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‘Atmospheric rivers’ threaten new floods in hard-hit Washington state

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/27 - 1:27pm

Western areas still assessing millions of dollars’ worth of damage from flooding earlier this month

Residents in Washington state were on Saturday preparing for possible flooding as “atmospheric rivers” once again threatened parts of the US north-west, which saw heavy damage from such extreme weather earlier this month.

Flood watches were issued for much of western and north-central Washington and the National Weather Service (NWS) warned that flooding was possible through Sunday in north-western Washington.

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/11/27 - 8:30am

The amount of stupid people in the world is the reason the pandemic is going on much longer than it had to and why so many people are dying unnecessarily.  The stupidity is getting worse... 

covid parties, de-vaccination, purebloods.

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Succession’s plot twist prompts surge of interest in leaving money in wills to Greenpeace

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/27 - 8:00am

When Cousin Greg was disinherited by his grandfather in favour of the environmental group, inquiries about such legacies soared

In one bewildering and painful scene in the hit TV drama Succession, Cousin Greg sees his future of ease and wealth turn to dust. His grandfather, Ewan, announces he is giving away his entire fortune to Greenpeace, depriving Greg of his inheritance.

Now Greenpeace is hoping to benefit in real life as well as in the fictional world of the media conglomerate Waystar Royco. Thousands of people have looked into leaving money to the environmental group since the darkly comic storyline about Cousin Greg losing his inheritance and then threatening to sue the organisation was broadcast. More than 22,000 people have accessed online advice about making donations in their wills to Greenpeace. The group’s legacy webpage has also seen a tenfold surge in traffic since the episode was first broadcast earlier this month.

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Invasive green crabs are threatening local species. The solution? Eat them

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2021/11/27 - 6:00am

Invasive green crabs are harming habitats in the pacific northwest. A solution? Researchers say catch 'em and eat 'em. Scott Simon talks with marine scientist Shon Schooler.

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Bulb chief used government advisory role to ‘brief against’ rivals

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2021/11/27 - 1:00am

Collapsed supplier used access to ministers to criticise competitors’ green credentials and exaggerate its own

Collapsed energy supplier Bulb Energy appears to have used its role advising ministers on green business to exaggerate its own environmental credentials, while playing down rivals’ progress.

Bulb’s chief executive, Hayden Wood, used a meeting of the Council for Sustainable Business (CSB), attended by key government officials and MPs, to highlight its green progress ahead of the Cop26 climate talks and boast about £4.5m it has donated to organisations fighting climate change.

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Wentworth campaign: Allegra Spender says Dave Sharma needs to ‘get out of the way’ after climate failures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 8:05pm

Daughter of late fashion designer Carla Zampatti points to low number of female Liberal MPs and asks ‘when is this going to change?’

The independent candidate for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney’s east, Allegra Spender, has launched her campaign to take the blue ribbon Liberal seat with a message that action on the climate crisis is an economic as well as an environmental imperative.

Speaking to to a crowd of more than 450 at Paddington RSL on a wet Saturday, Spender said she had been motivated to run to be a voice that truly represented the concerns of Wentworth voters.

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Biden calls for higher fees for oil, gas leasing on federal land, stops short of ban

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 3:21pm

A long-awaited report by the Interior Department proposes reforms to the federal oil and gas leasing program, but doesn't end the practice, troubling environmentalists.

(Image credit: Matthew Brown/AP)

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coming soon?

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 12:46pm
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Electric cars averaged more travel than petrol vehicles in Australia in past year

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 12:00pm

Expert says claims that EVs will ‘end the weekend can be put to bed’ by new figures

Australian electric vehicle drivers are on average driving further than people with petrol vehicles as infrastructure improves, new statistics show.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics for the first time looked at how electric vehicle drivers use their cars and found that in the 12 months to 30 June 2020 they had travelled 69 million km.

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Don’t add to e-waste mountain, campaign urges UK shoppers

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 10:16am

Material Focus says tech superseded by purchases on Black Friday and beyond can be donated or recycled

Black Friday and pre-Christmas spending sprees will create an e-waste mountain as 5m unwanted electrical items are binned or put in storage in Britain, a campaign group has warned.

The end-of-November sales event triggers the commercial run-up to Christmas and is followed days later by the Cyber Monday e-commerce frenzy, with retailers offering cut-price deals on a range of goods from mobile phones to laptops and smart speakers.

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Some climate campaigners praise Biden for releasing emergency oil reserves

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 7:00am

Move appears to contradict president’s climate crisis goals but some say it defends the economy ‘against disruption’

In a surprising move, some climate crisis campaigners have praised Joe Biden for ordering the release of emergency oil reserves in an attempt to reduce energy prices across the country.

On Tuesday, the president announced the release of a record 50m barrels of oil stored in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, in coordination with other countries including China, India and the UK.

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What happens when America’s coal plants die?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 6:00am

Facing economic and environmental pressures, coal plants are closing across the US, leaving communities to work out how to keep afloat

When the coal-fired power plant just outside the tiny town of Nucla, Colorado, closed in 2019, it had the makings of a disaster.

The plant, which opened in 1959, shut down three years ahead of schedule when it ran out of coal, leaving the town shocked and facing the loss of its largest employer. The facility provided nearly half the tax revenue to the region, said Deana Sheriff, executive director of the West End Economic Development Corp, which serves Nucla and the surrounding area between Telluride and Grand Junction in western Colorado.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 5:00am

The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including sparring polar bears, hungry hedgehogs and a green cat

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The need to trespass: let people in to protect nature, says guerrilla botanist

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 5:00am

Naturalist and campaigner Dave Bangs says limiting access to the countryside makes it harder to save our ancient landscapes

In a prehistoric bog where iguanodons once roamed and the early Britons first smelted ore into iron, what looks like a tiny orange candle peeps through the mire. It sends my companion into a paroxysm of joy.

“That’s good! That’s new!”

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The butterflies are back! Annual migration of monarchs shows highest numbers in years

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 3:00am

The annual winter monarch butterfly migration, which has seen steep declines in recent years, seems to be making a comeback. Biologists are encouraged and confused by the trend.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Battery power: five innovations for cleaner, greener electric vehicles

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 2:00am

EVs are seen as key in transition to low-carbon economy, but as their human and environmental costs become clearer, can new tech help?

While the journey to a low-carbon economy is well under way, the best route to get there remains up for debate. But, amid the slew of “pathways” and “roadmaps”, one broad consensus exists: “clean” technology will play a vital role.

Nowhere is this truer than for transport. To cut vehicle emissions, an alternative to the combustion engine is required.

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‘Reaching back to the horse and cart’: Morrison government’s gas plan panned

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2021/11/26 - 1:00am

Plan to ‘unlock basins’ for domestic and export criticised as ‘out of sync’ with global trends and climate action

The Morrison government’s latest plan to spark a “gas-led recovery” from the Covid pandemic and bolster gas supplies has been panned as out of step with market trends and at odds with a net zero 2050 goal.

The national gas infrastructure plan, released on Friday, calls for the development of at least one major new gas basin before 2030 to meet projected domestic and export needs. Opening up new gas fields, though, will also require additional pipelines.

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Death and destruction follow a Siberian coal mine fire

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2021/11/25 - 2:22pm

A devastating fire swept through a Siberian coal mine Thursday, killing 52 miners and rescuers about 820 feet underground, Russian news reports said.

(Image credit: AP)

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Activists take court action against Boris Johnson over climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2021/11/25 - 1:21pm

Three people claim government is breaching right to life and family life by not doing what is needed to prevent disaster

Three young people are taking legal action against the prime minister, accusing him of breaching his legal obligations to take “practical and effective measures” to tackle the climate crisis.

In a high court hearing in London on Thursday, Adetola Onamade, 24, Jerry Amokwandoh, 22, and Marina Tricks, 20, claimed the government was breaching their rights under the Human Rights Act to life and to family life by failing to do what was necessary to avert environmental disaster.

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Thanksgiving 2021

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/11/25 - 1:16pm



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