures And Heavy Snowfall To Stretch Into The Week

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/02/09 - 11:32am

A rare winter storm in Washington state prompted its governor to declare a state of emergency. More than 200 flights were canceled on Friday and drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.

(Image credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 6:23pm
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'Wiped out before our eyes': Hawaii offers bold plan to stop shark killings

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 4:00pm

Proposed law would protect any shark or ray in state waters and be first of its kind in US

Sharks could soon become more numerous in Hawaii waters – and advocates say that’s a good thing.

Lawmakers in Honolulu advanced a proposed ban on killing sharks in state waters on Wednesday, after receiving hundreds of calls and letters of support from around the country. The law, which would provide sweeping protection for any shark, rather than select species, could be the first of its kind in the United States.

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Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 12:46pm

How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

(Image credit: Jes Aznar for NPR)

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Brexit as disruptive as disease outbreak, says farmers' leader

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 11:11am

NFU’s Minette Batters says ‘inept parliament’ forcing firms to spend millions to prepare

Farmers are finding preparing for Brexit as disruptive as a major disease outbreak, and food companies are in danger of moving out of the UK or scaling back their investment, a farming leader has warned.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union, said: “Millions are being spent every day in no-deal planning and contingency plans for the food industry. Businesses are having to invest so much money to protect us from an inept parliament. This will break some businesses.”

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/02/08 - 9:06am

Savage, climate change and the latest on Venezuela are some of the things that made headlines this week.

(Image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

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