Sellafield cleanup costs rise by £5bn in year, says watchdog

Guardian Environment News - 3 hours 53 min ago

National Audit Office criticises the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for delaying cancellation of consortium’s cleanup contract

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UK joins Romanian push for new EU nuclear aid package

Guardian Environment News - 5 hours 34 min ago

UK and seven other EU countries call on commission for increased nuclear aid funding and support to help meet climate targets and energy security objectives

The UK and seven other countries last month called for a new package of nuclear aid funding and support, in a letter sent to the commission ahead of the EU’s energy union policy launch.

The letter, seen by the Guardian, calls for new EU financing mechanisms for nuclear as a low carbon technology, and research and innovation initiatives to deal with the costly and unresolved issues of nuclear waste and decommissioning.

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Prince William ends China tour visiting the elephants he seeks to protect

Guardian Environment News - 6 hours 22 sec ago

Duke of Cambridge’s final day in China saw him focus on the threat to Africa’s wildlife from the ivory trade with a visit to the country’s last elephant population at a Yunnan reserve

As The Duke of Cambridge’s convoy made its way through the stunning hills and valleys that typify Yunnan Province in China, the tropical heat was climbing and the contrasts with Shanghai were striking.

China’s relentless economic growth is self evident in Beijing and its big cities but it is reassuring that there are still parts of this vast country which remain relatively unspoilt.

Related: Prince William in China: illegal wildlife trade a 'vicious form of criminality'

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It’s the Eurovision for trees! Which one will you root for?

Guardian Environment News - 7 hours 50 min ago
Treehunter Rob McBride has visited 11 of the 14 finalists in the European Tree of the Year contest – which one will take the crown? Continue reading...
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Prince William in China: illegal wildlife trade a 'vicious form of criminality'

Guardian Environment News - 7 hours 59 min ago

Duke of Cambridge calls for China to be a world leader in the fight against illegal trade in endangered animals such as elephants, rhino and pangolins on the last day of his visit to the country

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MPs slam 'capacity market' scheme for raising energy costs

Guardian Environment News - 12 hours 9 min ago

Government scheme to keep the lights on during peak demand could also cause higher emissions because it favours paying fossil fuel plants to stay open over technology that cuts demand, MPs have said

A government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs because it favours fossil fuel plants over smart technology which cuts demand, MPs have said.

The “capacity market”, which aims to ensure there is enough power generation in the system to meet peak demand, could also result in higher carbon emissions because it is skewed towards paying coal fired power plants over reducing electricity demand.

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Koalas could be culled in overpopulated areas to prevent starvation, says expert

Guardian Environment News - 17 hours 6 min ago

Call to cull healthy koalas comes as the Victorian government reveals 700 sick and starving koalas were euthanised at Cape Otway in 2013 and 2014

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Burnt cakes and ticking bombs

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Lib Dems promise to triple flytipping fines to £9m

Guardian Environment News - 17 hours 39 min ago

Increased fines would target businesses that dump rubbish on an industrial scale in Britain’s parks, hedgerows and roadsides

Fines for companies caught flytipping on an industrial scale should triple to £9m, the Liberal Democrats have said.

The increased penalities would target businesses that avoid paying landfill tax by dumping rubbish in hedgerows, parks and roadsides, and follows a 20% increase in such incidents in 2013-14.

Related: Man jailed for record tyre dumps

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Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

NPR News - Environment - 22 hours 28 min ago

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

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Energy company could end funding for climate change denier

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 2:11pm

Scientist Dr Wei-Hock Soon, who accepted $1.25m in funding from Exxon Mobil and others, defends his record and attacks ‘politically motivated groups’

Funders appear to be backing away from a prominent climate change denier who may have failed to disclose that his peer-reviewed articles were funded with grants from petroleum companies.

Related: Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry

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Weasel-riding-woodpecker picture prompts weighty Twitter debate

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 11:59am

#WeaselPecker trends on Twitter as Photoshop fans have fun with apparently genuine image of weasel flying on bird’s back through London park

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Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says Sir David King

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 9:42am

Top foreign office climate adviser says green technology deserves as much attention as being given to details of negotiations for Paris

Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.

Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government and now the special representative for climate change, said: “Technology is moving ahead very rapidly. I think we need to focus not only on the details of the negotiations, but also on what the technological revolution is going to bring to us.”

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Peregrine falcon found shot dead at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's headquarters

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 6:32am

Police launch investigation into illegal killing of male bird of prey that was nesting in a mill tower at the Trust’s offices in Belper

A peregrine falcon which was nesting on Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s office roof has been discovered shot dead outside the building in Belper.

Police have launched an investigation into the illegal killing after the corpse of the male bird was found by a local photographer and x-rays revealed it had been recently killed by a shot lodged in its shoulder.

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Lifespan of consumer electronics is getting shorter, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 5:32am

Investigation of built-in obsolescence for German environment agency finds percentage of products sold to replace defective ones has increased remarkably, reports ENDS Europe

Electronic product life spans are getting shorter, an investigation of built-in obsolescence for the German environment agency has indicated.

But consumers’ desire to replace products such as flat-screen TVs with newer model is also a major factor in what the research identified as increasingly wasteful consumption of electronic goods.

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Bank of England warns of huge financial risk from fossil fuel investments

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 3:55am

Global action on climate change could cause insurers’ investments in fossil fuels to take a huge hit, says bank’s prudential regulation authority

Insurance companies could suffer a “huge hit” if their investments in fossil fuel companies are rendered worthless by action on climate change, the Bank of England warned on Tuesday.

“One live risk right now is of insurers investing in assets that could be left ‘stranded’ by policy changes which limit the use of fossil fuels,” said Paul Fisher, deputy head of the bank’s prudential regulation authority (PRA) that supervises banks and insurers and is tasked with avoiding systemic risks to the economy.

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China's illegal ivory traders exploiting online market

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 3:22am

Over half of thousands of online advertisements for illegal wildlife products are for ivory, with other products including rhino horn, tiger bone and turtle shells, a wildlife trade monitoring network said

China’s booming e-commerce websites have carried thousands of advertisements for illegal wildlife products including ivory, rhino horn and tiger bone, a wildlife trade monitoring network said on Tuesday.

More than half of such products offered online in recent months are ivory, the British group Traffic found in a survey of 15 Chinese retail websites over a two year period.

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Five things we've learned about the state of the UK's environment

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 1:53am

Every five years the European Environment Agency reports on the state of Europe’s environment – here’s how the UK fares in its latest update

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Would a Labour or Tory government be better for the environment?

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2015/03/03 - 12:00am

We look at how the two big parties compare on green issues, from climate change and clean energy to fracking and animal welfare

After five years of a government that aspired to being the greenest ever, what can we expect from the next parliament?

Here’s how the two big parties stand on some of the key upcoming environmental issues, from crunch UN climate negotiations and how and whether the UK should frack, to what to do about the country’s energy inefficient homes and whether the government should keep killing badgers.

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Ed Davey announces £3m for 'boilers on prescription' scheme

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2015/03/02 - 11:30pm

Plan to eventually roll out scheme across England to let GPs prescribe boilers, insulation and double glazing to fuel-poor patients

The UK government is preparing a national programme for doctors to prescribe boilers, insulation and double glazing to fuel-poor patients suffering from diseases exacerbated by cold homes.

The energy secretary Ed Davey will on Tuesday announce £3m funding to fund preparatory work on the scheme across England aspart of the government’s fuel poverty strategy. He said health secretary Jeremy Hunt was supportive of the scheme.

Related: Landlords to be banned from letting draughtiest homes

Related: 'Boiler on prescription' scheme transforms lives and saves NHS money

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