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Windfarm experts publish no research and had no face-to-face meetings last year

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 10:17pm

Committee was set up by former prime minister Tony Abbott to handle complaints about wind turbine noise

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An independent scientific committee on wind turbines established by the Coalition in 2015 failed to hold one face-to-face meeting last year and failed to have its research accepted by peer-reviewed journals.

The independent scientific committee on wind turbines was created to advise on the science of potential impacts of wind turbines on people’s health.

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Queensland's plan for clean energy company stalls as coal cash surges

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 10:16pm

Moves to set up state-owned CleanCo were to start in first half of 2018 but have been delayed

The Queensland government appears to have stalled on plans to create its own clean energy generation company, even as it delivered a state budget propped up by a surge in coal royalties.

The June 2017 “powering Queensland” plan introduced the idea of CleanCo, a government-owned renewable energy corporation that would operate renewable generators and develop new projects.

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Israel to top up Sea of Galilee after years of drought

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 5:35pm

Inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water has reached its lowest level in a century

The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater.

A plan given Israeli cabinet approval will pump 100 million cubic metres of water annually by 2022 into the lake in the Galilee region, said Yechezkel Lifshitz, from the country’s energy and water ministry.

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Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 3:13pm

Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers

Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers.

The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 11:41am
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Gary Barlow to stop using confetti after 'littering' Eden Project

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 11:39am

Singer apologises for firing ticker-tape cannon at gig after outcry from environmentalists

Gary Barlow has promised not to use confetti cannons after being criticised by environmental campaigners for firing the tiny pieces of plastic during a concert at the Eden Project.

The environmental attraction in Cornwall is running a campaign against single-use plastics and has banned the sale of plastic water bottles and similar items in its shops. But the singer-songwriter went off-message during his appearance on 6 June, when the crowd was showered with ticker tape.

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Australia's emissions reduction target 'unambitious, irresponsible'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 11:00am

New Australia Institute paper finds neither Coalition nor Labor’s pollution reduction targets would see us doing our fair share

Pollution reduction targets for 2030 proposed by the Coalition and Labor will not see Australia contributing its fair share to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement, according to new research.

A paper from the progressive thinktank the Australia Institute finds the Turnbull government’s target of a 26-28% reduction on 2005 levels is “inadequate according to any recognised principle-based approach” and the Labor target of a 45% reduction is “the bare minimum necessary for Australia to be considered to be making an equitable contribution to the achievement of the Paris agreement’s two degree target”.

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More Rain, More Development Spell Disaster For Some U.S. Cities

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 8:27am

Climate change is increasing the frequency of rainstorms in many parts of the U.S., and those storms bring more rain. Many communities don't have the drainage systems needed to handle all the water.

(Image credit: David McFadden/AP)

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Why Are Some of Africa's Biggest Baobab Trees Dying Off?

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 8:26am

A new survey of baobab trees in Africa finds that many of the oldest have died or significantly deteriorated in the last decade. Scientists say climate change and human intervention could be culprits.

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Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt …

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 7:06am

Greek yogurt, mattresses and environmental deregulation.

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The Wall Street Journal keeps peddling Big Oil propaganda | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 3:00am

The WSJ disguises climate misinformation as “opinion”

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Opinion page has long had a conservative skew, and unfortunately that has extended to politicizing climate change with biased and factually inaccurate editorials.

Over the past several weeks, the WSJ’s attacks on climate science have gone into overdrive. On May 15th, the Opinion page published a self-contradictory editorial from the lifelong contrarian and fossil fuel-funded Fred Singer that so badly rejected basic physics, it prompted one researcher to remark, “If this were an essay in one of my undergraduate classes, he would fail.”

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Oil Industry Copes With Climate Impacts As Permafrost Thaws

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/06/11 - 2:10am

Thawing permafrost in Alaska's Arctic is making it harder for oil companies to operate there. But a cottage industry has cropped up with new gadgets to help.

(Image credit: Mark Thiessen/AP)

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Cycle touring with children: it can be done

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 11:00pm

Don’t think bringing children along for the ride means you have to miss out on one of cycling’s true pleasures. You just need to do a bit of extra planning

One of the great joys of riding a bike is touring – pedalling from place to place, without a fixed timetable, ideally with camping gear and everything else you need strapped to your bike. So that poses a question: can you do it with children?

The answer is a qualified yes – qualified in the sense you just need to do a bit more planning. We recently tried out a first brief family cycling tour with our son, now seven, and learned a lot in the few days of cycling through the Surrey and West Sussex countryside.

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Chris Packham warns of 'ecological apocalypse' in Britain

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 10:00pm

Springwatch presenter says Britain is increasingly ‘a green and unpleasant land’

He’s currently enjoying a great bounty of nature, from tree-climbing slugs to blackbird-gobbling little owls on this year’s Springwatch, but Chris Packham warns that we are presiding over “an ecological apocalypse” and Britain is increasingly “a green and unpleasant land”.

The naturalist and broadcaster is urging people to join him next month on a 10-day “bioblitz”, visiting road verges, farmland, parks, allotments and community nature reserves across the country to record what wildlife remains – from butterflies to bryophytes, linnets to lichens.

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Feral horses are incompatible with a world heritage area. It's one or the other | David M Watson

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 7:49pm

After the NSW government gave them heritage protection with the brumby bill, I had no choice but to quit the NSW threatened species scientific committee

Last year, I drove up to the New South Wales high country with my oldest son. We arrived at Geehi, found a camp site, rigged up our rods and waded into the crystal clear water, hoping to snag a trout. Between casts, my attention was drawn to a pair of black cockatoos, sailing overhead. Looking up, I noticed the main range of Kosciuszko. Ancient and imposing, granite worn smooth by rain and snow, embroidered with lichens and wildflowers. I don’t know how long we stood there, in silent awe of the jagged peaks, but it’s a treasured moment frozen in time.

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Enjoy the ride?

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 12:18pm
So social media is flooded with "suicide awareness" this week. FYI - almost 100 regular people kill themselves every day in the US - but a couple of celebrities off themselves and suddenly everyone is all about suicide awareness?  I think Matt Walsh hit the nail on the head here.  This quote from Anthony Bourdain that has been making the rounds on Facebook sends a very dangerous message straight from Satan.  With a life philosophy like that, it's not surprising that Bourdain chose to end the ride....  1 Corinthians 6 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Romans 12: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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Anti-Adani protesters target construction firm Wagners over $30m contract

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 11:00am

Queensland company contracted to build airstrip for troubled Carmichael coalmine

Anti-Adani activists say they have launched an escalating disruption campaign against Queensland construction company Wagners, which is being targeted over a $30m contract to build an airstrip for the Carmichael coalmine.

Members of the group Galilee Blockade entered a Wagners industrial site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, dressed as superheroes, as a precursor to further protests.

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The Swansea Bay tidal power lagoon would bring many benefits | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 9:45am
Countries around the world are closely following the UK’s decision on tidal power, writes Nicholas Stern

You reported that the government is planning to reject the Swansea Bay tidal power lagoon because it is considered too expensive (UK taxpayers to help fund new nuclear plant, 5 June).

The government has not yet announced its decision but it should, in any case, first publish its internal economic analysis of the proposed scheme so that its rigour and robustness can be checked. I have offered, as a former chief economist of the World Bank and head of the UK Government Economic Service, to have a constructive look at the analytical work. That offer stands; the analysis should be in the public domain and subject to scrutiny before a decision is taken.

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A scandal for all seasons: those Scott Pruitt ethics violations in full

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 3:00am

Lobbyists, hand lotion and Chick-fil-A – it’s hard to keep up with the scandals engulfing the EPA administrator

Scott Pruitt, the seemingly immoveable administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has an eclectic, almost itinerant, taste in corruption scandals.

Pruitt is best known for the ethical quagmires in this administration, shared with other Trump cabinet members, such as indulging in taxpayer-funded first class travel and spending much of his time playing an amenable host to corporations he is meant to regulate.

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Why do so many Mormons back Trump? Some say it's about the land

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/06/10 - 3:00am

Trump’s Utah campaign chief shrugs off Stormy Daniels and praises cuts to parks: ‘The land belongs more to me than you’

In February 2017, weeks after the inauguration of Donald Trump, a conservative political operative named Don Peay trudged up a steep, sagebrush-covered hillside outside Salt Lake City. Peay served as Trump’s campaign manager in Utah and is a hunting advocate who has gone out shooting with prominent rightwingers such as Dick Cheney, Ted Nugent and Donald Trump Jr.

Peay wanted to point out a particular parcel of public land that used to be overrun by highly invasive cheat grass. Several years ago, he worked with local land managers to revegetate it with native plants favored by deer and elk.

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