Environment

Coral bleaching badly affected reefs of Kimberley, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 11:05pm

Up to 80% of Kimberley’s inshore reef bleached in El Niño heatwave of 2016, with about 29% of the coral at Rottnest, off Perth, also affected

Up to 80% of coral in inshore reefs in the Kimberley was bleached during the global mass bleaching event that also affected 93% of the Great Barrier Reef in the summer of 2016-2016, according to new research.

Led by scientists from the University of Western Australia and published in Scientific Reports this week, the research found between 57% and 80% of corals in the Kimberley, particularly at Montgomery Reef, the largest inshore coral reef in Australia, were bleached in April 2016.

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US report finds climate change 90% manmade, contradicting Trump officials

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 2:26pm

Major report by government agencies goes against senior members of Trump administration and finds evidence of global warming stronger than ever

A comprehensive review by 13 US federal agencies concludes that evidence of global warming is stronger than ever and that more than 90% of it has been caused by humans.

The conclusion contradicts a favorite talking point of senior members of the Trump administration.

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Environmental Groups Seek To Attract Minorities

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 1:35pm

The Flint water crisis prompted a focus on issues like drinking water infrastructure and on the people left out of the environmental movement. Some environmental groups are trying to change that.

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Nonprofit Groups Say GOP Tax Bill Would Discourage Giving

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 1:35pm

The Republican tax bill keeps deductions for charitable donations, but nonprofits say other changes could reduce giving as much as $13 billion a year and they plan to fight the proposal.

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Environmental Groups Seek To Attract Minorities

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 1:35pm

The Flint water crisis prompted a focus on issues like drinking water infrastructure and on the people left out of the environmental movement. Some environmental groups are trying to change that.

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Nonprofit Groups Say GOP Tax Bill Would Discourage Giving

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 1:35pm

The Republican tax bill keeps deductions for charitable donations, but nonprofits say other changes could reduce giving as much as $13 billion a year and they plan to fight the proposal.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 7:00am

Millions of fruit bats, migrating cranes and a new species of orangutan are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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What do Jellyfish teach us about climate change? | John Abraham

Guardian Environment News - Fri, 2017/11/03 - 3:00am

A new study shows that the biological effects of two ecosystem changes can be greater than their individual impacts

What do Jellyfish teach us about climate change?

A lot. At least that’s what I learned after reading a very recent paper out in the journal Global Climate Change. The article, “Ocean acidification alters zooplankton communities and increases top-down pressure of a cubazoan predator,” was authored by an international team of scientists – the paper looks at impacts of climate change on life in the world’s oceans.

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From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 11:48pm

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows

Hundreds of millions of urban dwellers around the world face their cities being inundated by rising seawaters if latest UN warnings that the world is on course for 3C of global warming come true, according to a Guardian data analysis.

Related: The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming

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Lincolnshire's coast and farms will sink with 3C of warming

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 11:46pm

As sea levels rise, the county’s low-lying farm plains and coastline would flood, changing the entire shape of eastern England forever

Lincolnshire’s flat, low-lying agricultural plains, which stretch north from the fens, curling around the Wash to Skegness and Grimsby, have long been a frontline of mankind’s battle to claim and protect food-producing land from the sea.

But with sea levels rising, a managed retreat is underway that threatens to become a full-scale rout if global temperatures rise by 3C. The UN warns that they will unless governments take far more drastic action to reduce emissions.

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Dramatic rise in plastic seabed litter around UK

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 11:01pm

Average of 358 items per square kilometre found in 2016, of which more than three-quarters were plastic

There has been a dramatic rise in the amount of litter found on the seabed around Britain, according to new government data.

An average of 358 litter items were found per square kilometre of seabed in 2016, a 158% rise on the previous year, and 222% higher than the average for 1992-94.

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More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 7:54pm

The next event, if it occurs, may not be as damaging as the previous two, but could ruin the chances of coral recovery

The Great Barrier Reef could face more bleaching in the coming months, following unprecedented mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which are believed to have killed half the coral.

Forecasts stretching to February are pushing the science to its limits, leaving significant uncertainty. But scientists say there is reason to be concerned, and some bleaching is very likely, although it won’t be anything like what happened during the past two years.

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Rick Perry under fire for suggestion fossil fuels can reduce sexual assault

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 3:20pm

US energy secretary faces criticism from Sierra Club after describing girl who told him about the importance of electricity in African village

The US energy secretary, Rick Perry, has said he thinks using fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault, sparking criticism from the Sierra Club, which accused Perry of exploiting the struggle of those most affected by climate change.

Perry, who was at an energy conference in Africa last week, said on Thursday that fossil fuels used to power electricity could help developing regions in the continent.

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On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 1:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

(Image credit: S.A. Sonsthagen/AP)

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On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 1:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

(Image credit: S.A. Sonsthagen/AP)

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After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 1:07pm

Some residents and first responders are suing the chemical company Arkema, saying it didn't do enough to protect them from fires that started at one of its plants near Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

(Image credit: William Chambers for NPR)

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After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 1:07pm

Some residents and first responders are suing the chemical company Arkema, saying it didn't do enough to protect them from fires that started at one of its plants near Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

(Image credit: William Chambers for NPR)

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Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 11:36am

The U.S. government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 11:36am

The U.S. government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2017/11/02 - 9:47am

Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic." A bid to strip them of the label failed this week.

(Image credit: Wilson Ring/AP Images)

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