How Penn State Is Cutting Greenhouse Emissions In Half — And Saving Money

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2019/10/04 - 2:12am

The university, which is as big as a city, has slashed its carbon emissions since 2004. That effort is now paying for itself in lower energy costs. Could actual cities do the same?

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Adani mine: another insurer distances itself from Carmichael project

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 9:44pm

Possible rail line insurer Canopius says it is ‘not involved in any negotiations’ over the Queensland project

A Lloyd’s of London insurer – considered one of the few remaining possible underwriters for elements of the Carmichael coal project – has distanced itself from Adani and says it is not involved in negotiations.

Canopius was one of two global companies understood to have held discussions with a broker about insuring the construction of Adani’s proposed rail line, linking the Carmichael mine site to the Queensland freight network.

Both now appear to have ruled themselves out. It was reported on Thursday that Axis Capital withdrew its bid. Canopius said in a statement on Friday it was “not involved in any negotiations to provide insurance coverage for the Adani mine project”.

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Rescuers free whale humpback calf tangled in net off Sydney beach

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 6:03pm

Whale calf caught near Bilgola beach was nearing point of exhaustion after spending days caught in netting

Rescuers have freed a humpback whale calf off Sydney’s northern beaches that had been tangled in netting for days.

In a frantic, last-minute rescue effort, crews from National Parks and Wildlife freed the whale on Friday morning after hours of work near Bilgola beach.

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Electric cars: call for tax on road usage to cover lost fuel revenue

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 4:01pm

IFS warns the switch from fossil fuel to electric will cause tax revenue to drop £28bn

Britain should move to a system of road pricing to combat congestion and compensate for the £28bn loss of revenue from fuel duty as the country makes the transition to electric vehicles, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.

The thinktank said the government’s pledge that the UK would reach zero net emissions by 2050 meant the tax take from petrol and diesel would shrink to nothing over the coming decades and a new way to raise money from drivers was needed.

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Monster fatberg 'autopsy' reveals wet wipes, bones and false teeth

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 4:01pm

Fatberg found in Sidmouth, Devon, contained no toxic chemicals or microplastic beads

The dirty secrets of a huge fatberg discovered lurking under the seafront of a Devon town have been laid bare after scientists carried out an “autopsy” of the monster.

As expected, household cooking fats, wet wipes and other hygiene products were key components of the 64m-long beast (bigger than the Leaning Tower of Pisa) but it also contained bits of bone, twigs, string – and false teeth.

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Some Plants And Animals Have An Edge When It Comes To Surviving The Warming Climate

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 1:21pm

When it comes to surviving the warming climate, scientists are finding that some plants and animals have an edge. The hope is that these "super adapters" can help preserve their species.

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Scottish government extends ban on fracking

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 8:12am

SNP minister says licences will be refused, but campaigners say permanent ban is needed

The Scottish government has extended its ban on fracking after ministers confirmed it would not grant permission for any onshore drilling projects.

Paul Wheelhouse, the environment minister, said his devolved government would also refuse to issue licences for onshore unconventional oil and gas projects, including fracking, shale gas or coalbed methane projects.

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Energy networks making big profits at expense of consumers, says watchdog

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 4:19am

Companies that run UK’s energy pipes and wires earning double-digit returns, says Ofgem

The regulator has allowed energy network companies to make bigger than expected profits at the expense of household bills, according to its own state of the market report.

Ofgem admitted the companies that run Britain’s energy pipes and wires had earned double-digit returns in the last year despite its efforts to keep a lid on energy bills.

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Bigger than the O2: giant greenhouses to grow 20 tonnes of tomatoes a day

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2019/10/03 - 2:03am

Low-carbon structures fed by water treatment plants can grow 10% of homegrown crop

People in Britain will soon be able to feast on tomatoes grown with the help of a water treatment plant in what backers say is a world first.

One of the UK’s largest clean energy funds has revealed plans to invest £120m in a pair of low-carbon greenhouses in Norfolk and Suffolk, in eastern England, large enough to grow 10% of the UK’s homegrown tomato crop.

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Adani coalmine: Axis Capital withdraws bid to insure Carmichael rail line

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 9:00pm

Investor action group says the insurer joins 57 other companies refusing to support the Queensland coal project

Another major insurer, Axis Capital, has shunned the Adani Carmichael coal project and withdrawn a bid to underwrite the construction of the mine’s rail line.

The withdrawal, first reported by Reuters, follows announcements from 15 of the world’s leading insurers which say they either won’t support the Carmichael mine, or won’t insure thermal coal projects.

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EPA cites San Francisco for 'water pollution', fulfilling Trump's threat

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 8:46pm

President had said agency would issue a notice because city allowed waste from homeless population to flow into the ocean

The Trump administration issued an environmental notice of violation to San Francisco on Wednesday, fulfilling Donald Trump’s threat to cite the city over an inaccurate claim that linked water pollution with the city’s homeless crisis.

Trump said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would issue a notice because the city allowed needles and waste from its homeless population to flow from the sewer system into the ocean – an allegation city officials disputed. In a letter Wednesday, the EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, accused the city of improperly discharging waste into the bay, but avoided mentioning Trump’s comments directly.

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An Ambitious Research Expedition Is Getting Underway In The Central Arctic Ocean

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 4:28pm

An ambitious research expedition is getting underway in the Arctic Ocean. The first challenge is to find a massive chunk of ice to freeze into for the year long voyage.

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Irrigation For Farming Could Leave Many Of The World's Streams And Rivers Dry

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 1:22pm

A new study shows many of the world's streams and rivers could dry up because people are draining underground aquifers that sustain streams through dry periods. Climate change won't help matters.

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Barnaby Joyce says Coalition risks 'political annihilation' in the bush over drought

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 11:00am

Former Nationals leader says he agrees with Labor that government needs to ‘get cracking’ on dam construction

Barnaby Joyce says the Coalition risks “political annihilation” in the bush if the drought worsens and it does not start building dams, as Labor lashes the government for failing to produce a national drought strategy.

The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, toured drought-affected Stanthorpe in Queensland on Wednesday, saying parts of the state were clearly suffering “natural disaster” and criticising the government for failing to build a single dam since being elected in 2013.

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Specialist police assigned to Extinction Rebellion rallies

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 10:17am

Scotland Yard plans ‘proactive and swift’ counter-action as forces send extra officers to London for October protest

Specialist police teams will be heading to London this weekend to help deal with two weeks of protests planned by Extinction Rebellion, the environmental activists who brought the capital to a standstill over Easter.

Metropolitan police will be put on 12-hour shifts from Monday, the first day of Extinction Rebellion’s action, to free up as many officers as possible from regular duties.

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Royal Shakespeare Company to end BP sponsorship deal

Guardian Environment News - Wed, 2019/10/02 - 7:02am

Theatre company’s move comes after growing criticism over its links with oil firm

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to end its sponsorship deal with BP amid growing opposition to fossil fuel companies’ sponsorship of many of the UK’s leading cultural institutions.

The RSC announced that after months of deliberations and a vociferous campaign from artists, the public and environmentalists, it had decided to curtail its eight-year relationship.

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Hurricane Lorenzo Moves Quickly Toward The Azores

NPR News - Environment - Tue, 2019/10/01 - 1:27pm

The Category 2 storm is expected to bring heavy winds and life-threatening surf. The National Hurricane Center reports the hurricane has broken records in the Atlantic.

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NSW considers laws to stop courts and planners blocking coalmines on climate grounds

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/01 - 11:00am

Move comes after Minerals Council attacked planning decisions that cited carbon emissions as a reason for rejecting or imposing conditions on a mine

The New South Wales government is considering legislation that could limit the ability for planning authorities to rule out coalmines projects based on the climate change impact of emissions from the coal once it is burned.

It comes after a campaign from the NSW Minerals Council over decisions that have referenced the impact of “scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions” as a reason for either rejecting a mining project entirely or for imposing conditions on it.

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World's largest wind turbines to be built off Yorkshire coast

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/01 - 9:51am

Biggest offshore windfarm in North Sea will generate electricity for 4.5m homes

The largest offshore wind turbines ever built will begin powering millions of British homes using blades more than 100 metres long by the early 2020s.

Each of the new mega-turbines planned for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm at Dogger Bank in the North Sea will reach 220 metres high and generate enough electricity for 16,000 homes.

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Nottingham-based energy supplier fails to pay £9.5m in subsidies

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/10/01 - 7:03am

Robin Hood Energy may have licence revoked if it fails to pay total sum to Ofgem

Robin Hood Energy, the energy supplier owned by Nottingham city council, has failed to pass on £9.5m in renewable energy subsidies after collecting them from customers through their bills.

The supplier has already claimed the sum from its customers, to be used to support renewable energy projects, but missed the deadline to pay its share of the money to the industry regulator, Ofgem last month.

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