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Your best pictures of insects around the world

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/19 - 6:30am

After a new study showed an alarming decline in insect populations we asked you to share your pictures of the creatures, in celebration of all they do for global ecosystems. Here are some of our favourites

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Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/19 - 6:06am

Few locals know about Walthamstow Wetlands in north London, which opens on Friday. But now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for free

We’re strolling along Songbird Walk, beneath a row of waterside poplars very like ones Monet painted in Normandy. The October sky is grey but the footpath is lined with colourful wildflowers: yellow gorse, purple knapweed, white campion. With a liquid twittering, a flock of goldfinches swoop overhead, then a clear, penetrating song bursts from the bushes to one side. “Ooh, a Cetti’s warbler,” says wetlands director Veronica Chrisp.

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Share your pictures of insects around the world

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/10/19 - 1:50am

A new study finds alarming decline in insect numbers – we’d like your help celebrating what these creatures do for life on earth

A dramatic plunge in insect numbers reported in a new study has led scientists to predict what they are calling “ecological Armageddon”.

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, the study says, with serious implications for all life on Earth.

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Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 11:00pm

Analysis for Feast! exhibition suggests workers ate hog roasts and beef stew made from animals taken to Wiltshire by boat

Prehistoric people brought animals to Stonehenge from as far afield as north-east Scotland, more than 500 miles away, to feed the engineers who built the monument and to take part in lavish midwinter feasts, an exhibition has claimed.

Related: What did neolithic man eat after a hard day at Stonehenge? Sweet pork and rich cheese

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World's deepest lake crippled by putrid algae, poaching and pollution

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 10:24pm

Lake Baikal in Siberia holds one fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, but its precious fish stocks are disappearing

Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world’s deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat.

Holding one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia’s Siberia is a natural wonder of “exceptional value to evolutionary science” meriting its listing as a world heritage site by Unesco.

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Surge in eye injuries as Melbourne magpies go on attack spree

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 7:54pm

Hospital issues warning as ‘extraordinary’ spate of bird-inflicted injuries include a penetrated eye that required surgery

A penetrated eye that needed surgery is just one of an “extraordinary” spate of magpie-inflicted injuries in Melbourne, and one hospital has issued a warning about the swooping birds.

The number of eye injuries caused by the bird has risen significantly, according to the emergency director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Dr Carmel Crock.

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How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 1:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 11:00am

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

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Coalition's energy plan hurts renewables more than no action – Greens

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 10:00am

Adam Bandt says sector could reach as little as 28% of the energy mix compared with 35% under business-as-usual

The Greens say the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee will be more detrimental to the renewables sector than if the Coalition did nothing.

The Greens’ climate spokesman, Adam Bandt, said a comparison of the analysis in the Finkel review of the national electricity market with the new advice provided by the Energy Security Board shows the policy the government has unveiled this week is detrimental to renewables.

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Astana's plan to stay warm in the winter? Build a ring of one million trees

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:00am

In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new capital from the icy winds of the featureless steppes with a ring of trees. Twenty years on, his scientists are still struggling to grow forests in a spot where no trees stood

“Do you know why women in Astana don’t get expensive haircuts?” asked television presenter Dinara Tursunova. “Because no sooner do you leave the beauty salon, the wind blows away your hairdo, and with it all the money you spent.”

Looking good in the capital city of Kazakhstan is hard work. When Tursunova moved to Astana three years ago for a job with a local broadcaster, what first struck her was the cold and the wind. “In winter I go around the city in skiing outfits and fur-lined sneakers. It probably wouldn’t hurt to put spikes on my shoes. When the wind starts whipping up, you will see people on the ice literally flying away,” she says.

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Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 8:35am

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

(Image credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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National parks for all: that's a populist cry we need | Jimmy Tobias

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 6:36am

Our pine groves, canyons, parks and peaks are an incredible national asset. Let’s fund them properly, and make them truly accessible to everyone

When Bernie Sanders unveiled his “Medicare for All bill” last month, it sent bolts of electric excitement through a rising generation of progressive young people who crave an end to the austerity consensus that has dominated this country for at least a decade. The senator from Vermont offered a bold vision that has the potential to improve the wellbeing of millions and an army of millennials, with our affinity for social democracy and social media, loved him for it.

Healthcare, though, is just one realm of public life that needs an urgent infusion of idealism. From housing policy to public education, from police reform to environmental issues, the youth of the US are desperate for ambitious and populist ideas that can help revitalize this republic we’re inheriting. We are bent on upending the status quo, because the status quo, as we know, is all wrong.

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Replenish the swamp: 7,500 trafficked Turkish frogs returned to wild

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 6:00am

Five men arrested after police find minibus loaded with thousands of frogs in nets, allegedly part of lucrative export trade

Turkey’s gendarmerie has released 7,500 frogs into the wild after capturing five poachers involved in one of the largest frog trafficking operations in the country.

The country’s state news agency said the men were detained when their minibus was examined during a routine check as they travelled through the Cappadoccia region. Officers found dozens of nets with thousands of frogs inside. The men were allegedly destined for Adana, where they intended to sell them to an exporter.

The export of edible frogs is a lucrative trade, with large markets in France and China where the amphibians are a delicacy. Turkey issues licenses for frog hunters, but it is only permitted in certain seasons and some frog species cannot be legally traded.

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Tesco stocks green satsumas in drive to reduce food waste

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 4:51am

Supermarket says easy-peelers are ripe and edible but failed to turn usual orange colour due to hotter weather in Spain

Tesco has started selling “green” satsumas and clementines after relaxing its quality specifications in its latest attempt to reduce food waste.

The flesh inside is orange, ripe and edible, but as a result of recent warm weather in Spain the skins have failed to turn the normal colour.

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CliFi – A new way to talk about climate change | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 3:00am

If you’re not familiar with the new genre of climate fiction, you might be soon.

Cli-Fi refers to “climate fiction;” it is a term coined by journalist Dan Bloom. These are fictional books that somehow or someway bring real climate change science to the reader. What is really interesting is that Cli-Fi books often present real science in a credible way. They become fun teaching tools. There are some really well known authors such as Paolo Bacigalupi and Margaret Atwood among others. A list of other candidate Cli-Fi novels was provided by Sarah Holding in the Guardian.

What makes a Cli-Fi novel good? Well in my opinion, it has to have some real science in it. And it has to get the science right. Second, it has to be fun to read. When done correctly, Cli-Fi can connect people to their world; it can help us understand what future climate may be like, or what current climate effects are.

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Turnbull admits 'many impacts' on energy bills in response to Labor attack

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 1:13am

Opposition leaves itself room to move on Coalition’s national energy guarantee while zeroing in on promised price reductions

Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged there are “many impacts” on a household energy bill after being pursued by Labor about whether he could guarantee the power price reductions floated under his proposed energy policy.

Labor has zeroed in on the price impacts associated with the national energy guarantee, unveiled by the Turnbull government on Tuesday, after the policy was ticked off on by the Coalition party room.

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Government set to face fresh legal challenge over air pollution crisis

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 10:01pm

Legal NGO ClientEarth to take the government back to court if it fails to set out a new range of measures to tackle Britain’s toxic air

Environmental campaigners are set to take the government back to court over what they say are ministers’ repeated failings to deal with the UK’s air pollution crisis.

ClientEarth, which has already won two court battles against the government, has written a legal letter demanding that the environment secretary Michael Gove sets out a range of new measures to address air pollution which contributes to the deaths of 40,000 people across the UK each year.

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Toxic firefighting chemicals 'the most seminal public health challenge'

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 9:52pm

US environmental official says Pfas chemicals found in firefighting foam is contaminating water supplies

A top United States environmental official has described the contamination of drinking water by toxic firefighting chemicals as the most seminal public health challenge of coming decades.

The US, like Australia, is still grappling with how to respond to widespread contamination caused by past use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (Pfas) in firefighting foam.

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'The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 9:00pm

The killing of two activists who successfully campaigned to shut down a mine has shocked environmentalists in Turkey who fear their deaths will embolden others to kill to protect their profits

Interactive: recording the deaths of environmental activists around the world

Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs crunch underfoot. A truck rumbles from a distant marble quarry. The crack of a hunter’s rifle echoes through the forest.

The sounds of tranquility and violence intermingle at the remote hillside home of Aysin and Ali Büyüknohutçu, the Turkish beekeepers and environmental defenders whose murder in Finike earlier this year has sent a chill through the country’s conservation movement.

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Web of Australian Adani solar companies leads to offshore tax havens

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 6:01pm

Three companies are ultimately owned in the Cayman and British Virgin islands, raising questions about the tax implications of profits generated by solar assets

Adani has spread its use of offshore tax havens to its Australian solar projects, providing another avenue that could allow the wealthy Indian family behind the transnational to legally minimise tax paid on income from local operations.

Six companies linked to Adani’s renewables business, which chairman Gautam Adani wants to make the biggest in Australia by 2022, were registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 3 August.

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