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'Irrelevant': Labor frontbencher says no use focusing on 2030 emissions target

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/04 - 8:20pm

Resources spokesperson Joel Fitzgibbon says a mid-century target of net zero emissions would now be the opposition’s focus

Labor’s resources spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, says an emissions reduction target for 2030 has become “irrelevant”. He’s also declined to say whether the opposition should adopt a concrete commitment for 2035.

Fitzgibbon told the ABC on Sunday Labor’s climate change policy for the next federal election would be “meaningful”, but he said a mid-century target of net zero emissions would now be the opposition’s focus.

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English countryside 'at risk from Boris Johnson’s planning revolution'

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/04 - 9:18am

The prime minister’s ‘build, build, build’ strategy could harm habitats and reduce wildlife protection, critics warn

The English countryside and its wildlife are at serious risk because of Boris Johnson’s pledge to revolutionise the planning system, leading green groups warn today.

In a joint letter to the Observer, the organisations, which include the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Wildlife Trusts, say wide-scale deregulation leading to lower environmental standards and less protection would be a betrayal of promises by Johnson and Michael Gove to deliver a “green Brexit”.

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'An ashram for the hummingbird': the Trinidad haven for world's tiniest bird

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/04 - 1:15am

Theo and Gloria Ferguson have created a garden specially designed to attract hummingbirds – and hundreds visit daily

At the foot of Theo and Gloria Ferguson’s property stands a giant silk cotton tree. Reminiscent of those enchanted species in children’s fables, this ancient sentinel’s huge varicose limbs yawn upwards and outwards, towards a canopy of leaves that scratch the sky. Eight adults linking arms would struggle to encircle its vast girth, proof of the aeons it has stood guarding the edge of Trinidad’s Maracas valley.

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Dover clifftops 'buzzing with wildlife' after National Trust takeover

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/07/04 - 12:00am

Restoration work and wet winter have led to an explosion of colour and an increase in birds

A well known piece of the British landscape that had become depleted of flora and fauna because of years of intensive farming is alive with wildflowers, butterflies and birds this summer.

Since the National Trust acquired fields on top of the white cliffs of Dover two and half years ago after a £1m national appeal championed by Dame Vera Lynn, it has worked to restore the area to rich grassland.

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President Trump Brings Big Fireworks Displays Back To Mt. Rushmore

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 1:01pm

President Trump's Friday visit to Mt. Rushmore included the return of big fireworks displays. They were banned since 2009 because of wildfire and pollution risks.

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'Steamy showers': Australian Instagram influencers post on behalf of natural gas

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 1:00pm

Former reality TV contestants promise ‘instant and long lasting hot water’ in campaign by gas company Jemena

The natural gas giant Jemena has defended paying Instagram influencers, including former contestants of The Block, Married at First Sight and other reality TV shows, to promote the fossil fuel in social media posts.

The #GoNaturalGas campaign from the Chinese and Singaporean-owned Jemena, which manages key natural gas pipelines around and out of Australia, appears to have been running for two years online, and comes amid concern liquified natural gas could be as bad for the environment as coal.

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Australia's register of threatened species critical habitat not updated in 15 years

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 1:00pm

Independent advice body says minister should be given emergency powers to protect habitat after natural disasters

Australia has not updated a register of habitat critical for the protection of threatened species for 15 years, prompting experts to call for it to be strengthened to protect more types of land.

An independent scientific body that advises the government on threatened species also says the environment minister should be given emergency powers to protect habitat after natural disasters.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 7:51am

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a hatching crocodile and Mexican grey wolf cubs

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UK waste firm Biffa loses appeal after exporting dirty waste to China

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 6:43am

Company convicted of trying to export used nappies and other contaminated materials illegally

One of the UK’s biggest waste firms has lost a case in the court of appeal to overturn a criminal conviction for exporting dirty waste to China.

The Environment Agency, which brought a successful criminal prosecution a year ago against Biffa Waste Services Ltd, which was convicted of trying to send used nappies and other contaminated materials illegally to China, welcomed Friday’s ruling and said exports of this kind of illegal waste “blighted the lives and environment of people overseas”.

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'Make The Climate A Priority Again,' Says Germany's Student Activist Neubauer

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 5:00am

NPR sits down with Germany's prominent youth climate activist to discuss lessons from the coronavirus and next steps for the movement.

(Image credit: Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Judge fines Greenpeace £80,000 over North Sea oil rig occupation

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 3:51am

Scottish court rules that environmental group defied court order banning the protest

Greenpeace has been fined £80,000 after a Scottish court found it guilty of the “wilful defiance” of a court order banning it from occupying a North Sea oil rig.

Lady Wolffe, sitting in the court of session in Edinburgh, said Greenpeace UK had deliberately broken an interdict, or injunction, against occupying a platform owned by the US contractor Transocean in June 2019.

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Heatwaves have become longer in most of the world since 1950s – study

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 3:26am

Frequency of heatwaves and cumulative intensity has risen through the decades, research finds

Heatwaves have increased in both length and frequency in nearly every part of the world since the 1950s, according to what is described as the first study to look at the issue at a regional level.

The study found the escalation in heatwaves varied around the planet, with the Amazon, north-eastern Brazil, west Asia (including parts of the subcontinent and central Asia) and the Mediterranean all experiencing more rapid change than, for example, southern Australia and north Asia. The only inhabited region where there was not a trend was in the central United States.

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Trump abuses our national parks, and he's doing it again at Mount Rushmore | Jonathan B Jarvis and Gary Machlis

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2020/07/03 - 2:05am

Past presidents used the parks to inspire and unite. Trump sees them as backdrops for self-serving, divisive campaign rallies

In the United States, parks have always been used as spaces for public protest, places for commemorating acts of resistance and the struggle for a more perfect union, and stages for presidents to call for national unity or celebrate civic purpose.

As his Mount Rushmore event scheduled for Friday makes clear, Donald Trump misunderstands and misuses all these precedents.

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'Human swan' to take flight on new mission to follow migrating ospreys

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 11:15pm

Conservationist Sacha Dench will also log marine mammals she sees from her paramotor on the 7,000km journey across Europe and Africa

Sacha Dench is not one to sit still. Known to many as “the human swan” for her record-breaking journey tracking migrating swans in a motorised paraglider, the conservationist and adventurer is planning her next aerial mission: to follow ospreys migrating 7,000km across Europe and Africa.

“It’s really hard to get people to care about migratory species because they are not the responsibility of any one country,” says Dench, who founded Conservation Without Borders and was named as a UN ambassador for migratory species this year. “Birds often don’t fit within borders so they don’t sit in national action plans unless they breed there. But we need to think of conservation in terms of a species’ entire flyway or migratory track.”

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Russian watch for the blind...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 5:17pm
Working on one of my Russian mechanical wrist watches.  Got it serviced, cleaned up, and ordered a new crystal - but having a beast of a time regulating it even after demagnetizing the watch and band.  Its running about 4 minutes fast per hour which is unacceptable.  86,99,78, .05",W
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60% of fish species could be unable to survive in current areas by 2100 – study

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 11:00am

Warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk, researchers say

Sixty per cent of studied fish species will be unable to survive in their current ranges by 2100 if climate warming reaches a worst-case scenario of 4-5C (7.2-9F) above pre-industrial temperatures, researchers have found.

In a study of nearly 700 fresh and saltwater fish species, researchers examined how warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk.

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Arizona reels as three of the biggest wildfires in its history ravage state

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 9:10am

Extreme weather has contributed to the vast blazes – with the pandemic complicating the emergency response

For residents of Tucson in southern Arizona, the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado national forest are known as a hub for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor recreation.

But on 5 June lightning ignited a wildfire that has grown to engulf over 118,000 acres. The fires are still only 58% contained. Called the Bighorn fire, it is the eighth-biggest in state history, and it has transformed the Catalinas into a hub for the study of the impacts of climate change. Nasa satellite photos show large scar marks left by the fire.

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$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 7:01am

A fast growing mountain of toxic e-waste is polluting the planet and damaging health, says new report

At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.

A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and child on Earth, though use is concentrated in richer nations. The amount of e-waste is rising three times faster than the world’s population, and only 17% of it was recycled in 2019.

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Revealed: raw sewage poured into Olympic Park wildlife haven

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2020/07/02 - 7:00am

Thames Water overflow pipe pumped waste for 1,000 hours into London wetlands last year

Raw sewage was discharged for more than 1,000 hours from a Thames Water overflow pipe into an environmental wetland at the Olympic Park last year, the Guardian can reveal.

The combined sewer overflow (CSO) at Mulberry Court pumped untreated waste 91 times into the waterway that feeds into the River Lea. To April this year, the same CSO has so far discharged for 34 hours in 20 incidents.

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