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Scotland Yard defends response to climate change protests

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 11:05am

Met comes under pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators

Scotland Yard has defended its response to the rolling protests in London that have caused disruption to millions and pushed climate change towards the top of the national news agenda.

The Metropolitan police has come under increasing pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who have blocked transport networks in the capital in recent days; not least from the home secretary, Sajid Javid, who has urged officers to “take a firm stance”.

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Sajid Javid calls for 'full force of law' against Extinction Rebellion protesters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 10:30am

Home secretary asks police to be firm against demonstrators ‘disrupting the lives of others’

Sajid Javid has called on police to use the “full force of the law” against Extinction Rebellion protesters causing disruption in London to draw attention to the issue of climate change.

The home secretary, who is positioning himself for a run at the Conservative party leadership, made a series of tweets condemning “any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law”.

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We are not yet doomed: the carbon cutters determined to save the world

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 3:21am

An orchestra, a village, an entire country: the movement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is growing

We are all doomed, it is said. Carbon dioxide is amassing in the atmosphere at levels not seen for millions of years when there were trees at the South Pole and Florida was under water. We have barely a decade to make amends. Protesters are on the streets.

But huge numbers of people have not given up. Not yet. Call them the carbon cutters. They are companies and cities, niche groups and nations. They are commuters and communes, off-gridders and off-setters, investors and institutions – and countless individuals, cutting their meat intake, installing solar panels, eschewing gas guzzlers and long-haul flights.

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Snot Otter Emerges Victorious In Vote For Pennsylvania's Official Amphibian

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 2:43am

The Eastern hellbender salamander may not be a looker. But its sensitivity to pollution and changing water conditions makes the creature a useful indicator for water quality in rivers and streams.

(Image credit: Rick Callahan/AP)

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Talking about climate change in conservative places is hard. But we can’t afford not to

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 2:00am

If Mississippi reflects on the deep, systemic inequalities its plantation economy created, perhaps it will see those inequalities are exacerbated by climate change

Climate change, I was told when buying a coffee, is not a “polite” topic of conversation in Natchez, Mississippi.

The city sits on the legendarily volatile Mississippi River, which is straining against an aging system of levees. Considered the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi, Natchez is perched on a bluff over the river’s eastern banks. Three hundred miles upriver from New Orleans, Natchez was once a bastion of the old south: steamships moved enslaved people and cotton to market, enriching planters who lived in “Natchez-over-the-Hill”.

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Trump policy of less safety and more offshore drilling is 'a recipe for disaster'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 1:00am

Nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Trump administration is exacerbating the industry’s ‘systemic failures’, report warns

Offshore oil and gas drilling in the US is plagued by “systemic failures” in oversight that are being worsened by Trump administration attempts to expand drilling and roll back safety requirements, a new report has warned.

The analysis of public documents by the conservation group Oceana found that while some minor improvements have been made since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, a system of lax oversight, paltry fines and overstretched inspectors risks further major oil spills.

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'Malicious': Shorten and business groups defy Coalition's assault on climate policy

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/04/18 - 12:26am

High-quality international offsets should be part of any credible policy, industry says

Business groups are defying the Morrison government’s political assault on the use of international permits, arguing a credible climate policy should include access to high-quality international offsets, because they are a key mechanism to help Australia meet its Paris target.

With climate change persisting as a significant campaign flashpoint, the chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, James Pearson, told Guardian Australia international permits were part of the toolkit for mitigating climate change in a cost-effective way.

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Briefing notes show Coalition approved Adani water plan despite knowing of risk

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 8:29pm

Company rejected scientific advice its groundwater modelling was ‘not fit for purpose’

The federal government approved groundwater plans for the Adani coal project despite acknowledging the risk that the project would breach environmental approvals and draw excessive water from an ancient springs complex.

Handwritten briefing notes, released publicly by Geoscience Australia and first reported by the ABC, detail how Adani rejected advice that its groundwater modelling was “not fit for purpose”.

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'Decades of denial': major report finds New Zealand's environment is in serious trouble

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 7:17pm

Nation known for its natural beauty is under pressure with extinctions, polluted rivers and blighted lakes

A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways, and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl.

Environment Aotearoa is the first major environmental report in four years, and was compiled using data from Statistics New Zealand and the ministry of the environment.

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More than 400 arrested at Extinction Rebellion protests in London

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 4:46pm

Police cells filling rapidly, with reports of people being taken to Luton, Brighton and Essex

There have been more than 400 arrests linked to the Extinction Rebellion protests across London and reports suggest the capital’s cells are rapidly filling up.

The Metropolitan police would not release up-to-date figures on cell capacity, but data from two years ago showed they had 799 cells available across London. With cuts to policing budgets, this number is likely to have fallen, so reports that cell space is under pressure are credible.

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no bugs (yet)

The Field Lab - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 3:16pm
Just over a month and the tomato plants are growing like weeds...79,90,50,0,W
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Protests Calling For Climate Action Disrupt London For 3rd Day

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 11:42am

Activists occupied four of London's landmarks and thoroughfares and, on Wednesday, targeted the city's rail service. The organizers want a zero-carbon Britain by 2025.

(Image credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/04/17 - 7:41am

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.

(Image credit: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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Critically endangered kākāpō – the world's fattest parrot – has record breeding season

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 7:56pm

Just 147 adult kākāpō are alive today in their native New Zealand, but scientists hope their fortunes are turning around

The world’s fattest species of parrot has had a record-breaking breeding season in New Zealand, with scientists saying the fortunes of the critically-endangered bird are finally turning around.

There are only 147 adult kākāpō alive today, although a few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand’s most common birds, before being hunted to the brink of extinction, killed by introduced pests, and losing their forest homes to farming.

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Deer kills man and badly injures woman in Victoria

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 7:39pm

Pair sustained critical injuries in the attack, which took place on their property at Moyhu, near Wangaratta

A man has been killed by a deer in north-east Victoria and a woman has been seriously injured.

Paramedics were called to Moyhu, near Wangaratta, just before 8.30am.

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Extinction Rebellion vows to disrupt London rail and tube lines

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 4:07pm

Climate protesters warn they will escalate action despite almost 300 arrests in capital

Climate change protesters, who police say have caused “serious disruption” affecting half a million people in London over the past two days, have said they are planning to escalate their protests to disrupt rail and tube lines.

Thousands of people have taken part in the civil disobedience protests, blockading four landmarks in the capital in an attempt to force the government to take action on the escalating climate crisis.

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New Doves

The Field Lab - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 2:54pm
Interesting fact about some birds including doves: The parent flew away from the nest and did the "broken wing dance" feigning injury to try to lure away what was thought to be a predator near the nest. It was a photographer...not a predator.81,91,58,0,B
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Paradise, Calif., Water Is Contaminated But Residents Are Moving Back Anyway

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 8:36am

Despite public health warnings about benzene contamination in the town's water supply, some Paradise residents say they have no choice but to return.

(Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

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Colorado's Oil And Gas Regulators Must Now Consider Public Health And Safety

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 4:52am

After years of tension over expanded oil and gas drilling, including a deadly explosion that galvanized critics, the state is moving to tighten regulations on the booming industry.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/CPR)

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Pioneering golden eagle found poisoned in Yellowstone

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/04/16 - 3:00am

As bird is found with large amounts of lead in its body, a biologist asks ‘Is Yellowstone as protected as we once thought?’

The pioneering golden eagle took to the skies above Yellowstone national park in the fall and flew north, to areas where humans were hunting game. A few months later it returned to the park and was found on the ground, dead.

Scientists performing a necropsy on the creature, the first to be tagged with a radio transmitter in the park, made an unhappy discovery: it had been poisoned by lead. They are now raising concerns over whether US national parks are as safe for wildlife as they seem.

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