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David Attenborough calls on ordinary people to help save Africa's elephants

Guardian Environment News - 3 hours 42 min ago

People need to support the conservation charities working to stop the killing of Africa’s last elephants and rhinos by joining them, says naturalist

David Attenborough has said Africa’s rhinos and elephants face extinction from poaching, possibly within a decade, calling on people to support the conservation charities who stand between those species and oblivion.

The pioneering wildlife broadcaster said the survival of Africa’s great beasts, known collectively as megafauna, was dependent on the interventions of governments and conservationists.

Related: As poaching heats up, conservationists advocate sending South Africa rhinos to Texas

Related: African elephants could be extinct in wild within decades, experts say

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Fort McKay: The Canadian town that sold itself to tar sands

Guardian Environment News - 4 hours 42 min ago

The tiny Alberta town is one of the world’s single biggest source sites of carbon pollution. The community grew rich on oil, and was wrecked by oil. So local, Cece Fitzpatrick, decided to run for chief, promising to stand up to the industry which came there 50 years ago

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Big energy has ‘privileged access' to top EU climate officals, claim campaigners

Guardian Environment News - 4 hours 53 min ago

A row has broken out over records showing almost all top two climate and energy officials’ lobby meetings were with fossil fuel and heavy industry companies

A row has broken out over claims that the vast majority of lobbyists met by the EU’s top two energy and climate officials have been from the fossil fuel sector, big energy firms and heavy industry, since they took office six months ago.

Calendar records show that 94% of the EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete’s meetings have been with business lobbyists, mostly representing the heavy industry and fossil fuels sectors. For the vice president for energy union, Maroš Šefčovič, the figure was 70%.

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Navajo Nation Witnesses Changing Landscape: Growing Sand Dunes

NPR News - Environment - 6 hours 48 min ago

A U.S. Geological Survey researcher says she's worried about the Navajo because drought, combined with increasing temperatures, are making it harder for them to live in the harsh conditions.

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Norway's sovereign wealth fund accused of 'pretend divestment'

Guardian Environment News - 8 hours 43 min ago

World’s richest sovereign wealth fund increased its investments in coal despite high-profile pledge to dump fossil fuels, financial analysis shows

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'No wilder place on Earth': explorers tackle the full Okavango Delta

Guardian Environment News - 8 hours 55 min ago

A new expedition seeks to conserve the source of the Okavango Delta in the war-torn, little-known highlands of Angola

Recently, wildlife news from Africa has been almost universally bleak and frustrating to the point of despair: rhinos with their faces cut off, elephants slaughtered en masse via helicopter, and chimps and gorillas gunned down or snared for bushmeat. A massive onslaught of people, poaching and habitat destruction has led to declines in everything from lions to giraffes and hippos to okapi. But this picture of blood, carcasses and seemingly relentless loss isn’t the only reality on a continent three times the size of Europe. There are still places where wildlife runs largely unmolested, where abundance is unquestionable, and where wilderness covers an unbroken horizon: one of these is Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

“The Okavango Delta is the largest, most important Ramsar site in the world – one of the last, great wetland wildernesses on the planet,” said Steve Boyes, a National Geographic Explorer and renowned bird expert, referring to the international Ramsar treaty for the protection of the world’s wetlands.

This is the Africa of a hundred thousand years ago

We hope to rediscover the Angolan lion, wild dogs, elephant, buffalo and cheetah

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A climate change poem for today: The Rhinoceros by Robert Minhinnick

Guardian Environment News - 10 hours 18 min ago

UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy curates a series of 20 original poems by various authors on the theme of climate change



On the Steel Beach

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Taking a punt on bats

Guardian Environment News - 11 hours 19 min ago
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Norway's $900bn sovereign wealth fund told to reduce coal assets

Guardian Environment News - 15 hours 5 min ago

Finance committee agrees fund which owns 1.3% of all listed companies globally should sell stakes in firms generating more than a third of income from coal

Norway’s $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, should cut its exposure to the global coal industry and sell stakes in firms that focus on the sector, a key parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.

The finance committee agreed in a bipartisan motion that the fund, which owns about 1.3% of all listed companies globally, should sell stakes in firms that generate more than 30% of their output or revenues from coal-related activities.

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Private landowners denounce new clean water rules as government overreach

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 3:08pm

Regulations to extend pollution protections upstream has defenders of private property complaining of official meddling in country’s ponds and ditches

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Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 2:34pm

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."

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Oklahoma Hangs On As Heavy Rain Continues To Soak Region

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 2:31pm

Oklahoma continues to battle flooding from storms in the region, which brought the state out of a four-year drought. Rain is expected every day until Sunday.

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EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 1:33pm

The Obama administration announces a regulation it says is aimed at protecting the country's rivers, lakes and other waterways from pollution. But critics say it's a massive regulatory overreach.

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U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 11:04am

The regulations are intended to clarify recent court decisions on which bodies of water are protected, but many farmers and congressional Republicans oppose what they call an EPA "land grab."

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Thieves steal £700,000 of rhino horn from Mozambique police

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 9:32am

Officers seized largest haul of elephant ivory and rhino horn in the country’s history – but reportedly left it secured by just three padlocks at police station

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Nick Stern: Shell is asking us to bet against the world on climate change

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 6:58am

Oil giant is wrong on climate policy and on the progress that will be made in renewables over next 20-30 years, says influential economist Nick Stern

Shell is asking investors to bet against the world taking action on climate change or in renewables displacing fossil fuels, says influential economist Nick Stern.

Speaking at a Guardian debate on divestment last night, Lord Stern said Shell and other hydrocarbon companies were getting it wrong on the potential of renewables technology and that people will insist on policies to hold global warming to 2C.

Related: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

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Shell is asking us to bet against the world on climate change, says leading economist – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 6:45am
Oil firm Shell is wrong on climate policy and the progress that will be made in renewables, says Nick Stern. Speaking at a free Guardian Membership event on Tuesday, at Kings Place, London, he says people will insist on policies to hold global warming to two degrees.

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How fossil fuel burning nearly wiped out life on Earth – 250m years ago

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 6:05am
New evidence shows that catastrophic climate change probably destroyed 96% of species at the end of the Permian period. It could happen again

Do you want to know the real reason for the advances by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? Changing lightbulbs in America. This is the explanation given by John McCain, Republican chair of the Senate armed services committee. At the weekend he blamed Barack Obama’s inability to magic away Isis on the president’s belief that climate change is “the biggest enemy we have”. Never mind the role of the Iraq war – which McCain supported – in destabilising the region, destroying the Iraqi army and creating the opportunities Isis has exploited. Never mind the propagation of Salafi doctrines by Saudi Arabia, which McCain bravely confronts by grovelling before its tyrants. It’s the Better Buildings Challenge and the Solar Instructor Training Network that allowed Isis to capture Ramadi and Palmyra.

Related: Barack Obama: climate deniers pose serious threat to US security

This catastrophe wiped out not just species within the world’s ecosystems but the ecosystems themselves

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Memo to Jeb Bush: denying human-caused global warming is ignorant

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 6:00am

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential ticket exhibited Stage 2 climate denial last week

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Meet #Keepitintheground supporters

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2015/05/27 - 4:08am

The Keep it in the ground campaign has surpassed 210,000 supporters from more than 170 countries. You’ve written letters to the Wellcome Trust. You’ve filled inboxes and made videos. There have been regular tweet-storms. The scientists among you wrote notes to the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust. Through this, we got to know a bit about you. Here’s your opportunity to meet each other.

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