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The Field Lab - Sat, 2017/07/15 - 4:07pm

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Brexit threatens Britain’s place at the nuclear top table | Ian Chapman

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/07/15 - 4:04pm

The UK is currently a world leader in fusion research; leaving Euratom would be calamitous

In the south of France, the largest scientific experiment mankind has ever embarked upon is rising out of the ground. This facility, the Iter project, will demonstrate nuclear fusion power on a commercial scale, involving the European Union, US, Japan, South Korea, China, Russia and India. Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars, and bringing it to Earth has long been a staple of science fiction fantasies.

It is an energy source that, instead of burning fossil fuels, uses water; it produces no long-lived waste and can operate alongside solar, wind and other renewables to power the world to a carbon-free future. Iter will be operational within a decade and will represent a huge step towards fusion, revolutionising the way we generate electricity in the middle part of this century.

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Think you know what fish is in your sushi? Think again

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/07/15 - 4:04pm

Exotic tropical species being mis-sold to British customers who can’t tell their mackerel from their herring, research shows

Sushi bars and shops are regularly mis-selling exotic species of fish to unwitting British customers, according to new research.

In cases cited in the report, customers thought they were buying a fish from the Atlantic when it was really a tropical variety, while many fish were sold under a generic name that revealed little about where they came from. Some of the species were endangered, while others were so rare that little was known about their population size. The findings suggest that an increasingly complex and globalised food supply chain is open to abuse, putting exotic species at risk.

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Maize, rice, wheat: alarm at rising climate risk to vital crops

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/07/15 - 1:59pm

Simultaneous harvest failures in key regions would bring global famine, says the Met Office

Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found.

The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme weather events could devastate food production if they occurred in several key areas at the same time. Such an outcome could trigger widespread famine.

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From Myanmar to Mumbai: your images of plastic waste around the world

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 11:00pm

Readers document the rising environmental crisis of plastic waste, as the planet struggles to cope with a million plastic bottles being sold every minute

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'Quite odd': coral and fish thrive on Bikini Atoll 70 years after nuclear tests

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 10:54pm

Scientists say marine life has proved ‘remarkably resilient’ despite the Pacific island being declared a wasteland in the 1950s

The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing blooming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including a device in 1954 that was 1,100-times larger than the Hiroshima atom bomb.

A team of scientists from Stanford University have been surprised to discover an abundance of marine life apparently thriving in the crater of Bikini Atoll, which was declared a nuclear wasteland after the bombings, with its 167 inhabitants relocated to other islands.

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Waiting for the gorse to burst

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 9:30pm

Bratley View, New Forest The distinct click had been a seed pod twisting and firing its tiny black seeds into the distance

Click. The sound is distinct. A black speck flashes across my vision. I straighten up and think about the two. There can be no doubt what they were, but I am sensorially confused. Which had I actually experienced first? The click, or the speck?

At that moment, I had been adjusting the settings on my camera to try to catch the pink of the clump of common centaury that was looking radiant at the edge of an parched path. I give up on that for the time being, and linger by the gorse bushes in the hope that there will be a repeat performance, and I will solve the puzzle. Though I wait, and later walk some distance through an extensive gorse brake following a route marked out by the ponies, the plants refuse an encore.

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Malcolm Turnbull: 'We've done more in past year than we did in previous three'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 8:05pm

Prime minister says those who think coal has no future are delusional, as Barnaby Joyce calls on party members to get behind Turnbull

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, says his government has done more in this past year than the Coalition did in the previous three under the leadership of Tony Abbott.

He has also mounted a defence of coal-powered electricity, saying those who think the resource does not have a future are “delusional”.

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Government’s letter to conservation groups has ominous implications | Lenore Taylor

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 5:00pm

New reporting rules seem to represent a big win for the campaign by the mining sector and conservative politicians to stifle environmental advocacy

The environment department has recently begun sending letters to conservation groups registered as eligible for tax deductible donations, as they do every year. But this year the correspondence is different, in a disturbing way.

In the past the groups, which include all the big names such as the Australian Conservation Society, The Wilderness Society, Lock the Gate, Greenpeace etc, as well as small local conservation organisations, were simply asked to reveal the total expenditure from their public fund. This year they have also been asked to break down their expenditure into the amounts spent on “on ground environmental remediation”, “campaign and advocacy”, “research” and other administration.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 2:59pm

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Guardian readers making Britain beautiful again | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 10:21am
Letter writers share their stories of picking up litter and offer suggestions how others might be encouraged to follow their lead

In our village, we have seen both the potential and the limitations of people-led efforts to tackle litter (Letters, 13 July). The parish council and the local transition village group have worked together to both inform people about the wider environmental problems of litter, especially plastic, and to develop a network of individuals who have undertaken to keep specific roads or areas free of litter. Volunteers were provided with good-quality litter pickers (available from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign) and gloves, and a map was put up in the parish office showing the areas covered.

The results have been fantastic: lots of volunteers mean that most of the village is litter-free most of the time. I am sure that Wendy Harvey’s hope that the sight of people picking up litter raises awareness and discourages (but doesn’t stop) others from dropping litter. A campaign at the local secondary school, has undoubtedly contributed as well.

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Fracking activists have a right to protest. We must support them | Jonathan Bartley

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 9:53am
Across the world, environmental protesters, like those in Lancashire, are putting their bodies on the line. In the future we will remember them as heroes

• Jonathan Bartley is co-leader of the Green party

In every corner of the globe people are taking action on climate change as governments refuse to tackle the greatest threat we face. In the US, the Standing Rock protesters stood tall against the Keystone pipeline. In Brazil, brave defenders are standing in the way of the destruction of the rainforest. This week we learned that in 2016, 200 activists lost their lives while defending the environment, with another 98 killed in the first five months of this year. Here in Britain, too, people are putting their bodies on the line in a fight against the frackers carving up green spaces.

Related: UK support for fracking hits new low

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Friday News Roundup - International

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 8:06am

Iraq marks a major moment, Brazil sends its former president to prison and President Trump looks for an alternative agreement -- in Paris.

(Image credit: FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Electric cars, mass extinction, and a swimming elephant – green news roundup

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 7:44am

The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox

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Have you spotted a butterfly in the UK? Share your photographs

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 6:39am

If you’ve spotted a butterfly in the UK, and have been lucky enough to take a photograph of it, we’d like you to share your experience with us

More than three quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years, but some reports say this is an unusually good year for butterflies.

Related: World’s largest butterfly survey aims to assess apparent spike in British numbers

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 6:00am

Eurasian wolf cubs, a wreathed hornbill and an elephant crossing the road are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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'Truly unique': lioness adopts and nurses leopard cub

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 4:22am

No wild cat has ever been observed nursing a cub from another species – the event may be the result of the Tanzanian lioness having lost her own litter

A lioness has been spotted nursing a tiny leopard cub in Tanzania, the first time a wild cat is known to have adopted a cub from another species.

The five-year old lioness, called Nosikitok is closely monitored by conservationists in the Ngorongoro conservation area and is known to have had a litter of her own in mid to late June.

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Exclusiva: investigaciones revelan que, en todo el mundo, están asesinando más que nunca a los defensores del medio ambiente

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 3:15am

Cada semana muere por causas violentas una media de cuatro ecologistas, guardas forestales y dirigentes indígenas, y en todo el mundo crece la sensación de que “cualquiera puede matar a los defensores del medio ambiente sin sufrir las consecuencias”

Lean esta historia en inglés

El año pasado fue el más peligroso de la historia para las personas que defienden las tierras de su comunidad, los recursos naturales y la fauna; las últimas investigaciones revelan que cada semana mueren asesinados casi cuatro defensores del medio ambiente en todo el mundo.

En 2016 murieron 200 ecologistas, guardas forestales y dirigentes indígenas que intentaban defender sus tierras, según el grupo de vigilancia Global Witness, más del doble de los asesinados hace cinco años.

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Circular economy isn't a magical fix for our environmental woes

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 2:04am

Solving our ecological crises means diluting the power of global corporations – not propping them up

The circular economy’s June jamboree in Finland, attended by around 1,500 experts and policymakers, showed just how much momentum the concept has gained in recent years.

Little wonder. The circular economy model – which aims to use closed-loop production to keep resources in play for as long as possible – is presented as a pragmatic, win-win solution; an almost magical fix for our environmental woes.

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States move towards clean energy, but Frydenberg says Coalition won't be rushed

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/07/14 - 1:37am

Three states and ACT to ask Australian Energy Markets Commission to do further work on implementing central plank of Finkel review

Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have taken the first step towards proceeding unilaterally with a new clean energy target, but the federal energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, insists the federal government will not be rushed.

The Labor states will ask the Australian Energy Markets Commission to do further work on how the central recommendation of the Finkel review can be implemented following deliberations between energy ministers in Brisbane on Friday.

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