Environment

A Week Later: Families Displaced by Hurricane Michael Don't Know What's Next

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 2:32pm

Hundreds of families in Florida displaced by Hurricane Michael have been sheltering in school buildings for more than a week. Many are not sure where they'll live after these temporary shelters close.

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Why Stay During A Hurricane? Because It's Not As Simple As 'Get Out'

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 12:45pm

As rescues continue after Hurricane Michael, officials expressed frustration at people who didn't evacuate. But experts say people's decisions to stay are almost always carefully considered.

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In Japan, A Strange Sight: Cherry Blossoms Blooming In The Fall

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 12:41pm

"I have never seen anything like this," said tree surgeon Hiroyuki Wada. Two typhoons that recently struck the country are a likely cause of the sudden flowering.

(Image credit: Kwiyeon Ha/Reuters)

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Bahrain applies to Green Climate Fund to help clean up waste from fossil fuels

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 9:43am

Oil-rich kingdom says money is needed to protect against water scarcity but request sparks strong criticism and fears over the fitness of the public fund

Bahrain – one of the world’s most oil-rich nations – has applied to the international Green Climate Fund for $9.8m for its National Oil and Gas Authority, raising questions over whether taxpayer-funded assistance for poor countries is reaching its intended targets.

The kingdom has requested funding for water conservation work to be carried out by its national oil and gas company, which it says is necessary to protect against water scarcity in future – a problem that is likely to grow worse around the world as a consequence of climate change.

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Turkey’s plastic waste imports from the UK are booming – but at what cost?

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 9:00am

Uncontrolled imports spark ‘garbage dump of the world’ fears and raise fears over how much is ending up in landfill

Itinerant garbage pickers run down the hilly streets of Istanbul, their trolleys packed with plastic and other waste.

Their haul is a boon for the recycling industry in Turkey. “We collect 80% of the waste from the streets,” said Recep Karaman, head of the street waste collectors association.

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'This is just the beginning': freed activists return to fracking site

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 8:02am

Trio of activists freed from prison after appeal get hero’s welcome at site of anti-fracking protest

On Thursday morning, the day after being released from prison, three environmental activists who became the first people to be jailed for an anti-fracking protest in the UK returned to the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool.

Related: I’m out of jail after my fracking protest. But justice has not been done | Simon Roscoe Blevins

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Midterms 2018: Take It To The House

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 7:06am

Are you fired up to vote in this election?

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I was jailed for my fracking protest. But others face much worse | Simon Roscoe Blevins

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 6:47am

The injustice of my time in prison is dwarfed by the profound inequities that inspired my action in the first place

This morning I woke up outside of prison for the first time since 26 September. I was jailed for 16 months after being convicted of causing a public nuisance for a four-day protest on top of a lorry at the UK’s first fracking site. On Wednesday the verdict was quashed by the court of appeal, on grounds that the sentence was, as the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, put it, “manifestly excessive”.

Many people are saying justice has been served – but we know there is still a long way to go before we get there.

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Revealed: US moves to keep endangered species discussions secret

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 3:00am

In a confidential document obtained by the Guardian, officials say releasing records could have a ‘chilling effect’ on their deliberations

The Trump administration is moving to restrict the release of information about its decisions on endangered species, according to a confidential internal document obtained by the Guardian.

It comes as wildlife advocates and scientists accuse the government of attempting to weaken protections for wildlife, including wolves, grizzly bears and sage grouse, while boosting domestic energy production and mining in crucial animal habitat.

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EPA Boasts Of Reduced Greenhouse Gases, Even As Trump Questions Climate Science

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 2:00am

U.S. production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent last year. But larger cuts will be needed to address climate change.

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Plague marching west: researchers study bats to stop their demise

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 1:00am

Scientists work to stay ahead of white nose syndrome, a deadly fungus that has killed millions of bats in the US and Canada

Nate Fuller was just starting out as a bat scientist nine years ago when he entered a massive cave in rural Pennsylvania to look for live animals. Instead, he found himself wading through a distressing muck, the decomposing bodies of thousands upon thousands of dead bats.

That was in the early years of white nose syndrome, the creeping, lethal fungus that has decimated North America’s bat population, killing millions of bats and sparking frantic research and conservation efforts across the United States and Canada.

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Minister backing fracking drive has never visited shale site

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/10/18 - 12:41am

Energy minister Claire Perry, who has defended fracking, admits she has ‘not yet had the opportunity’ to visit any site

The minister spearheading the UK’s renewed push for fracking has admitted she has never been to a shale gas well.

In the week that fracking restarted in the UK for the first time in seven years, the energy minister, Claire Perry, revealed to a fellow Conservative MP that she had not yet had the chance to visit a shale site.

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As the fracking protesters show, a people’s rebellion is the only way to fight climate breakdown | George Monbiot

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 10:00pm

Our politicians, under the influence of big business, have failed us. As they take the planet to the brink, it’s time for disruptive, nonviolent disobedience

It is hard to believe today, but the prevailing ethos among the educated elite was once public service. As the historian Tony Judt documented in Ill Fares the Land, the foremost ambition among graduates in the 1950s and 60s was, through government or the liberal professions, to serve their country. Their approach might have been patrician and often blinkered, but their intentions were mostly public and civic, not private and pecuniary.

Today, the notion of public service seems as quaint as a local post office. We expect those who govern us to grab what they can, permitting predatory banks and corporations to fleece the public realm, then collect their reward in the form of lucrative directorships. As the Edelman Corporation’s Trust Barometer survey reveals, trust worldwide has collapsed in all major institutions, and government is less trusted than any other.

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Typhoons 'trick' Japan's cherry trees into blooming months early

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 8:49pm

Extreme weather thought to have stripped trees of their leaves, which usually secrete hormones to prevent flowering

The arrival of Japan’s famed cherry blossoms is the cue for groups of office workers to eat and drink, cast off their inhibitions and ponder the transient nature of life against a backdrop of pale pink petals falling to the ground.

But the nationally observed rite of spring has come early, with reports from hundreds of locations that the country’s beloved sakura are blooming several months ahead of schedule.

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Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 1:38pm

Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish — or even people.

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After Hurricane Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida's Panhandle

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 12:52pm

Florida has some of the nation's toughest building codes. But the rules are looser in the Panhandle, allowing construction that couldn't stand up to the storm's 155 mph winds.

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Lovers' memorial beech wins England's Tree of the Year

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 12:00pm

Nellie’s Tree - entwined by her husband to form her initial – is among the four winners of this year’s Woodland Trust prize

Lovers in Paris have caused havoc and serious damage in recent years by commemorating their relationships with padlocks attached to the city’s famous Pont Neuf bridge.

But those seeking a more lasting – and environmentally friendly – symbol might instead consider planting a tree. It worked for a romantic young man from Leeds a century ago, whose tree has just been voted the UK’s favourite.

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Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes 'excessive' sentences

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 10:59am

Cheering supporters greet activists at prison gates after sentences are overturned

Three protesters jailed for blocking access to a fracking site have walked free after the court of appeal quashed their sentences, calling them “manifestly excessive”.

Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Rich Loizou, 31, were sent to prison last month after being convicted of causing a public nuisance with a protest outside the Preston New Road site near Blackpool, Lancashire. Blevins and Roberts were sentenced to 16 months and Loizou to 15 months.

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EPA to unveil plans to weaken rule limiting toxic mercury pollution

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 10:46am

The EPA isn’t rescinding the standard as of yet but has finished deciding to reconsider the analysis for the Obama-era rule

The US Environmental Protection Agency next month will unveil plans to start weakening the economic justification for a rule limiting toxic mercury pollution from coal plants.

The EPA isn’t rescinding the standard as of yet but has finished deciding to reconsider the underlying analysis for the 2011 rule, according to the government’s newly published agenda.

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'Your planet needs you': Fracking activists urge public to act after sentences overturned – video

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2018/10/17 - 9:48am

Three protesters jailed for blocking access to a fracking site walked free on Wednesday after the court of appeal quashed their sentences, calling them manifestly excessive. Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Rich Loizou, 31, were greeted by cheering supporters after judges ruled that they should be freed immediately

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