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Seconds from death: student photographs bear moments before it killed him

Guardian Environment News - 5 hours 25 min ago
  • Images retrieved from 22-year-old’s phone reveal final moments
  • Rutgers University student was mauled to death by 300lb animal

A series of newly released photographs reveal the final moments of a New Jersey student’s life before he was killed by a bear.

Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old Rutgers University student, was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey, in September when he was mauled to death by a 300-pound black bear.

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The Field Lab - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 3:58pm
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Deforestation dropped 18% in Brazil's Amazon over past 12 months

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 3:47pm

Levels fell to second-lowest level in quarter century, Brazil’s environment minister said, in wake of adoption of controversial bill revising the Forest Code

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Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 2:53pm

A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.

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Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 2:53pm

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

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Japan likens anti-whaling campaign to attempt to ban kimono

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 11:29am

Tokyo’s chief negotiator at the International Whaling Commission attacks ‘eco-imperialist’ countries who want a ‘stupid’ ban on hunting

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Great white sharks: 10 myths debunked

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 9:16am

Every time you enter the ocean, anywhere on Earth with a temperate or subtropical climate, you cross into the domain of the great white shark. But almost everything the average human thinks he or she knows about these sharks – other than the fact that they are big and dangerous – is wrong. We unpick 10 of the most tenacious myths

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EU takes legal action against controversial French dam

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 9:03am

France has two months to justify ‘environmental deterioration’ involved in the Sivens dam project

The European commission has sent France a final notice to explain how it can reconcile EU environmental law with a proposed dam project that sparked riots, which claimed a protester’s life last month.

Rémi Fraisse, a 21-year-old student, died after being hit in the back by a grenade during police attempts to prevent a site occupation on 25 October.

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Ships must measure CO2 emissions under new EU law

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 8:41am

Ships will have to start monitoring emissions from 2018, in a first step towards curbing growing pollution from the sector

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EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 8:12am

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

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Watering down the Climate Act would be headline-chasing populism

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 6:02am

British politicians need the cross-party, long-term vision that made the Climate Act possible six years ago, if they are to stay the course on climate change

The British political landscape at the end of 2014 is fraught with uncertainty, distrust and fragmentation.

Parties are struggling to bolster support as political debates become ever more divisive. Voters see politicians as out of touch and motivated by short-term, self-serving concerns.

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Grey seals identified as killers behind mystery harbour porpoise deaths

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 4:33am

Study reveals seals along the coast of the Netherlands are switching from eating fish to eating mammal

Seals have been identified as the killers behind the mystery of dead porpoises found with distinct mutilations on Dutch beaches over the past decade.

The cause of large numbers of harbour porpoises washing up on the Netherlands coast was previously unknown and contested, but an eight year-long study concludes that grey seals have “learned a new trick” and are preying on them.

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Imports of illegal timber fall in five major countries, says report

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 3:56am

Five key timber importers, including UK, France and US, have made progress in cutting down on contraband timber, reports Mongabay

Five major timber importers have made progress in cutting contraband wood from their markets since 2010, argues a series of reports published by Chatham House.


The analysis — which covers Britain, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and the US — is based on point-of-origin data for timber imports. For example, countries and states with a high risk of illegal logging and timber laundering would hurt an importer’s rating.

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Bee parasite will flourish under global warming, study warns

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2014/11/26 - 2:08am

Gut parasite will increase in prevalence across northern Europe as temperatures rises, leading to honey bee losses

Climate change threatens the survival of the UK’s honey bee population, new academic research has claimed.

An exotic parasite which targets the insects is set to flourish in northern Europe if the Earth continues to warm, scientists at Queen’s University, Belfast found.

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Reflecting sunlight into space has terrifying consequences, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/25 - 10:30pm

But ‘geoengineers’ say urgent nature of climate change means research must continue into controversial technology to combat rising temperatures

Fighting global warming by reflecting sunlight back into space risks “terrifying” consequences including droughts and conflicts, according to three major new analyses of the promise and perils of geoengineering. But research into deliberately interfering with the climate system must continue in search of technology to use as a last resort in combating climate change, scientists have concluded.

Billions of people would suffer worse floods and droughts if technology was used to block warming sunlight, the research found. Technology that sucks carbon dioxide from the air was less risky, the analysis concluded, but will take many more decades to develop and take effect.

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Wayside’s everlasting archangel blooms still, even as the days draw in

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/25 - 10:30pm
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Obama unveils new limits on ozone pollution in victory for health groups

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/25 - 5:59pm

New guidelines will bring US up to par with health standards in other industrialised countries and are a victory for environmental groups

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2014/11/25 - 4:58pm
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Supreme court to hear challenge to new pollution regulations for power stations

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/25 - 12:47pm
  • EPA says crackdown on mercury from coal plants could save 11,000 lives
  • Court will consider whether implementation costs should have been weighed
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LED lighting surge dimmed by halogen lamp reprieve in Brussels

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2014/11/25 - 11:45am

Delay to measures phasing out energy-guzzling halogen bulbs risks €8.6bn of energy savings being lost, efficiency groups warn

Highly-efficient LED light bulbs are “years ahead” of price and performance expectations, but their energy-saving effects are being dulled by an EU proposal to prolong the shelf life of energy guzzling halogen lamps from 2016 to 2018, an inter-governmental report says.

The result could be €8.6bn (£6.8bn) of lost efficiency savings, according to Clasp, a leading efficiency standards and labelling group, which co-authored the test report by the Swedish energy agency, Belgian government and the European council for an energy efficient economy (ECEEE).

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