Fisherman says great white shark jumping in his boat was 'just a mundane thing'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 7:44pm

Terry Selwood was hurt when 2.7-metre shark, which weighed 200kg, leapt into his boat near Evans Head

A fisherman who watched a 2.7-metre great white shark land in his boat has downplayed the experience, calling it “just a mundane thing”.

Terry Selwood, 73, was caught by surprise while fishing off Evans Head, on the north coast of New South Wales, on Saturday afternoon when the shark launched itself into his 4.5-metre boat.

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After G7 Summit, Merkel Says Europe Can No Longer Completely Rely On U.S. And UK

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 6:55pm

In a call for European unity, the German chancellor urged a crowd of supporters to "take our fate into our own hands," because, she says, the two nations are no longer reliable allies.

(Image credit: Mattias Balk/AFP/Getty Images)

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Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef worse than expected, surveys show

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 6:46pm

Surveys taken throughout 2016 show escalating impact from north to south, with 70% of shallow water corals dead north of Port Douglas

Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef last year was even worse than expected, while the full impact of the most recent event is yet to be determined.

Queensland government officials say aerial and in-water surveys taken throughout 2016 had confirmed an escalating impact from north to south.

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Distressing sight of a felled woodland: Country diary 50 years ago

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 2:30pm

Originally published on 29 May 1967

KESWICK: There is quite a lot of hardwood tree felling going on round here at present, not in State-owned woods but on private land. There are few sights more distressing to the senses (and sometimes the common sense) than a felled woodland, especially when most of the replanting (if any is done at all) will probably be of coniferous trees to replace these lovely oaks, beeches, and sycamores. I visited one such ravaged wood last night towards dusk in ignorance of its fate and found trees down, small fires burning, and a great quiet.

Related: Rebirth of a native woodland

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Floods bring rush hour chaos to Bangkok

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 1:30pm

Thailand experiences the heaviest rainfall in a decade while in Russia, a prolonged dry spell results in devastating wildfires

The city of Bangkok has been inundated after a massive low pressure system encompassing North, Central and East Thailand produced heavy rainfall and widespread flooding last Thursday morning.

The district of Wang Thong Lang was hit the hardest with 169mm of rain, making it the heaviest rainfall event in the province over the last decade, while 90-130mm of rain fell across the city on average. Twenty three major roads, including Lat Phrao and Ratchada, were under more than 20cm of water, causing rush hour chaos.

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The world's most toxic town: the terrible legacy of Zambia's lead mines

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 12:00pm

Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia

“I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become a reality.

Kabwe is the world’s most toxic town, according to pollution experts, where mass lead poisoning has almost certainly damaged the brains and other organs of generations of children – and where children continue to be poisoned every day.

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UK's biggest solar company takes shine to global projects with deals worth £3bn

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 8:56am

Solarcentury turns to Europe and Latin America as it transforms into an international firm to maintain growth hit by green cuts in home market

Britain’s biggest solar power company has shrugged off the cloud of drastic UK subsidy cuts by reinventing itself as an international firm with more than £3bn of projects planned.

More than 12,000 solar jobs were lost in the industry after the government slashed support in 2015, but Solarcentury has survived by turning outward to target markets in Latin America and Europe.

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Trump plan on Paris climate deal unclear after G7 pressure

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 7:50am

Report says Trump has told confidants he will pull US out of agreement but defense secretary Mattis says ‘president is wide open on this issue’

Donald Trump’s intentions regarding US participation in the Paris climate deal remained unknown on Sunday, as one report cited “confidants” saying the president had made up his mind to pull out while a senior cabinet figure said he was “quite certain the president is wide open on this issue”.

Related: Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week

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UK lobbies Europe to dilute flagship energy efficiency law

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 6:06am

Green campaigners warn Conservative efforts to undermine energy targets will lead to weaker climate policies after Brexit

The UK is lobbying Europe to water down a key energy-saving target despite the fact it will not take effect until after Brexit, according to leaked documents that sparked warnings that energy bills could rise and jobs put at risk.

On the day Theresa May triggered article 50, government officials asked the European commission to weaken or drop elements of its flagship energy efficiency law.

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Tourists Who Steal Volcanic Rock Are Said To Unleash A Curse

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2017/05/28 - 5:09am

Jessica Ferracane of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park explains why hundreds of visitors a year mail back pieces of volcanic rock they've taken from the park. The answer has to do with a mythic curse.

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The eco guide to renewable energy

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 10:00pm

Solar power is soaring, wind goes from strength to strength. Look for a mighty surge in renewables over the next few years

One day in late March, during a sunny weekend, something spectacular happened. Solar power broke a new record. The demand for daytime electricity in UK homes fell to night times levels – thanks to solar panels in roofs and fields. Thanks to the sunshine, solar power created six times more electricity than coal-fired power stations that day.

One day in late March, solar power created six times more electricity than coal-fired power stations

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Australia will still support Paris climate deal if Trump pulls out, Frydenberg says

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 8:49pm

Environment minister says Coalition takes emissions targets seriously and US climate change policy was ‘a matter for the Trump administration’

The Turnbull government will support the Paris agreement on climate change regardless of whether or not the US president, Donald Trump, pulls out, the environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, has signalled.

Trump upset world leaders on the weekend by refusing, at the conclusion of the G7 summit in Italy, to declare his support for the UN’s landmark treaty signed in Paris in 2015.

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Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 9:01am
  • President resists pressure from other G7 countries to support treaty
  • Merkel says discussions on climate deal ‘difficult and unsatisfactory’

Donald Trump has resisted pressure from Europe, Canada and Japan to declare his support for the UN’s landmark climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, marking a defiant end to his first international trip as US president.

The deadlock at the end of the G7 summit in Italy left other world leaders frustrated. The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussions “had been very difficult and not to say very unsatisfactory.

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G7 Summit Ends Without U.S. Joining Consensus On Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 8:30am

Today's communiqué from the summit is unusually short. Notably, it says the U.S. "is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement."

(Image credit: Andrew Medichini/AP)

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Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 5:00am

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.

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Market Forces May Impact Emissions More Than Climate Agreements

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 4:59am

Today President Trump is at the G7 summit and high on the agenda is climate change. Many world leaders are imploring Trump stay in the global climate agreement, but emissions are going down already.

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Waste-free living: from gadgets that list themselves on eBay to lidless bottles

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2017/05/27 - 12:00am

Our throwaway habits are wreaking havoc on the planet. Here are six ideas from designers working to reduce waste in our everyday lives

Modern life is wasteful. From the plastic packaging that fills our kitchens – and ends up in our oceans – to the 40m tons of e-waste we generate per year, our throwaway culture is alive and kicking. And it’s wreaking havoc on the planet.

But a host of designers, researchers and startups are on the case, coming up with new ideas to cut waste and make life more efficient. Here are six of our favourites.

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Queensland says it won't play any role in funding for Adani project

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/05/26 - 9:55pm

Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Indian mining group will have to pay ‘every dollar’ of state royalties for the proposed mine

The Queensland government has announced it will not act as a “middle man” to funnel federal infrastructure funding to support the Adani Group’s proposed coalmine.

The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has also confirmed the Indian mining group would have to pay “every dollar” of state royalties for the proposed mine, a significant departure from a previous deal to give the company a “royalties holiday”.

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Federal Labor feels heat over Adani, and Coalition's starting to sweat too | Katharine Murphy

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/05/26 - 3:03pm

The biggest environmental campaign seen in Australia since the 80s is causing bumps in the road for both sides of politics

When it comes to the Adani Carmichael coalmine, the spotlight this week has been trained on Queensland as the state government battled an internal split on whether to give the project a royalties holiday. There have also been murmurings in Canberra, where Labor MPs are starting to express public opposition to a project many have been privately wringing their hands about.

But to fathom the next phase in the political battle against the project, we need to train our eyes a bit further south.

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Toxic waste​ could endanger drinking water if Santos CSG project goes ahead – report

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/05/26 - 3:01pm

RMIT hydrologist Matthew Currell says environmental impact statement for Narrabri gas project is missing analysis and contains conflicting information

Up to 130 spills of toxic waste could occur if the Santos Narrabri coal seam gas project goes ahead, potentially endangering high-quality drinking and irrigation water, according to a leading academic.

In a damning report obtained by Guardian Australia, RMIT hydrologist Matthew Currell said he found basic scientific gaps in the 7,000-page Narrabri gas project environmental impact statement (EIS).

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