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Australia's Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/11/24 - 2:07am

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes in 2016, 2017 and last year.

(Image credit: Gabriel Guzman/AP)

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How wild turkeys’ rough and rowdy ways are creating havoc in US cities

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/24 - 12:00am

Booming populations are a conservation success story, but not all terrorised residents are happy about it

There’s a violent gang stalking urban America.

In New Hampshire a motorcyclist crashed after being assaulted. In New Jersey, a terrified postman rang 911 after a dozen members attacked at once. And in Michigan, one town armed public workers with pepper spray.

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Climate crisis pushes albatross ‘divorce’ rates higher – study

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 8:14pm

Researchers say warmer waters mean birds are travelling further for food and becoming more stressed, triggering relationship breakdowns

Albatrosses, some of the world’s most loyally monogamous creatures, are “divorcing” more often – and researchers say global heating may be to blame.

In a new Royal Society study, researchers say climate change and warming waters are pushing black-browed albatross break-up rates higher. Typically after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would separate in search of greener romantic pastures.

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NSW national parks bill passes parliament after controversial elements removed

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 7:49pm

Greens thankful ‘worst elements’ stripped from the bill, which will ensure the protection of the Gardens of Stone

The NSW parliament has passed a bill on laws governing national parks after the Perrottet government agreed to remove some of the most controversial elements.

The bill, introduced last week, included a proposal to allow management work in the state’s national parks to generate biodiversity credits that could be sold under the state’s offsets scheme, to compensate for habitat destruction caused by development elsewhere.

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Watch as giant chimney stacks of former NSW coal-fired power station are demolished – video

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 7:34pm

Two giant chimney stacks and a boiler have been demolished at the defunct Wallerawang power station, near Lithgow on the western edge of the Blue Mountains in NSW. The controlled explosions of the 175-metre chimneys at the former coal-fired power station come with plans to repurpose the site into a mixed industrial, residential and tourism development with plans for a giant battery almost complete 

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‘End of an era’: explosives topple giant chimneys at defunct NSW coal-fired power plant

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 6:23pm

The 175-metre chimneys at Wallerawang on the edge of the Blue Mountains collapsed in seconds

Explosive engineers have demolished two giant chimney stacks and a boiler at a defunct coal-fired power station west of Sydney as part of efforts to transform the site.

The 175-metre chimneys at Wallerawang have loomed large for residents of Lithgow, a town on the western edge of the Blue Mountains that is home to two coal-fired plants and coalmines.

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Watchdog overturns ban on advert of Land Rover in forest

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 5:01pm

Activists say ad could encourage driving in ecologically sensitive areas and accuse ASA of bias

Environmental campaigners have accused the UK advertising watchdog of bias for overturning a draft ruling that banned adverts for a mud-splattered Land Rover Defender off-roader after previously saying it encouraged “socially irresponsible” driving that could “cause damage to vulnerable habitats”.

The national newspaper ad featured a Defender in a forest with the headline “Life is so much better without restrictions”. Text accompanying the ad said the 4x4 had the “capacity to go almost anywhere and do anything. If you take one for an extended test drive … a whole new world of freedom awaits”.

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Humanity’s failure to tackle climate change in the 1980s had many causes | Letter

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 9:58am

Nathaniel Rich responds to claims about Losing Earth, his 2018 article for the New York Times, later published as a book

In his article (Neoliberalism wrecked our chance to fix the climate crisis – and leftwing statements of faith have changed nothing, 17 November), Jeff Sparrow repeats Naomi Klein’s simplistic claim that, in Losing Earth, I “attribute” the missed opportunity on climate change during the critical decade between 1979 and 1989 to “human nature”. Anyone who reads Losing Earth will see that I do no such thing.

The failure can be attributed to various causes. Among them are: the fecklessness of bureaucrats tasked with developing legislative solutions to a global problem; a generation of influential US scientists’ blind faith in American exceptionalism; the anti-environmental blitzkrieg launched by the Reagan administration on taking office; the failure of journalists, scientists and policymakers to explain the severity of the threat to a disinterested public; the refusal by the major environmental organisations to embrace climate change as a cause worthy of their attention; the machinations of George HW Bush’s chief of staff, John Sununu; and ultimately the mobilisation of the oil and gas industry around a massive disinformation campaign, the origin story of which I reported for the first time.

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One-way traffic: why some petrol prices are on the road to $2 a litre

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 9:30am

The cost of petrol is re-emerging as a political touchstone thanks to a recovery in demand and some Covid-linked supply snafus

Service stations are a new source of public angst, with their red neon signs searing the psyches of drivers worried about how much their next filling will set them back.

Petrol prices are emerging as a political touchstone again too, with $2 a litre in major cities in prospect for some grades.

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Frog back from the dead helps fight plans for mine in Ecuador

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 4:00am

Campaigners say if copper mine gets go-ahead in cloud forest, the longnose harlequin, once thought to be extinct, will be threatened again

Reports of the longnose harlequin frog’s death appear to have been greatly exaggerated – or, at least, premature. The Mark Twain of the frog world is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as extinct, which may come as a surprise to those alive and well in the cloud forests of Ecuador’s tropical Andes.

Known for its pointed snout, the longnose harlequin frog (Atelopus longirostris) is about to play a central role in a legal battle to stop a mining project in the Intag valley in Imbabura province, which campaigners say would be a disaster for the highly biodiverse cloud forests.

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Woodside quizzed on business and environmental concerns about WA gas project

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/23 - 12:23am

Chief executive Meg O’Neill says gas from Scarborough project will help customers in Asia transition away from coal

Energy giant Woodside has sought to play down concerns about the company’s decision to push ahead on controversial plans to develop the Scarborough gas field in Western Australia.

Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill faced questions during an investor update on Tuesday about the company’s $16.2b bet to open up the 800 sq km gas field in north-west Western Australia – an area larger than Singapore – and expand its onshore production capacity.

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part fifteen

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/11/22 - 5:39pm
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Climate activist sentenced to 12 months in jail over coal train blockade in NSW

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/22 - 4:06pm

Eric Serge Herbert stopped a Newcastle coal train by ‘climbing on top of it’

A Blockade Australia activist has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for blockading coal trains in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

Eric Serge Herbert will serve a minimum of six months behind bars for his protests, after he was sentenced at Newcastle local court on Monday.

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Bees may take generations to recover from one exposure to insecticides

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/22 - 1:00pm

Study shows reduced reproduction and other negative impacts on performance of species

It may take bees multiple generations to recover from being exposed to insecticides even just once, research shows.

Although studies have long shown the damaging effects of pesticides for the biodiverse environment, little is known about how much they affect insects in the long term.

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Australia faces wave of native extinctions without urgent action on invasive species, CSIRO reports

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/22 - 9:30am

Research shows introduced pest plants and animals are costing the country $25bn a year

Australia could face a wave of plant and animal extinctions by 2050 unless it takes urgent action to address the threat of invasive species, according to a new report that finds the problem is already costing at least $25bn a year.

The research, by Australia’s national science agency the CSIRO and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, takes a once-a-decade look at the scale of the threat caused by rabbits, feral cats, toxic toads, weeds, diseases such as myrtle rust and other invasive pests.

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Woodside BHP forge ahead on Scarborough gas project in WA

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/11/22 - 3:34am

The Scarborough field will be one of the biggest fossil fuel developments to be built in Australia in a decade

Energy giant Woodside will forge ahead on the Scarborough gas project off Western Australia’s northwest coast after it gave the project final approval.

The $16.2bn Scarborough project is a joint venture between Woodside and BHP and the announcement posted to the ASX on Monday afternoon also confirms the two companies have agreed to a $40b merger of their petroleum businesses, creating one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies.

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Shell increases stake in Australia’s electricity market with Powershop takeover

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/21 - 11:19pm

Move will ‘turn customers’ stomachs’ after retailer touted its clean energy credentials, critics say

Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell has expanded its presence in Australia’s electricity market, buying retailer Powershop from NZ’s Meridian Group as part of a $729m deal that may irk some customers who have tried to avoid fossil fuel companies.

Infrastructure Capital Group will take the non-retailing arm of Meridian’s Australian operations, which includes the Mount Mercer and Mount Millar windfarms, and hydro power plants attached to the major dams of Hume, Burrinjuck and Keepit.

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WA Nippers parents speak out against Woodside Energy sponsorship deal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/11/21 - 7:29pm

The climate emergency is a ‘child’s crisis’, say families unhappy about fossil fuel company’s tie-up with learn-to-swim program

Parents have spoken out against a sponsorship deal that gives the fossil fuel company Woodside Energy naming rights over a children’s learn-to-swim program, saying the climate emergency is a “child’s crisis” and the company has a role in making a product that drives climate change.

Woodside Energy, which is proposing to open up the Scarborough gasfield in Western Australia that would create more emissions than the Adani coalmine, was given the naming rights to the Nippers program by Surf Life Saving WA in 2019.

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the promotion of fools

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/11/21 - 3:03pm

Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

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