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The Field Lab - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 3:01pm
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Pirates of the Med: the Mafia-style poachers threatening endangered fish

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 8:59am

The Calanques national park was targeted by a gang who sold fish to smart restaurants. Now in a landmark case, they will pay ‘environmental damages’

Johan Jimenez stood on a cliff, peering through binoculars at a picturesque inlet in this unspoiled corner of the Mediterranean near Marseille.

“They don’t think anyone is watching from up here on land,” said the armed guard from the environmental police, scanning the rocks below for day-trippers casually dropping fishing lines into its protected waters. “But we can always get down there to stop them.”

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£7,000 to bag a rare deer … how trophy hunting came to the home counties

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 7:59am

Animal rights groups are outraged as overseas tour companies offer expensive shooting packages in UK conservation parks

Many Britons probably think that trophy hunting is something that happens abroad. But anyone looking to bag an animal’s head to grace that empty spot on their wall needs only to head to deepest, darkest Bedfordshire where they can shoot rare deer, or, for the financially stretched, wallabies and sheep.

A small number of overseas firms are offering trophy-shooting packages in the county, which boasts several impressive deer parks. A ‘grade A’ red deer stag, highly prized by hunters because of its magnificent antlers, can be shot for a £9,000 trophy fee, according to an online price list dated 2018 and distributed by a Danish travel company called Limpopo & Diana Hunting Tours.

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Good News For 'Green' Brews: Consumers Say They'll Pay More For Sustainable Beer

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 6:00am

More than 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they would pay about $1.30 more for a six-pack of beer if it was produced at a brewery that invests in water conservation or solar power.

(Image credit: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

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Michael Recovery: Apalachicola, Fla., Begins To Rebuild

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 5:05am

The Florida Panhandle is coping with historic damage to homes and businesses after Hurricane Michael struck.

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Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/10/13 - 4:55am

James Hansen, ‘father of climate science’, accuses Britain of ignoring science

One of the world’s leading climate scientists has launched a scathing attack on the government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence.

James Hansen, who is known as the father of climate science, warned that future generations would judge the decision to back a UK fracking industry harshly.

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Cuadrilla is to start fracking in Lancashire. But we will not give in | Caroline Lucas

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 11:00pm

The high court’s decision in favour of the shale gas giant will not deter the mass movement fighting the industry all the way

A whole new fossil fuel industry will launch in the UK on Saturday when energy giant Cuadrilla starts fracking for shale gas. This follows the defeat of Lancashire resident Bob Dennett’s attempt to block fracking in his local area with a court injunction – and comes just six days after a landmark report from the UN’s IPCC warning that we have just 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown.

I can’t deny the fracking decision is a devastating blow for everyone in the UK who cares about our future and our democracy.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 3:12pm
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Weatherwatch: the UK's climate is ideal for renewable energy

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 1:30pm

Britain is a leader in offshore wind but lacks political will to invest in other emerging technologies

A maritime climate with wind, sun and waves and an island surrounded by shallow seas with a high tidal range makes the UK probably the best-placed country in the world to take advantage of renewable energy.

Britain is already a world leader in offshore wind but has been reluctant to invest in other promising technologies. Underwater sea turbines in particular, wave power and various forms of tidal barrage have failed to be given the political support needed to get them into the mainstream.

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Brexit blamed for price rise for Christmas turkeys

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 10:57am

Fall in pound and uncertainty has led to farmers paying more to attract or retain EU workers

Brexit is about to make Christmas turkeys more expensive. Prices are to jump as a result of the fall in the value of the pound and higher wages farmers now have to pay to their east European pluckers.

Paul Kelly, the chairman of the British Turkey Federation and boss of KellyBronze, a free range producer, said the industry was being forced to increase prices because of a 5% to 7% rise in costs.

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Indian activist dies during hunger strike over Ganges river pollution

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 9:12am

GD Agarwal had been fasting since 22 June to protest against government inaction in cleaning the river

An Indian environmental activist has died on the 111th day of a hunger strike to pressure the government to clean the Ganges river.

GD Agarwal, a former professor of environmental engineering at one of India’s top universities, died on Thursday afternoon in hospital in the north Indian city of Rishikesh, where he had been admitted earlier that day.

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Reusable coffee cups are just a drop in the ocean for efforts to save our seas

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 8:44am

Overfishing and climate change harm the marine environment at least as much as plastic pollution

Films such as A Plastic Ocean, and the huge success of Blue Planet II, have brought ocean plastic pollution firmly into the popular domain. Plastic has become ubiquitous through the world’s oceans, with fragments found in deep ocean trenches and the Arctic ice sheets. Furthermore, pictures of charismatic animals such as whales and turtles consuming or entangled in plastic provide powerful imagery of the problem to the public.

There is no doubt plastic is a big issue. A study in the journal Marine Policy suggests plastic pollution might be reaching a planetary boundary, a term used to describe safe operational environmental limits within which the world can continue to function safely.

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Santorini to target overweight tourists with donkey weight limit

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 7:51am

Greek island takes action to protect animals’ welfare as number of visitors soars

Had it not been for the donkeys of Santorini, few people would have associated overweight tourists with animal welfare or heard of the law Greece is about to pass.

The island’s volcanic beauty lures millions of tourists each year, but the donkey population paid a heavy price for a record number of visits last year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 6:00am

A rhinoceros hornbill and a white moray eel are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Fracking to restart in England after last-minute legal bid fails

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 5:33am

High court rejects request to temporarily block Cuadrilla operation in Lancashire

The first fracking in the UK for seven years will start on Saturday, the shale gas company Cuadrilla has confirmed, after campaigners lost a last-minute legal challenge to block the operations.

Lancashire resident Robert Dennett won an interim injunction last Friday against Lancashire county council, putting a temporary halt to the start of fracking at a well outside Blackpool.

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Canada's Wild Salmon Caravan Connects Future Of Fish And Indigenous People

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/10/12 - 5:02am

Warming oceans and development threaten the West Coast's wild salmon. So activists started a traveling celebration to draw attention to the plight of the sockeye in Canada's Fraser River.

(Image credit: Murray Bush/Wild Salmon Caravan 2018)

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'We need some fire': climate change activists issue call to arms for voters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/11 - 10:00pm

Campaigners say more than 15m people who care about the environment did not vote in the 2014 midterms – can they create a ‘green wave’ this November?

Among the motivating issues for voters in US elections, the environment is typically eclipsed by topics such as healthcare, the economy and guns. But the upcoming midterms could, belatedly, see a stirring of a slumbering green giant.

“The environmental movement doesn’t have a persuasion problem, it has a turnout problem,” said Nathaniel Stinnett, the founder of the Environmental Voter Project, which is aiming to spur people who care about the natural world and climate change to the ballot box. “This group has more power than it realizes. In the midterms we want to flood the zone with environmentalists.”

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Wildlife group investigates claim night parrot photos were staged

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/11 - 8:49pm

Academic Penny Olsen suggests ecologist John Young staged discoveries related to endangered night parrot

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy is investigating claims that photos it published which point to sightings of the endangered night parrot were staged.

Former AWC ecologist John Young is credited with taking the first photograph of what has been dubbed the “world’s most mysterious bird” in Queensland in 2013. Last year Young said he had found a feather from the night parrot on Kalamurina Station, around northern Lake Eyre in South Australia, describing the July discovery as significant “beyond what I could have imagined”.

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Sadiq Khan announces 100 new drinking fountains for London

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/11 - 12:25pm

Mayor’s plan builds on success of this year’s scheme to build 20 fountains across the capital

London could soon be awash with drinking fountains, with 100 new installations in the pipeline across the capital.

This year plans for 20 fountains were unveiled in a joint venture between the mayor of London and partners, with recent figures suggesting those installed so far have already dispensed thousands of litres of water to thirsty members of the public.

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Legal bid to delay land-clearing over risk to Great Barrier Reef

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/11 - 12:00pm

Exclusive: Kingvale station’s proposed clearing of 2,000 hectares could be held up for months

Federal approval to clear more than 2,000 hectares of Queensland native forest in the catchment for the Great Barrier Reef could potentially be held up for months after the Environmental Defender’s Office launched court action to prevent it.

The federal court proceedings against the state environment minister and the owners of Kingvale station come as the federal environment minister, Melissa Price, extended the time to make a decision on the controversial Kingvale proposal to 31 October.

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