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RSPB backs pheasant shoots and says they’re good for the countryside

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What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2015/03/28 - 2:22pm

More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.

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Earth Hour around the world

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/03/28 - 1:08pm

Starting in Samoa and finishing in Tahiti, the world goes dark at 8.30pm on 28 March 2015 for Earth Hour, an annual event organised by WWF. People in about 7,000 cities and towns all over the world switch off their lights to raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy use, and this year also to demand action to halt planet-harming climate change.

Watch the lights go out by clicking on the image

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'This is not right': Former SeaWorld trainer recalls killer whale treatment

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2015/03/28 - 10:45am

John Hargrove describes cultish attitude as he publishes a book about his experiences – ‘The way it works is you keep your mouth shut’

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Little grebe playing hide and seek

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 10:30pm

Loch Flemington, Highlands The bird suddenly stared upwards, as if a bird of prey were flying over, and slowly sank under the water, as if wanting to be inconspicuous

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 2:57pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 9:44am

A languid langur, an even slower loris and a tufted titmouse drinking maple syrup from an icicle are among the pick of this week’s images from the natural world

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Keep it in the ground: a poem by Carol Ann Duffy

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 9:27am

The poet laureate’s Parliament poem on pollution and climate change accompanied the launch of the Guardian’s Keep it in the ground campaign

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James Rebanks, Twitter’s favourite shepherd: ‘Sheep farming is another form of culture, just like Picasso or punk’

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 8:00am
Shepherds are disappearing from the countryside — but there’s one in the Lake District who has 40,000 Twitter followers and an acclaimed memoir to his name. Over a day in the fields, James Rebanks explains why he’ll never give up on the life that has sustained his family for 600 years Continue reading...
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Rockefeller Brothers Fund: it is our moral duty to divest from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 6:08am

In an exclusive interview, Rockefeller Brothers Fund chair, Valerie Rockefeller Wayne and president, Stephen Heintz, talk about the decision to cut ties to fossil fuels, what it meant for the divestment movement and the challenges involved

On a perfect summer day in June 2014, on the grounds of a stately home overlooking the Hudson river, a handful of the descendants of America’s most enduring business dynasty made a fateful decision: they would cut their ties to fossil fuels in order to fight climate change.

The ironies were inescapable. About half of those gathered for the board meeting were direct descendants of John D Rockefeller – founder of the oil empire that eventually became ExxonMobil – and here they were, gathered in the estate he built at Pocantico Hills, New York, surrounded by a collection of antique gas guzzlers and limousines, preparing to take a highly symbolic stand against fossil fuels.

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Ipso proves impotent at curbing the Mail's climate misinformation

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 6:00am

Independent Press Standards Organisation lets the Mail on Sunday’s misleading and incorrect climate claims stand

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Rockefeller family tried and failed to get ExxonMobil to accept climate change

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 5:59am

Founding family of the US oil empire Exxon, begged the company to give up climate denial and reform their ways a decade ago – but attempts at engagement failed

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The biggest story in the world - episode 3, The targets

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 4:50am
The Guardian has decided to campaign for divestment, and take their assets out of fossil fuel companies, but who should they choose to target?

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United Reformed Church of Scotland divests from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 3:29am

United Reformed Church of Scotland commits to move assets out of oil, gas and coal companies and to not invest in fossil fuels in the future

The United Reformed Church (URC) of Scotland, which represents 1,472 churches, has committed to pull out its investments in fossil fuel companies.

The resolution was passed with “overwhelming support” on Saturday at a meeting of their General Synod at the Scottish Police College in Fife. The URC has about 60,000 members.

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Earth hour: millions will switch off lights around the world for climate action

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2015/03/27 - 2:37am

Annual switching off of lights in homes, businesses and landmarks on Saturday evening holds extra significance ahead of this year’s climate talks in Paris, says the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has said hundreds of millions of Earth hour participants around the world will demand a strong global climate agreement by switching off their lights for an hour on Saturday night.

Many of the world’s brightest lights will go dark at 8:30pm (GMT) as Earth hour marks its ninth year. In a video address, Ban said the symbolic switching-off held more significance than ever, just nine months before a pivotal UN meeting on the climate crisis in Paris.

Related: Earth Hour around the world – in pictures

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Iron in its soul

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 10:30pm
Twywell Hills and Dales, Northamptonshire A fat-bottomed queen buff-tailed bumblebee buzzes the sallow blossom where once the quarry railway ran Continue reading...
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Cat litter blamed for $240m radiation leak at New Mexico nuclear waste dump

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 10:25pm

Cat litter used to absorb liquids in a barrel of nuclear waste was the wrong type, sparking a chemical reaction and a subsequent radioactive leak

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Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times'

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 8:45pm

Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zones

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Exhausted dolphins rescued from shallow lake in Western Australia - video

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2015/03/26 - 6:12pm
Footage released by the West Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife shows two stranded bottlenose dolphins being rescued from a lake, near Mandurah, south of Perth. They swam up a river possibly chasing fish. The dolphins could not swim back to deep water because swimming in shallow lake water had exhausted them Continue reading...
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