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Many California Farmworkers Forced To Stay Behind During The Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 5:52am

Farmworkers workers in Ventura County toiled through the wildfires despite the risks. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Juvenal Solano, a former farmworker and community organizer, about why workers stayed.

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London schools tackle pollution with face masks and air purifiers

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2018/11/24 - 1:00am

Schools introduce walk-to-school initiatives and stock up on asthma medicine

Schools across the UK are taking ever more drastic steps in an effort to mitigate the effects of air pollution on their pupils’ health.

Amid growing concern about the long-term implications of toxic air on young people’s development, the Guardian has found one London school is raising money for face masks for its pupils, while a growing number are installing air purifiers in classrooms and thousands more are trying to deter parents from using their cars on the school run.

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Brazil records worst annual deforestation for a decade

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 9:38pm

Nearly 8,000sq kms lost in the year to July amid alarm new president Jair Bolsonaro will make situation worse

Brazil has released its worst annual deforestation figures in a decade amid fears that the situation might worsen when the avowedly anti-environmentalist president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power.

Between August 2017 and July 2018, 7,900sq kms were deforested, according to preliminary figures from the environment ministry based on satellite monitoring – a 13.7% rise on the previous year and the biggest area of forest cleared since 2008. The area is equivalent to 987,000 football pitches.

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a friday night film

The Field Lab - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 4:19pm
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Climate change 'will inflict substantial damage on US lives'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 2:48pm
  • US National Climate Assessment details climate change impact
  • Current response to crisis is insufficient, authors say

Climate change is already harming Americans’ lives with “substantial damages” set to occur as global temperatures threaten to surge beyond internationally agreed limits, a major US government report has warned.

Related: UN shipping agency accused of secrecy over maritime pollution

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Understanding The Impacts Of Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 2:03pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel about the National Climate Assessment released on Friday and whether the impacts of climate change being felt already are reversible.

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Drilling in the Great Australian Bight is not worth the risk | Rick Steiner

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 2:00pm

The time for Australians to ask questions is now, before a permitting decision is made

The Great Australian Bight is one of the most unique and productive marine ecosystems in the world. An estimated 85% of its known species are found nowhere else; the region has exceptionally productive and sensitive pelagic, seabed, and shoreline habitats; hosts the greatest concentrations of marine mammals, seabirds, pelagic fishes, and sharks in Australia; and supports an annual multi-billion dollar fishery, aquaculture, and tourism economy. By any measure, the Bight is a national and global treasure, but this treasure is now at risk from proposed deepwater oil drilling.

Related: More of the Great Australian Bight opened to oil and gas

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Spark Energy collapse leaves 290,000 without supplier

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 10:56am

Fears other challengers will fold amid tough competition and rising wholesale costs

An energy firm with nearly 300,0000 customers has become the biggest electricity and gas supplier to go bust in the UK, fuelling concerns that more challenger firms could fold.

Spark Energy is the seventh supplier to fold this year amid pressure from rising wholesale costs and tough competition. The closure will mean the loss of more than 400 jobs at the firm’s headquarters in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

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Activists condemn 'disgusting attacks' on pigs as two men convicted of cruelty

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 7:34am

Prosecution based on secret footage obtained by rights charity Animal Equality at Fir Tree farm in Lincolnshire

Two men pleaded guilty today to charges of animal cruelty while employed at a pig farm, Fir Tree in Goxhill, Lincolnshire.

Artis Grogprkevs, 31, and Troy Wagstaff, 30, have appeared at Grimsby magistrates court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal between 2-27 April this year.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 7:07am

A family of roe deer and the bignose unicornfish are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Tory MPs demand net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 6:56am

Theresa May called on to commit to ambitious climate target

Fifty Conservative MPs have called on Theresa May to adopt an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero before 2050, to show international leadership on climate change and protect British jobs.

Former ministers Damian Green, Oliver Letwin and Anna Soubry are among the signatories of the letter to the prime minister, which said that a stronger long-term goal would cut energy bills and improve air quality.

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Universities leading climate research must stop funding fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 4:09am

As students, we must urge our universities to end their collaboration in climate breakdown

Two weeks ago, an investigation revealed that Oxbridge colleges are bankrolling fossil fuel extraction on a vast scale. This is only one part of a rot running through much of the UK higher education sector, which students and staff have been fighting for years. Despite many victories for campaigners, educational institutions remain deeply invested in corporations that pose an existential risk to marginalised communities across the world.

Cambridge University invests an estimated £377m in fossil fuels. Management here have ignored years of campaigning: a motion to divest fully from fossil fuels was passed by the staff governing body and hundreds of academics have called on Cambridge to divest, as have Labour party leadership and the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Still, those controlling the money pay no attention.

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After Struggles, North Dakota Grows Into Its Ongoing Oil Boom

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 3:00am

The U.S. recently became the world's biggest producer of crude oil. The ongoing oil boom has transformed Great Plains towns like Watford City, North Dakota.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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The U.K. Economy Is Growing — But Its Energy Use Is Shrinking

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2018/11/23 - 3:00am

The United Kingdom's total energy use has dropped 10 percent since 2002, unlike other EU countries. It's a quiet victory in the fight against climate change. It's also a bit mysterious.

(Image credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Smart meters rollout labelled a 'fiasco' as consumers face extra £500m bill

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 5:01pm

National Audit Office says that with 39m meters still to be replaced, government has no chance of hitting 2020 deadline

Consumers face paying half a billion pounds more than expected for the rollout of smart meters and the programme has no chance of hitting its deadline, the UK’s spending watchdog has warned.

The National Audit Office said that with 39m old-fashioned meters yet to be replaced, there is “no realistic prospect” of meeting a goal of all homes and businesses being offered one by the end of 2020 as planned.

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Solar geoengineering could be ‘remarkably inexpensive’ – report

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 5:01pm

Spreading particles in stratosphere to fight climate change may cost $2bn a year

Cooling the Earth by injecting sun-blocking particles into the stratosphere could be “remarkably inexpensive”, according to the most detailed engineering analysis to date.

The fear of a rogue nation or military force unilaterally taking control of the global climate is unfounded, the researchers added, as the many thousands of high-altitude flights needed to affect global temperatures could not escape detection.

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Pollutionwatch: a smog warning from 1948

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:30pm

70 years ago a six-day fog enveloped London, but its message did not hit home

Air pollution history is littered with early warnings that were not heeded. November 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of one of these. On Friday 26 November 1948, a dense fog developed in London. It lasted six days. Football matches were cancelled and transport disrupted. Traffic convoys were formed to follow trams, each guided by a conductor with a torch. Initially, conductors walked alongside buses but this became impossible as they ran into lamp-posts. There were train accidents too, but the greatest death toll came from breathing the smog. Five weeks later the medical statistician William Logan reported an estimated 300 extra deaths.

The warning was ignored. Four years and one week later 12,000 Londoners died in the so-called great smog of 1952. The pattern of ignoring warnings continues. In 2000, researchers at London’s King’s and Imperial Colleges warned of difficulties in controlling nitrogen dioxide from traffic. The UK is still failing to meet legal limits for this pollutant. This month, 21 researchers published a nine-year study. It concluded that air pollution in London was stunting children’s lung growth and this may be storing up problems for their long-term health.

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What Rain Means For The Wildfires In Northern California

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with retired Fire Capt. Jim Mackensen, a Butte County public information officer, about how the rains hitting Northern California will affect containment and recovery efforts.

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Thanksgiving in Paradise: Californians seek meaning after inferno

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:10pm

Some are buoyed by faith, some by good fire insurance, some by both. On Thursday, they came together to eat

What is there to be thankful for after you lose everything?

Related: 'He's like Al Capone': turkey on the loose ruffles feathers in Rhode Island town

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Field Lab - Thu, 2018/11/22 - 2:08pm
I have 2 this year so I can go back for seconds on everything...58,71,33,0,B
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