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Trump promised to hire the best people. He keeps hiring the worst. Nasa is next | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 3:00am

Trump’s Nasa nominee Jim Bridenstine is a climate denier who wants to end the agency’s climate research

According to 2016 election exit polls, only 38% of voters considered Donald Trump qualified to be president. 17% of those who thought him unqualified voted for Trump anyway, perhaps because he promised that as a wealthy businessman, he would be able to hire the best people to advise him. That was a claim his daughter Ivanka explicitly made in her speech at the Republican National Convention:

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Brazil investigates alleged slaughter of Amazonian tribespeople by gold miners

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 2:41am

Eight to 10 members of a remote indigenous group were allegedly killed by men working for illegal prospectors in Javari Valley

Brazilian authorities are investigating reports of a massacre of up to 10 people from an isolated tribe in the Amazon by illegal gold miners.

The killings, alleged to have taken place in Javari Valley, are claimed to have been carried out by men working for gold prospectors who dredge illegally in the region’s rivers.

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Barnaby Joyce pulls back from repeating claim AGL is 'shorting' market

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 2:35am

Deputy PM tells Coalition party room AGL’s refusal to sell Liddell power station is about market behaviour but declines to repeat allegation on Sky News

The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has pulled back from a comment he made to the Coalition party room on Tuesday that AGL was “shorting” the market by refusing to sell the ageing Liddell coal-fired power plant to a competitor.

Joyce would not repeat the accusation during an interview on Sky News late on Tuesday – but he insisted the company had not provided a reasonable answer to the question of why it would decommission the New South Wales plant if a rival generation company wanted to buy it.

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Hurricanes wreak the havoc of climate change – but is a green energy solution in sight? | Jonathan Watts

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 2:07am
In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the market has finally bought into the business case for renewable energy. The price of change is getting cheaper

Like the debate over gun control, the public discussion in the US about whether to take action on the climate has often been characterised as a struggle between powerful lobbies and violent reality.

After each campus shooting or hurricane disaster, there is a brief uptick of concern followed by a gradual return to entrenched positions as the National Rifle Association or the oil industry reassert their influence, inevitably raising the question: just how bad do things have to get to reach a tipping point?

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Indigenous groups decry Tasmania off-road vehicle plan: 'this is destruction'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 1:10am

Tasmanian government plans to cover midden sites in Tarkine with rubber mats to protect from damage caused by reopening off-road tracks

Indigenous groups have criticised a Tasmanian government proposal to cover ancient midden sites with rubber mats to protect them from damage caused by reopening off-road vehicle tracks in the Tarkine, saying it is disrespectful and will cause further damage.

The Hodgman government referred the proposal to federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg on Friday as part of a three-year-long attempt to reopen the tracks, which were closed by the former Labor government in an attempt to protect an extensive network of archeological and cultural sites.

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300 tonnes of diseased pig carcasses – the latest example of China's pollution crisis

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 12:20am

Villagers near illegal burial site in Zhejiang had complained for years of a terrible stench around their homes

Stomach-churning symbols of the environmental calamity facing China have never been in short supply: exploding watermelons, toxic running tracks, rivers that flow the colour of blood.

Now, the world’s number one polluter brings you: porcine mass graves.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalists – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:01pm

A hungry arctic fox, mating sea angels and playful brown bears are among the creatures captured by photographers for this year’s competition. The exhibition opens on 20 October at the Natural History Museum

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Florida Keys facing potential 'humanitarian crisis' in Irma aftermath

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 3:40pm

Military crews were on standby with body bags for possible fatalities in the Keys while millions remain without power across Florida

The horrific scale of Hurricane Irma’s trail of devastation across Florida has becoming evident as the remnants of the most powerful storm in Atlantic history limped north into Georgia, turned towards Alabama, and was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Related: Floridians battered by Irma maintain climate change is no 'big deal'

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Volunteer hunters wanted to cull Grand Canyon bison

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 3:04pm

The National Park Service is looking at a reduction plan that would allow volunteers to shoot bison using non-lead ammunition

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.

Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the adjacent forest. Within the Grand Canyon, shooters would be selected through a lottery to help bring the number of bison roaming the far northern reaches of the park to no more than 200 within three to five years.

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Trump goes big on hurricane aid | The minute

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 2:33pm
  • Largest flotilla in US history for Irma … 700,000 register for aid after Harvey … Trump remembers 9/11 … and more
  • Get the day’s politics news in 60 seconds every weekday. By Tom McCarthy

10.27pm BST

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert announced the “largest-ever mobilization of our military in a naval and marine operation” to provide relief after Hurricane Irma and said about 700,000 people had registered for aid after Harvey.

10.25pm BST

Asked about the price tag of the operation, Bossert said he didn’t want to guess. The governor of Texas announced he had disbursed $135m in federal aid on the same day as Donald Trump signed a $15.3bn aid bill.

How we survived Irma

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Brexit Leaves French Fishermen On The Hook

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 1:58pm

French fishermen in Brittany and Calais say up to 80 percent of their haul is from British waters. Many fear financial ruin if their access is restricted after Brexit.

(Image credit: Joanna Kakissis/NPR)

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My family and I survived Hurricane Irma. The fear was real – but we were lucky

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 1:11pm

In Lealman, Florida, where Jessica Glenza grew up, Sunday was filled with foreboding – and the sense of scare didn’t let up until the rain did

When we woke up, the house was still standing. The cars were still parked in the grass. The baby was still crying. None of those things had been guaranteed.

Hurricane Irma delivered a “glancing blow” to Tampa Bay, in the words of Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn. Not all of Florida was so lucky.

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The Field Lab - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 1:10pm
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Hinkley nuclear power is being priced out by renewables | Nils Pratley

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:12am

The UK should concentrate on wind- and gas-fired stations, and involve nuclear only if it can vaguely compete on price

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station was conceived in the days when offshore wind cost £150 per megawatt hour and a few misguided souls, some of them government ministers, thought a barrel of oil was heading towards $200.

Successive governments swallowed the line that Hinkley represented a plausible answer to the UK’s threefold energy conundrum – keeping the lights on, reducing carbon emissions and producing the juice at affordable prices for consumers and business.

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Nuclear plans 'should be rethought after fall in offshore windfarm costs'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:02am

Lib Dems and green groups say reduced price of state support should sound death knell for plants such as Hinkley Point C

The government is under pressure to reconsider its commitment to a new generation of nuclear power stations after the cost of offshore wind power reached a record low.

Experts said green energy had reached a tipping point in the UK after two windfarms secured a state-backed price for their output that was nearly half the level awarded last year to Britain’s first new nuclear power site in a generation, Hinkley Point C.

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For energy security, the failing Liddell coal plant is the last thing we need | Ben Oquist

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:00am

Confusion reigns over whether the government will, or can, keep the ageing power station going. But there’s a much better way to ensure grid reliability

Coal fails in the heat. And so it did on 10 February 2017, as the heatwave that sparked South Australia’s blackout rolled across into NSW and emergency load-shedding was required in Australia’s biggest state. The Liddell power station failed to perform and could only operate at below half-capacity. In fact, throughout 2016-17 the 45-year-old power station’s average capacity was only 54%. It almost never operates at peak performance.

To increase grid reliability, the last thing you would want to do is rely upon an underperforming, old power station prone to failure during heatwaves.

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Most Australians want government to regulate power prices – Guardian Essential poll

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 11:00am

Poll shows 81% support for more investment in renewables, as Labor remains ahead on a two-party preferred basis, at 54% to the Coalition’s 46%

A clear majority of Australian voters want governments to step in and regulate electricity and gas prices and also boost investment in renewable energy, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.

The latest poll of 1,826 voters found 86% support for the regulation of power prices and 81% support for more investment in renewable energy and storage.

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Floridians battered by Irma maintain climate change is no 'big deal'

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 10:32am

On Marco Island, widespread destruction in Irma’s wake is not enough to make believers out of some climate change skeptics

They sat through hours of pummelling by Hurricane Irma, with winds pounding them at up to 115mph and rain driving in a solid white sheet as bright as a snow blizzard. Then on Monday, Floridians woke up to survey the damage, begin the cleanup and get back to carrying on regardless.

Related: Florida Keys facing potential 'humanitarian crisis' in Irma aftermath

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UK diesel car values dive by up to a quarter amid pollution crackdown

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 10:22am

Second-hand Vauxhall, Audi and BMW diesels have fallen most in price, according to research

The value of some used diesel cars has dropped by as much as 26% since the start of this year amid a crackdown on older vehicles.

Second-hand Vauxhall, Audi and BMW diesels have fallen most in price, according to research by the car-buying website Motorway.co.uk. The average used Vauxhall Corsa with a diesel engine has slumped in price from £2,160 to just £1,592 since the start of 2017, a drop of 26%.

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Campaigner to fight Ineos in court over order curbing fracking protests

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2017/09/11 - 7:43am

Joe Boyd is appealing to public for donations to challenge petrochemicals giant over ‘anti-democratic’ injunction

A second campaigner is challenging a sweeping injunction obtained by a petrochemicals giant against anti-fracking activists that has been criticised for profoundly limiting protests.

Joe Boyd, an anti-fracking campaigner, is going to the high court in London on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the injunction which has been secured by the multinational firm, Ineos. He is appealing to the public for donations as he could face a large bill if he loses.

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