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Australian thermal coal exporters warned of falling demand from India

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 8:45pm

Report says outlook in India is ‘finely balanced and uncertain’ despite resources industry’s high hopes

Thermal coal exporters face “significant risk” that demand from India will decline, a report by the Australian office of the chief economist says.

It also warned of long-term uncertainties in the market considered a “great hope” by miners.

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UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 5:33pm

Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route paves way for solar-powered trains

The world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains.

From Friday, about 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route.

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Democratic National Committee rejects mounting calls for climate crisis debate

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 1:58pm

Members cited concerns over changing party rules and opening the door for a flood of single-issue events

The Democratic National Committee has rejected mounting calls for a party-sponsored debate on the climate crisis, voting down a resolution that would have dedicated one of the 12 Democratic debates entirely to the issue.

Calls for a DNC-sanctioned climate debate have been building for months. In poll after poll, climate has been one of the most important issues to likely Democratic voters in the 2020 presidential election. But little time has been devoted to the topic in debates to date: a scant 15 minutes in the first set of debates, and just over 20 in the most recent two.

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How The Issue Of Climate Change Is Shaping The Democratic Primaries

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 1:24pm

Climate activists have been pushing the Democratic party to hold a debate on their issue. Most candidates have clear plans to combat climate change, with Bernie Sanders releasing his on Wednesday.

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Satellites Show Thousands Of Fires Sweeping Through Brazil's Amazon Rainforest

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 1:24pm

Fires are always burning in the Amazon. But wildfires have surged 83% since this time last year, according to Brazil's space agency. Satellites have spotted more than 9,500 wildfires this past week.

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Brazilian minister booed at climate event as outcry grows over Amazon fires

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 11:33am

Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit

The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism.

Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazil’s supreme court.

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Melbourne loses 15bn litres of water annually from logging catchment, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 11:00am

Researchers say the Thomson catchment is missing out each year on the amount of water used by 250,000 people

Logging is causing Melbourne’s main catchment area to miss out on about 15bn litres of water each year, equivalent to the amount used by 250,000 people, a peer-reviewed study has found.

If logging in Victoria’s Thomson catchment continues as planned, that number would increase to 600,000 Melburnians by 2060, according to the research from the Australian National University.

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Cane growers support front group working to undermine Great Barrier Reef science

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 11:00am

Exclusive: Farmers United says ‘we know in our hearts and minds’ experts are wrong about run-off damaging the reef

Queensland cane growers’ groups are backing an opaque front organisation working to undermine Great Barrier Reef consensus science, including publishing claims that “we know in our hearts and minds” that the experts are wrong.

The group, Farmers United, published full-page advertisements in News Corp Queensland newspapers this week.

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Sanders to unveil $16tn climate plan, far more aggressive than rivals' proposals

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 4:01am

Democratic presidential hopeful’s 10-year plan warns of devastating economic consequences if crisis is not addressed

Bernie Sanders has laid out an ambitious 10-year, $16.3tn national mobilization to avert climate catastrophe, warning that the US risks losing $34.5tn in economic productivity by the end of the century if it does not respond with the urgency the threat demands.

The Vermont senator has long spoken of the climate crisis as a existential danger to the US and the world, and he has previously endorsed a Green New Deal, which he put forward with the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Mines No Safer Despite $1 Billion In Fines, Federal Audit Says

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 3:00am

A Labor Department audit found no correlation between the federal system that fines mining companies for unsafe conditions and safety in mining operations.

(Image credit: Wade Payne/AP)

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Activists Push Democrats On Climate Change, A New Priority For Party's Base

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 2:00am

The Sunrise Movement is holding rallies and registering voters, aiming to boost turnout among young voters. For the first time, polls show climate change is a top priority for the party's base.

(Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR)

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Automakers snub Trump to side with climate crisis, says Obama-era official

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 1:00am

Companies are considering years of regulatory uncertainty when aligning with California’s mileage standards deal

Automakers pushing back against Donald Trump’s rollbacks to mileage standards want to avoid drawn-out court battles and be seen as on the right side of the climate crisis, according to one of the architects of the Obama administration rules.

Jeff Alson, who spent a decade on the standards as senior transportation and air quality adviser in the Environmental Protection Agency, said the companies are worried about years of regulatory uncertainty that could end with judges deciding against Trump.

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Cuadrilla halts work after UK's biggest fracking tremor

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/08/22 - 12:31am

Company says most residents will not have felt microseismic event at Lancashire site

Cuadrilla was forced to halt fracking at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire on Wednesday night after triggering the largest tremor recorded at the location.

The tremor closed down operations at the Preston New Road site shortly after it was detected at 8.46pm.

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UK should cut vehicle use to hit zero-carbon target, say MPs

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 10:00pm

Scathing report says Tory governments have held back progress on clean energy goals

The government should discourage personal vehicle use and reward energy-efficient homebuilding to meet its legally binding target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, MPs have said

In a scathing parliamentary report, the cross-party science and technology select committee said recent Conservative governments have promised more but done less on the climate crisis, which has left several gaping policy holes that need to be filled.

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Python wars: the snake epidemic eating away at Florida

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 10:00pm

There are tens of thousands of pythons in the Florida wild, attacking animals and damaging ecosystems – and the quest to stop them has become a collective crusade

On a Thursday afternoon in St Petersburg, Florida, Beth Koehler crouches over a cairn terrier named Ginger, trimming intently as fur collects around her feet. On Koehler’s arm is a scratch – red, jagged and freshly acquired, though not in the way one might expect of a dog groomer.

“There was no way I could pin the head,” Koehler says, referring to the snake that was partly responsible. She had grabbed hold however she could, which made it “pissed”: “It decided to coil up and just throw itself at me.” Startled, Koehler had fallen backwards, cutting herself on a vine – an injury far preferable to the bite of a Burmese python.

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Australia's climate change inaction is now bipartisan. Protest is all we have left | Jeff Sparrow

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 8:55pm

Queensland Labor gearing up to criminalise activism is only a taste of the kind of intimidation that’s likely to come

“Even though I was the one who had been assaulted, I was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. […] I will never forgive or forget what came next. I was ‘verballed’ by the police who manufactured the most incredible statements about the whole thing.”

That was Peter Beattie, who would later become ALP premier of Queensland, detailing his treatment by police during anti-apartheid protests against the South African rugby team in July 1971.

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Australia's deputy PM apologises to Pacific for fruit-picking comments 'if any insult was taken'

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 7:50pm

Michael McCormack offers qualified apology after remarks about climate change and seasonal workers caused outrage

Michael McCormack has apologised to Pacific Island nations for his comments that they will survive the climate crisis – in part – “because many of their workers come here to pick our fruit”.

The deputy prime minister offered a qualified apology at a doorstop in Brisbane, six days after the remarks which further soured a bitter experience at the Pacific Islands Forum, where Australia was roundly criticised for watering down a communique on the climate crisis.

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The New Rocket

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 6:50pm
Launching this weekend. 91,95,73,0,B
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Washington governor Jay Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 6:49pm

Democrat who had built his campaign around tackling climate crisis says it was clear he would not win

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has dropped out of the presidential race.

Inslee, who launched his campaign in March with a singular focus on fighting climate change, announced he was suspending his campaign during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday.

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'Bunch of bedwetters': Matt Canavan attacks Aurecon for cutting ties with Adani

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/08/21 - 4:30pm

Resources minister defends his extraordinary spray accusing engineering firm of being ‘weak as piss’ and giving in to anti-coal ‘bullies’

The resources minister Matt Canavan has defended an extraordinary spray against engineering firm Aurecon over its decision to sever ties with Indian energy company Adani.

Canavan had labelled Aurecon’s decision “weak as piss”, and on Thursday rejected claims from the Greens that he is a hypocrite for using public pressure to bully the company while criticising anti-coal activists.

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