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Big four banks distance themselves from Adani coalmine as Westpac rules out loan

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 7:51pm

Coalition frontbencher calls for Queenslanders to boycott Australia’s second-largest bank after it says it will now only lend to mines in established coalfields

All of Australia’s big four banks have ruled out funding or withdrawn from Adani’s Queensland coal project, after Westpac said it would not back opening up new coalmining regions.

Westpac, the country’s second-largest bank, released a new climate policy on Friday, saying it would limit lending for new thermal coal projects to “only existing coal producing basins”.

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Trump To Sign Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 6:16pm

The president is set to sign an order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, and possibly reverse the designation of some marine sanctuaries.

(Image credit: Wyland/NOAA/AP)

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Greenpeace halts campaign against palm oil trader that has 'come a long way'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 6:00pm

Malaysia-based IOI Group announces further moves to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain

Greenpeace has suspended its campaign against one of the world’s largest palm oil traders in recognition of its “significant commitment” to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain.

One year after its sustainability certificate was suspended, IOI Group announced further commitments to improve its environmental practice in a nine-month progress report released on Friday.

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skin pinned

The Field Lab - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 5:56pm
Pinned the rattlesnake skin (scales down) to dry after soaking in the tanning solution for 6 days.  92,95,53,0,B
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As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 3:06pm

People often remember tensions between African-Americans, white police officers and Korean business owners. That story gets more complicated when you step into a predominantly Latino neighborhood.

(Image credit: Gary Leonard/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Florida Battles With Tricky Removal Of Costly Muck In Indian River Lagoon

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 1:20pm

In Florida, an effort is underway to remove more than million cubic feet of muck sullying the Indian River Lagoon, considered North America's most biologically diverse estuary. It's a mess.

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California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 12:15pm

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate, but not California's. Researchers are working to change that.

(Image credit: Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio)

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Bernie Sanders takes aim at Trump on climate ahead of march in DC

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 11:14am
  • ‘There is no area where Trump is more wrong than on climate change’
  • Bill proposes switch to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

As protesters prepare for nationwide demonstrations against Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, Bernie Sanders on Thursday backed legislation that would phase out the use of fossil fuels in the US by 2050.

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Air pollution plan cannot be delayed, high court tells government

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 11:06am

Court rules that immediate publication is essential and rejects Defra’s plea to delay until after the general election

The government has been ordered to publish tough new plans to tackle air pollution after the high court rejected attempts by ministers to keep the policy under wraps until after the general election.

In the latest defeat for ministers over their continued failure to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, which is believed to be responsible for 40,000 premature deaths a year,, Mr Justice Garnham said the secretary of state, Andrea Leadsom, was in breach of a court order to take action in the shortest possible time and that any further delays would constitute a further breach.

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Harvard 'pausing' investments in some fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 7:33am

University stops short of fully divesting its $36bn endowment from coal, oil and gas but green groups welcome the breakthrough after a five-year campaign

Harvard University is “pausing” investments in some fossil fuel interests following a five-year campaign by some students and environment groups to pressure the university to divest itself from coal, oil and gas.

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New study: global warming keeps on keeping on | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 3:00am

A new paper finds no statistical evidence that global warming slowed down in recent years or that it’s sped up just yet

As humans continue to dump heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the Earth continues to warm. In fact, it has been warming for decades and we now routinely hit temperatures that are 1°C (about 2°F) above the temperatures from 100 years ago.

But despite what we may expect, temperatures across the globe don’t rise little by little each year in a straight line. Rather, temperature changes are a bit bumpy. They go up and they go down somewhat randomly as they increase. Think of a wiggly line superimposed on a straight rising line.

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The Republicans who care about climate change: 'They are done with the denial'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 3:00am

As despair intensifies over Trump’s agenda, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus brings Democrats and Republicans together to break the deadlock

The failure of American politics to deal with, or even coherently discuss, climate change was perhaps best illustrated when James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, took to the floor of the US Senate in February 2015 with a Ziploc bag and a mischievous grin.

Related: March against madness - denial has pushed scientists out into the streets | Dana Nuccitelli

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Look, no cars! Riding the closed-road Etape Loch Ness

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 12:31am

Peter Walker takes in stunning views and steep climbs on one of an increasing number of UK cycling sportives that take place on routes shut to motor traffic

If there is one single activity most responsible for the recent mini-boom in Britons taking up road biking, it is arguably the sportive.

These organised, entry-only mass cycling events have sprung up around the UK in ever-increasing numbers. For various legal and insurance reasons they are not races but instead challenge riders only against the clock.

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French tourist survives rare shark attack in New Zealand

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/04/27 - 12:24am

Tourist survives, suffering only moderate injuries, after rare attack at Curio Bay in the South Island

A French tourist survived a rare shark attack in New Zealand on Thursday, suffering only moderate injuries, rescuers and locals said.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was bodyboarding in the afternoon at Curio Bay in the South Island when the shark attacked her leg, St John Ambulance said.

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Cobalt gems luminous in the bright light

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/26 - 9:30pm

Sandy, Bedfordshire Two kingfishers, with daggers of beaks and undercarriages of deep orange, were engaged in a chase

In the days before we gave names to storms, an anonymous blow laid low a riverside tree. Years later, leafless and lifeless, its branches bare of bark, the tree still lay across the water, an antlered jetty.

That gale had heaved the tree over, root plate and all, taking a giant’s bite out of the riverbank. The tree’s sheared and weathered anchors stuck out like pirates’ bones from the caked soil at the base of the trunk. A long-ago flood had wrapped a silt-stained shred of black plastic around one of the protruding roots.

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Hume Coal mine would threaten water and net just $6m in royalties a year for NSW

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/26 - 7:04pm

Locals told proposed mine in the southern highlands of NSW, part of Sydney’s water catchment, would damage water table in the region for as long as 73 years

A controversial underground coalmine that will threaten the water supply of 71 landowners in NSW’s southern highlands will net the state government just $120m over two decades, locals have been told.

A multinational steelmaker, Korea-based Posco, is seeking approval for an underground coalmine near Berrima in the southern highlands of New South Wales, part of Sydney’s drinking-water catchment.

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twenty years later...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2017/04/26 - 3:51pm
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TfL to spend £18m on preparing London for new electric black cabs

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/26 - 9:24am

Upgrade of capital’s power grids will enable energy companies to install 300 fast-charging stations by 2020

Transport for London is spending £18m on upgrading the capital’s power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs.

From 1 January 2018, all new black cabs will have to be battery-powered electric models by law as part of TfL’s effort to reduce toxic pollution from diesel engines.

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California ‘super bloom’ visible from space – video report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/26 - 6:42am

Wildflowers have erupted across California deserts in the past month in a phenomenon known as a ‘super bloom’. After heavy rainfall ended months of drought, the flowers carpeted such vast areas that the transformation was visible from space

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Satellite Eye on Earth: March 2017 – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/04/26 - 6:19am

Mount Etna, India’s ship graveyard and trees in Africa are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

The Mackenzie river system is Canada’s largest watershed, and the 10th largest water basin in the world. The river runs 4,200km (2,600 miles) from the Columbia icefield in the Canadian Rockies to the Arctic Ocean. If your vehicle weighs less than 22,000lb, you can drive the frozen river out to Reindeer Station. The bitterly cold ice road runs for 194km between the remote outposts of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. White, snow- and ice-covered waterways of the east channel of the Mackenzie river delta stand out amid green, pine-covered land. The low angle of the sunlight bathes the higher elevations in golden light. The pond- and lake-covered lands around the river are home to caribou, waterfowl, and a number of fish species. Several thousand reindeer travel through this area each year on the way to their calving grounds.

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