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Greyhound cuts ties with Adani mine after backlash from climate activists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 9:38pm

The bus company faced a boycott from opponents of the Carmichael coalmine after signing a contract with a firm constructing a railway for the project

Bus company Greyhound Australia has ruled out any extension of work on the controversial Adani coal project after a backlash from climate change campaigners.

On Sunday, the SchoolStrike4Climate group launched a campaign to boycott travel with the iconic bus company until it publicly ruled out working on the mine.

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Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company's climate failures

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 6:40pm

Employees ‘needed to stand up for what’s right’ despite policy barring workers from speaking about business

Hundreds of Amazon employees defied corporate policy to publicly criticize the company for failing to meet its “moral responsibility” in the climate crisis.

More than 340 tech workers at Amazon used the hashtag #AMZNSpeakOut in public statements that condemn the company for not taking sufficient action on the climate crisis.

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Sainsbury's in £1bn investment to become carbon neutral by 2040

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 5:01pm

Retailer’s plans include cutting down on waste and a plastic bottle deposit scheme

Sainsbury’s has pledged to spend £1bn to become a carbon-neutral business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the government’s target for a net-zero economy.

The supermarket chain said the 20-year programme would include cutting its carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging and water usage, while increasing recycling, promoting healthy and sustainable eating, and ensuring that its operations are net positive for biodiversity.

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UK must create 120,000 green energy jobs by 2030 to meet targets

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 5:01pm

National Grid report says target needs to be met if projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions are to go ahead

The UK must recruit more than 100,000 people to fill green energy roles within a decade if the government hopes to meet its binding climate targets, National Grid has warned.

A report by the company found that Britain needs to fill 120,000 roles in the green energy industry by 2030 to help develop projects that can cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero. That number is likely to reach 400,000 by 2050, when the government expects to have developed a clean energy system based on renewable electricity, green heating systems and electric vehicles.

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Giant Swarm Of Locusts From Middle East Now Threatening Kenya's Farms

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 2:11pm

The biggest swarm of locusts in decades has chomped its way around a swath of the Middle East, South Asia and Africa — and is now devouring crops in Kenya.

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Global heating may lead to wine shortage

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 1:00pm

Rise of 2C would cause 56% loss of vineyard land, while 4C would wipe out 85%

From wildfires to rising tides, the climate crisis is already bringing many threats. Now scientists say it may also bring a shortage of many popular wines.

Researchers looked at the land suitable for 11 popular varieties of wine grape and found that 2C (3.6F) of warming above pre-industrial levels – a rise the world is on track to exceed – would result in a 56% loss of suitable land within current wine-growing regions compared with the 1970s, before the most serious impacts of global heating.

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Celtic Connections to scale back on overseas acts to fight climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 9:33am

The festival’s creative producer said limiting the number of artists who fly in to perform was ‘the responsible thing to do’

A Scottish festival celebrating international folk, roots and traditional music has said it may have to limit the number of overseas artists it invites to perform in response to the climate crisis.

Celtic Connections’ creative producer, Donald Shaw, described the issue as “the biggest challenge” facing the festival. “We cannot bury our head in the sand. It’s not really enough to fly 300 artists from all around the world and justify it on the grounds that art is important. Festivals like this one are going to have to think very seriously about whether we can do that any more.”

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Terror police list that included Extinction Rebellion was shared across government

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 7:13am

Document was sent to several departments, NHS England, Ofsted and 20 councils

Controversial guidance that listed Extinction Rebellion as an extremist ideology was sent to a wide range of government departments and local authorities including the Home Office and Counter Terrorism Policing headquarters, the Guardian can reveal.

The south-east division of Counter Terrorism Policing was forced to recall the document, which listed the climate crisis group alongside neo-Nazis and jihadists, after it was exposed by the Guardian.

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'We can't live like this': residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2020/01/27 - 3:00am

A community in Pennsylvania says clay-colored water appeared during a drilling mud spill, but the pipeline company insists it’s not to blame

Every evening, Erica and Jon Tarr load up their car with towels, toiletries and dirty dishes, before driving their two-year-old daughter to a relative’s home to bathe, wash up and eat a meal cooked in clean water.

The Tarrs, who moved into their spacious detached home in semi-rural Pennsylvania last April, have relied upon bottled water and family generosity since June, when their crystalline tap water first turned murky.

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French NGOs and local authorities take court action against Total

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 11:00pm

Groups claim that the oil giant has not done enough to tackle climate change

An alliance of 14 French local authorities and several NGOs will take unprecedented court action this week against the French oil firm Total to try to force the firm to drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

It is the first climate change litigation against a private company in France. Campaigners want the court to ensure Total does more to curb its emissions.

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Federal government withholds water funding from NSW in Murray-Darling standoff

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 7:27pm

Minister disappointed that New South Wales did not submit Murray-Darling basin resource plans

The federal government is withholding millions of dollars from the New South Wales government for failing to complete water resource plans for the Murray-Darling basin.

In a letter to the state’s water minister, Melinda Pavey, the federal water resources minister, David Littleproud, raised concerns the 20 plans had not been submitted.

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£30bn pension fund: we'll sack asset managers that ignore climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 5:01pm

Brunel Pension Partnership sets 2022 deadline for investment firms to reduce exposure

A £30bn British pension fund has threatened to sack investment managers that do not take action on the climate crisis, criticising the sector as “not fit for purpose”.

Brunel Pension Partnership, which manages pension money for nine councils in south-west England as well as for the Environment Agency, said it would review the mandates of asset managers that don’t reduce exposure to climate risk by 2022.

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Urban populations in south-east at greatest risk from air pollution

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 5:01pm

More than one in 19 deaths in UK’s largest towns and cities linked to exposure to toxic air

More than one in 19 deaths in Britain’s largest towns and cities are linked to air pollution – with people living in urban areas in south-east England more likely to die from exposure to toxic air, according to a new study.

London, Slough, Chatham, Luton and Portsmouth had the highest proportion of deaths attributable to pollution the study found, with around one in 16 in 2017 caused by high levels of harmful particulates in the atmosphere.

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mind your manners...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 3:35pm
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6
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Climate Change Threatens Future Of Sports

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2020/01/26 - 3:13pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with journalist Dave Zirin about how climate change is impacting sports around the globe, including the poor air quality at the Australian Open.

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Kenya suffers worst locust infestation in 70 years as millions of insects swarm farmland

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 8:51pm

UN urges immediate action as east African nations already experiencing devastating hunger see large areas of crops destroyed

The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the insects swarm into the east African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger.

“Even cows are wondering what is happening,” said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm. “Corn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything.”

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Drat!

The Field Lab - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 3:17pm
Was so close to testing out the Casita plumbing today but I bought the wrong hoses for the sink hookup.
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Australian government adviser urges threatened species overhaul after bushfires

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 12:00pm

Exclusive: Helene Marsh backs calls for the creation of national scientific monitoring system to help protect wildlife

A senior adviser to the federal government on threatened species has backed calls for the creation of a national scientific monitoring system after the bushfire crisis to help fix Australia’s “very uneven” record in protecting endangered wildlife.

Helene Marsh, chair of the national threatened species scientific committee and an emeritus professor of environmental science at James Cook University, said the scale of the ecological tragedy had made Australians more aware of the risks facing the country’s unique animals and plants and provided an opportunity to improve conservation.

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Court to probe Carrie Symonds’ influence on PM after cancellation of badger cull

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 10:35am
Boris Johnson’s partner and animal rights activist was briefed by Badger Trust weeks before the policy was changed

The influence exerted on the prime minister by his partner, Carrie Symonds, will be explored in court after permission was granted last week for a judicial review into how the government came to pull a cull on badgers in Derbyshire.

The case could embarrass Boris Johnson and raise questions about the government’s willingness to listen to its advisers when formulating policy.

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Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2020/01/25 - 6:00am

In Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve thousands of saplings have been planted as an alternative to profits from illegal gold mining

The villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden hut housing the health post and into the thick forest, pointing out the seedlings they planted along the way. For these Ye’kwana indigenous men, the skinny saplings, less than a metre high, aren’t just baby cacao trees but green shoots of hope in a land scarred by the violence, pollution and destruction wrought by illegal gold prospecting. That hope is chocolate.

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