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Global climate march 2015: day of action begins in Australia and New Zealand – live #climatemarch

Guardian Environment News - 10 min 31 sec ago

Live coverage of the people’s climate march as millions across the world are expected to take to the streets ahead of the Paris climate change summit

4.57am GMT

Clover Moore, Sydney’s lord mayor, says these numbers would make today the biggest climate march ever held in the city:

I’ve just been told by organisers there were at least 45,000 people, making it the biggest climate march ever in Sydney #PeoplesClimate

4.49am GMT

My colleague Calla Wahlquist is in Perth, where marchers will be setting off in later today:

More than 100 people have already gathered at Wellington Square, clinging to the shade on the fringe.#peoplesclimate pic.twitter.com/Lu9BkNIvtm

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Turnbull says Shorten’s ‘heroic’ climate target aimed at making political point

Guardian Environment News - 1 hour 14 min ago

Prime minister derides Labor’s pledge to cut 2005 carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 as unrealistic and ‘a political rather than an environmental statement’

Related: Bill Shorten lays out bold climate aims as Malcolm Turnbull heads to Paris

Labor’s target on climate change is “heroic” and aimed at making a political point rather than helping the environment, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said.

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Japan under fire over decision to resume whaling

Guardian Environment News - 5 hours 2 min ago

Officials maintain a third of previous numbers will be caught and insist plan is scientifically sound

Japan is set to resume whaling early next year, after a break of more than 12 months, in defiance of an international court of justice ruling that it cease the practice.

The Japanese government says it has taken into account the court ruling and its “scientific” whaling programme will catch only a third of the minke whales it caught under its previous programme – 333 instead of 1,000 – which it halted in March last year.

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Innovation will save our warming planet – so where is the investment? | Will Hutton

Guardian Environment News - 5 hours 2 min ago
Governments must commit themselves to greater R&D or their vows on climate change will just be hot air

The most obvious response to climate change should be to transform the way the world generates energy. Living standards have risen 40 times over the last 250 years in the west, driven neither by the small state beloved of conservatives nor the large state favoured by socialists.

Rather, the growth has resulted from a complicated interaction between capitalism and science and technology, of necessity publicly funded, creating wave after wave of transformations in the character of our economic base and the quality and quantity of what it produces.

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Labor chides $600,000 contract for new part-time windfarm commissioner

Guardian Environment News - 5 hours 7 min ago

Mark Butler says Coalition government wasting money on windfarm ‘conspiracy theories’ after Andrew Dyer’s salary revelation

The government is wasting more than $600,000 on windfarm “conspiracy theories”, Labor said, after a report revealed the salary of the newly appointed wind commissioner, Andrew Dyer.

Related: Windfarm commissioner appointed with strong credentials in renewables

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Australia slams Japan’s decision to resume Antarctic whaling

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 3:22pm

Environment minister says Tokyo cannot ‘unilaterally decide’ to ignore scientific advice and international court of justice ruling to hunt and kill 333 minke whales

Japan cannot unilaterally decide to start whaling in Antarctica again against the advice of scientists, says the environment minister, Greg Hunt.

Japan is set to ignore an international court of justice ruling that last year prompted Tokyo to cancel the bulk of its whaling for the 2014-15 season.

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Rain and ice in central US linked to 14 deaths in Texas and Kansas

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 3:15pm
  • Icy conditions to persist overnight into Sunday
  • Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas see flash-flood watches

A slow-moving wintry storm system that has been blamed for more than a dozen deaths began moving eastward out of Texas on Saturday but kept coating some states to the north in ice, making driving dangerous.

The band of storms that has been moving through parts of the plains and the midwest since Thursday has been blamed for at least 14 deaths, eight in Texas and six in Kansas. A 70-year-old woman whose car was swept away by flash flooding Friday in Fort Worth remained missing on Saturday.

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George Osborne ‘has undermined UK role in climate talks’

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 2:58pm
Ending support for carbon-capture technology is ‘betrayal’ says expert Stuart Haszeldine

Britain will enter the Paris climate change talks this week with its credentials as a responsible, low-emission power generator in tatters. That is the stark conclusion of one of the country’s leading energy experts, Professor Stuart Haszeldine of Edinburgh University.

Haszeldine believes George Osborne’s last-minute decision to axe the government’s £1bn support for a scheme to capture and bury carbon dioxide emissions from power stations was a final act that utterly undermined British negotiators’ status in Paris.

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Climate change activists stage tattoo protest against BP at Tate Britain

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 5:59am

Thirty-five protesters occupy 1840s room at London gallery two days before UN climate change talks open in Paris

Climate change activists have occupied part of Tate Britain, where they have started to tattoo each other in protest at BP’s sponsorship of the gallery.

Tate has closed the 1840s gallery where 35 activists have set themselves up and started to tattoo each other with the numbers of the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere in the year they were born. They estimate it will take all day to complete the tattoos.

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The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 5:02am

As people dig ever deeper to find water, nearly 1,200 square miles of California is sinking 2 inches a month – destroying roads, bridges and farmland in the process

On a day when the skies were ashen from the smoke of distant wildfires, Chase Hurley kept his eyes trained on the slower-moving disaster at ground level: collapsing levees, buckling irrigation canals, water rising up over bridges and sloshing over roads.

This is the hidden disaster of California’s drought. So much water has been pumped out of the ground that vast areas of the Central Valley are sinking, destroying millions of dollars in infrastructure in the gradual collapse.

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How to stage a spectacular climate march

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 3:00am

Face paint, stunts and gas masks: a visual guide to climate marches as thousands prepare to take to the streets in cities around the world this weekend

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Paris climate summit: world leaders told to iron out differences before talks end

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/11/28 - 12:01am

France steps up diplomatic efforts to get consensus on a global deal six days before official talks conclude

Negotiators at key UN climate talks in Paris that open next week are being told by the French government they must iron out their main differences six days before the end of the talks, according to the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.

Related: The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss

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Thousands march over climate change in Brisbane and across New Zealand

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 11:43pm

Heat proves no obstacle to the reported 15,000 demonstrators in Auckland, or the 5,000 in Brisbane, following a 40,0000-strong Melbourne event on Friday

Thousands of people have marched in Brisbane and more were planning to march in Darwin on Saturday, following Friday’s 40,000-strong rally in Melbourne. Crowd reports in Brisbane varied from 5,000 to 10,000.

The People’s Climate March – a worldwide event – took place on Saturday, and organisers said thousands took part in 35 New Zealand centres – the smallest being on Raoul Island, where the island’s entire population of seven turned out.

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Legendary birds of the wildness

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 10:30pm
Tarbat Ness, Highlands I thought of their long journey from the north. Their bugle calls, reputed to be among the most far-carrying of any birds, would have kept families together by day and night, whatever the weather

The bevy of whooper swans were resting on a stubble field at the end of this peninsula. The red and white banded lighthouse at the point seemed to brood over the scene. Beyond lay the vastness of the open sea and as I scanned the swans I knew that for me these whooper swans epitomise all that is the wildness of the Highlands.

Almost certainly the swans I could see in the field had come south from their breeding grounds in Iceland, where I have in the past been fortunate to see their huge nests, conspicuous on raised ground in the vast glacial outwash plains. In Japan the whooper swan is known as the “Angel of Winter”, and they can overwinter on the remotest of large lochs in the open landscape. They have played an important part in mythology, legends and symbolism and have inspired many writers, poets and composers. The legend that they sing only once, just before they die, goes back to the Roman times.

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Malcolm Turnbull asks Commonwealth leaders to send climate change signal

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 7:34pm

Australian PM urges his fellow leaders to sign up to a climate change statement and agrees to contribute $1m to help poorer nations respond to its effects

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has encouraged other Commonwealth leaders to send a powerful signal to other nations that strong climate change action is needed.

Related: Australia must help Pacific islands at Paris climate summit, says PNG leader

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Brazil to sue mining companies BHP and Vale for $5bn over dam disaster

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 7:09pm

The collapse of a wastewater dam at an iron-ore mine left more than 13 dead and has triggered am environmental crisis in the River Doce basin

Brazil’s government has announced it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $US5.2bn after the deadly collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine sent 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste cascading into the Atlantic ocean and left more than 13 people dead.

Environment minister Izabella Teixeira said a lawsuit would be filed demanding that the companies and the mine operator Samarco, which they co-own, create a fund of 20 billion reais to pay for environmental recovery and compensation for victims.

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over the river and through the desert...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 3:41pm

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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 2:31pm

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

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Amazon deforestation report is major setback for Brazil ahead of climate talks

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 11:15am

Report showing 16% increase in tree destruction underscores climate threat and is a disappointing result for government efforts to combat deforestation

Trees covering an area more than seven times the territory of New York City have been cleared in the Brazilian Amazon over the past year, in a major setback for government efforts to combat deforestation.

Related: Half of tree species in the Amazon at risk of extinction, say scientists

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My oil firm wants results from COP 21. But not the kind you might expect | Björn Otto Sverdrup

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/11/27 - 11:00am
Statoil doesn’t debate climate science, it acts on it. The Paris talks must find radical solutions – and our optimism can be the fuel for change

Humankind’s ability to manage climate change is being tested. The Paris climate talks will conclude two weeks from today. Can we get it right this time?

There is no shortage of pessimists. Mark Carney recently spoke of climate change as the “tragedy of the horizon”. Humans have an enormous capacity for failing to do what we know in our hearts we need to. As Ibsen’s Peer Gynt said: “To think it, wish it, even want it – but do it! No, that I cannot understand.” 

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