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Introducing the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards

Guardian Environment News - 6 hours 6 min ago

It’s a decade since the inaugural Observer Ethical Awards. We’ve had 10 amazing years of inspirational eco entrepreneurs, campaigners for social justice and radical thinkers. Lucy Siegle introduces the 2015 Awards and explains how to nominate. Your green heroes could be winners this year

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Drowning in plastic

Guardian Environment News - 6 hours 6 min ago

We’ve all heard stories of islands of floating rubbish in the middle of the oceans, but it’s the trillions of barely visible microscopic fragments that are set to be the world’s next ecological emergency. Lucy Siegle reports

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The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth’s most important ecosystems

Guardian Environment News - 6 hours 36 min ago

The sea off our coasts teems with microscopic life that breaks down the carbon dioxide we pump into the air. Now a series of expeditions aims to find out more

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Shark-detecting sonar system promised by Coalition if it wins NSW election

Guardian Environment News - 11 hours 14 min ago

State government plans $100,000 trial of system that would alert lifesavers to the presence of sharks, but has ruled out culling

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Yellowstone River oil spill clean-up hindered by ice at site of pipeline break

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/01/24 - 4:13pm
  • Cause of spill that left cancer-causing benzene in Montana’s city water probed
  • Officials say residents can drink water but must run taps for 15 to 20 minutes
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All change in the market place

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 10:30pm
Castle Cary, Somerset The market house has proved, like the local farmers, adaptable to changing times Continue reading...
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Great Barrier Reef: Greg Hunt orders dumping ban in bid to dodge in-danger listing

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 10:04pm

Australian government moves to ban dumping of dredge spoil in Great Barrier Reef marine park as it lobbies to stop the reef being declared ‘in danger’

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Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 5:17pm

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

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snow day

The Field Lab - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 5:00pm
Light (1") snow storm last night.  All gone by 11AM.  36,43,31, .2",C
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Smog journeys: A short film about air pollution in China – video

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 10:20am
Chinese director Jia Zhangke has a history of making films with a social message and has previously been censored by the Chinese government for his work. He was nominated for a Palme d'Or in 2013 at Cannes and won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2006 for past work. In this film he tackles the air quality crisis which has seen particulate pollution at levels 20 times WHO safety limits in Beijing and other cities. "The one thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual," he said of the new short, made for Greenpeace Continue reading...
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Cuadrilla requests deferral of Lancashire fracking decision

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 10:10am
Shale gas firm offers measures to address noise and traffic concerns raised by planning officers at two proposed sites Continue reading...
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We need a new era in conservation - and we need it now

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 10:02am

Reaching and maintaining a consensus of opinion, from governments to individuals, is the biggest challenge in conservation. And that has to change writes Arun Krishnamurthy

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 9:46am

A bathing Bengal tiger, wintry horses and San Francisco’s bird mystery feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world

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Obama's India visit: Hopes for clean energy and climate deals

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 8:22am

US president and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi expected to roll out a raft of clean energy initiatives for India’s polluted cities, with a post-2020 climate deal also high on Obama’s agenda

Barack Obama was advised, only half-jokingly, to wear a gas mask when he appears as guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on Monday. The air pollution in Delhi and other Indian cities has become that bad.

Related: Obama jets off to Delhi as US and India enter new era of goodwill

Related: Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?

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Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis?

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 7:10am

Killing demand is the only way to curb the poaching, experts say, but given current rhino death rates any such action must be urgent

At the end of the 19th century, a group of 20-50 southern white rhinoceros were discovered in the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe region of South Africa. The species had been thought lost to the guns and trophy rooms of colonial hunters. Today their population is more than 20,000.

The programme that brought the species back from the scrapheap of extinction is considered to be one of conservation’s great success stories. But a massive surge in poaching threatens to undo more than a century of careful protection and management.

Related: Record number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa in 2014

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With this attack on community energy the big six win out over 'big society'

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 5:31am

By changing the rules, this government has sabotaged the promise of a UK community energy revolution and secured the dominance of the big six energy companies

You would think the government had invented community. When David Cameron became prime minister, he announced that “my great passion is building the ‘big society’ ... We need to create communities with oomph – neighbourhoods who are in charge of their own destiny, who feel if they club together and get involved they can shape the world around them.”

Since then, ministers have scarcely been able to finish a sentence without using the word community. But their commitment turns out to be as hollow as the other famous claim Cameron made in his ‘big society’ speech: “we’re all in this together”.

Local communities will be able to take control of their energy bills and help transform the energy system ... In the future, the generation of electricity by communities themselves could put pressure on energy suppliers to drive down prices, creating warmer homes, cutting carbon emissions and diversifying the UK’s energy mix.

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How to make the most of the Big Garden Birdwatch

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/01/23 - 3:11am

The biggest citizen science event in the world takes place this weekend, but how do you entice birds into your garden and photograph them? We ask the experts

Obviously there are no birds anywhere to be seen. Ben and Gemma, the lovely people from the RSPB, sit beside me and we all gaze hopefully out of my living room window, waiting. “This always happens,” says Gemma. “Every single time.”

Ben Andrew is one of the RSPB’s wildlife experts, passionate about birds since childhood. He and Gemma Hogg have come over to give me some tips about watching and taking photographs of wildlife, in advance of the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. Now in its 36th year, the birdwatch is the largest citizen science project in the world, with half a million people taking part every year.

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Relocation of animals could drive some species towards extinction – study

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/01/22 - 11:15pm

Scientists have found the number of animals moved to make way for building projects far outnumber science-led relocations to recover populations

The relocation of animals to make way for land development rarely succeeds and could be driving some species towards extinction, according to a new study.

An international team of scientists found that “mitigation translocations” – where animals were moved from the path of building projects – were “increasing rapidly” and far outnumbered instances of science-led relocations of animals to help recover populations.

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