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The Biden administration sold oil and gas leases days after the climate summit

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 5:53pm

Despite pledging to take action on climate change at the international event, the Biden administration says its hands were tied after a federal judge stopped its attempt to pause the leasing program.

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Residents of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley hopeful for action after EPA head’s visit

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 12:02pm

Michael Regan says he aims to ‘hold everyone accountable’ on his ‘journey to justice’ through toxic sites across the south

Outside the Tchoupitoulas chapel in the community of Reserve, Robert Taylor waited in the morning sun for a meeting he never thought would happen.

After years of campaigning for clean air in his south Louisiana community, a battle profiled by the Guardian for the past two years, Taylor was scheduled to meet with the federal official who holds the power to change his life: the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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‘Journalists are PR department of Greenpeace’: Andrew Neil on climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 11:15am

Presenter also tells Freeview event he would like to return to British television

Andrew Neil has said journalists are “basically the PR department of Greenpeace” when it comes to reporting on the climate crisis, as the interviewer indicated he would like to return to British television screens in the future.

The presenter, who had a brief but disastrous stint with the rightwing channel GB News, told a television industry conference that there was not enough critical reporting on predictions about the impact of rising global temperatures.

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Scotland’s bottle and can return scheme in ‘shambolic’ mess

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 10:27am

Legislation for compulsory scheme was passed by Holyrood in 2019 but there is no longer launch date, say ministers

Scottish ministers have been accused of making a “shambolic” mess of their bottle and can recycling programme after admitting they no longer had a launch date for it.

Scotland was expected to be the first part of the UK to introduce a compulsory bottle and can recycling scheme for retailers in July next year, but the Guardian revealed on Monday that the target date was expected to be scrapped.

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Green hydrogen beats blue on emissions and financial cost, Australian study finds

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 9:30am

Greenhouse gas emissions from hydrogen produced using fossil fuels such as natural gas are ‘substantial’, researchers say

Hydrogen produced by fossil fuels is more expensive, will release more greenhouse gas emissions and comes with a greater risk of creating stranded assets, according to new research from the Australian National University.

In the paper, published in the peer-reviewed engineering journal Applied Energy, researchers compared the emissions and financial cost of producing hydrogen using fossil fuels or renewable energy.

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SSE to invest billions more in green power as it rejects break-up call

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 5:46am

FTSE 100 energy firm defies call to split off renewables business with extra £1bn of green investments every year to 2026

SSE has rebuffed calls to break itself up, and announced a multi-billion pound plan to boost investment across its renewable energy and electricity networks businesses.

The FTSE 100 energy firm faces pressure from Elliott Management, an aggressive activist hedge fund, to split off its fast-growing renewable energy business. Elliott has built up a stake in the company this year.

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Casey Harrell: the climate activist taking on Wall Street – and the muscle-wasting disease that’s killing him

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 1:00am

The 43-year-old co-founder of BlackRock’s Big Problem knows he may not have long to live, thanks to the neurodegenerative disease ALS. But that won’t stop him holding the US’s biggest investors to account

Two months into the pandemic, Casey Harrell was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The 43-year-old climate activist started noticing symptoms in 2019, shortly after the birth of his daughter, Aya. At first, a doctor thought he had a muscle-twitching condition that would go away on its own. Then, he tested positive for Lyme disease, which can mimic the early symptoms of ALS. But, as the world closed down to stop the spread of Covid-19, neurologists concluded his worsening limp and cramps were the early signs of the muscle-wasting illness, for which there is no cure. He could expect to live between two and five more years.

After a short break, Harrell threw himself back into his work, pushing for BlackRock, the biggest asset manager in the world, to use its financial might for the benefit of the planet. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment in human history. Everyone that can should be fighting for a livable climate and a healthy biosphere,” says Harrell. “My ALS diagnosis has not changed that at all, it has only reinforced within me [the need] to do the work with urgency because my ALS clock may mean that I do not live as long as I had hoped I would.”

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US auctions off oil and gas drilling leases in Gulf of Mexico after climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2021/11/17 - 1:00am

Biden administration launching auction of more than 80m acres for fossil fuel extraction that experts call ‘incredibly reckless’

Just four days after landmark climate talks in Scotland in which Joe Biden vowed the US will “lead by example” in tackling dangerous global heating, the president’s own administration is providing a jarring contradiction – the largest ever sale of oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

The US federal government is on Wednesday launching an auction of more than 80m acres of the gulf for fossil fuel extraction, a record sell-off that will lock in years, and potentially decades, of planet-heating emissions.

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British Columbia and Pacific north-west storm wreaks havoc

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 10:06pm

Fears death toll will rise after record rainfall destroys highways and leaves tens of thousands in the US and Canada without power

At least one person has been killed and several more are feared dead after a huge storm hit the Pacific north-west, destroying highways and leaving tens of thousands of people in Canada and the US without power.

Canada’s largest port was cut off by flood waters, as emergency crews in British Columbia announced on Tuesday that at least 10 vehicles had been swept off a highway during a landslide.

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Blockade Australia: anti-coal activists vow more disruption despite warnings of 25-year jail sentences

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 8:38pm

Climate activists have used their bodies, rope and glue as part of ‘destructive action’ to block part of the coal supply chain in the Hunter

Two climate activists shut down activity at the world’s largest coal port on Wednesday morning by climbing on top of machinery at the Port of Newcastle and pressing an emergency safety button, bringing the export of coal to a standstill.

“As scary as [the police] might be, as scary as taking action which might ostracise you from certain communities might be, it’s not as scary as the future we are heading to,” one of the protesters, 21-year-old Hannah, said.

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Bill Gates-backed experimental nuclear power plant heads to tiny Wyoming city

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 7:19pm

Officials have announced that Kemmerer, population 2,600, will be the site of a plant featuring a liquid sodium-cooled reactor

A tiny city in the top US coalmining state of Wyoming is set to become the home of an experimental nuclear power project backed by Bill Gates.

The new Natrium nuclear power plant will be located in Kemmerer, officials announced on Tuesday, and will replace a coal-fired plant that is set to close in 2025.

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Neoliberalism wrecked our chance to fix the climate crisis – and leftwing statements of faith have changed nothing | Jeff Sparrow

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 6:19pm

Atmospheric carbon does not care about culture war. Neither should we

Why didn’t we nip climate change in the bud?

Nathaniel Rich poses that question in an important article for the New York Times Magazine in 2018 (later published as a book).

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 4:44pm


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Insulate Britain activist says he will block more roads if not jailed

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 10:59am

Ben Taylor, 27, was one of nine members of group accused of breaching injunction over M25

An Insulate Britain activist has told the high court he will “block the highway at the earliest opportunity” if he is not jailed for breaching an order banning the group from protesting on the M25.

Ben Taylor, 27, was one of nine members of the climate activist group to appear at the royal courts of justice in London on Tuesday accused of breaching the injunction granted to National Highways by blocking a roundabout on London’s orbital motorway.

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Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 9:30am

Exclusive: Investment would avoid disruption to communities as coastal floods and erosion worsen with rising sea levels, insurance council says

Australia will have to spend $30bn over the next half century to bolster coastal defences against the threat of rising sea levels and other global heating impacts to cope with more exposed properties becoming uninhabitable, the Insurance Council of Australia has said.

The ICA, an industry group representing insurers and reinsurers, described the funding as “modest” compared with the bill of not taking action to limit a widening “protection gap” in insurance.

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Furtive ferret: one of North America’s rarest mammals turns up in Colorado garage

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 8:00am

The furry face hiding under a table turned out to be a black-footed ferret, one of only about 600 in the world

A Colorado man had a surprise encounter with the rarest mammal in North America, which he found hiding beneath a table saw in his garage.

Reese Nettles had gone out to lift weights when he caught sight of a furry face with soft, curious eyes.

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Soaring pollution has Delhi considering full weekend lockdown

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 6:40am

Thick smog envelops Indian capital with pollution levels 20 times higher than deemed healthy by WHO

India’s capital, Delhi, and several surrounding states have shut schools, imposed work-from-home orders and a full weekend lockdown of the city is being contemplated in an attempt to tackle the deadly levels of pollution that have yet again enveloped the region.

Over the past weeks, in what has become a dreaded seasonal occurrence, Delhi has suffered pollution levels 20 times higher than the levels deemed healthy by the World Health Organization and a thick brown smog settled over the city.

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The pandemic exposed the human cost of the meatpacking industry’s power: ‘It’s enormously frightening’

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 4:05am

The message from companies and regulators has been clear: Americans need meat, and workers need to risk their lives to provide it

Early in the pandemic, Covid outbreaks were rampant in America’s meatpacking plants – the factories that kill, cut and package animals.

But the chairman of one of biggest meat companies in the US, Tyson, argued that these factories should stay open to feed Americans.

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Pollution experts refuse to let Science Museum feature work over Shell links

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2021/11/16 - 3:47am

Steve and Dee Allen say sponsorship deal and ‘gagging clause’ show it is no longer a credible scientific institution

Two prominent scientists are refusing to allow their work to be included in the Science Museum’s collection because of the institution’s links to Shell.

Steve and Dee Allen, who have carried out some of the most important research into global plastic pollution, say the museum’s sponsorship deal with the fossil fuel company – and a subsequent “gagging clause” – meant it was no longer a credible scientific institution.

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