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New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 1:00am
Government also wants to encourage people with rooftop panels to install batteries

Britain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from their own customers under new laws to be introduced this week.

Homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to lower their bills by selling the energy they do not need to their supplier.

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Unesco advisers raise concerns over plan to raise Warragamba dam wall

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/06/09 - 12:58am

World Heritage centre says proposal would result in inundation of large part of world heritage-listed Blue Mountains wilderness area

Advisers to the United Nations have expressed concerns about a plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall because of its likely impact on the Blue Mountains.

The World Heritage Centre, which advises the UN committee in charge of world heritage properties, published its position on the project on Friday.

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Minorities in the US breathe in more air pollution caused by white people

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 11:00pm

Black and Hispanic people are disproportionately exposed to air pollution produced by white people, a study analyzing personal consumption has found

Black and Hispanic people are disproportionately exposed to air pollution caused mainly by the consumer behaviours of white people in the US, according to a new study. Researchers call this “pollution inequity” (inequity is about unfair, avoidable differences and so it’s different to inequality which can simply describe uneven results).

Air pollution exposure matters; it is the largest environmental health risk factor in the US, adding up to about 100,00 deaths each year. In March, Christopher W Tessum and his colleagues of engineers and economists tried to quantify these differences in a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 5:18pm
The Field Lab version of the classic BLT:  bacon, cole slaw, field lab tomato, melted muenster cheese, course ground pepper, on pita bread. 91,103,73,0,C
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Ex-BP boss John Browne: ‘It’s going to take a long time to take oil and coal out of the energy system’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 7:00am

The energy executive talks about squaring his business dealings with his personal convictions – and what he would say to Greta Thunberg

Before standing down in 2007, John Browne was CEO of BP for 12 years. In 2015, he returned to the global oil business as executive chairman of L1 Energy. Since leaving BP, he has written five books; in the latest, he argues that engineers will save humanity from the threats such as disease, artificial intelligence and global warming.

You say that civilisation is founded on engineering innovation and technology. Do you equate human progress with machines?
Absolutely not. It is the combination of the machines, the engineering and humans that makes progress. Without engineering, there will not be progress, but machines without humans will go nowhere.

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'We All Owe Al Gore An Apology': More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2019/06/08 - 3:00am

Research shows more people are linking climate change to extreme weather events, like the ongoing flooding in America's heartland. Experts are hoping it also inspires action.

(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

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Heathrow eateries to take least sustainable fish off menus

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 4:01pm

Airport will be world’s first accredited for serving sustainably sourced fish

Heathrow is to become the world’s first airport accredited for serving sustainably sourced fish and seafood, as all its restaurants pledge to help tackle overfishing.

Outlets whose menus still include “red-rated” fish – deemed by the Marine Conservation Society to be the least sustainable – have pledged to remove them by June 2020. Fish in that category include wild atlantic salmon, bluefin tuna and king prawns from non-certified farms.

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Victoria ignored recycling warnings that left it vulnerable to China move – report

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:23pm

Auditor general finds Victoria has had no statewide waste policy since 2014, and agencies had not effectively regulated the industry

Victorian authorities failed to prevent the state sleepwalking into a recycled waste crisis, amid signs China was curbing imports six years ago, a scathing watchdog report has concluded.

The auditor general report released this week noted the state’s environment department and Sustainability Victoria had ignored early warnings.

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The Field Lab - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:05pm
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Australia's standing in Pacific has plummeted because of our climate change failure | Dermot O'Gorman

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 3:00pm

It’s about the very survival of people, nations and cultures. If action isn’t taken there are islanders who may have nowhere to go

Scott Morrison flew to the Solomon Islands last weekend to “show our Pacific step-up in action” but this policy will fail if his government doesn’t take meaningful action on climate change. A successful step-up must include stopping our own pollution, defending the sovereignty of our friends in the Pacific and offering a safety net to those who may need it.

Over the past five years Australia’s standing in the Pacific has declined dramatically because of an unwillingness to take strong action on climate change. It’s not as if the Pacific hasn’t been clear. From female fishers to the Fijian prime minister, to remote communities in the Solomon Islands, climate change is a top-order issue. It’s about the very survival of people, nations and cultures. If action isn’t taken, in 40 years there are people in Pacific island states who may have nowhere to go.

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Flooding That Swamped Midwest Flows To Already Soaked Mississippi

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 2:08pm

Mississippi is another state dealing with massive flooding. In fact, the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for more than 100 days — a record length of time going back to 1927.

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Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can't Afford Expensive Flood Insurance

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 1:24pm

Federal flood insurance has become dramatically more expensive in some places, putting it out of reach for many people who live on floodplains.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 9:22am

White tiger cubs, urban deer and many millions of ladybirds

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BHP reveals five mine dams at 'extreme' risk of causing damage and loss of life

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 7:36am

Company says rating reflects potential extent of damage in event of collapse

Five dams used to store mining waste are at “extreme” risk of causing environmental damage if they fail, according to a review by BHP, the world’s biggest mining company.

BHP said in a presentation on Friday that four tailings dams in Australia and one in the US were ranked at the highest level of risk, and had the potential to cause serious damage to the local environment and cause scores of deaths in the case of a collapse.

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Bruce Friedrich: How Is Eating Meat Affecting Our Planet?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

Bruce Friedrich shows how plant and cell-based products could soon transform the way we eat ... and reduce the global meat industry's impact on the planet.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED)

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Greta Thunberg: Are We Running Out Of Time To Save Our Planet?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

In 2018, teenager Greta Thunberg began protesting to demand action on climate change. She has inspired protests worldwide. Greta says it's time to panic: we're running out of time to save our planet.

(Image credit: Courtesy of TED)

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Per Espen Stoknes: What Holds Us Back From Facing The Threats Of Climate Change?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes explains the inner defenses that block most people from recognizing the urgency of climate change. He asks, what is a better way to think and talk about this crisis?

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED)

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Sean Davis: What Can We Learn From The Global Effort To Save The Ozone Layer?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

In 1988, the Montreal Protocol was the first step in a long process to save the ozone layer. Sean Davis explains the impact of the agreement, and the lessons we can apply to the crisis we face today.

(Image credit: Jivan West/Courtesy of TED)

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Jennifer Wilcox: How Can We Remove CO2 From The Atmosphere? Will We Do It In Time?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 6:49am

To slow climate change, we need to lower emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Chemical engineer Jennifer Wilcox says the technology is there, and we need to scale it.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman / TED)

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Organic Farming Has A Plastic Problem. One Solution Is Controversial

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/06/07 - 4:00am

Many organic farmers rely on plastic as a form of mulch, but it ends up in landfills. Biodegradable plastic could help, but some worry about its long-term effects on soil health and the environment.

(Image credit: Lisa Elaine Held/NPR)

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