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Pennsylvania nuns oppose fracking gas pipeline through 'holy' land

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

Catholic order builds chapel in middle of cornfield in attempt to use religious freedom protections to block Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania are resisting plans to build a $3bn pipeline for gas obtained by fracking through its land by creating a rudimentary chapel along the proposed route and launching a legal challenge, citing religious freedom.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ order has filed a complaint against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a bid to keep the pipeline off their land. The nuns’ lawyers argue in court papers that a decision by FERC to force them to accommodate the pipeline is “antithetical to the deeply held religious beliefs and convictions of the Adorers”.

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The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 9:16am

Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College

Once the engine of the Industrial Revolution and employer of nearly 1.2 million people, the fall of old king coal in the UK has been precipitous.

Only five years ago, the fuel was generating more than 40% of the UK’s electricity, but new analysis by Imperial College London reveals coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017.

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Cornish village begins clean-up work after torrential rain and floods

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 9:10am

Scene in Coverack ‘devastating’ as forecasters warn of more potential flooding in parts of England and Wales

Dazed residents in a Cornish fishing village have begun a huge clean-up operation following a flash flood that saw a torrent of water more than a metre deep rip up roads and damage 50 properties.

As forecasters warned of more potential flooding in parts of England and Wales on Wednesday, the scene at Coverack on the Lizard peninsula was described as devastating.

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'Extreme And Aggressive' California Wildfires Force Thousands To Evacuate

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 8:48am

The Detwiler Fire has already burned approximately 45,000 acres and is just 7 percent contained. "I haven't seen these conditions in a long time," said a Cal Fire spokesman.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Late-night hosts on US healthcare: 'Hard to overstate the level of failure'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 8:32am

Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers discussed the failure of the Republican healthcare plan and rollback of environmental regulations

Late-night hosts addressed the GOP healthcare bill on Tuesday night, which collapsed after four Republican senators came out in opposition to it.

“Trumpcare is no more,” Trevor Noah of Comedy Central began. “I don’t know why we’re surprised. We all knew the words Trump and care were never destined to be together.”

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Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 3:00am

Trump has been paralyzed on healthcare and tax reform, but his administration has been active in eroding safeguards and protections elsewhere

Given all that Donald Trump promised the business world during his bombastic campaign, it’s tempting to dismiss the president’s first six months with a “meh”. It would also be myopic.

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Climate denial is like The Matrix; more Republicans are choosing the red pill | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 3:00am

The wall of Republican climate denial is starting to crack; who will be the Neo that accelerates the process?

Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt wants to hold televised ‘Red Team/Blue Team’ climate science ‘debates.’ The idea is that a ‘Red Team’ of scientists will challenge the mainstream findings of ‘Blue Team’ scientists. That may sound familiar, because it’s exactly how the peer-review process works. But climate deniers have lost the debate in the peer-reviewed literature, with over 97% of peer-reviewed studies endorsing the consensus on human-caused global warming, and the few contrarian papers being flawed and failing to withstand scientific scrutiny.

So Scott Pruitt is trying to put his thumb on the scale, giving the less than 3% of contrarian scientists equal footing on a ‘Red Team.’ John Oliver showed how to do a statistically representative televised climate debate (so brilliantly that it’s been viewed 7.4m times), but it’s probably not what Pruitt had in mind:

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Drax looking at 'coal-free future' as it reveals £83m pre-tax loss

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 2:33am

Operator of UK’s largest power station says it is considering switching one of three remaining coal-fired units to gas

The operator of the UK’s largest power station has seen its share price slide after it posted a pre-tax loss of £83m in the first half of the year despite increasing earnings by 73%.

Drax Group, which runs a coal and biomass plant in North Yorkshire, boosted its earnings to £121m from £70m last year, due to its acquisition of the business energy supplier Opus Energy.

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Mercedes recalls 3m diesel cars over emissions concerns

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 2:12am

Daimler acts to reduce nitrogen oxide output as diesel emissions remain under scrutiny in wake of VW scandal

Almost every new Mercedes-Benz diesel car bought in the UK during the past six years is being recalled to improve their emissions performance.

Germany’s Daimler, which makes the vehicles, said the measure to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) output, which will cost the company about €220m (£195m), would involve no cost to owners.

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Warning of more UK floods after helicopter rescues in Cornwall

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 1:34am

Flooding in Cornish coastal village of Coverack described as horrendous, and further deluges possible further north

Much of England and Wales has been warned to prepare for more stormy weather and localised flooding after several people in Cornwall had to be rescued from flash floods overnight.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused “devastating” flooding in the coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall on Tuesday, with about 50 homes and businesses affected. Met Office forecasters put in place a yellow warning, the lowest of the three weather warnings, for most of the rest of Wednesday and said that as much as two-thirds of a month’s average rainfall could come down in a few hours.

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Brilliant display as giant Australian cuttlefish mass off South Australia – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 1:33am

Every winter thousands of giant Australian cuttlefish gather to breed in a stretch of shallow, rocky water off Point Lowly in South Australia. The phenomenon, known as an aggregation, is the only known instance of cuttlefish gathering in such large numbers – it is estimated there can be more than 150,000 in a 10km stretch of water – and has become a tourist as well as scientific attraction. This video, taken by mpaynecreative.tv, captures male cuttlefish as they display their brightest pigments in a bid to attract females. It is not known why the giant Cuttlefish aggregate in this area particularly but it is believed they are likely attracted to the shallow rocky area along the coast as it provides optimal habitat to lay their eggs. Video courtesy of mpaynecreative.tv

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Homes evacuated as Cornwall hit by flash floods

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/07/19 - 12:37am

Emergency services tell people to avoid Coverack area and not to drive through flood waters after violent storms on Tuesday afternoon

Dozens of homes have been evacuated on the south coast of Cornwall as flash floods sweep through the county after violent thunderstorms on Tuesday afternoon.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue told people to avoid the Coverack area because of “major flooding”.

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Eager beavers experts at recreating wildlife-rich wetlands, study reveals

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 10:30pm

Four re-introduced beavers in Scotland engineered a network of dams, canals and ponds that left the landscape ‘unrecognisable’ from the original drained pasture

The extraordinary ability of eager beavers to engineer degraded land into wildlife-rich wetlands has been revealed by a new study in Scotland.

Scientists studied the work of a group of four re-introduced beavers over a decade and found their water engineering prowess created almost 200m of dams, 500m of canals and an acre of ponds. The result was a landscape “almost unrecognisable” from the original pasture that was drained over 200 years ago, with the number of plant species up by nearly 50% and richly varied habitats established across the 30 acre site.

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MH370 search maps shed light on remote depths of Indian Ocean

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 10:18pm

Australian team failed to find missing Malaysia Airlines plane but images show ocean floor’s mountains, rift valleys and shipwrecks in unprecedented detail

Detailed ocean-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents.

Related: Why hasn't MH370 been found?

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Third-hottest June puts 2017 on track to make hat-trick of hottest years

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 10:12pm

June 2017 was beaten only by June in 2015 and 2016, leaving experts with little hope for limiting warming to 1.5C or even 2C

Last month was the third-hottest June on record globally, temperature data suggest, confirming 2017 will almost certainly make a hat-trick of annual climate records, with 2015, 2016 and 2017 being the three hottest years since records began.

The figures also cement estimations that warming is now at levels not seen for 115,000 years, and leave some experts with little hope for limiting warming to 1.5C or even 2C.

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Sustainable British cod on the menu after stocks recover

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 9:30pm

A recovery from near total collapse has led North Sea cod stocks to be labelled as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council for the first time in 20 years

Fish and chip lovers can now enjoy North Sea cod with a clear conscience, after the fishery was awarded sustainable status by the Marine Stewardship Council on Wednesday.

Stocks of cod in the North Sea were once one of the world’s great fisheries but plummeted by 84% between the early 1970s and 2006. They came perilously close to the total collapse seen in the Grand Banks fishery off Canada in the early 1990s, which has still not recovered.

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Australian local councils lead the way in tackling climate change as federal policy stalls

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 5:59pm

Thirty-five councils pledge to switch renewable energy, maximise public transport use and develop more climate-resilient communities

Local councils across Australia are taking climate action into their own hands as climate policy paralysis plagues the federal government.

Thirty-five have pledged to switch to renewable energy, build sustainable transport, and develop greener, efficient and more climate-resilient communities.

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plenty of room...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 4:21pm
Looks like it will take at least one more big storm before I won't be able to squeak by.  The rest of the road is all dry now and clear sailing for at least the next week.  87,94,71,0,B
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Want To Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look To Family Planning

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 1:17pm

A recent study shows that the biggest way to reduce climate change is to have fewer children, but, says one of its authors, the report isn't meant to tell people how to plan their futures.

(Image credit: NASA)

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Ecuador risks Opec split by increasing oil output

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/07/18 - 10:25am

Move represents a tiny proportion of world production, but could embolden others to rethink their commitment to cuts

Ecuador has become the first country to publicly admit it will not meet Opec’s production curbs, saying it needs to pump more oil to address its fiscal deficit.

The South American country’s promised cut of 26,000 barrels of oil a day is a tiny drop in the 1.8m b/d that the cartel recently agreed to curb until early 2018, but the decision is still the first crack in the deal’s unity.

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